What is a Mobile Digital Hub?

    A digital hub is a place where people can come to learn about (and use) new technologies such as 3D printing, virtual reality, coding, robots, STEM/STEAM and other technological equipment.

    Normally a digital hub would be fixed one place for example in a specialised room but in this case we want to take the equipment ‘on the road’.

    Could also to refer to this as a Mobile Makerspace.

    What is a Makerspace?

    A place where people can come together to use, and learn to use materials as well as develop creative projects. Makerspaces promote learning through play and can be created in a classroom, a library or even in a stand alone building. The important idea is that it is a place that can be used for a range of activities with changing and flexible educational goals and creative purposes. We have seen Makerspaces in all different shapes and sizes and whilst they are most commonly associated with using technology to create and design, typically the spaces will;

    • Foster play, exploration and participatory learning
    • Facilitate informal learning opportunities where connections between home, school, and community are enabled and encouraged.
    • Collaborative learning where educators and students pool their skills and knowledge and share in the tasks of teaching and learning;
    • Develop a culture of creating as opposed to consuming

    What is STEM/STEAM?

    At its most basic, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Alternatively, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. But STEM education is far more than just sticking those subject titles together. It’s a philosophy of education that embraces teaching skills and subjects in a way that resembles real life.

    Who is it aimed at?

    Everyone.

    The Mobile Digital Hub will be of interest to anyone who is interested in new technologies and programs will be formulated to suit the audience.


    What will it be used for?

    The Mobile Digital Hub will be used to engage the Community in new learning opportunities and to provide new skills and as a way of providing access to new technologies.


    How will it be used?

    It will be mobile so the equipment can be taken out to venues such as service clubs, community centres, retirement homes and schools.

    Some programs will be run in the library.

    Who will be responsible for it?

    The Library will manage all aspects of the Mobile Digital Hub.

    How can I access it?

    The collection will be mobile so we want to take it to you.

    When it's ready to go we will be promoting the service and taking bookings.
    We are also planning to run programs using the devices in our libraries.

    What would a Mobile Digital Hub look like?

    Here is an example of a transportable case that we could use to house components of the Mobile Digital Hub.

    It has a sturdy construction with plenty of room for housing (and protecting) delicate equipment.


    What sort of 3D Printer would be included?

    Currently looking at the Flashforge Adventurer 3 as a 3D printer to include in the Mobile Digital Hub.

    Flashforge has a good reputation and there are already SA libraries using this brand.

    The size and weight of the Adventurer 3 will make it easy for transport and it is available for purchase from several South Australian retailers which is very useful for getting support and making it more affordable.

    Besides the size (388 x 340 x 405mm) and weight (9kg) this printer has other attractive features including:

    • 150mm x 150mm x 150mm build area
    • fully enclosed with door
    • heated bed
    • removable and flexible print bed
    • built in camera

    Full specifications can be viewed here.