Family STEAM Club
- Tuesdays at 2 PM for Homeschoolers beginning October 18
- Tuesdays at 7 PM: Grades K-5 with a parent.
Stop by and make some easy to intermediate science experiments and crafts together to take home.
Second Saturday of every month, beginning Saturday, November 12: Join us for easy science experiments to take home
Teen Tech Squad
- Tuesdays: 3:00-4:30
- Thursdays: 3:00-3:45
Grades 6 and up.
Join us in CATSS or the Think It Lab for easy, intermediate and advanced science and technology projects.
Learn the basics of any of the following:
- special effects,
- music editing,
- video editing
- 3D design and printing
- drag and drop computer programming
The Think It Lab
With the renovation of the Children's Department at Summit Library, the library created a new maker space, desginated for children and teens to create easy science and technology projects. Named by Washington Elementary School 3rd Grader Alexavier Tolentino, the Think It Lab houses the library's Makerbot 5th Generation 3D printer and several other items for exploring educational technology activities, including the following:
- snap circuits
- Robotics kits: Lego WeDo; Lego Mindstorms EV3 and NXT; Robotis and Vex IQ
- Makey Makey
- iPad Peripherals: sphero and ollie
Over the next few months, library staff members will create a series of rules and regulations for 3D printing and general usage of the room. So, keep your eyes peeled for this newest development.
Summit Free Public Library will participate in the third annual NJ Makers Day, a series of days where libraries, schools, stores and after school programs get together and participate in STEAM programs.
Over the past two years, Summit Free Public Library has participated in NJ Makers Day, and has partnered with the following entities in order to create quality educational programs for children, teens, and their parents:
- Robot Revolution
- The Junior League of Summit
- The Summit Area YMCA
- The Connection
- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders
- The Summit Public Area Foundation
- Friends of Summit Free Public Library
The library now allows 3D printing to the Public. Please click here to submit to submit a file to be put in the printing queue
3-D Printer Policy
The library’s 3-D printer is available to the community to make three-dimensional objects using a design that is downloaded from a digital computer file.
Restrictions: The established library Rules of Conduct shall apply to the appropriateness of objects to be printed on the 3-D printer.
The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
Only designated staff will operate the 3D printer.
A maximum of five hours of print time will be allotted for any item to be printed. If there is high demand, the library will schedule only one print per day per person or entity.
Any 3D drafting software may be used to create a design as long as the file can be saved in .stl or .obj file format.
The library will charge $1.00 for any item printed up to 28 grams in weight plus $ .25 for each additional gram.
Wait/pickup time: Items must be picked up at the Think It Lab. It is sometimes difficult to estimate exact print times. Library staff will make an educated guess about the length of a job upon request.
Items that are printed on the 3D printer that are not picked up within 7 days will become the property of the library. Items must be picked up by the person who requested the print.
By submitting objects for printing, the patron assumes all responsibility for, and shall hold the library harmless in, all matters related to patent, trademarked, or copyrighted materials.
Patrons wishing to be present for the printing process must make an appointment with the Youth Services Department.