Brain Station

Learn. Create. Do.

 

The Library is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

See below for activities you can do from home!

 

 

 

 

What is the Brain Station?  The Brain Station is a community Makerspace - a collaborative learning environment where people of all ages can come together to create, learn new skills, be exposed to new technologies and have fun! Look at our list of equipment - available to use for school or home projects! 

 

 Virtually Maker Faire 

Presented by Make: Virtually Maker Faire is an opportunity for you to share what you’ve done and let other people learn from you and your group. Tell us about your projects, share what’s going on in your community, talk about how your makerspace, FabLab, maker club or school is involved in the response to COVID-19. Your stories and insight can help inspire others.Get involved by organizing or leading a panel discussion, creating a workshop or demonstration, share a presentation, or exhibit a project. Apply through our Call to Makers form. Thank you for being part of this extraordinary effort.

 

Visit Virtually Maker Faire!

5/23/2020

 

 

 

 

What tools and equipment are available?

Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer

 Check out WHAT WE MADE on Thingiverse!

 And OTHER THINGS that can be made...

 

GAMES of all kinds:Jenga, Crossword & jigsaw puzzles
 

3Doodler

 

Sphero & Ozobot robots

 

Python

 Scratch

 Mathematica

iMac with Retina 5k Display

 XCode

 Cura

 MFStudio

 OpenSCAD

 

Intuos Pen & Touch Tablet

 

Green screen, lighting, and iPad

 

Button Maker

 

 

LEGO Mindstorms

 

Snap Circuits & littleBits

Keva Planks

 

Bloxels

 

Digital Multimeter

 

Arduino

 

Raspberry Pi

 

 

 

COMING SOON!

 Virtual Reality (VR) via Oculus Go! Explore the Anne Frank House, visit the ISS, or go fishing!

 VHS to DVD conversion

 Soldiering station

 

 

The Library welcomes donations of materials! Tools, crafting suppplies, electronics - contact the Brain Station staff  for more information. View our wish list here!  
FUN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY!
Are you looking for something fun and interesting to do? Volunteer in the Brain Station! We are looking for volunteers to teach classes, demonstrate a skill or act as open session coaches. 

Fill out a library volunteer application available here or at one of our service desks.

 

 

Interested in using our 3D printer?New” 3D Printing training at the Brain Station.  You can now reserve a time during open session hours to receive individualized instruction on how to use our 3D printer, the Ultimaker 2+.  You must call or email [email protected]  to make sure a session coach is available.

 

 

 

Activities You Can Do From Home
What is Citizen Science? - Citizen science (CS; also known as community science, crowd science, crowd-sourced science, civic science, volunteer monitoring, or online citizen science) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists.[1]Citizen science is sometimes described as "public participation in scientific research," participatory monitoring, and participatory action research whose outcomes are often advancements in scientific research, as well as an increase in the public's understanding of science.[2][3] Based on Alexa rankings[4] iNaturalist is currently the most popular citizen science website[5] followed by eBird[6] and then Zooniverse[7] in second and third place respectively.
Citizenscience.gov - CitizenScience.gov is an official government website designed to accelerate the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science across the U.S. government. The site provides a portal to three key components: a catalog of federally supported citizen science projects, a toolkit to assist federal practitioners with designing and maintaining their projects, and a gateway to a community of hundreds of citizen science practitioners and coordinators across government as called for in the Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act of 2016 (15 USC 3724). You can learn more about the activities of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science in this two-page overview document.

Foldit is a way for every citizen to be a scientist. It helps real scientists fold proteins which can even be helpful in finding a cure for the COVID-19 virus!

 

CERN is contributing computing resources to a volunteer-computing initiative that aims to better understand the virus behind COVID-19. The initiative is being run on the [email protected] platform, which is a distributed computing project for simulating the dynamics of protein molecules. People across the globe can install software on their computers that will make use of spare processing power to help carry out complex simulations of how proteins fold and how their movements are implicated in a variety of diseases. The principle is the same as that which underpins CERN’s own volunteer-computing platform, [email protected].

NASA Solve - Interested in helping NASA solve tough problems? You are in the right place! This one-stop-shop website is where you’ll find opportunities to participate in challenges, prize competitions, and citizen science activities that develop solutions for problems related to NASA’s mission.
What is 3D Printing & How Does it Work?

Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help us make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible. Join 14,633 "volunpeers" to add more to the total 514,253 pages of field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, biodiversity specimens labels that have been collaboratively transcribed and reviewed since June 2013.

19 immersive museum exhibits you can visit from your couch

 
Things Makers From Around The World Are Creating To Fight COVID-19

MIT Emergency Ventilator (E-Vent) Project - We are one of several teams who recognized the challenges faced by Italian physicians, and are working to find a solution to the anticipated global lack of ventilators. In the US alone, the COVID-19 pandemic may cause ventilator shortages on the order of 300,000-700,000 units (CDC Pandemic Response Plans).

3D Printing to Help with the Coronavirus Pandemic - One of the biggest challenges currently is the shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment), like masks, for medical workers. One promising option we’re investigating is an open-source face mask design that has been shared by Copper3D.

Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies - Facebook group dedicated to makers working on various hacks for the COVID-19 crisis.

What’s “Plan C” for COVID-19? (from Make Magazine) - A grassroots uprising of makers, engineers and others are creating a backup plan for the backup plan for COVID-19.

Coronavirus: 3D printers save hospital with valves (from the BBC) - Italian journalist Nunzia Vallini put the hospital in touch with Isinnova chief executive Cristian Fracassi after discovering the original supplier was unable to supply new valves quickly. He and mechanical engineer Alessandro Romaioli raced there to see the valve for themselves - and three hours later, returned with a prototype.

Easy COVID 19 Emergency Mask for Hospital Ventilators - These people took a common snorkeling mask and designed a valve for it that connects to a ventilator. They call it the Charlotte valve.
 
 
 

Ultimaker 2+


The Brain Station is generously supported by the
Milford Education Foundation.
Other supporters include: The Harvey Hubbell Foundation and the Friends of the Milford Library.
 
Need more information?
Brain Station Policy (adopted 01.04.17)Brain Station Usage Agreement (adopted 01.07.17)
Technology Coordinator:
Fred Danowski
[email protected]
Program and Volunteer Coordinator:

[email protected]