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Upcoming Events

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Learn to Solder
Exploration Commons
Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 10:30am - 1:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Soldering is fun and fundamental to a wide assortment of maker electronic projects as well as modern technology. From simple light-up LEDs to complex robots, solder is the glue that holds the technological world together. Join us for a hands-on project where you will assemble and solder your very own electronic dice circuit.

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Fusion 360: Designing for the Laser Cutter
Exploration Commons
Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this two-day workshop, participants will learn the basics of Fusion 360 and how to use it to design for laser cutting. On day one, learn the basics of Fusion 360 and design a laser-cuttable project. On day two, finish the design and cut it on the Fusion Pro Laser cutter. This class does not result in independent laser use certification.

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Friday, July 8, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This beginner-level laser cutter class will walk you through the basics of design, machine use, and safety procedures. Customers who successfully complete this program will be certified for use of Exploration Commons’ Fusion Pro 48 laser.

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Monthly Maker Meetup
Exploration Commons
Saturday, July 9, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Have you ever wondered how to get started with laser cutting or 3D printing? Or, are you an avid maker who wants to share their ideas and receive help and feedback? This group is for you! Come learn, create, and play in a collaborative environment meant for everyone. All are welcome and no experience is necessary.

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Basic Knife Skills
Exploration Commons
Monday, July 11, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This hands-on class will cover everything you need to know about caring for your knives and how to use them. You’ll learn how to chop, dice, mince and get plenty of practice with other professional cuts. This is a beginner's level class.

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Intro to Game Design with Unity and Visual Coding
Exploration Commons
Monday, July 11, 2022 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 13 - 18
Registration and more information
In this four-session program, participants will explore visual scripting and basic coding in Unity Game Design Engine. On the first day, participants will be introduced to basic coding terminology through an interactive activity. Sessions two through four will be an instructor-led game build of Clive the Cat's Visual Crypting in Unity.

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Intro to Game Design with Unity and Visual Coding
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 13 - 18
Registration and more information
In this four-session program, participants will explore visual scripting and basic coding in Unity Game Design Engine. On the first day, participants will be introduced to basic coding terminology through an interactive activity. Sessions two through four will be an instructor-led game build of Clive the Cat's Visual Crypting in Unity.

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Intro to Game Design with Unity and Visual Coding
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 13 - 18
Registration and more information
In this four-session program, participants will explore visual scripting and basic coding in Unity Game Design Engine. On the first day, participants will be introduced to basic coding terminology through an interactive activity. Sessions two through four will be an instructor-led game build of Clive the Cat's Visual Crypting in Unity.

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Intro to Game Design with Unity and Visual Coding
Exploration Commons
Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 13 - 18
Registration and more information
In this four-session program, participants will explore visual scripting and basic coding in Unity Game Design Engine. On the first day, participants will be introduced to basic coding terminology through an interactive activity. Sessions two through four will be an instructor-led game build of Clive the Cat's Visual Crypting in Unity.

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Focaccia Bread Art
Exploration Commons
Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Create your own fanciful bread art using fresh focaccia dough, veggies, and herbs.

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Home Food Preservation: Freezing
Exploration Commons
Friday, July 15, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn how to safely preserve summer's bounty at home while enjoying the fresh flavors of home-cooked food. Join the University of Maryland Extension for hands-on experience with freezing fresh produce. 

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Cardboard Creatures
Online
Monday, July 18, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ages: 12 - 18
Registration and more information
Come learn basic building methods with cardboard! Each participant will be challenged to build their original creature using at least two of the building methods. 

Media Production Tools were funded by an Infy Maker Award from Infosys Foundation USA.

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Intro to Basic Sewing Skills
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the necessary basics to feel comfortable using a sewing machine. This is a beginner-level class; you will leave feeling confident about the next steps to take towards sewing your own projects.

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Arduino Workshop
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Microcontrollers are everywhere and are often the unseen heroes of our modern world. From coffee makers to elevators, and even the television remote control, microcontrollers can be programmed to fulfill a variety of simple tasks. The Arduino platform makes working with microcontrollers easy, fun, and offers a way to get started in electronics. Join us for a workshop where we'll explore various beginner Arduino projects using components from the Arduino education kits available for use in the makerspace.

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Family Cooking Class: Happy Birthday Harry!
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ages: 6 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Celebrate Harry’s birthday in this Harry Potter-themed cooking class. Families will make butterbeer, pumpkin pasties, and more!  

One registration fee per family, up to four family members. For families with children ages 6 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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Cooking Demo: Spiralized Veggies
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Get inspired to add a little creativity to your recipes with a spiralizer. Learn and sample dishes utilizing this fun kitchen tool that can help you add more veggies to your meals or entice reluctant eaters with this novel presentation.

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Kids Cook: S'More S'Mores
Exploration Commons
Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: 10 - 13
Registration and more information
Have s'more fun making five sweet treats. Recipes include S’mores Monkey Bread Muffins, S’more Cookie Bites, S’mores Pops, Oven S’mores Pies, and Mini S'mores.

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This beginner-level laser cutter class will walk you through the basics of design, machine use, and safety procedures. Customers who successfully complete this program will be certified for use of Exploration Commons’ Fusion Pro 48 laser.  

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Inventor®: Working with Assemblies
Exploration Commons
Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Learn how to work with assemblies (multi-part models) in Inventor®

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Adobe Illustrator: Image Tracing
Online
Monday, July 25, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 11 - Adults, Adults
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Learn tips and tricks with using the image trace tool on your graphics and photos in Adobe Illustrator

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Intro to Cosplay: Chat and Demo
Exploration Commons
Monday, July 25, 2022 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 8 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Exploration Commons Manager Candace Birger is an award-winning cosplayer who goes by the name Plexi Cosplay. In this chat, she'll delve into cosplay, the makerspace, and costume fabrication. During the presentation, she will conduct an open-forum panel while demonstrating foam armor crafting.

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African Cooking: Fried Plantains with Roasted Peanuts
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 12 - 17
Registration and more information
Join guest instructor Leticia Nortey from Expanding Boundaries International as she shares information and recipes from Ghana. We will prepare and enjoy some West African dishes in this hands-on cooking class. This program is for youth ages 12 -17; children must be accompanied by an adult.

This program is supported by the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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Summer Baking: Fresh Fruit Tarts and Tartlets
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this class, we will make sweet and tender Pâte Sucrée Tart Shells and rich Vanilla Pastry Cream, then top them off with beautiful fruit patterns.

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