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Librarians from around Idaho learn to operate, troubleshoot 3D printers for new STEAM program

Two dozen librarians from throughout Idaho dove deep into 3D printing at an Idaho Commission for Libraries workshop on February 19, 2015 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger) (Idaho Commission for Libraries / Otto Kitsinger)
Two dozen librarians from throughout Idaho dove deep into 3D printing at an Idaho Commission for Libraries workshop on February 19, 2015 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger) (Idaho Commission for Libraries / Otto Kitsinger)

Twenty-one Idaho libraries now have been equipped with 3D printers, thanks to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and more than two dozen Idaho librarians gathered in Boise this week to learn how to operate, maintain and troubleshoot the high-tech devices. They’re part of the Idaho Commission for Libraries’ “Make it at the Library” project, which is aimed at creating programming for tweens and teens that encourages the use of new technologies and tools, with a “STEAM” focus, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

In this photo, Linda Mecham, left, from the Jerome Public Library, Morgan Gariepy of the East Bonner County District Library, center, and Fiona May of the Caldwell Public Library, right, work with the new machines. The “Make it at the Library” workshop this week was led by Nick Raymond, special projects engineer at Maker Media, and  Adam Day, automation and technology services department head at the Twin Falls Public Library.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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