Today’s guest blog post is by Robyn Case at the Wright Memorial Library, one of our returning exhibitors for #DMMF18.  Be sure to check out their Maker Challenge on Friday, April 20, 2018 – 7:00pm.  You can register to participate at https://www.wrightlibrary.org/MakerChallenge.

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Sometimes it seems like kids have all the fun.  At Wright Library, parents love checking out our Makerboxes (https://www.wrightlibrary.org/makerboxes) to encourage learning and creativity in their children. We love that too.

But, even though grown-ups light up with interest when they learn they could borrow a sewing machine, podcasting equipment, ukuleles, or a pottery wheel, they seem apprehensive to check one out for themselves.

 

 

I get it. It’s scary to try something new, especially something you might be terrible at. We’ve all heard of FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out, but equally common is Fear Of Looking Odd.

Last spring, when I took home our Wright Brothers Makerbox which includes a unicycle (as well as a kit to make a model Wright B Flyer), I quickly got to know that feeling of not being good at something.

 

 

And I’ll admit, neighbors definitely slowed down to laugh when they drove by. But that was part of the fun: it also started some great conversations.

 

 

At Wright Library, we want to face the FOLO(?) head on.

To introduce more adults to our awesome Makerboxes, Wright Library is hosting an Adult Maker Challenge on Friday, April 20, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:45pm

 

Adults 18+ can register as individuals or in pairs. (Individuals will be paired up the night of the event.) Up to 15 teams will face unusual challenges based on our Makerboxes– including Arduino, Sewing, Ukuleles, and Coding– plus other challenges like Legos, and Origami.

 

Brave contestants can earn badges by making their way through the challenges. Sense of humor recommended, but no experience necessary.

 

Registration required and opens March 26th.  Register at https://www.wrightlibrary.org/MakerChallenge

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