Looking for someplace to ramp up your invention geek this Summer? Check out the
INVENTORS' WORKSHOPS @ TekVenture Maker Station & Downtown Allen County Public Library.
Inventors Workshops are places where inventors bring together the parts, tools, materials and
expertise to invent stuff and turn visions and ideas into working models. Workshop participants will explore
"prototyping" or making models of inventions in 2 and 3 dimensions using a wide variety of tools,
materials and media from digital to fire! Learn from the expert makers how to become an expert maker!
Inventors Workshops begins with a series of DIGITAL DESIGN & MACHINING workshops explaining how to
take ideas for inventions from the “vision” to computer drawings to files to machines that can make prototype
models of those “visions”. In other workshops aspiring inventors explore various inventing themes. AIRBORNE
workshops explore making ring kites, the mechanics and flying of model helicopters and making pneumatic rockets
and launchers. SPARKS fly in workshops learning about Arduinos, microcontrollers, basic electricity and
electronics, and learning how to solder. HOT STUFF workshops feature prototyping for vacuum forming
personalized cookie molds and injection molding jewelry parts as well as welding and brazing and an exclusive
Welding for Women workshop.
Flaming Working Glass Studio, the only off-site workshop, takes place at noted local glass artist Eran Parks’
GlassPark Studio at 4037 South Wayne Ave. BOTS & ROBOTS workshops participants use EggBot and OstrichBot
drawing machines and robotic arms and pickers, and bring their own robots to interact with others in the Robot
In a special 3D printing workshop THE BUGZZZ OF SUMMER learn about, design and create bugs and other
insects using 3D printers inside the Downtown Allen County Public Library.
Downtown business folks and all Library staff are invited to learn more about 3D printing and how to access 3D
printers during the 3D PRINT-A-RAMA! free workshop on Friday 12 July from 3 – 6 PM in the TekVenture Maker
Station at the Downtown Public Library.
All workshops except those indicated, take place in the TekVenture Maker Station located in the
South parking lot of the Downtown Public Library. Workshops cost $25 for each 3 hour topical session although
many workshops are " FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library."
Fee-based workshops are 20% off to those holding or purchasing a TekVenture Maker Membership. All participants
must sign waivers; no open-toed shoes are permitted. Due to space limitations workshops are limited to six
participants 12 years thru adult. More information is available at either www.tekventure.org/workshops or
www.acpl.lib.in.us then click on the Maker Station link under Beyond Books on the ACPL Home Page.
Advanced registration is required for all workshops by calling (260) 421.1374