Tech fun at new library not just for kids

There are plenty of opportunities for grown-ups to have some fun and learn about technology at Rotorua Library in the newly refurbished Te Aka Mauri in the coming week.Drones, 3D printing and Scratch computer coding are among the upcoming options for adults in addition to regular, basic computer classes.

"This is a chance to see some of the new facilities and resources on offer at your library while learning something exciting," ICT Education Lead Victoria Macann says.

Drones Presentation

Expert drone operator and photographer Regan Fraser will give a presentation about drone technology and its application in the Makerspace on Saturday 24 February at 10am. This presentation will be of interest if you've never seen a drone before or if you have your own drone and need some tips for improving images. This session is for anyone aged 12 and over.

TinkerCAD and 3D printing workshop

Last week's TinkerCAD and 3D printing workshop for children proved popular and now adults have their chance to  learn how to use the TinkerCAD software on the iMAC computers to create a simple design in 3D. They can then have that design printed on  the library's 3D printers. This workshop will be in the Mac Computer Suite this Saturday 1-2.30pm.

Stepping Up Computer Classes

For those wanting to get started with computers, free basic Stepping Up classes have resumed with a new and improved format.  Classes now run on Tuesdays and Thursdays for one hour from 10am during school term and booking is required to ensure a place.  These classes cover a wide range of topics from Gmail and Google drive to Trade Me and spreadsheets.

The change to more frequent and shorter classes has been made to allow more people to attend.

​Scratch coding for adults

Learning computer programming may seem well out of reach for many adults, but the very visual, drag and drop coding programme, Scratch, makes learning the principles of coding easy and fun. A free session for adults wanting to give it a go will be held in the iMac Computer Suite on Tuesday 27 February from 1-2.30pm.

Booking and Cost

Booking is essential for all of the above classes, workshops and the presentation. The Drones Presentation and TinkerCAD workshops each cost $5 per person while the Stepping Up classes and the Scratch coding session for adults are free.

Mrs Macann is thrilled to see members of the community starting to make the most of the new spaces on the second floor of Te Aka Mauri. The Makerspace and the iMac Computer Suite are two of three digital learning, creative and collaborative spaces that were funded by BayTrust and the library is now able to start offering activities in these area thanks to the support of Programmes Partners Unison, Tompkins Wake and the Wright Family Foundation.

"This is just the start," Mrs Macann says.

"We have so much planned including robotics, combining technology with art, building structures and a raft of new software on the computer for graphic design, photo manipulation and animation."

For bookings and further information visit or contact Rotorua Library.

Page reviewed: 23 Feb 2018 1:40pm