Technology meets art as Burnhamthorpe and Courtneypark Libraries welcome Makerspaces, which feature the green screens that allow moviemakers to create special effects, such as fantasy backgrounds that transport characters to faraway locations.

The City of Mississauga has been awarded about $102,000 through the federal government’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150) to create the Makerspaces, which are dynamic areas that provide a mix of resources and advanced technology, including 3D printers, audio and video recording/editing tools and robotics. In addition to green screens, the Burnhamthorpe Library Makerspace features robotics equipment, an iMac computer and design software. The Courtneypark Library Makerspace houses a recording booth that will allow patrons to record spoken word and podcasts, as well as film and edit their own video and sound recordings.

The Makerspaces encourage hands-on learning in STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

“Exploring do-it-yourself projects in these subject areas fosters problem-solving skills, creativity and design thinking for all ages,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie, in a news release. “These are critical skills in the growth of our local economy and in the development of Mississauga as a smart city.”

The Zonta Meadows Trail also benefits from the latest round of CIP150 funding, with the widening and repair of 495 metres of trail. Concrete pads for accessible trail benches have already been installed. In total, the City of Mississauga received more than $5.7 million in funding for 57 infrastructure projects through CIP150.

“Many of our natural spaces and facilities have received significant upgrades, which continue to add to the great quality of life we offer to our residents,” says Janice Baker, city manager and chief administrative officer.

CIP 150 was created to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The $300-million national program supports the renovation, expansion and improvement of existing community and cultural infrastructure.

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