Resources

Oil and Water Challenge: Talk Like A Scientist #2 Emulsion!

Learn about emulsion and emulsifiers as we challenge you to mix Oil and Water in this episode of “Talk Like A Scientist”.

Vortex Cannon! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Create vortex cannons using old boxes to destroy targets using air power!

Zucchini Pizzas! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Get busy in the kitchen creating these zucchini pizzas as a fun lunch activity.

Zoetrope Cartoon Animator! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Bring your cartoons to life by building the 150 year old Zoetrope invention!

Balloon Cars! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Build and race balloon-powered Lego cars, propelled with air power!

Puff Pastry Hot Dogs! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Get busy in the kitchen creating puff pastry hot dogs as a fun lunch activity.

Chip Packet Key Rings! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Create these amazing shrunken chip packet key rings!

Build a Solar Turbine! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Build a Solar Turbine that turns light energy into heat energy to spin a rotor using the renewable energy power of convection!

Tin Can Telephones: Talk Like A Scientist #1 Vibration!

Learn about vibrations and sound waves as you build a Tin Can Telephone in this episode of our “Talk Like A Scientist” series of STEM video workshops you can do at home with items commonly found around the house, in your recycling, garden and pantry.

Pick & cook Green Tomato Pickles! Veggie Patch Science #19

Don’t let your tomatoes go to waste when the frosts hit – make these delicious Green Tomato Pickles! We show you how to find a bumper crop then take you through an easy recipe – it just needs a bit of prep!

Paper Bangers! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make these simple paper bangers with just one sheet of A4 paper. Use them to scare your friends and family!

Painting with Light: Howlaround Video Art! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Use the webpage or files below to start painting with light to create amazing video art using the “Howlaround” technique in our video workshop!

Try our Mirror Webcam page or download a ZIP of both the Standard and Mirror code.
Watch a 15 minute howlaround video from one of our workshops at the Innovation Studio!

Dried Oranges! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make these delicious and tangy dried oranges this winter. Use them as decorations, have them in a drink or just eat them on their own.

Crayon Model Making! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Turn crayons into amazing models to give as gifts, display, play with – or just use to draw!

Whirly Birds! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Create these paper whirly birds that spin and glide slowly to the ground.

Pendulum Art! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Use gravity as your paintbrush to create beautiful pendulum art in your home – or in the garden!

Microwave Lemon Slice! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Make this delicious lemon slice – perfect for afternoon tea or dessert – in the microwave!

Grow Sugar Crystals! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Grow sugar crystals in a jar on a string

Soda Bread! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Bake easy 4 ingredient soda bread with no rising time required!

Home 3D Scanning! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Make your own 3D Scan using a smartphone or tablet! Download and print this sheet for the app to refer to in 3D space.

Microwave French Toast! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Make truly delicious French Toast in under 2 minutes using the most amazing culinary invention since the toaster: the mighty microwave oven!

Harvesting Beans! Veggie Patch Science #19

Learn when and how to harvest your beans from the bean pole we built way back in episode five!

Pick and Cook Carrot and Coriander Soup! Veggie Patch Science #18

Make this delicious Carrot and Coriander Soup – we show you how to pull carrots without them snapping off, then take you through an easy carrot soup recipe!

Pick and cook Zucchini Slice! Veggie Patch Science #17

Make this delicious Zucchini Slice – we show you how to pick them safely without damaging yourself or your plant, then take you through an easy recipe – with tips for chopping onions and cleaning eggs! With vegetarian and meat options, this Zucchini slice is versatile enough to be eaten hot or cold, for lunch or dinner with all sorts of sides.

Make a Sundial! Veggie Patch Science #16

Make a colourful sundial that really works for your garden!

Easy Batch Composting! Veggie Patch Science #15

Making compost doesn’t have to be a back-breaking enterprise – ditch the garden fork and give a Batch Composting Bucket a literal whirl instead!

Make a Natural Bird Feeder! Veggie Patch Science #14

Go on a bush walk to collect natural items to build a bird feeder to hang in your garden!

Make Fluffy Slime! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Create your own soft fluffy slime with Amy.

Set up a Remote Camera! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Set up your own remote camera using an old Android phone and protect yourself from biscuit thieves!

Make a Solar Cooker! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Make a Solar Cooker from recycling and tinfoil to bake biscuits, cook rice – even a vegetable stew using nothing but the power of the sun!

Chewy ANZAC Biscuits! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Make these moist and chewy ANZAC biscuits in the oven – or see our later video to cook them in a solar oven!

Rainbow Wizards Brew! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Stir up a magical bubbling volcanic brew with a bicarb-soda chemical reaction.

Mini Holograms! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Make you own mini hologram using your mobile or tablet – download the template and the example holo-vid.

Rainbow Oven Pancakes! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Make these dazzling rainbow pancakes in the oven, so you can all eat at once!

Make a Bee Billabong! Veggie Patch Science #13

Give your pollinating insects a helping hand by creating a safe place for them to sit and sip!

Make a Watering Can / Conserve Water! Veggie Patch Science #12

Learn how to conserve enough water for your garden every day – and make a watering can with upcycled bottles!

Pest Control! Veggie Patch Science #11

Now our plants are in we need to protect them from all sorts of hungry slugs, snails, aphids and other insects! Learn how to humanely keep pests off your veggie patch – and the last resort that is White Oil.

Plant Lomandra! NAIDOC Week 2020 – Veggie Patch Science #10

They say Lomandra thrives on neglect – but what does that really mean? Learn how to plant and nurture this native grass in this special NAIDOC Week 2020 gardening workshop.

Plant your Salads and Veggies! Veggie Patch Science #9

Plan where to put your plants so the right ones get of the plenty of sun or shade – and learn about Companion Planting, where some plants can protect others from pests or need to be kept apart as they compete for the same resources!

Frost Protection! Veggie Patch Science #8

Learn about why frost happens, where it happens most – and how to protect your seedling and winter vegetables from it!

Make a Rain Gauge! Veggie Patch Science #7

After some slight head-scratching, we use observational science to work out whether your veggie patch needs watering with our simple DIY rain gauge – it’s no to BOM standards, but we tell you why it doesn’t need to be!

Grow long straight carrots and big round beetroots! Veggie Patch Science Workshop #6

Don’t end up with tiny and twisted dirt-clogged carrots, with a little bit of sand we show you how to grow these long and straight – and great big beetroot too!

Make a Bean Pole Teepee! Veggie Patch Science Workshop #5

We plant our very first vegetable seedlings in the garden – climbing beans – and show you how to build a bean-pole teepee!

Make a Bird Nest Shop! Veggie Patch Science Workshop #4

Help the birds this spring by building a bird nest shop for your garden – our scarecrow may keep birds away from our seedlings but birds are very useful in the garden by eating insects that may damage our crop – so we don’t want to scare them away completely!

Build a Home Monorail FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make a network of monorail lines and trains – both gravity-powered and balloon-propelled – in your home or garden!

Create Exploding Ninja Stars! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Be a real Australian Ninja Warrior and make exploding ninja stars to hit targets or film with your smartphone in slow motion! Julian takes you through all the steps – just don’t attack people or pets.

Make Marbled Giftwrap! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make marbled gift paper to add a special touch to your next present! Amy takes you through all the steps in this fun artistic activity.

Make Hair Scrunchies! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make your very own scrunchie to embellish your hairstyle or give to friends and family as gifts! Megan takes you through all the steps in this beginner sewing tutorial. Remember, many of our library branches have sewing machines available to use!

Make a Water Tornado! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make a tornado in a water bottle and check out the beautiful swirling glitter effect! Amy takes you through all the steps in this fun science activity.

Build a Pool Noodle Albatross! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make a pool noodle albatross to soar further and higher than a paper plane! Julian takes you through all the steps and heads down to the oval to try it out.

Honeycomb Cinder Toffee! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Use a chemical reaction to fill sugar with bubbles and make sweet honeycomb cinder toffee – or Hokey Pokey to some!

Growing from Seed for Free! Veggie Patch Science Workshop #3

We show you how to start growing vegetables from seed in our third Veggie Patch Science workshop – and if your library has a seed library it may not cost you anything!

Make a Scarecrow! Veggie Patch Science Workshop #2

In the second of our Veggie Patch Science workshops we take a break from digging to show you how to make a scarecrow!

Dig Your Plot! Veggie Patch Science Workshop #1

In the first of our Veggie Patch Science workshops we show you how to create a compass to choose the perfect spot for your plot, plan your vegetable patch and get digging or filling pots. We’ll also show you what we have in store for future weeks!

DIY Filter Coffee! Home Workshop

One for the adutlts – out camping or stuck in a very basic kitchen but want to brew some coffee? We’ll show you how to make it as good as with a plunger / coffee press but using just a keep-cup and some kitchen wipes!

DIY Smartphone Speaker Stand! Home Workshop

Make a speaker and stand for your smartphone with just a tube, some cups or bottles – and a pair of scissors. Jonathan takes you through all the steps – even the dance steps!

Balloon Weather Station! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Make your own barometer to predict the rain and learn about air pressure in this fun science workshop!

Stop Motion Animation! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make your own Stop Motion Animation in this fun art and technology workshop!

Bottle Xylophone! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make a bottle xylophone with bottles, spoons, water – and either an ear for music or an app in this fun musical science workshop! If you want to use the app mentioned in this workshop, download it for Android or Apple devices. The app is advert-supported and may contain in-app purchases, so check with an adult first.

Monster Eggs! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Creep out everyone when you create these amazing monster eggs in this fun art workshop!

Festy Fake Wounds! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Scare your friends with fake wounds in this fun art workshop!

Edible Garden! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Grow your own edible garden in this fun science workshop!

Celery Straws! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Discover how plants transport water and nutrients in this colourful science workshop!

Fabulous Foil Art! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Create amazing shiny pictures and jewelry with this fun art workshop!

Stained Glass Biscuits! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make amazing see-through Stained Glass Biscuits in this fun cooking workshop!

Chocolate Crackles! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make our classic chocolate crackles in this delicious cooking workshop!

Sherbet! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make your own sherbet with this fun cooking workshop!

UFO Mini Pizzas! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Create edible UFOs (mini pizzas) with this fun cooking workshop!

Fast Scones! FAST School Holiday Workshops

Make scones from just three ingredients – and pair them with butter and jam you can make yourself in our other workshops!

Home-made Microwave Jam! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make your own Jam in the microwave with this fun cooking workshop!

Home-made Butter! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Make your own Butter using marbles in this fun cooking workshop!

Home-made Ice Cream! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Learn how to make Ice Cream at home two different ways – one with just a banana and a blender, the other by whisking Cream and Evaporated Milk together. Discover how to add all sorts of amazing and crazy flavours, including Chocolate Freckle Rainbow Ice Cream, Mango Ice Cream, Mint Choc-Chip Ice Cream – and even Massaman Curry Ice Cream!

Chocolate Bananas! FAST School Holiday Workshop

Create delicious chocolate-coated banana treats with this fun cooking workshop!

Rainbow Periscope! Home Workshop

Fill your world with rainbows with our periscope – all you need is a cardboard tube, 2 old CD/DVD discs, some tape – and a pair of scissors!

The Micro:bit Tutorial 4 – Radio Communication

The Micro:bit Radio Tutorial 4 by the CNRL Library Innovation Studio. The tutorial uses the Makecode website to program a virtual Micro:bit from with your browser. It can be found at https://makecode.microbit.org/

Cardboard Construction Kit! Engineering Home Workshop

Make this practically free toy construction set to build anything you can imagine. All you need is unwanted cardboard and a pair of scissors!

Gummi Gifts! Cooking Home Workshop

Make love hearts, dinosaurs – all sorts of shapes – with gummi bear lollies, scissors, baking paper and an oven. The perfect sweet gift for Mothers Day, Birthdays, Valentines Day – or any day!

2 minute Cake! Cooking Home Workshop

Fancy some cake? You could be eating a great big mug of cake in 2 minutes if you stir quick enough! All you need is a microwave, a mug and a tablespoon – no other equipment! Find out how in our video.

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Fun With Bicarb

Join Amy and Julian as they have some fun with Bicarb Soda.

Bubble Snake! Messy Science Home Workshop

Why use a one-hole bubble wand when you could have a thousand-hole bubble snake? All you need is scissors, a sock, a bottle and an elastic band – then you can fill your garden, your bath, your world with bubbles! We’ll show you how to make bubble mixture too with just water and dishwashing liquid.

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Hi-Tech Claw

Join Julian as he creates a cardboard claw using pulleys.

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Colour Changing Milk

Join Amy as she uses milk and food colouring to create fun colours.

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Crafty Catapult

Join Julian as he creates a catapult from paddle pop sticks and rubber bands.

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Lava Lamp

Join Amy as she creates an awesome looking Lava Lamp

CNRL Interactive Science – Hanging Arch

Join Julian as he creates an ancient arch using a keystone.

Here is the template

Bricking It! Lego Challenge Home Workshop

We challenge you to add Lego to existing objects and keep them functional – or improve them! Post your amazing creations to our social media channels above or hashtag #innovationstew. Check out Jonathan’s working Lego Shower and working Lego DVD Remote!

Rainbow Chocolate Microwave Popcorn! Cooking Home Workshop

Make your own Microwave Popcorn with regular popcorn kernels in less time than it takes to microwave them!

Take your popcorn to the next level with our second recipe:
🌈🍫🍿 Rainbow Chocolate Microwave Popcorn 🌈🍫🍿

All you need is popcorn kernels, a bag , some oil – and either salt, sugar or chocolate!

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Chromatography

Join Amy as she separates the colours in texters using chromatography.

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Jumping Marbles

Join Julian as he creates a crazy roller with marbles that uses inertia.

Template: Jumping Marbles Template

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Escaping Water

Join Amy as she helps water escape a container using cohesion.

Dirtbags! Gardening Science Home Workshop

Create a self-watering micro-climate garden on your window sill and watch how plants grow both above and below the soil!

Micro:bit Tutorial 3 – Turtle Graphics

This Micro:bit Turtle Tutorial is by the CNRL Library Innovation Studio. The tutorial uses the Makecode website to program a virtual Micro:bit from within your browser. It can be found at https://makecode.microbit.org/

Oily Painting! Arty Science Home Workshop

Can the radiant beauty of Stained Glass be replicated with crayons texters and vegetable oil? Jonathan finds out!

Slime! Messy Science Home Workshop

Learn how to make 100% edible (but disgusting) Oobleck Slime with just Corn Flour and Water (and if you don’t want white slime: Food Colouring). This non-newtonian fluid has to be poured, squished and toyed with to be believed!

Introduction to Home Workshops

Find out what sort of things you’ll need in our new Home Workshops (hint: most of it you’d normally recycle), who these workshops are aimed at (hint: it’s you) and the sort of things we will be doing!

Micro:bit Tutorial 2 – Decisions and Loops

In this tutorial you will work with a virtual micro:bit – code along free at makecode.microbit.org!

Micro:bit Tutorial 1 – The Screen

In this tutorial you will work with a virtual micro:bit – code along free at makecode.microbit.org!

Digital Cutter

Our Janome Artistic Edge 15X digital cutter is great for custom cutouts for scrapbooks, quilting and embroidery. It uses standard vector files to cut designs on cardboard, fabric or vinyl up to 15 x 15 inches (380mm x 380mm). A pen attachment is also available to draw patterns on fabric for easy embroidery. We have a list of verified cutting settings to use with SimpleCut software which is easy to use and supports a wide range of image formats

If you have a project or would like to learn more about our Digital Cutter book an induction or contact us for more information.

3D Printer

Our Makerbot Replicator 2 3D Printer is a popular machine that is a lot of fun to work with. It can print 3D models with a base of 285mm x 153mm and a height of 155mm. The Makerbot Print software is easy to use and can import models or print STL files downloaded from the internet. We have a large range of coloured filament to choose from.

We use PLA filament, a tough plant-based plastic that can be made to biodegrade under the right conditions, or can be recycled back into PLA filament for re-use. PLA gives your 3D models a detailed result with a smooth finish.

If you have a project or would like to learn more about our 3D printer book an induction or contact us for more information.

3D Scanner

Our Makerbot Digitizer 3D Scanner can turn your real life object into a 3D model. Once you have your 3D model this can be imported into 3D games, Virtual Reality or printed on our 3D Printer. It can scan 3D models with a base of 411mm x 475mm and a height of 203mm.

If you have a project or would like to learn more about our 3D scanner book an induction or contact us for more information.

Opening Hours

The CNRL Library Innovation Studio is open to the public upstairs at Tamworth City Library.
DUE TO COVID-19 WE ARE CLOSED
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@ Tamworth Library

Wednesday9:30am - 4pm
Thursday9:30am - 4pm
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Equipment Inductions

A confident computer proficency is required to use most of our equipment, and but some items will require a formal safety induction.
Contact us for details or book an induction session now on our Events page.