Rochester Makerspace: Learn. Use Tools. Make Things.

Photography by George Cassidy Payne

 

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 The Rochester Makerspace is located at the rear of 850 St. Paul Street in almost 4,000 square feet of workspace. They are a volunteer-run 501c(3) nonprofit organization and their mission is to encourage learning, creativity and collaboration. According to their website, they do that by “providing low-cost and free access to sophisticated tools, offering a wide variety of classes, and by providing opportunities for “makers,” artists and craftspersons of all kinds to meet and learn from each other.”

When I first walked into the space I was totally blown away. I had no idea that Rochester had this kind of an environment. The first impression that a visitor has is wow! this place is huge. The second impression, at least for me, was one of hope and optimism for the future of our children. This is a wonderful resource for any young mind who is in a process of exploring their own interests, habits, goals and dreams as designers. Here, one can choose what to look into without the fear of failure. Here, one can satisfy their own curiosity and be given ample permission to try new disciplines. Architecture and design one day; robotics and radio communications the next. Participants are only guided by their imagination.

For anyone who has not heard about The Makerspace, you got to check it out. If you know someone who wants to belong to a worthy cause that is educational at the core, please help them learn about this effort. It is a terrific asset. But it will only continue to exist if people support it.

 

 

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Screen print created in The Makerspace

 

Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

 

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An unassuming exterior leads to a fantastic complex of ingenuity come to life

 

 

The Rochester Makerspace is open daily for members from 8 AM to 10 PM. Visitors are welcome on Thursday nights from 6 PM to 10 PM, Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM, and many other times if you can them first contact us.

 

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Electric saw in the woodworking and carpentry stations

 

I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user. Bill Gates

 

 

Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity, it also inspires learning. Mickey Hart

 

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Artifacts and tools from the stained glass window station

 

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. Charles Mingus
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The Wood Shop

 

I read that The Makerspace is now offering field trips for students in second grade through high school. They offer demonstrations of woodworking, 3D printing, home made robotic cars and computers, magnetic crafts and more. They can also arrange study groups for small groups of students with specific interests. To make arrangements, contact ROCmakers@gmail.com.

 

 

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Simple but effective

Upcoming Classes & Events as Found on the Website

Every Thursday Night, 6 to 10 PM – Weekly Community Night & Open House

Every Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM – Weekly Community Night & Open House

The public is  invited to drop in at the Rochester Makerspace to explore, learn, and make… for free! Stop in and use their stuff (sorry – the wood shop, machine tools, and laser cutter are for members only, due to safety and insurance). Their open houses always draw a big crowd (visitors and members), so you’ll have the chance to meet a lot of other makers. Get inspired and try something new! Plenty of volunteers will be on hand to offer tours. Park in the lot at Scrantom St. and Conkey Ave. and follow the signs.

Every Thursday Night, 7 to 9:30 PM  Microcontrollers & Robotics Meetup

Work on your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Picaxe or Beaglebone projects with other users of these small, inexpensive computers. All skills level are welcome. They help you by sharing their knowledge and experience.

See http://www.rochestermakerspace.org/

 

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Drill press on the main lot

 

Rational thoughts never drive people’s creativity the way emotions do. Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

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Tools that would be impossible to afford for most people are made available to any person in Rochester who wants to get involved in the mission of the Makerspace.

 

 

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. Sophia Loren

 

 

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The Library

 

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Artwork in the hallway of the Makerspace building
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