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Building History in 3D

  • Mill Valley Library 375 Throckmorton Avenue Mill Valley, CA, 94941 United States (map)

A Technology Internship for High School Students 

Combining 3D Modeling/Printing, Virtual Reality, and Mill Valley History


Click here to register for the Spring 2018 cycle of Building History in 3D. Registration is for high school students only. Check the schedule here and make sure you are able to attend all 3 classes and at least 6 drop-in sessions. *If you have any trouble seeing the PDF schedule in the link above, see the calendar feed at right or scroll to the bottom of this page for a full listing of dates.


A semester-long internship program in which high school students use local history research and SketchUp 3D modeling software to recreate Mill Valley buildings as they were in the past. Students will choose a Mill Valley building and participate in a series of hands-on tech classes to complete their 3D models. You'll print out your models with a 3D printer and see them rendered in TimeWalk Mill Valley, a historical virtual world. Learn SketchUp, an introduction to the game engine Unity, and help showcase Mill Valley history!


High school students only. No previous SketchUp or Unity experience required. Our team of instructors includes a master 3D modeler, an experienced tech entrepreneur, and engineers developing virtual worlds. We'll teach you all that you need to know to create a 3D model and begin learning Unity.


The program consists of a series of three group classes and 12 drop-in sessions. The Spring 2018 cycle runs from February 1st through April 19th. Click here for the full schedule. To receive a certificate of completion for the program, students MUST attend all 3 group classes and at least 6 drop-in sessions. If you're unable to attend ONE of the classes, you may make it up with an additional drop-in session around the date of the missed class. You can put in as much additional time as you want working on your model at home or researching in the Library's History Room. 


The Spring 2018 series of classes and drop-in sessions will take place in the Creekside Room at the Mill Valley Library. 


All students must register in order to participate in the full internship. Space is limited. Registration is for the full internship program, not for individual classes or drop-ins.

Click here to register for the Spring 2018 internship.


In 2017, the Mill Valley Library received grant funding to develop Building History in 3D. The program debuted at the Mill Valley Public Library in the fall of 2017. Building History in 3D was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Building History in 3D is a collaboration with TimeWalk, an open source project enabling students and other contributors to build historically accurate 3D models of their towns. 


For additional info, contact History Room Librarian Cate Mayfield at 415-389-4292, ext. 4738 or

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