The Rochester Makerspace is located at the rear of 850 St. Paul Street in almost 4,000 square feet of workspace. We’re a new volunteer-run nonprofit organization that encourages learning, creativity and collaboration by providing the Rochester community with low-cost access to a wide variety of sophisticated tools, workspace, and a wide variety of art, craft and technology classes. Our goal is to create an organization and facility that the entire community can use and be proud of.
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 – 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 one of our group projects, or just come to meet other “makers” and see what we have to offer. (Sorry, but nonmembers will not be able to use some of our tools because of insurance issues.)
Every Thursday Night from 7 until 10 PM – Weekly Microcontroller Meetup
Work on your Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone projects with other users of these small inexpensive computers. All skills level are welcome and you don’t need to be a member. There won’t be any formal instruction but others will be there to share their knowledge and experience.
Beginning March 19, Wednesday, 6:30 to 9:30 PM – Stained Glass Class – Four Wednesdays, $90
Learn the basic skills for making a stained glass project. The Tiffany Stained Glass Method will be taught which involves using copper tape to surround small pieces of colored glass which are then soldered together. Projects may include, but are not limited to, small windows, sun catchers, garden ornaments, jewelry, boxes and terrariums.
March 22, Saturday, 10:30 AM – Let’s Weave a Basket – Free, but you will need to buy some materials
Deborah Adele will teach you how to weave a market basket using flat reeds. This class is limited to 10 students. Please visit this page to learn more, RSVP, and to find a list of supplies you’ll need and where you can buy them. Materials will cost approximately $30 to $50, depending on where you get them.
March 22, Saturday, 10 AM – Noon – Clean up and Maintenance Session – Please come help clean, organize, fix tools and improve the makerspace. You don’t need to be a member to help.
March 29, Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM – Arduino Day at the Makerspace – Free
We’ll be participating in a worldwide event to bring together Arduino people and projects to celebrate the Arduino’s 10th 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 if you want to get started using 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.
Everyone is welcome. You can come anytime and stay for as long as you wish. We also invite you to stay for our free 6×6 Art Party at 3:30 PM or come back at 6 PM for a potluck dinner.
March 29, Saturday, 3:30 to 5:30 PM – 6×6 Art Party – Free
The Rochester Makerspace will be hosting a 6×6 Party in support of the Rochester Contemporary Art Center. This is the 7th year for the International 6×6 Art Exhibition. The show will consist of thousands of artworks made and donated by people all over the world using all mediums, except glitter! So grab your favorite art supplies and join us for an afternoon creating some small scale artworks for a very big show!! Fun for all ages, so bring your family!
The party is about sharing in the creative process and supporting the arts by creating 6×6-inch art pieces for the exhibition. All entries are accepted, exhibited and sold to the public for $20 to benefit RoCo. We will collect all artworks made at the party. They will be put on display together and it will be noted that they were made at our party. All artworks are signed on the back and exhibited anonymously until sold. We also invite you to join us for a potluck dinner that will follow the party.
March 29, Saturday, 6 PM until ? – Potluck Dinner – Free
Please join our members and supporters for a potluck dinner. Everyone is welcome whether you are a member or not. Come see the makerspace, meet other “makers,” have some fun and eat some good food. Just bring a dish, dessert or beverage to share. We’ll start eating around 6:30. Come early for Arduino Day at 10 AM or our 6×6 Party at 3:30PM.
April 2, Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00 PM - Introducing the Arduino! – $150 w/ kit & $75 w/o kit – 6 Sessions
In this six-week course, we’ll explore project possibilities with the Arduino microprocessor board. The Arduino enables anyone to make interesting electronic projects quickly and easily. The course will cover the basics of simple input and output devices: buttons, knobs, sensors, lights, buzzers, motors, and more. We’ll also cover the fundamentals of programming for Arduino, as well as circuit assembly technique. Previous electronic experience is not required. The last offering of this course sold out quick, so sign up today!
April 8, Tuesday, 6 PM – Board Meeting
April 12, Saturday, 10:30 AM – Make Wire Wrapped Jewelry Pendants. $15 plus materials
Deborah will provide you with four glass pieces and teach you how to make wire wrapped pendants. Students will need to bring needle nose pliers, wire cutters, round nose pliers and one spool each of 20ga and 26tga wire (non-tarnishing preferred). Please RSVP here and bring cash or $15 check payable to the Rochester Makerspace.
You can find more information about classes on our Eventbrite page.
Please sign up for our email list to receive news and information about the Rochester Makerspace.
We’re always looking for instructors. You can teach as a volunteer or be paid. Please let us know if you’d like to talk about it.
Individual, family & student memberships are all $40/month. This is an introductory rate because we’re new and we want to grow quickly. You can keep this rate indefinitely by either signing up for an automatic PayPal subscription or by paying in advance.
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 Grizzly 15-inch thickness planer, a chop saw, a drill press, two scroll saws, a central dust collection system, and an air filtration unit.
- A Solidoodle 3D printer. We’ve been building a second 3D printer that’s almost finished.
- An electronics bench with oscilloscopes, power supplies, soldering irons, and more.
- A small machine shop
- Sewing machines
- Stained glass grinders and tools
- A Bike Repair Station
- Plenty of workspace and worktables
Our members can use the makerspace anytime they want from 8 AM to 10 PM daily.
In addition, we have staff and volunteers at the space on:
- Thursday nights from 6 PM to about 10 PM
- Saturday from 11 AM to about 3 PM
We plan to expand our staffed hours soon.
We Are New & Need Your Help
We are a new and completely volunteer-run organization with an ambitious plan to encourage learning and improve the quality of life in Rochester. So please become a member, help us by volunteering or donate 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.