Central Rappahannock Regional Library is dedicated to providing enriching educational opportunities for our community.
Our MakerLabs are STEM exploration spaces for customers of all ages to enjoy hands-on learning with a variety of high and low-tech equipment and activities. Thanks to a generous partnership with the University of Mary Washington, library staff, volunteers and university students teach customers of all ages about aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through demonstrations and hands-on activities, including a 3D printer, drawing tablet, paper rocket launcher, robot arms, Ozobots, and much more. There are usually 2-3 activities available during any given MakerLab session.
If you have any questions about the MakerLabs or would like to schedule a group visit, please contact Joy McIntire, Branch Services Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The History of CRRL's MakerLabs
The first MakerLab began as a partnership with the University of Mary Washington during the Discover Earth exhibit which was on display at the Howell Branch between February 26-April 14, 2013. During this exhibit, Dr. George Meadows approached the CRRL with the idea of opening a maker space that would be a place for his Education 303 Science Methods students to do their practicum hours. UMW provided equipment for the lab as well. CRRL provided additional STEM equipment including a 3D printer for each lab. On October 16, 2013, the Howell Branch MakerLab opened.
- MakerLab Badging sessions begin, starting off with the 3D Printer badge at the Howell Branch.
- The Sewing Machine badge was offered beginning August 2017. Soon after, Fredericksburg and Porter began offering them as well.
- The Salem Church Branch begin to host its own MakerLab sessions.
- Mobile MakerLab sessions begin in December at the Towne Centre Branch.
- The Sewing Machine badge was expanded to Fredericksburg, Porter, and Salem Church MakerLabs.