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Maker Madness Event Planned March 3 at SUNY Oswego Penfield Library

This 3D printer is one of the many activities that will be at Maker Madness, a free event being held on March 3 from 1-5 p.m. at SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library.

This 3D printer is one of the many activities that will be at Maker Madness, a free event being held on March 3 from 1-5 p.m. at SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library.

OSWEGO TOWN – On March 3 from 1 – 5 p.m., Penfield Library will team up with the Zonta Club of Oswego, Novelis and the Central Square School District for Maker Madness, a celebration of International Women’s Day filled with lots of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) fun.

It will be a free family-friendly event open to everyone, but with a focus on empowering girls and young women to explore their world and create a future.

This 3D printer is one of the many activities that will be at Maker Madness, a free event being held on March 3 from 1-5 p.m. at SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library.
This 3D printer is one of the many activities that will be at Maker Madness, a free event being held on March 3 from 1-5 p.m. at SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library.

Makers are invited to demonstrate their craft/skill or to lead an activity that participants can try out.

Participants will have the opportunity to play, explore and create.

Some examples of activities/demos that will be at the event are coding, robotics, crafts, Legos, and all sorts of do-it-yourself.

Sharona Ginsberg, event co-organizer and Penfield Learning Technology Librarian, said, “We are excited to invite the community to the SUNY Oswego Penfield Library for an afternoon of Maker Madness. Making emphasizes the importance of hands on learning and can be tech-influenced or based on traditional arts and crafts. This event will offer activities of all kinds where participants can explore their creative spirit.”

Ginsberg noted that they are seeking makers to participate in the event and that limited funding is available for makers who need supplies that can be shared with the community.

Maker Madness is the Zonta Club of Oswego’s fifth annual celebration of International Women’s Day.

First observed in 1909, International Women’s Day is a global celebration of women’s achievements and an occasion for looking ahead at the opportunities that await future generations of women.

Iraina Gerchman, Zonta Club of Oswego member and event co-chair, said, “Our club is looking forward to celebrating International Women’s Day with this new event and is thrilled to be partnering with SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library. Zonta’s mission is to increase the status of women locally and worldwide and we can see no better way to do that than by offering opportunities for young women to explore their inner maker.”

Gerchman also pointed out that participants will have an opportunity to win a chromebook, donated by CDI computers.

For more information about Maker Madness, contact Mallory Bower at [email protected] or visit the Zonta Club of Oswego’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ZontaClubOfOswego/