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What will you make?
SeE 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, electronics, fiber arts, computer-generated projects, MAKING with materials to create whatever you can imagine!

Want to learn more? Check out our Maker City Frequently Asked Questions!

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RESERVE A FIELD TRIP - 4th + 5th GRADEs


Blue ZONE - ADVANCE YOUR MAKING SKILLS

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Ready to explore our more advanced making equipment? Introducing the “all new” BLUE ZONE, an area within Maker City equipped with 3D Printers, Sewing Machines, and Vinyl + Laser Cutters. Makers must earn their proficiency badge to use this space independently.

How do you gain the necessary skills to earn a proficiency badge? Check out the schedule below for ongoing instructional opportunities. No advance registration or fee required. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

VINYL + LASER CUTTING: September 24, 26, 28, October 1, 4, 5 | Drop in between 1 and 5 PM
Our Maker Facilitator will be ready to assist makers of all levels with 2D design principles (Inkscape software) needed to gain use vinyl and laser cutters. Come as many times as you wish to sharpen your skills and earn the proficiency badge.

3D PRINTING: October 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19 | Drop in between 1 and 5 PM
Our Maker Facilitator will be ready to assist makers of all levels with 3D design principles (Tinkercad software) needed to use the 3D Printers. Come as many times as you wish to sharpen your skills and earn the proficiency badge.

SEWING MACHINES: October 22, 25, 26, 29, November 1, 2 | Drop in between 1 and 5 PM
Our Maker Facilitator will be ready to assist makers of all levels with sewing skills needed to use the electric sewing machines. Come as many times as you wish to sharpen your skills and earn the proficiency badge.

SUPER STEM - EXPLORE ALL BLUE ZONE EQUIPMENT: November 5, 8, 9, 12,16 | Drop in between 1 and 5 PM
Test your creativity with our STEM focused suggested activities along with all four machines being open to endless possibilities.


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MORNING WITH MTC

Discover the exciting possibilities available at Massanutten Technical Center (MTC). Join MTC Instructors and Students in Maker City for a morning or hands-on career exploration.

EXPLORE COSMETOLOGY: October 19 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Let your imagination be your guide as you create your own fantasy-themed manikin. Learn new curling and braiding techniques to complete the look! Free with membership or paid admission

EXPLORE DENTAL CAREERS: November 23 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Ever wonder what it’s like to be on the other side of the dental chair? Learn more about the tools of this important career through hands-on activities. Free with membership or paid admission

Pre-registration required. Space is limited…sign up today!


NEW WEEKLY THEMEs TO INspire

We want to INSPIRE you! Check out our weekly project area, sure to ignite that creative spark and keep your visits to Maker City fresh and engaging.

September/October themes will include Sci Fi Heroes, Kinetic Creations, and Fiber + Film. We’ll provide the materials and a few ideas…you make it your own!

 
 

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

GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY:
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 

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.

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