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St. Lawrence School Field Trip – Exploring the use of engraving and cutting!

On 11/16, the Rochester Makerspace hosted a field trip for a 2nd grade class from the St. Lawrence School. The students rotated between three workstations and made laser engraved cards with the laser cutter, greeting cards with the silhouette machine and license plates with the CNC Router.
The kids showed a lot of enthusiasm when bringing their ideas to life during their visit. We hope that these kids continue their interest in making and come back to explore more of the cool machines at the Rochester Makerspace!
If you are interested in setting up a field trip for your students at the Rochester Makerspace, feel free to us at [email protected] for more details.


Wood Storage Cart – Boy Scout Troup 122

If you are a member or a visitor of the Rochester Makerspace, you may have noticed a growing collection of loose wood pieces cluttering the corner of the woodshop.

Jonathan Homer of the Boy Scouts, Troop 122, offered to help solve this problem, by working with the Rochester Makerspace to build a wood storage cart for its woodshop.

Jonathan directed a small team of 3-5 people per meeting to complete the project in 4 months. There were 3 phases in this project, presenting the proposal to the Board of Directors, the plan to complete the project and a report given to the Eagle Scouts.

Jonathan and his team focused on sturdiness and craftsmanship when assembling the cart, and even added a safety feature to prevent heavy boards of wood from tipping over the side of the cart. It is estimated that the storage cart can hold up to 2000 pounds!

He says that this project has helped him learn how to lead better, and develop his time management skills.

Jonathan presented the cart on October 3rd to the Board, and is soon to give the final report to the Eagle Scouts.

A big THANKS goes out to Jonathan and his team for building a wood storage cart for the Rochester Makerspace!


Cart in Progress








Makerspace Rube Goldberg

PRISM (Powered Rube Goldberg Incredible Smoothie Machine) was a project of elementary and middle school kids at the Rochester Makerspace. Created by kids, with limited help and guidance from adults, over the course of a few Saturdays, PRISM was an opportunity to learn and use all that our makerspace has to offer.

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Second Pottery presentation

The presentation demonstrated how to roll out clay, and many tools used to create designs and textures. It drew quite a crowd!!

5/5 jewelry saw class

The class taught the basics of using a jewelry saw to cut shapes and patterns out of metal sheets.

Our students were hard at work!

Maker Camp!

We had a great turnout for session 2 on April 30, and boy were these kids enthusiastic!

Wood Shop Training Class!

Our free training class for members allowed makers and novices alike to become experienced with our table saw, band saw, jointer, surface planer, scroll saw, disk sander and drill press. Wow!

April 30 Woodworking training

April 30 Woodworking training



Lots of new equipment

Much thanks to all of our generous donors, members and guests alike!image




Bridgeport Mill added to our Machine Shop!

We have received a very exciting donation to our machine shop! The Bridgeport milling machine is a very significant piece of machinery in the world of manufacturing. This is because of its versatility. It can, and has, for decades performed a variety of tasks with amazing precision!

The Bridgeport, or simply, “Mill” as it is often referred, has a digital reader to aid in precise work. It can cut metal, including steel as well as plastic and wood with extreme accuracy. The Mill can be used to create brackets to mount such things as tools, fishing rods, and racks, and is often used in the manufacture of automobiles.

Eastman Kodak has used Bridgeport Mills to build cameras. Stay tuned for more news on the newest addition to our machine shop!


America’s Greatest Makers – new show premiering on TBS!

America’s Greatest Makers is a new TV show where makers work in teams to invent game-changing technology all for a chance at a $1 million prize!!

The season premiere is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

Who knows? If you enter, all your creative enginuity may really pay off!

Of course, watching will probably be pretty inspiring and a lot of fun too.

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