Upcoming Classes & Events
You do not need to be a member to take classes or volunteer at the makerspace.
Every Thursday Night from 6 to 9:30 PM – Weekly Community Night & Open House.
You are invited to come and use the Rochester Makerspace for free. Bring something to make or work on, help with a group project, or just come to meet other “makers” and see what we have to offer. (Sorry, but nonmembers can not use our wood or machine shops because of insurance issues.)
Every Thursday Night from 6:30 until 9:00 PM – Rochester Stained Glass Meetup
Learn how to work with stained glass or bring a project to work on if you already know how. We have lots of tools and grinders and enough supplies to teach you the basics. We also usually have an instructor. Free.
Every Thursday Night from 7 until 9:30 PM – Microcontrollers & Robotics Meetup
Work on your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone projects with other users of these small inexpensive computers. All skills level are welcome and you don’t need to be a member. We’ll help you by sharing our knowledge and experience.
January 31, Saturday, 11 AM – Exploring Fiber: Fleece Preparation – Denise Skidmore, a shepherd raising Cotswold sheep, will give a demonstration and discuss how shearing is done, how raw sheep wool is prepared, the differences between carding and combing, woolen and worsted, and the qualities of different wool breeds.
Students will receive instruction in carding and combing and be able to take turns using demonstration tools to produce rollags, top, and roving. Entry level tools will be used for this demo although higher end tools will be discussed. The demo/class is free. It is open to the public and no registration is required. Raw wool will be available for sale afterwards.
January 31, Saturday, 10 AM to Noon– Volunteer Work Session – You don’t need to be a member to help. We’ll be getting the makerspace ready for a 2nd grade field trip, doing tool maintence and making improvements to our facility.
February 3, Tuesday, 9 AM to 11 AM – 2nd Grade Field Trip from the Allendale Columbia School. We looking for volunteers to help us give a tour, demonstrate some of our tools, and help the students make something that they can take home.
February 21, Saturday, 1 PM to 5 PM – “Python for Beginners” Part 1, taught by Girls Develop It Rochester.
February 28, Saturday, 11 AM – Exploring Fiber: Drop Spindle – Learn how to create yarn from prepared wool. Class fee includes a drop spindle and sample of roving to take home.
February 28, Saturday, 1 PM to 5 PM – “Python for Beginners” Part 2, taught by Girls Develop It Rochester.
March ??, Saturday – 6×6 Art Party to Benefit the Rochester Community Center – Volunteers are needed to help organize this year’s party at the Makerspace. Come and make any kind of art that can be attached to a 6×6-inch board. Your donated work will be displayed in their gallery and offered for sale to the public for $20. This event will be free and open to the public.
March 2, Monday, 6 to 9 PM – Rochester Lego User’s Group - This group has a big focus on kids but anyone of any age who is interested in Lego is welcome to attend.
March 7, Saturday, 11 AM – Cricut Demonstration. Leslie will give a demonstration of our Cricut machine, which can cut letters and shapes out of paper or vinyl. It’s free and open to the public.
March 28, Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM – Arduino Day 2015 – Free. We’ll be participating in a worldwide event to bring together Arduino people and projects to celebrate the Arduino’s 11th year. Please come and bring a project to work on or show others. We’ll have some Arduinos and components for you to play with if you don’t have your own. We’ll also have experienced Arduino users willing to share their knowledge of these inexpensive and easy to use computers that can be used to build robots, control all kinds of things, and to build interactive art or other projects.
April 6, Monday, 6 to 9 PM – Rochester Lego User’s Group - This group has a big focus on kids but anyone of any age who is interested in Lego is welcome to attend.
November 21, Saturday – Rochester Maker Faire
Learn more about classes on our Eventbrite Page.
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Contact us if you’re interested in teaching or organizing an event.
Individual, family & student memberships are all $40/month. Members enjoy the benefits of lower class prices and unlimited use of the Makerspace. This is an introductory rate and you can keep it indefinitely by signing up for an automatic PayPal subscription.
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Tools & Equipment
- A woodworking shop with a new SawStop professional cabinet table saw, a new Rikon Deluxe 14-inch bandsaw, a Jet 6-inch planer, a CNC router, a Grizzly 15-inch thickness planer, a chop saw, a drill press, two scroll saws, a central dust collection system, and an air filtration unit.
- Two Solidoodle 3D printers.
- An electronics bench with oscilloscopes, power supplies, soldering irons, and more.
- A Computer Lab
- A machine shop with a bench grinder, a drill press, a lathe and measurement tools.
- Sewing machines and Cricut machine.
- Stained glass grinders and tools
- Bike Repair Station with bike stand, wrenches, and a hammer, of course.
- Workspace and worktables
The makerspace is open daily for our members from 8 AM to 10 PM. Visitors are welcome on Thursday nights from 6 PM to about 10 PM, on Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM, and many other times if you contact us first.
Address / Directions
The Rochester Makerspace is located at the rear of 850 St. Paul Street which is at the corner of Scrantom Street, which has a traffic light. Please go down Scrantom Street to the rear parking lot and look for our signs.
We Need Your Help
We are a new and completely volunteer-run organization with an ambitious plan to encourage learning and to build an organization and facility that the entire Rochester community can use and be proud of. Please help us by becoming a member, volunteering or by donating money.
For More Information
Please see our FAQ and news pages for more information. You can also contact us by email or phone, and you’re always welcome to visit us at the Rochester Makerspace. We also encourage you to sign up for our mailing list.