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Maker-in-Residence

Apply to become the library’s next Maker-in-Residence!

Join us in welcoming our first ever Maker-In-Residence, Edwin Cheung, electrical engineer and Harrison resident. He will kick off his Tech Ed series with VibroBot Vibrating Bugs Race. Participants will make crazy adorable, vibrating, googly-eyed bugs and race them on tracks in this two-part program scheduled on Saturdays, January 21 and 28, from 10 am to 12 pm!

edwin-cheungBackground: Edwin Cheung has a passion for technology and enjoys teaching others about it. Mr. Cheung grew up in Queens, NY playing video games and studied electrical and computer engineering in college. A Harrison resident for over 10 years and father of two daughters, he appreciates the critical role of STEM education in preparing children for our information-based and highly technological society. As the IT guy in the family, he is often called upon to help adults stay connected to this increasingly complex world. He now works as a product developer at FactSet Research Systems. If he’s not geeking out in front of the computer, he’ll probably be in the kitchen using science and tech to help cook.

Project:

Tech Ed: VibroBot Vibrating Bugs Race

Learn about 3D design, test simple motor circuits, and see how placement of motor and craft pieces affect movement in this two-part program.

The first part of the program will be held on January 21st. Participants will use TinkerCAD to design and customize the bug body. The 3D bugs will be printed out on the 3D printer the following week.

The second part of the program will be held on January 28th. Participants will assemble 3D printed vibrobots, a race track, and set up a bug race!

All materials and laptops are provided. Space is limited to ten children, ages 8 and up. Parents are welcome. Registration is required. Please sign up online, in person, or by phone.

Find out more about our Maker-in-Residence program…

Are you a visual artist? Musician? Electronics wizard? Programmer? If you enjoy making things and teaching people new skills, we would love to hear from you!

The Harrison Public Library Maker-in-Residence will work out of the Learning Center for 4 hours per month for 3 months, working on a project of their choosing, which will be displayed in the Library at the end of their residency. As part of your residency, you will share your skills with the public. We’ll cover the costs for workshop supplies and pay you a stipend of $500 for your supplies and time working and teaching. You get unrestricted access to our equipment, opportunity to learn new skills, public exposure for your work, and a chance to share your talents with your community and all the warm fuzzy feelings that entails. We’re looking for all kinds of making, whether digital or physical. Come and show us how you do it.

Makers selected must be 21 or older, must be subjected to a comprehensive criminal background check, and have professional references. Applications are accepted and makers are selected on a rolling basis, with appointments made as residencies end.

Application

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Harrison Public Library Maker-in-Residence Program Agreement

This is not an offer of employment, and as a “Maker-In-Residence” you will be considered an independent contractor. The maker-in-residence is a contracted position for eight weeks.

The maker-in-residence will receive a one-time payment of $500. The library will provide funding for supplies for public programs.

The maker-in-residence will have four hours time per month onsite in the library. The maker-in-residence will work with all of the three groups who use the lab: teens, adults, and families (i.e., all ages).

A portion of our space will be designated for the project being worked on by the artist/maker on display.

All workshops will be made available to the general public, with HPL responsible for participant signup.

These workshops must present attendees with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.

The maker-in-residence will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies for workshops. HPL will reimburse, when agreement is reached, the maker-in-residence for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of HPL.

Any resulting artwork or product created by the maker-in-residence will be exhibited for a period of 1 month.

Maker-in-residence is responsible for any travel costs related to maker-in-residence activities.

I agree to the terms of the Harrison Public Library Maker-in-Residence Program as stated above if accepted as a Maker-in-Residence.

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