Maker Conference helps bridge digital divide

The James B. Duke Memorial Library in collaboration with Discovery Place Education Studio, Makerspace Charlotte and Apple is hosting a full-day maker event of expert panel discussions with librarians, makers, and hackers as well as hands-on breakout sessions April 13, 2018.

Informational sessions and demonstrations of 3D printers and CNC milling devices will be provided, as well as previously cut examples of laser cut materials. Apple will conduct workshops on Swift Coding for students.

There are only 50 slots available for the Discovery Place Education Studio session which provides hands-on demonstrations, so registration is required at

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 April 6, 2018 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.