As technology progresses, “maker culture” has developed among thinkers and creators of all ages.
In New Jersey, the weekend of March 24-25 is a time for residents to see what’s going on in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related fields, for children to learn about technology and for crafts and science projects to take over libraries and schools.
There are plenty of New Jersey Makers Day events — it’s actually a weekend — right here in our backyard, and the following is a guide to some of those.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 24
Atlantic City Free Public Library
1 N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A Photoshop booth will allow participants to take photos in front of a green screen and choose from an array of backgrounds. Demonstration tables will include a 3-D printer, STEM learning toys for kids, equipment that produces music, T-shirt designing, and knitting and crocheting.
For more information, visit acfpl.org, or call 609-345-2269, ext. 3050.
Atlantic County Library System
201 15th St. South
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Drop in anytime and pick up a craft kit to take home and make.
Visit atlanticlibrary.org/brigantine_branch or call 609-927-7113.
801 Shore Road
1 to 4 p.m.
All ages can decorate a ceramic heart-shaped bank.
Visit atlanticlibrary.org/somers_point_branch or call 609-927-7113.
306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road
2 to 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday
All ages can participate in a bookend-decorating craft. Jazz up your own set. Dress in painting clothes.
Visit atlanticlibrary.org/galloway_township_branch or call 609-652-2352.
6500 Atlantic Ave.
Discover the Ventnor branch’s array of STEM science projects that are completed using household items and learn why they work. Recommended for ages 8 and older.
Visit atlanticlibrary.org/ventnor_branch or call 609-823-4614.
SATURDAY, MARCH 25
451 S. Egg Harbor Road
All ages are invited to check out the 3-D printer, Arduino, and Little Bits circuit kits.
Visit atlanticlibrary.org/hammonton_branch or call 609-561-2264.
Egg Harbor Township
1 Swift Ave.
2 to 4 p.m.
Build your own stringed instrument by bringing a shoebox with a lid or make a button. Bring in a photo to fit or choose one of our designs.
Visit atlanticlibrary.org/egg_harbor_township_branch or call 609-927-8664.
40 Farragut Ave.
2 to 4 p.m.
Suggested for ages 5 and older. Engage your inner maker at multiple, unique stations.
Visit atlanticlibrary.org/mays_landing_branch or call 609-625-2776, ext. 6304.
33 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Participate in the “mystery makerspace hangout.” Suggested for ages 13 and older. Bring your imagination to see what can be created. “Take and Make” kits will be available throughout the week while supplies last.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-641-1778.
Northfield Otto Bruyns Public Library
241 W. Mill Road
Activities include the use of iPads and Dash and Dot robots.
Call 609-646-4476 for more information.
Cape May County Library, main branch
30 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House
All day Friday and Saturday
Check out the branch’s technology and special guests, including the 4-H robotics club and the local wireless aircraft club.
Visit cmclibrary.org or call 609-463-6350.
Millville Public Library
210 Buck St.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bridgeton Public Library
150 E. Commerce St.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Registration is required for some activities.
Visit bridgetonlibrary.org or call 856-451-2620.