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Upcoming Events

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Inventor®: Working with Assemblies
Exploration Commons
Friday, October 7, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn how to work with assemblies (multi-part models) in Inventor®

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Kids and Teens Baking Class: Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Exploration Commons
Monday, October 10, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: 8 - 17
Registration and more information
In this hands-on class, children and teens will make delicious apple cinnamon muffins and learn basic baking skills. 

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Making for Seniors: Create a Simple Slate Laser Cutter Project
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Learning new technology should be fun, not intimidating! Join us for a basic hands-on session where we'll create a simple slate laser cutter project and watch your project being made on our Fusion Pro Laser Cutter. Previous basic computer experience is required. No previous experience with laser cutting or design software is needed. This class does not result in independent laser use certification.

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Inventor®: Part Design
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the basic principles of part design and creation using tools and assets in Inventor®.

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Intro to CNC Routing
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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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How to Make Simple Sewing Alterations
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn how to use our Bernina sewing machines to achieve simple garment alterations including sewing a patch, hemming, and adding buttons using the button presser foot. This is an introductory program, but some comfort with a sewing machine is helpful. 

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Intro to CNC Routing
Exploration Commons
Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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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Focaccia Bread Art
Exploration Commons
Thursday, October 13, 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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Making for Seniors: Creating an Augmented Reality Game
Exploration Commons
Friday, October 14, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the basics of creating an augmented reality video game. Using CoSpaces Edu, we will walk through a scavenger hunt project that you'll be able to share with family and friends. 

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Sushi Rolling Basics
Exploration Commons
Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Are you ready to make sushi at home? Join us in this hands-on class to learn basic sushi rolling techniques and simple recipes to try. We will prepare sushi with vegetables or cooked ingredients and enjoy our tasty creations at the end of class.

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Fusion 360: Designing for the Laser Cutter
Exploration Commons
Monday, October 17, 2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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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Sewing: Serger Basics
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn about the versatile serger/overlock sewing machine and how to use it with your sewing projects. We will review the parts of the serger, proper threading, and how and when to use different stitch settings. Leave inspired with new ways to use this machine in your sewing projects. 

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Game Creation: 3D Modeling for Video Games
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
A step-by-step walkthrough of both creating your own 3D models and bringing them into a video game engine for use in your own game development projects.

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Homeschoolers Cooking Class: Fall Themed Caramel Apples
Exploration Commons
Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 12 - 18
Registration and more information
Make fall-themed caramel apples from scratch. Participants will learn how to prepare and dip apples in caramel and chocolate, then decorate with fun toppings.

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Unity Game Design: Customize the Karting Microgame
Exploration Commons
Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - 18
Registration and more information
Learn some of the basics of Unity Game Design Engine by customizing Unity's Karting Microgame using a variety of mods.  

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School's Out: African Tea Brewing with Puff-Puff
Exploration Commons
Friday, October 21, 2022 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 12 - 17
Registration and more information
Join guest instructor Leticia Nortey, from Expanding Boundaries International, as she shares information and recipes from Africa. We will learn how to prepare and brew Kenyan tea and make puff-puff (donuts) in this hands-on cooking class. This program is for ages 12 -17; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 

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Robotics Roundtable
Exploration Commons
Friday, October 21, 2022 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Curious about robotics but not sure where to start? Join us for an open discussion about the skills and tools related to hobbyist robotics and some beginner projects to get you started.

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Family Cooking: Spooky Treats
Exploration Commons
Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:00am
Ages: 6 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Come create a Spooky Monster Munch Mix and brew a Mad Scientist Potion in this fun family class.

One registration per family, max family size of four. For families with children ages 6 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Please list the names of all attendees and indicate the ages of the children. 

As this is a limited registration event, please cancel if you will not be attending so that another family may participate in this activity.

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Family Cooking: Spooky Treats
Exploration Commons
Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Ages: 6 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Come create a Spooky Monster Munch Mix and brew a Mad Scientist Potion in this fun family class.

One registration per family, max family size of four. For families with children ages 6 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Please list the names of all attendees and indicate the ages of the children. 

As this is a limited registration event, please cancel if you will not be attending so that another family may participate in this activity.

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Family Cooking: Spooky Treats
Exploration Commons
Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 6 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Come create a Spooky Monster Munch Mix and brew a Mad Scientist Potion in this fun family class.

One registration per family, max family size of four. For families with children ages 6 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Please list the names of all attendees and indicate the ages of the children. 

As this is a limited registration event, please cancel if you will not be attending so that another family may participate in this activity.

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Monday, October 24, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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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Simple Meals on a Budget
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this hands-on class, we will explore budget-friendly meals utilizing fresh produce and pantry staples. We will cook a delicious pan-fried fish dish and explore how we can transform a simple slow cooker recipe into multiple meals. We will eat the prepared food at the end of class and you'll leave with budget-stretching ideas to make the most of your resources. 

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Home Food Preservation: Water Bath Canning
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Learn how to safely preserve nature's bounty at home while enjoying the fresh flavors of home-cooked food. Join the University of Maryland Extension for hands-on experience with water bath canning, a great method for preserving most fruits and some veggies.

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What's in Season: Pumpkin
Exploration Commons
Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Pick the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch! Learn how to select the right pumpkin and about preparation techniques for different varieties of pumpkins. We'll make several sweet and savory tasty treats.

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Intro to Basic Sewing Skills
Exploration Commons
Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
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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