Entries by Jim Merz (98)


Join TekVenture and PBS39 for a Tek-Time Adventure

On Saturday, March 23, come join PBS39 and TekVenture for a day filled with robotics, technology, exploration, adventure and FUN at the Downtown Allen County Public Library.  

The day starts with a movie premier of "Sid the Science Kid" produced by the Jim Henson Company from 12 - 1:30 pm. Hooper from PBS Kids will make a visit from 1:30 - 2 pm followed by a kid-friendly Chain Reaction Challenge (CRC) workshop from 2 - 4 pm.  Workshop attendees will learn tips and techniques from the CRC design team on how to build a contraption for the Chain Reaction Challenge 6.  Space is limited so register now.

Click here to enter a team for CRC 6 to be held Saturday, April 20.


TekVenture is Out of Space and We Need Your Help

The Downtown Allen County Public Library is a generous and gracious landlord, however, it's time for TekVenture to grow.

Please take a few moments to complete the TekVenture Maker Survey that will help in our space planning.  The results will help us to determine what machines you could use while building your projects and will help us to figure out how much space we need now and into the future.

In the meantime, thank you so much for supporting TekVenture and our many projects and programs.


Maker Wonderland Workshops Now In Progress!

Join us Wednesday evenings and Saturdays for workshops covering basic topics focused on making things at the TekVenture Maker Station.

From February through March a variety of topics will be covered including "Electricity Made Easy", "Inventors Speak: To Invent or Not to Invent: that is The Question!", "Sketch Up Basics", and "Circuit Bending: History and Geography", "3D Printer Tweaking", and "Machining Basics" among other hands-on workshops. 

Saturday, March 2 during "Introduction to Soldering" learn to solder with Circuit Bending Maestro Mark Hoffman from 9-12 pm and from 1-4 pm "More Soldering: Electronics Kits" offers you more practice with IEEE's Kevin Van Zuilen.  

These sessions will take place at the TekVenture Maker Station located in the Downtown ACPL parking lot at Webster and Washington Streets.

For the complete list of Winter Makerland Workshops click on "Workshops" in the menu bar.

Workshop advanced registration is required by calling 260.421.1374 because space is limited!



If you missed the more than 60 recent "Making Our Summer" workshops at the TekVenture Maker Station you'll not want to miss FAB FALL @ TekVenture Maker Station at the Downtown Allen County Public Library!

Opening with "Getting Started With Arduinos" workshop on Saturday 17 November at 9:00 am, FAB FALL features over 20 workshops, demonstrations, talks and "MeetUps" designed to match local experts with people interested in making things.  All but two workshops are sponsored by the Allen County Public Library and are offered free of charge to the public, according to Mari Hardacre of the Library's Young Adults Department.  Workshops are for everyone 12 years old through adults.

Workshop and demonstration topics include three, 3D Printing demonstrations and workshops, "Getting Started with Hobby Electronics", "SketchUp® to G Code" computer-aided design workshop, "Making Mechanisms for Micro-controllers", "Touching the World of the Mobius Band" with local sculptor, Curtis Rose, and "Jewelry Making: Connections and Closures". Help assemble an "OstrichBot", a small, fun, computer-controlled machine that can draw or write on a curved surface like an ostrich egg!  Learn to solder while making a tiny electric Christmas Tree.  Make a small holiday gift glass ornament or other objet d'art in the Hands-on Glass Working with Eran Park workshops held at his studio on South Wayne Ave on Friday 23 November for which a modest fee will be charged. Prepare yourself for the upcoming holiday season by attending "The Geeks Guide to Techie Gifts" on Wednesday 5 December at 7 pm in the Globe room of the Downtown Library.

The complete list of workshops may be found at the TekVenture website: www.tekventure.org/workshops.  Because space inside the TekVenture Maker Station is tight, workshops will be limited to six persons with one or more instructors. Reservations for all workshops must be made in advance by calling the Maker Station phone 421.1374.


Most workshops will take place inside the TekVenture Maker Station, a 50 ft., handicapped-accessible, heated trailer parked at the west end of the South Library parking lot accessible from Webster Street between Washington and Jefferson Blvds.  The Maker Station features a number of hand, power and computer-controlled tools.

Jeff Krull, Director of the Allen County Public Library, said the Library and TekVenture continue to be on the cutting edge of a growing national movement exploring how Libraries can provide facilities, programs and opportunities for their patrons to experiment with tools, new media and fabricating technologies they might not otherwise be able to afford. TekVenture, which also brings the Sixth Annual Chain Reaction Challenge to the Grand Hall of the Library on 20th April 2013, is working to establish a “Public Art and Technology Laboratory” in downtown Fort Wayne serving NE Indiana and modeled after successful maker spaces in larger cities. 


It's Not Too Late to Buy Tickets for 2012 Maker Faire Fort Wayne

Tickets available today at MakerFaireFortWayne.Eventbrite.com or at the door all weekend, Oct. 6 & 7. Cash along with MasterCard, VISA, and Discover will be accepted.

Daily Weekend Passes

$10 - Ages 15+ $16 - Ages 15+

$6 - Ages 4-14 $10 - Ages 1-14

$0 - Ages 0-3

Come see us all the cool things people are making in the basements and backyards around Fort Wayne and beyond!



Volunteers Get a Free Pass and a Free T-shirt

Volunteer 3 or hopefully more hours for the FWR Maker Faire and we both win.  We get someone to help us deliver this really awesome event, and you get a cool shirt too.


Solution Action Sports to Flip Out at Maker Faire Fort Wayne

BMX bike pros from Solution Action Sports will be appearing at the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire - Powered by TekVenture.  They'll perform 4 shows per day biking, flipping, and free forming so if you're heading south on Clinton St. past Headwaters Park East Lincoln Pavilion this weekend, don't be surprised to see bicycles in the air!


FWRMF 2012 Entertainment Schedule Announced

“We’re pleased to have committee member Rick Kinney managing the live entertainment portion of Maker Faire weekend”, said Jane Applegate, Maker Faire Fort Wayne Event Producer.  “Rick owns Even Keel Event Productions and produces music events professionally.  He worked to book entertainment that fits this unique event.  Plus, he’s an audio engineer so he knows how to lead a team that makes sure the music sounds good.  Rick also plays musical instruments he’s made and has been the drummer for Moser Woods for more than a decade.  Moser Woods is playing at the Maker Faire along with the Afro-Disiacs, Dan Dickerson’s, Harp Condition, Kenny Bergle, and others so we know the music will be great as well.  Thanks to Rick for his work and to all our performers for entertaining us at the Maker Faire.”

Check Even Keel Event Productions Entertainment Stage Schedule periodically as we might have to tweak things as we bring on attractions and activities to make the event even better.


Hampton Inn Fort Wayne Southwest is Hotel of Choice for FWRMF 2012

If you're coming from out of town for the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire - Powered by TekVenture, we've got a deal for you.  Mention Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire and receive a discount at the Hampton Inn Fort Wayne Southwest.   We have a block of rooms reserved for October 5, 2012 - October 7, 2012. The special room rate will be available until September 22nd.   Take advantage of this deal as they have a newly remodeled facility that's just off Hwy. 69 at Hwy. 24.   They offer free wifi, a business center, an indoor pool, whirlpools, a fitness center, and breakfast there or on the go.    
This hotel is less then 10 minutes from Headwaters Park East and requires only a few turns off major roads to get there so your journey should be a short but happy one.    



Boing Boing Runs Story on TekVenture Maker Station

Melissa Renner of the Allen County Public Library shared a link from Boing Boing regarding our partnership and the TekVenture Maker Station.   Many workshops are still available.  Learn how you might connect with new ideas and technology by attending one or more of these workshops.

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