Rockford MakerSpace holds informational and planning meeting

Staff Report

Newly formed Rockford group MakerSpace will be holding an informational and planning meeting on Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. at CNVR, 317 W. Jefferson Street. This meeting is free and open to the public and will be the first planning meet for MakerSpace, so those wishing to get in at the beginning are encouraged to attend.

The agenda for this meeting will include a description of the group, its initial goals, what has already been done, what still needs to be done, and how others can be involved. This meeting will also provide a chance to gauge interest, brainstorm ideas, and give people a chance to meet fellow makers as well as future makers also. Those planning to attend should RSVP by emailing makerspace@tac.us. For additional information visit rockfordmaker.space or facebook.com/rockfordmakers/.

Rockford MakerSpace is a non-profit community workshop and laboratory hoping to provide assistance to small businesses that need access to equipment for product development or other occasional needs; retirees looking for a place to start a new hobby or take a current one to the next level; those hoping to learn about and explore technology, manufacturing and the arts; and hobbyists looking to learn from and collaborate with others with similar interests, such as robotics, model building, glass blowing, woodworking and many others; and individuals interested in learning new technical and manufacturing skills for today’s job market.

Other target audiences for MakerSpace include tinkerers and builders who lack space or tools at home; inventors, entrepreneurs and start-ups who need to develop prototypes; artists needing specialized equipment and instruction for how to work on their visions; and educators hoping to learn more about and integrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) into their curriculum.

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