We learned last Saturday at RiverFest 2012 that the TekVenture Maker Station project in partnership with the Allen County Public Library was featured in a story in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation podcast. We've now made national news in 2 countries!!! Please help us fund efforts to expand into a full facility.
While working the Democratic Convention this past weekend to let people throughout the state know about TekVenture and our various projects and programs, we were also conducting a workshop at the TekVenture Maker Station. WANE-TV ran this great story on the 11:00 PM news.
Further to our last blog post, the American Library Association asked the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) and TekVenture to make a presentation at their annual web-based conference. On July 19, members of the ACPL/TekVenture collaboration team will present to hundreds of libraries across the nation to discuss how this partnership came about. The presentation will also discuss why the TekVenture Maker Station is an idea that's come before its time but should be expanded as there is a need for our community members to have a place to go in which they can engage with tools, materials, and mentors to make things.
Last December, we learned of a library system in upstate New York who is getting funding to launch their own Fab Lab concept. Jeff Krull of our own Allen County Public Library (ACPL) and Greg Jacobs, TekVenture President were then featured in a story about hackerspaces and libraries partering to provide spaces where the community has access to certain tools. Check out the story here.
We are proud to announce ACPL and TekVenture are the first in the nation to our knowledge that is actually now offering workshops and joint programming!
Kids young and old should stop by and visit us at RiverFest this Saturday, June 23 from 10 am - 8 pm (music will continue to play until midnight.)
Located between the sand volleyball court and the farm equipment (main parking lot just east of walking bridge), TekVenture Makers will be showing off our new toy - the Wet Swing Set. If you can't make it this weekend, the Wet Swing Set will also be featured Oct. 6 & 7 at the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire.
TekVenture has partnered with the Allen County Public Library to offer the Maker Station located in a 50' trailer in the ACPL lot at Webster and Washington. We believe this is the first model in the nation where a hackerspace and library are working together to offer hands-on learning opportunities using tools, materials, and mentors to make things.
Now through August we are offering over 50 hands-on workshops to the general public - many are free. Check out the list and register at tekventure.eventbrite.com.
Thanks to Jeff Krull and our many Makers who have helped to make this happen. After years of education about our project, TekVenture is now in business!
TekVenture will be there by invitation to share our mission and the cools things our Makers are doing.
This is the first time the convention has been out of Indy so Fort Wayne gets to strut it's stuff June 14-16 as over 3,200 party stakeholders come to our city.
TekVenture in partnership with the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) will open the Maker Station at no cost to the public on Saturday, May 26, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Join us in the 50' trailer located in the Downtown ACPL parking lot at Webster and Washington Streets. The Maker Station houses a variety of tools and is a place where aspiring makers may access prototyping tools while learning about the design to fabrication cycle. This is TekVenture first towards creating a public intersection between imagination, technology, art, and community - a place where tinkerers, makers, engineers, artisans, inventors, craftspeople, and others can gather to use tools, share, and make things.
If you are an artisan, tinkerer, like to take things apart to see how they work, or just like making things and want to share them with the public, exhibit as a Maker at the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire - Powered by TekVenture. The 2012 FWR Maker Faire Call for Makers is now open. Join in the fun Oct. 6 & 7 and share your cool ideas for free. If you want to sell to the public at the Maker Faire, a small $100 fee will be collected. Visit www.makerfairefortwayne.com to learn more.
TekVenture is offering 2 Arduino Hands-On Workshops Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Section 1: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Section 2: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Attendees will dive into actually getting the Arduino up and running and performing a few simple tasks. Attendees will also begin to look at the programming language used on the Arduino.
Workshop Cost: $25 per person*
Location: TekVenture Maker Station, parking lot just south of Downtown ACPL at Ewing and Washington
* Attendees are required to bring their own laptop, Arduino board, and a standard USB cable.
Seating is limited. To register, call the TekVenture Maker Station at 421-1374.