25 March 2013
Posted in Science Park
Orlando just got a whole lot more tech-savvy! This year, the Orlando Public Library opened their new Fab Lab, a fabrication laboratory adjoining the new Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity.
As proponents of lifelong scientific learning, the Orlando Science Center is excited to announce that along with opening labs for visual arts, film, digital media, graphic design and audio engineering, the library began offering hands-on technology workshops this month!
Their newest workshop features a new Replicator 3D Printer. You get to draw and design your very own three dimensional solid objects from a digital CAD file! The library also currently offers series on creating your own video game and Snap Circuits Workshops that teach the basics of electronics while you build exciting projects such a flashing light, a radio alarm and a doorbell. They just announced that they are developing Raspberry Pi workshops and an introduction to computer programming class.
Best of all, these workshops are free to all Orange County resident library card holders in good standing! Perhaps the library is onto something—a more technology-literate population may be a vital resource for Orlando.
Although Orlando is known for its tourism industry, its $13.4 billion technology industry that employs more than 53,000 people is not far behind. Metro Orlando is the hub of the nation’s military simulation and training programs and is home to the seventh largest research park in the country. It is becoming a nationally recognized cluster of innovation in digital media, agricultural technology, aviation, aerospace and software design.
In a city trending towards the high-tech, educational programs like those offered by The Orlando Public Library, FamiLab, the Orlando Science Center and countless other organizations in Central Florida are of the utmost importance. What workshops will you attend?