Number of Participants: 25
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $211
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: December 13, 2019
Students at Massapequa High School’s Ames Campus combined their love of technology with their desire to help others during an afterschool program on Dec. 3. Maxwell Bogue, inventor of the 3Doodler Pen, visited the school to help ninth graders customize books for Giving Tuesday, an international movement devoted to charity.
In November, Mr. Bogue visited the Ames Campus to talk about the 3D pens he invented, which are a popular tool among students in the library’s makerspace center. As a follow up visit, he assisted students in creating tactile books to support the blind and visually impaired. His company participates in the Build a Better Book initiative.
Ames students used the 3Doodler pens to outline characters and other pictures in the books. By creating the raised lines, children with visual impairments can use their fingers to visualize the images. Before Mr. Bogue’s visit, the school hosted a bake sale to raise money to purchase children’s books for the project, including the “Pete the Cat” series by Kimberly and James Dean, “Don’t Let the Pigeon” books by Mo Williams and the “Fly Guy” series by Tedd Arnold.
Students who participated included members of the Library Makerspace 3D club, under the direction of library media specialist Evangeline King, and the Helping Hands club, advised by Nicole Reiss and Tara Camilleri. The books that the ninth graders completed will be donated to local libraries.