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What will you make?
calendar of events below

Maker City is a makerspace designed especially for youth ages 8+. The 1,250 sq. foot studio workshop offers a place where youth makers and families can design, invent, create and collaborate using real tools – the same materials and processes used by artists, builders, programmers and entrepreneurs.

*Here's what you can do: 

  • Woodworking and take-apart (hammers, saws, screwdrivers)
  • Electronics (Little Bits, circuit blocks, Makey Makey)
  • Fiber Arts (weaving loom, needlework supplies, sewing machine)
  • Computer-generated projects (laser and vinyl cutters, 3D printing, stop motion animation)
  • MAKING with materials to create whatever you can imagine!
  • See photos of the space in action
    *Training sessions will be required before makers can utilize some of the more advanced equipment above. 

Maker City Title Sponsor:
Bob Wade Autoworld in loving memory of Bob Wade

Massanutten Technical Center, Rocking R Ace Hardware, Ragtime Fabrics, Shickel Corporation, Harrisonburg City (HUD Community Development Block Grant), Cadence, Camp Horizons, Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley Innovation Fund, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham (Arts and Culture Fund), James Madison University, Darrin McHone Foundation, Merck Foundation, Rosetta Stone, Matt Leech Designs, Eugene and Gloria Diener, American Subcontractors Association - Shenandoah Valley 



90-minute sessions designed to help youth makers learn the basics of the more advanced areas of the studio.
Limited spaces, advance registration required. Free with paid admission or membership!

Tuesday, March 27 | 9:30 - 11 AM | DESIGN WITH INKSCAPE
Use design software to create you own vector images. Take an idea from simple sketch to a computer image perfect for downloading and then producing on the Maker City laser and vinyl cutters. 

Wednesday, March 28 | 9:30 - 11 AM | SEWING BASICS
Learn to utilize the many tools that can be found in our fully-stocked sewing area. From hand stitching and embillishment techniques to safely learning how to use sewing machines, participants will be making their own textile creations in no time!

Thursday, March 29 | 9:30 - 11 AM | 3D MODELING WITH TINKERCAD
Want to create your own 3-dimensional designs? First, you'll need to learn the basics of Tinkercad! Using shapes, you can adjust, build and transform objects from your screen to objects that you print on the Maker City 3D Printer. 

Friday, March 30 | 9:30 - 11 AM | WOODWORKING
We'll explore the tools offered in Maker City and learn how to carry out some basic skills with each. Find out why experienced woodworkers always say measure twice, cut once! You'll learn when to use a vice and when to use miter box; when to use a nail or a screw! 

Creativity is intelligence having fun!
— Albert Einstein

Skill To Share

We need VOLUNTEERS with “making skills” and a passion to share with others. We also need “stuff.” Your donations of time and consumables will go a long way. Who knows, you might just be the catalyst for the next new invention. 

Items Needed

We will use many items in new and exciting ways. If you have any of the following items you'd like to donate, please drop them off at the front desk:

  • Woodworking and buildings materials
  • Pine wood scraps (2x4, 2x6, varied shapes and sizes)
  • Chip board
  • 1/8" plywood (cut into smaller pieces)
  • Wooden dowels
  • Washers and nuts (medium sized)
  • Nails, screws, bolts, hinges, etc.
  • Upcycling
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Corks
  • Plastic lids (clean) 
  • Wheels from old toys
  • Old jewelry
  • Playing cards (used for building items)
  • Art supplies and canvas
  • All types of paper (wrapping paper, card stock, construction paper, printer paper, scrapbook)
  • Cardboard tubes (wrapping paper, toilet paper, paper towel, etc.)
  • Craft supplies (pom poms, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners)
  • Modeling Clay
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Tape (duct, electrical, masking, painters, scotch)
  • Technology needs - iPads, laptops (recent models in good working condition)
  • Legos, K’nex, Blocks, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs
  • Cameras, photography equipment
  • Take-apart table items (old or broken electronics, small devices, no monitors please)
  • CDs
  • Sewing supplies (needles, thread, scissors, fabric)
  • Buttons               
  • Empty thread spools
  • Fabric paint
  • Ribbon, yarn, string
  • Rick-rack and other trim
  • Monetary donations are also appreciated to help with equipment and consumable purchases. Donate HERE.
Maker City is a trademark of the Maker City Project, Inc. Used with permission.