NJ Makers Day brings STEM to SPF


Sabrina Khan

photo courtesy of the Scotch Plains Library
The New Jersey Makers Day, held on March 18-19, was the second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) event hosted by libraries across the state. Children and adults who attended were introduced to a variety of stem topics including programming, electronics, engineering design and robotics.

photo courtesy of njmakersday.org

“The overall vision of New Jersey Makers Day is to provide an opportunity for organizations throughout the state to collaborate and host events for their communities to celebrate, promote, and in many cases introduce maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM and STEAM-based learning,” said Kate Jaggers, an NJ Makers Day organizer.
“New Jersey boasts many locations with makerspaces and studios, all which demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting creation, development and innovative play. With all the attention on the physical spaces designed for learning, collaborating, and creation – from electronics and computer design to textiles and cooking – we wanted to celebrate not just the WHAT but the WHO.”
The Scotch Plains Library participated in the NJ Makers Day event this year, with activities from Lego building to programming robots with scratch. The scotch plains library attracted about 249 attendees. It hopes to continue to bring STEM learning experiences to the community.