GALLERY: Tomball, Harris County entities celebrate opening of Tomball Innovation Lab

Botley, the coding robot, is available for young children to use in the Tomball Innovation Lab. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper
Botley, the coding robot, is available for young children to use in the Tomball Innovation Lab. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper

Botley, the coding robot, is available for young children to use in the Tomball Innovation Lab. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper

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The Lone Star College-Tomball Community innovation lab features 3D printers. Printing materials are available at a low cost. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Community members of all ages can use the lab’s equipment, including the Makey Makey programming kit. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Tomball Innovation Lab at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library celebrated its grand opening Jan. 28 with a ribbon cutting and ceremony. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Lee Ann Nutt, president of Lone Star College-Tomball, spoke during the grand opening event. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Library Janna Hoglund (middle) presented the logo for the Tomball Innovation Lab designed by Michele Patton (left). (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Dozens of Tomball community members attended the grand opening. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Library director Janna Hoglund addressed the community during the event. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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NetEdge Solutions offered virtual reality experiences during the grand opening event. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Bruce Hillegeist, president of the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke during the grand opening ceremony. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Tomball Innovation Lab at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library celebrated its grand opening Jan. 28.

The lab—a partnership of Harris County, Lone Star College, HCA Houston Healthcare and Tomball entities—is located on the library’s second floor and offers community members of all ages a place to learn new skills and use the provided equipment for educational, work or entertainment purposes, Library Director Janna Hoglund said. The lab features a vinyl cutter; a laser printer; two 3D printers and a 3D scanner; virtual reality equipment; sewing and leather working tools; power tools; robotics sets and other technology. The library will offer programs as well as open hours in the lab.


“We want to make it unique,” Hoglund said. “We want it to be a place where it’s adjusted to our community based on their feedback. This way, it will be very well used, and it will bring a huge positive impact in different ages.”

The equipment is free to use once patrons attend an orientation, but materials are supplied—at a charge—for only the 3D printers.

The lab is the fourth maker lab in the Harris County Public Library system and the first on the north side of the Greater Houston area, Hoglund said.
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By Anna Lotz

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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