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What is the Dabble Box?

The Dabble Box makerspace is a “do-it-yourself” multi-purpose programming space where customers can explore technology, arts, and crafts. This new resource is one of the ways the library is working to meet our 2016-2020 strategic initiative to “foster a culture of creativity and innovation.” Users will develop new technology skills, gain confidence, and discover new talents and career opportunities.

Equipment

  • Dash and Dot Wonder Pack: Whether you’re into hosting make-believe tea parties, having jousts at magical kingdoms, or adventuring with friends, Dash & Dot will be there every step of the way. Learn the foundations of problem solving and computer programming as you have fun with Dash & Dot.
  • LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer: Whether you’re a life hacker, engineer, gamer, or just plain curious, you will find the Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D printer to be a fun and easy way to meet all your 3D printing needs.
  • littleBits STEAM Student Set: The littleBits Education Kit uses electronic building blocks to build circuits. They are great as a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) learning activity which allows users to explore and develop current generation skill sets.
  • LEGO® Education WeDo Construction Set: The LEGO® Education WeDo Construction Set provides users with the tools necessary to build their own LEGO® robots and program them using LEGO® Education WeDo Software.
  • LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Set: The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set contains the software and elements to start teaching STEAM subjects using robotics. Students can build, program, and test their solutions based on LEGO building bricks and real-life robotics technology.
  • MaKey MaKey: MaKey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the Internet. It’s a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between.
  • Squishy Circuits: Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way. Let your creations come to life as you light them up with LEDs, make noises with buzzers, and spin with the motor.
  • Silhouette Cameo: The Silhouette CAMEO® is the ultimate DIY machine. It uses a small blade to cut over 100 materials, including paper, cardstock, vinyl, and fabric, up to 12 in. wide.
  • Sphero SPRK+ and Accessories: Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding, SPRK+ is far more than just a robot. Navigate a maze. Program a painting. Mimic the solar system. Swim across the water. Have a dance party.… The only limit is your imagination.

 

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Tools & Materials

The Dabble Box is stocked with a Promo Heat Coffee Mug Press,  3D Doodler Pens, adult coloring books, coloring pencils, craft supplies, card stock, yarn, fabric, sewing machines, sewing supplies, craft scissors, scrapbooking materials, and so much more! Stop in and browse the inventory during open lab hours.

Maker kits to use in the Dabble Box or take home are coming soon! Choose from ukulele, canning, keyboards, knitting, MaKey MaKey, Squishy Circuits, Raspberry Pi, Go Pro Camera and Cubelets.

The Dabble Box also has a collection of maker-friendly print materials. Take a look at what’s available in the MORE catalog using the search term “Dabble Box collection : EC.

 

DB-Event-Robot For All Ages

All Ages Open Labs

  • Thursday, February 9
    3–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 16
    3–5 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 19
    1–4 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 23
    3–5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 1
    3–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 2
    3–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 9
    3–5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 15
    3–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16
    3–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 23
    3–5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 29
    3–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 30
    3–5 p.m.

DB-Adult-Event-Robot For Adults

Adult Open Labs

  • Thursday, February 9
    10 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Monday, February 13
    10 a.m.–Noon & 4–6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 15
    6–8 p.m.
  • Monday, February 20
    10 a.m.–Noon & 4–6 p.m.
  • Monday, February 27
    10 a.m.–Noon & 4–6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 1
    6–8 p.m.
  • Monday, March 6
    10 a.m.–Noon & 4–6 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 9
    10 a.m.–Noon
  • Monday, March 13
    10 a.m.–Noon
  • Wednesday, March 15
    6–8 p.m.
  • Monday, March 20
    10 a.m.–Noon
  • Tuesday, March 21
    10 a.m.–Noon
  • Monday, March 27
    10 a.m.–Noon & 4–6 p.m.

DB-Teen-Event-RobotFor Teens

Teen Open Labs

  • Tuesday, February 14
    4–6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 21
    4–6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 28
    4–6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 7
    4–6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 14
    4–6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 21
    4–6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 28
    4–6 p.m.

Thank You!

Funding for the Dabble Box has been provided by:

  • B.A. Mason Trust
  • Best Buy Foundation Community Grant
  • Cora Rust Owen Trust
  • Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
  • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Endowment Fund
  • Lois & Arnold Domer Foundation
  • Mildred Gerland Estate
  • Sharon Zenner Estate
  • Sol Remer Estate

To learn how YOU can support the Dabble Box, contact the Business Manager at 715-839-5063 or by email at teresak@eauclaire.lib.wi.us.

Dabble Box FAQ’s

Does it cost anything to use the Dabble Box?

Nope! Just like all library services, the Dabble Box will be free and open to the public.

When can I use the Dabble Box?

In addition to special workshops and programs, monthly open lab times are scheduled for all ages. Check out the monthly newsletter or view current Dabble Box schedules for all ages, adults, and teens above.

Do I need to bring my own supplies?

All supplies and materials are available for individual use in the Dabble Box.  We ask users to only use what you need.  Supplies may be limited, so please check with library staff if you have a larger project (such as making holiday gifts for several people) in mind.  You are also welcome to bring your own materials to use with our equipment. 

Is the Dabble Box open to all ages?

Yes! We plan on having open lab time and age-specific programs for school-age kids, families, teens and adults.

What Do You Think?

Would you like to share your knowledge or expertise with others? Submit your program proposal here. If you have specific questions about existing equipment or programs, please email us at dabblebox@eauclaire.lib.wi.us. All other ideas or suggestions, please submit a comment below. Your input is essential in tailoring the Dabble Box to the community!

1 reply
  1. Mrs White says:

    Wow, I brought my 2 daughters to an open lab yesterday and we were so impressed! Exciting to have something like this available in Eau Claire. Huge thank you to all the sponsors for this lab that will inspire creativity!

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