PLIX Online Workshops

Winter 2021

We're excited to be hosting five workshops this season!

This winter we'll be hosting five online workshops: two Community Calls, activity trainings for Urban Ecology and Scratch+micro:bit, and an activity training for our NEW activity, Inflatables. Additionally, we've added new online training resources to our website. Read on to RSVP and learn more about our upcoming & past offerings!

Upcoming Workshops

👾 Make Music with Scratch+micro:bit

Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 12:00-1:00PM ET

With Scratch + micro:bit, you can use storytelling, coding, and making to engage your patrons in physical tinkering while connecting the physical and digital worlds! This time around, we'll focus on how to run an "Inventing a Musical Instrument" workshop. Start the new year off right by learning how to play a music-maker of your own design!  

🎈 Design Robots with Inflatables

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 12:00-1:00PM ET

In this workshop, we’ll cover the new PLIX Inflatables activity, which makes use of the power of air to create and inflate pneumatic/soft robotic/mechanical designs using low- or no-cost upcycled materials. Read more about our Inflatables co-design process in our forum!

🌱 Sort Ecosystems with Urban Ecology

Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 12:00-1:00PM ET

The PLIX Urban Ecology Activity Series is composed of three independent activities that all focus on the ecosystem processes of urban and suburban settings. This training briefly covers how to get started with these three activities as well as how you might remix them to suit the needs and interests of your community!

🤝 PLIX Community Call

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 12:00-1:00PM ET

Join us for a PLIX community call! We'll share updates about PLIX, hear from community members running activities for their library, and plan for our Facilitating Creative Learning Workshop.

Looking Ahead to Spring

⭐️ Facilitating Creative Learning Workshop

dates TBA, sometime April–May 2021

After a wonderful gathering of nearly 100 participants in November, PLIX is excited to hosting a second Facilitating Creative Learning Workshop in the spring. It will be held online in collaboration with Middle Georgia Regional Library. These two half-days of interactive professional development will give you the practical experience you’ll need to feel prepared to facilitate STEAM programming, including PLIX activities, for your patrons! Plus, you’ll get to delve into creative learning and meet the PLIX team.

You can learn more about this workshop on our blog. Sign up to be notified when applications open.

Additional Training Resources

💌 Email Mini Courses

PLIX Email Mini-Courses are automated email courses that will help prepare you to facilitate some of our PLIX activities (like Urban Ecology) in your library. Each week, you'll receive an email from the PLIX team with reading excerpts, facilitation tips, and a making prompt that will give you some hands-on experience with the activity!

🎥 PLIX YouTube Channel

Check out all of our past online workshops on the PLIX YouTube Channel.

Official YouTube for the Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX) from the Learning Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. Learn more at

💬 PLIX Discussion Forum

A place for our community of public library professionals to discuss PLIX activities, creative learning, and facilitation practices. Join us!