Serious about STEM: Misawa library’s new annex lets patrons try out 3D printing, robotics, virtual reality

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Misawa Air Base director Asako Tuttle tries out an Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset at Makerspace, a new facility at the home of the 35th Fighter Wing devoted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES
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Misawa Air Base director Asako Tuttle tries out an Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset at Makerspace, a new facility at the home of the 35th Fighter Wing devoted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Serious about STEM: Misawa library’s new annex lets patrons try out 3D printing, robotics, virtual reality

by: Seth Robson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 30, 2018

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Virtual-reality goggles, 3D printers, robots, tablet computers and electrical engineering kits are common sights at on-base libraries these days.

But checking out books, it seems, is out of fashion in a world where information is available to anyone at the swipe of a smartphone screen.

Book-lending at Misawa, home of the 35th Fighter Wing in northern Japan, is a fraction of what it was when library director Asako Tuttle, 43, started working there 15 years ago.

“Worldwide, libraries are shifting from being just a big bookshelf to providing a space for people to gather and study,” she said.

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