February - March 2014

@ TekVenture Maker Station & Allen County Public Library 

 Making In Winter Workshops provide more opportunities to use the tools and the expertise of the Makers in the TekVenture Maker Station including a new 3D printer, robotic arm and mini laser cutter! Become a "Charter Member" good through April 2014 for $50!

All workshops are FREE

Sponsored by the Allen County Public Library.

 Advanced registration required for all workshops by calling (260) 421.1374.

Detailed information at




Looking for something to do on "Black Saturday" besides shop? Design and make Christmas ornaments and artaments at the TekVenture Maker Station beside the Downtown Public Library!

EggBot Christmas Ornaments and Artaments Workshop

Saturday 30 November from 9 - Noon; fee $25 includes one glass ornament.

GIRLTEK:The same workshop for girls only from 1 PM - 4 PM.

Using freeware Inkscape, design and draw on glass Christmas balls, eggs and other spheroidal forms with the EggBot and OstrichBot, small CNC robot drawing machines.

Advanced registration required by calling 421.1374


JEWELRY: Making Beads and a Beaded Necklace

Saturday 14 December from 10 - Noon and 1PM - 4PM; In the morning workshop 10 AM - Noon, make beads from aluminum and copper foil as well as paper. Then in the afternoon session from 1 PM to 4 PM use the beads to create a necklace from wire and findings. Learn to use tools, design forms and make loops as connectors. Tools are supplied. A Kit of materials for $10 supplies both sessions.

Workshop Fee fee: $35 includes material kit.

Advanced registration required by calling 421.1374


ROBOTICS:Waving Robotic Arms!

Coming this Saturday November 23:  Learn how a simple robotic device works. Learn to program and control an industrial grade electro-pneumatic sorting machine and a robotic arm to perform sorting, stacking and passing tasks. Learn how an Arduino microcontroller board is used to control these robots.

Morning workshop 9 AM - Noon at TekVenture Maker Station FREE.

GIRLTEK: Afternoon FREE introductory Robotics workshop Sat. 23 Nov. 1 PM - 4 PM is for females only!

Advance registration required by calling 421.1374

Both workshops are FREE Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library!


Check Out Arduino Workshops this Saturday 16 November!

Want to get started with Arduino microcontrollers?

Register now for Introduction to Arduino Microcontrolers workshop starting at 1:00 PM at the TekVenture Maker Station. FREE!

Already had some experience with Arduinos?

Register now for Arduinos and Their Compatibles workshop starting at 9:00 AM at the Tekventure Maker Station. FREE!

You must bring your own Arduino and Laptop to each workshop.

Call 260.421.1374 to register!

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FALL 4 MAKING! Workshops 

FALL 4 MAKING hands-on workshops are in full swing at the TekVenture Maker Station in the parking lot of the Downtown Allen County Public Library!

Many workshops are FREE Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library!

See for topics dates and times.

Call 260.421.1374 for reservations!


Fort Wayne Maker Faire in full swing!

The Fort Wayne Maker Faire is in full swing! Join us today until 6 pm and tomorrow from 10 am to 6 pm at Headwaters Park West. 

For upates and more information, check us out on the official Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire website. Or follow us on twiter or Facebook.


Want to Learn More About Maker Faire Fort Wayne?

The Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire is just around the corner.  To be held Sept. 14 & 15 at Headwaters Park East Lincoln Pavilion, Maker Faire is a family-friendly event designed to showcase projects being made by tinkerers, artisans, fabricators and other creative and innovative people who want to share the tools, materials and processes used in their projects.  Check out this video by Stephen Parker of The AroundFortWayne Blog to learn more and to see how you might get involved.


Deadline to Submit 2013 Call for Makers Extended to August 16!

For those who plan Maker Faires, we know creative types often don't like rules, reading the fine print, completing registration forms, or meeting deadlines. Makers you know who you are.  As a result, we've decided to extend our registration deadline. Submit your Call for Makers before Friday, August 16 to hold a spot for showing off your projects.

What does it cost to be a Maker? It's free to those who just want to share their ideas and projects. Commercial Makers (1 or 2 individuals) who want to sell their items to the public are charged $100. Exhibit spaces also available for vendors (3 or more employees) as well. Contact us with questions about exhibiting, volunteering, racing, or sponsoring.

Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire Coming Soon

Check out our latest Maker Faire newsletter to get updates on Maker Faire Fort Wayne coming September 14 & 15. Register now as a Maker, a Racer, a Volunteer, a group who wants to get people involved, or a Sponsor who wants to get additional brand awareness.



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 or 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


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