makerspace

We Need Your Feedback!

In 2015, we gave you the Innovation Lab.  You learned about 3D printing, prototyped your inventions, won science fairs, learned how to program a robot, and so much more.

In 2016, we would like to give you the Digital Media Lab (DML).  Use audio production software and instruments to create original music.  Use a digital camcorder and green screen to shoot video and then edit it with professional software.  Convert and preserve your old home movies or audio recordings into digital form.  These are just a few of the activities you would be able to enjoy right here in a library DML.

We would like a little feedback from you first.  Please take a moment to click on the question below to answer one very simple survey question:

 

What do you want in the DML?

 

Innovation Lab Teen Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Last year, local teen Karan Jerath made use of the Innovation Lab to 3D print a model he designed to address the remediation of deep-water oil spills.  We are happy to report that Karan went on to win the Young Scientist Award and a sizeable cash prize at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair 2015.  Not only that, Karan recently made Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 List for the Energy Sector.  You can see a photo and description of him on the Forbes website with the model he printed right here in the Lab.  Way to go, Karan!

The Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab is available for you to turn your ideas into realities.  What would you like to make?

January Innovation Lab Class Schedule

The Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab class schedule for January is now available!  Click on the image link below to see or print your own copy.  Please call or visit to register for classes.

HCPL at Houston Mini Maker Faire

The Houston Mini Maker Faire this year is bigger and better than ever!  We will be there representing HCPL and the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab to share all of the many cool and fascinating things that we do in our library system.  One of the more interesting things you may see is a life-sized 3D printed costume designed by a young maker named Nickolas, pictured left.  You can read more about this unique creation and the Maker Faire here.  

The Faire takes place this Saturday, 11/14/15, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  We hope to see you there!

FrankenLab!

So if you have been wondering what happened to all the toys you've donated to Baldwin Boettcher Library...

We gathered them all up, provided some tools:

 

And MADE TOYS!


Summer Happenings in the Innovation Lab

The Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab has been a very busy place this summer!  Kids, teens, and adults have all taken advantage of many of the hands-on activities, including circuit building, laser cutting and engraving, engineering challenges, 3D printing, and much more thanks to Patrick Ferrell, Innovation Lab Assistant, and an able and willing group of Lab volunteers.  If you're curious about all the goings-on, you can take a look at the photo album.  Also, be sure to take a look at this month's Innovation Lab program calendar to see all of the fun and interesting things you have the opportunity to learn right here at your library!

Makerspace, What is THAT?!

Have you heard of the new movement that is sweeping the country?  There is a new way to promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) through Makerspace.  Makerspaces are popping up all over the country and we have one right here in Katy.

Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab Now Open!

We are excited to say that the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab is now open for business!  The grand opening and open house was held on Saturday, February 28th, from 10:00 AM.  You can catch some of the pictures here as well as a video here.  Free, hands-on classes on a variety of topics are now available to the public.  Registering for any of them is as easy as a visit or a phone call.  

You can also take a look at the new "Make @ HCPL" link on the left side of this page.  From there, you can learn more about all of the maker activities at other branches, find out more about the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab at Freeman Library, or schedule time on the 3D printers or laser cutter/engraver.  

We hope you will make use of all of the maker programs and services the Innovation Lab and the library has to offer.  Call or visit us today to learn more!

Freeman Branch Library's Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab Class Registration & Grand Opening!

This is local high school student Karan Jerath with a 3D model he designed for his science fair and printed at Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library.  This particular design is for the remediation of deep water oil spills.  Karan printed this on equipment that is an extension of the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab, a community makerspace we are happy to announce is having its grand opening and open house on Saturday, February 28th, beginning at 10:00 AM.  Free March classes, such as basic circuits, soldering, Arduino 101, and machine design are now available for registration.  Please join us at the grand opening as we debut this new and exciting space in the library!

The Lee Innovation Lab was made possible by a bequest from late library patron Jocelyn H. Lee as well as many other donors, including the Friends of Freeman Library.  See more photos of the Lab and its development at this link.

Grand Opening - Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab

At long last, the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab is almost ready for its debut!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 28th, beginning at 10:00 AM, when we cut the ribbon and officially open the library's first makerspace to the public!  Come meet Innovation Lab Assistant Patrick Ferrell, learn about all the equipment and activities that will be available, register for a variety of March maker programs, or visit with expert maker group CreatorSpace.  

We hope you will join us for this special occasion, the first of its kind for Freeman Branch Library!

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