The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs will host an after-hours Maker Ball fundraiser at the Oak Bluffs Public Library to raise capital to convert existing space to a dedicated “maker” lab classroom at the library. According to a press release, library staff and outside instructors will use the classroom to teach free arts and STEM educational workshops for children, teens, and adults. When classes are not in session, the classroom and its equipment will be available for free public use during “open lab” hours.
STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, has been receiving more attention due an increased interest in STEM education and a large amount of STEM job opportunities in the future. A maker space supports STEM education by providing a place where the community can develop skills ranging from coding and app development to soldering circuits and video editing.
The Maker Ball will take place on the evening of Friday, July 1, from 6 to 9 pm. Tickets are $55 each, available for prepurchase at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. The event will feature maker demonstrations, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, dancing, and live music provided by Eric Johnson’s jazz trio. Donations are gladly accepted, and sponsorships will be seriously considered.