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Upcoming Events

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Food Science: Why Does Popcorn Pop?
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: 10 - 13
Registration and more information
Become a kid food scientist and conduct experiments to learn how and why popcorn pops! Taste-testing will be part of the scientific method!

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Adobe Illustrator: Designing for the Laser Cutter
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this two-day workshop, participants will learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator and how to use it with the laser cutter. This class does not result in independent laser use certification.

Day 1: Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator.

Day 2: Design a laser-cuttable project and cut it on the Fusion Pro Laser Cutter.

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Intro to Inkscape
Exploration Commons
Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
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Learn the basic features of Inkscape. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and explore the program through hands-on instruction. No experience is required!

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Inventor®: Intro to Drafting
Exploration Commons
Friday, August 12, 2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Learn the basics of drafting in Inventor®, a 3D design software from Autodesk. You will learn how to orient part views, define dimensions, and other good tips and tricks on how to best create a well-outlined part draft. 

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Learn to Solder
Exploration Commons
Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 10:30am - 1:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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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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Monthly Maker Meetup
Exploration Commons
Saturday, August 13, 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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Kids and Teens Baking Class: Cherry Almond Scones
Exploration Commons
Monday, August 15, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 10 - 16
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In this hands-on class, you'll learn how to make Cherry Almond Scones. 

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Blender Basics: Simple Rigging for Animation
Exploration Commons
Monday, August 15, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
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Learn some tips and tricks to make a Blender model move and prep it for 3D animation! This class will also go over the basic functionality of the Pose Mode (Animation Mode) in Blender.

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Hello Python
Exploration Commons
Monday, August 15, 2022 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Interested in learning Python but don't know where to start? Join us for an introductory look at the Python programming language, resources for learning, and a general open discussion about programming.

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Kids Intro to Basic Sewing Skills
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: 10 - 16
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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Fresh Fruit Breakfast Bowls
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Celebrate summer's fresh fruit flavors in this hands-on class. We will prepare Fresh Fruit Muesli and Toasted Oats that will become a new seasonal favorite for breakfast.

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Intro to CNC Routing
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This two-part program will introduce you to the basics of design, machine use, and safety procedures for our Iconic i2015 CNC router. Session one will focus on project design and the VCarve software. Session two covers machine use, including hands-on time with the CNC machine. Customers who successfully complete both sessions of this program will be certified for use of Exploration Commons’ CNC machine.

All program registrants must complete the prerequisite online Iconic CNC Machine Use and Safety Training prior to attending the first session of this program.

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Some Like it HOT!
Exploration Commons
Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Chili peppers, that is! Join our favorite chili head, Angie Chappell, to learn more about growing, tasting, and cooking with some unique varieties of chilies. CAUTION - this class is HOT! This will be a demo and hands-on class.

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Coding with Pepper: Building Conversations
Exploration Commons
Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
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Designed to build on the basic programming covered in the introductory Code with Pepper class, this class explores how to program a more natural and longer conversation flow with Pepper. Prior participation in a Code with Pepper class is highly recommended. Pepper was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act Grant from the Maryland State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Monday, August 22, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
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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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Arduino Workshop
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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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Intro to CNC Routing
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This two-part program will introduce you to the basics of design, machine use, and safety procedures for our Iconic i2015 CNC router. Session one will focus on project design and the VCarve software. Session two covers machine use, including hands-on time with the CNC machine. Customers who successfully complete both sessions of this program will be certified for use of Exploration Commons’ CNC machine.

All program registrants must complete the prerequisite online Iconic CNC Machine Use and Safety Training prior to attending the first session of this program.

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Summer Kombucha Mocktails
Exploration Commons
Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Learn to prepare refreshing, non-alcoholic drinks to serve at your summer gatherings. In this hands-on class, we will use kombucha to make mocktails everyone can enjoy. 

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Basic Knife Skills
Exploration Commons
Saturday, August 27, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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, ages 16 to adult will be required to wear a cut glove for this program. 

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Advanced Laser Cutting: Epilog Dashboard
Exploration Commons
Monday, August 29, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this session, we will take a closer look at the Epilog Dashboard to gain a better understanding of the Fusion Pro's abilities. Topics include color mapping and camera-based artwork alignment. 

Fusion Pro Laser Cutter Certification is required prior to attending this program.

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Restaurant Roundtable
Exploration Commons
Monday, August 29, 2022 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Join a roundtable for chefs, managers, and restaurant owners in Carroll County and the surrounding area. Get together with your peers to discuss current issues, upcoming events, new menu items, personnel issues, and more. Hosted by the Teaching Kitchen at Exploration Commons at 50 East. There is no charge for this event and registration is requested, but not required. This will be a quarterly event.

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Intro to 3D Printing and Design with Tinkercad
Exploration Commons
Monday, August 29, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the basics of using Tinkercad to design for 3D printing! We'll walk through basic 3D design using Tinkercad software and create a simple project to be 3D printed. No previous design experience is necessary!

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