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TCF17 Taking Place This Saturday, March 18th!

leaf graphicWe are happy to help promote the following event in conjunction with our promotional partner TCF17. Its a great way to get engaged and immersed in building up to NJ Makers Day!

The 42nd Trenton Computer Festival is Saturday, March 18th at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ.  Enjoy an exciting day of talks, workshops, exhibits & shopping opportunities. Special this year is a full-day forum on Self Driving Cars.  The schedule of events is available at www.tcf-nj.org, along with directions, parking, and registration information.  The Flea Market/Vendor Fair is all indoors.  Regular festival events occur between 9 am and 5 pm.  The Banquet with Astronaut/entrepreneur Greg Olsen starts at 6 pm. 

Admission is only $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  Purchase admission and Banquet tickets, and make vendor reservations at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tcf-42-tickets-30820048595.  

The Keynote presentation is “The Autonomous Cadillac and the future of Self Driving Cars” by Raj Rajkumar, the George Westinghouse Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He was team leader of the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge Fist Place Car.

* 50+ talks and workshops, special exhibits/demonstrations and more!

For more info on TCF-ITPC see http://princetonacm.acm.org/tcfpro/.

For the complete Program and more info on all the conferences and activities see www.tcf-nj.org (also can contact TCF2017 Chair at alkatz@tcnj.edu or 609-771-2666).

Don’t miss this extraordinary event!

The TCF2017 Committee

2017 Buildtak 3D Design Contest Open to All NJ Residents!

3D Design Challenge 2017

3D printing is enabling makers to push the limits of creativity as they explore the connections between computer aided design and the physical world. Now it is your turn to leverage this new technology and design a 3D printable object that showcases the best of what the New Jersey’s maker community has to offer.

2017 Challenge Theme

This year’s BuildTak Design Challenge theme is spaceships! You are challenged to design a 3D model of any type of spaceship that your creativity and imagination can conjure up! How to Participate Using any 3D design software, create an object that can be 3D printed. Once you have finished your design, email a copy of the .STL file to contest@njmakersday.org. You don’t need a 3D printer to participate in the 3D design challenge. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2017.

The following information will be required for all submissions:

  • Subject line: "BuildTak 3D Design Challenge"
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email address
  • Which category you are submitting for ("Up to age 13" or "Age 14 to Adult")
  • Attached copy of an original 3D model design in .STL format

Judging and Contest Rules

This contest is only open to NJ residents (must be able to validate your NJ address to receive their prizes). Entries will be judged on how well your design fits the NJ Makers Day challenge theme, creativity and quality. Designs should be printable using PLA or ABS plastic and fit into a box no bigger than 5.5 inches on each side. Designs must be original. Models downloaded from Thingiverse, Shapeways or other model sharing services will not be considered. Designs will be judged in two categories: Up to 13 years old 14 years old to Adult Prizes Prizes will be awarded in both judging categories. Winners will be notified by email by April 28, 2017.

Select contest winners may also have their models produced as 3D prints and exhibited in locations around the state for public viewing. Thanks to NJ Makers Day sponsor BuildTak, as well as the partnership of the Bergen Makerspace for powering this challenge!

Also, a big thanks to the 3D Printing Nerd for his awesome promo video to celebrate this contest. Check out his Youtube channel for more!

NJ Makers Day Highlights : Glen Rock Public Library

NJ Makers Day: A Platform for Collaboration

Working together, Glen Rock Public Library and Glen Rock Middle School were able to create dynamic and successful NJ Makers Day events. The Teen & Technology Librarian Associate, Morgan Taylor, and Middle School Media Specialist, Lauren Mitchell, were looking for opportunities for collaboration and both agreed that NJMD was a great place to start.

They had a few planning meetings and discussed the best tools and format for each of their events. GRMS planned a full Friday school day allowing every 6th grader to come through the media center and explore different stations of maker tools and hands-on projects during their class rotation. GRPL used a similar method on Saturday that allowed users of all ages to visit and explore whatever tools and projects interested them.

Both events relied on teen volunteers to instruct and help out. Lauren and Morgan were able to support one another at each of the events and the town participation was outstanding!

Makers Day at the Glen Rock Library from Glen Rock TV on Vimeo.

Morgan Taylor is a Teen & Technology Librarian Associate at the Glen Rock Public Library (Glen Rock, NJ)

NJ Makers Day Highlights - Bridgeton Public Library

Over the next few months, we will be posting pics and videos highlighting some of the great offering and programs our sites have provided during past NJ Makers Days. This time up, we are sharing some awesome videos created by patrons at the Bridgeton Public Library from their 2016 NJ Makers Day!

Oh, and watch it seems there is something in the water in Bridgeton, NJ ....

Site Registration Now Open!

Register today!

Join us for the third Annual New Jersey Makers Day! NJ Makers Day will be held on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017. We look forward to NJ's freshest innovations, creative efforts, and inspiring growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, math and more!

Register your school, library, museum, makerspace or organization to participate in NJMD 2017 any time online! We invite organizations interested in being a host site for NJMD to register their location in order to engage in networking and professional development opportunities, extended resources and guidance, and assistance with questions regarding program ideas, community connections, funding sources, and more. Those who signed up as "early bird sites" in early November 2016 will also be first in line for any promotional materials or giveaways! There is no cost associated with becoming a participating site, and sites have complete autonomy to plan and coordinate activities as you would like.

Looking for inspiration? New Jersey Makers Day Highlights

Browse njmakersday.org to find many resources for a variety of locations, particularly if you have concerns about staffing, space, time, or resources. Take some time to look at our partners and sponsors, and brainstorm organizations and partners in your own community with whom to colloaborate to celebrate and support making and maker culture. Please use the press kit that the NJMD Planning Commmittee put together to modify or use as-is in promotion for your site's NJMD activities in March. Also, our interactive map shows all the NJMD registered sites throughout the state -- find our who else is participating, and maybe find a collaborative partner! Always, feel free to use our Contact form for any questions or feedback.

Where will you be on NJ Makers Day?

Locations across the state have many NJ Makers Day activites, demostrations, and programs planned, and we actually hope it will be difficult for you to choose where you will spend your Friday and Saturday! To help, we have created an events listing page highlighting the many activities taking place across the state. Many people last year visited multiple sites to get the full experience, while others immersed themselves in once place. The choice is up to you, but having an idea of what's going on should help. 

Some highlights include:

  • Drone demonstrations
  • Metal working
  • Robotics demonstrations
  • Basket weaving
  • Quilting and sewing
  • Pottery
  • Electronics porotyping and workshops
  • Tons of things to make including Doodle Bots, LED light projects, paper crafts, electronic wearables

Support NJMD

Recently, there has been interest expressed by those looking to support NJ Makers Day sites through donations. This can be a great way to show your support for the variety of different activities and events taking place at more than 200 schools, libraries, museums, makerspaces and more throughout New Jersey! All donations are administered through the New Jersey Makers Day A NJ Non Profit Corporation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and will be used to provide direct support to participating NJ Makers Day sites.

Donate by Check

Check donations are accepted by mail. A receipt of your donation will be sent to you upon receipt of you donation. Donations can be made out to "New Jersey Makers Day A NJ Non Profit Corporation" and mailed to :  

New Jersey Makers Day A NJ Non Profit Corporation
Attn: James Keehbler, Treasurer
500 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Donate Online

Use the button below to donate to NJ Makers Day via Paypal


We are also a listed charity on AmazonSmile. Use this link and select "NJ Makers Day" as your designated charity when you make your purchases, and a 0.5% donation will be made from the Amazon foundation directly to NJ Makers Day. This a great way to shop and support us at the same time!

Investor's Bank Care2Share

NJ Makers Day is a Care2Share Affinity Program member with Investors Bank. If you have an account with Investors Bank you can designate the library foundation as your Care2Share non-profit organization. The bank will provide funds to our organization at no cost to you! Stop by your local branch to inquire about the Care2Share program or download an account enrollment form at www.myinvestorsbank.com/care2share. NJ Makers Day will receive 0.25% on the average monthly balance on all checking accounts and 0.15% on the average monthly balance of all savings accounts enrolled in the program.

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