Johnson C. Smith University Hosts Maker Conference

Johnson C. Smith University hosts Maker Conference to help bridge digital
Charlotte, N.C./April 7, 2018–The James B. Duke Memorial Library partners
with Discovery Place Education Studio, Makerspace Charlotte and Apple to
host a full-day conference April 13, 2018, giving Charlotte and
particularly under-served West Side tech entrepreneurs the opportunity for
hands-on experience with cutting-edge digital equipment and concepts.
Guests can expect expert panel discussions with designers, makers, and
hackers as well as hands-on breakout sessions featuring demonstrations of
3D printers, laser cutters and milling devices. Apple will be conducting
workshops on Swift Coding for students.
There are only 50 slots for the Discovery Place Education Studio session
which provides hands on demonstrations so registration is required, here
Organizers will also provide individualized 15-20 minute “speed-sessions”
so attendees can have their own maker-specific questions and concerns
addressed. Guests are encouraged to bring photos, illustrations, floor
plans, or curriculum–whatever may enhance the discussion. No registration
is necessary for other sessions; simply email Dr. Chantell McDowell at stating interest in other sessions. A full agenda will
be posted on the library’s website,
This will be a day of priceless learning, networking opportunities and
enrichment. The event is open to educators, students, librarians, alumni,
CMS teachers, and community members.
For any questions, please contact Dr. Chantell McDowell, collection
development librarian and instructional technology coordinator, at or Monika Rhue, director of Library Services, at


Date: April 13, 2018 8 am-4 pm

Cost: Free and open to the public

Special: Register for Discovery Place sessions at

About Johnson C. Smith University

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit
urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national
reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences
and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial
citizens and leaders to be change agents in their professions and
communities. Offering 25 fields of study, including a master’s degree in
social work, to more than 1,400 students from a variety of ethnic,
socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s programs focus
on intellectual rigor, social consciousness and global responsibility.
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