Learning labs pop up at library branches

“Is that a 3D printer!?” This was the reaction from many people when they visited a Pop-Up Learning Lab (PULL) at Northern District recently. PULLs are one of several initiatives funded by donors that bring learning and opportunities to Torontonians.

Kids saw how a banana can conduct electricity.

Kids saw how a banana can conduct electricity.

Library patrons who have been to the Digital Innovation Hubs at Toronto Reference Library, Fort York or Scarborough Civic Centre branch are familiar with 3D printers and other technology. However, many people can’t make it to these locations, and for them the library has introduced three mobile Pop-Up Learning Labs that travel to branches across the city.

Workshops and demonstrations introduce people of all ages to robotics, game development, circuit building and of course, 3D printing. The PULLs have caught the interest of entrepreneurs, designers, engineers and seniors.

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Leadly Francis plans to make a 3D bust of his grandson.

One woman said, “I have lots of time on my hands after retiring, so why not learn about 3D printing?” Even seven year olds are learning 3D technology – imagine what they will create when they’re adults!

With help from donors, we hope to get funding to introduce three more PULLs in 2016. Please help the library reach its goal by donating today.