APL Teens

Makerbot meets Rube Goldberg

Attention Everyone! Due to the lack of 3-D printers for our competition on October 21st, Makerbot Night will now become Makerbot/Rube Goldberg Machine night. We will build a massive Rube Goldberg machine so bring your best ideas and willingness to build something wonderful. If you are not sure what a Rube Goldberg machine, check out this great version (that is more complex than what we can do in one evening)  http://youtu.be/qybUFnY7Y8w

Drawing Autism

Drawing Autism

Drawing Autism showcases the artistic talents of individuals with autism spectrum disorder while giving perspective on how these artists relate to the world around them.  Temple Grandin has written the forward which is a perfect introduction and sets the tone for the rest of the book.  Author Jill Mullin, a behavior analyst with a clinical background in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), divided the selected works into themes.  Her goal was to provide an overview of the autism spectrum while celebrating the individuality of each person.  Artists selected for the book were all asked to complete the same questionnaire.  Some were able to complete these on their own, some had assistance from family or a caregiver, while others were unable to answer any questions at all.  Content the artists shared with Mullin is included on the page(s) with their work.


As with any art, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  There were some pieces I enjoyed immensely and would happily hang in my house, while others I didn't care for.  No matter how I felt about an artist's work however, I was able to appreciate their process and what, if anything, they were trying to convey.  This is a book that we keep in our adult non-fiction collection, but can be enjoyed by anyone with an appreciation of art or someone in their life on the autism spectrum.

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Makerbot Night

October 21 | 6:30 pm

Calling all makerbot owners. Bring your makerbot here and let's see what your bot can do in under 60 minutes. Novices and experts alike are welcome to come and share.