Homeschool Fair to Highlight Community Makerspaces

A 3D printer prints a colorful figurine at Makerspace Urbana.

A 3D printer prints a colorful figurine at Makerspace Urbana.

Parents who are homeschooling—or looking into the homeschool option—are invited to visit the free Homeschool Fair at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., on Saturday, April 19. It’s a chance to connect with supportive resources in the Champaign-Urbana community, see a 3D printer in action, and learn how makerspaces and high-tech tools are creating exciting new ways to learn.

From 10 a.m. to noon, a Community Resource Fair will bring together representatives from more than a dozen local homeschool groups and nonprofits. Champaign Public Library staff will also share information about how the library can help homeschooling families, including quiet study rooms and homework databases.

From 11 a.m. to noon, staff from three local makerspaces will introduce the maker movement and show how their facilities can enhance teaching. Throughout the hour, representatives from the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab on the UI campus will be available to discuss their programs. A presentation by Makerspace Urbana, a facility housed at the Champaign-Urbana Independent Media Center, is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. with a 3D printer demonstration at 11:30. during a talk by the Illinois MakerLab at the UI Business School.

Home School Fair attendees will also receive a special discount at the library’s FriendShop bookstore.  For more information, call the Champaign Public Library Children’s Services department at 217/403-2030 or email librarian@champaign.org.