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Upcoming Events

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Practical Fusion 360
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
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Digital design using tools such as Fusion 360 is a fundamental skill that unlocks the full potential of maker technologies such as 3D printing and many others that depend on a digital file to define the shape and size of a real-world object to be made. This introductory seminar will explore the Fusion 360 design software, examine resources for continued learning, and get hands-on experience. Fusion 360 is professional-level software, and participants should be proficient in using a Windows PC.

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VCarve: Create a Marble Maze with the CNC
Exploration Commons
Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
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Join us for a hands-on session where we create a marble maze on Exploration Commons' Iconic CNC router. Previous basic computer experience is required. No experience with the CNC router or design software is needed.

This class does not result in independent CNC use certification. 

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Homeschool Cooking: Homemade Pierogi
Exploration Commons
Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 6 - 18
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Learn to make homemade pierogi dough and fillings, then form these delicious Eastern European dumplings. Fillings include potato, potato and cheese, potato and onion, and blueberry. Registration is for a group of up to three attendees. Please indicate participants' names and ages when registering.

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Intermediate Laser Cutting: Designing Custom Puzzles
Exploration Commons
Friday, February 23, 2024 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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In this intermediate-level laser design class, we will demonstrate and teach users how to design their custom-cut puzzles using different tools in Adobe Illustrator and Epilog's laser cutting software. 

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

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Basic Knife Skills
Exploration Commons
Saturday, February 24, 2024 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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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, and mince and get plenty of practice with other professional cuts. This is a beginner class.

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Build a Retro Arcade Game with MakeCode
Exploration Commons
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
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Have you ever wondered how basic video games are created? In this hands-on class, we'll use Microsoft MakeCode, a block-based coding program, to build a retro video game you can share with friends and family.

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Books and Bites: Fantasy Edition!
Exploration Commons
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Join us for our Books and Bites program focusing on the fantasy genre with accompanying Middle-Earth-themed foods! We'll make sausage rolls and carrot cake muffins while librarians from the Westminster Branch present book talks on fantasy reads from upstairs. Yes, you can check out the books at the end of the program!

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Sewing: Embroidery Machine Basics
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Get familiar with embroidery machines and the tools and materials you need to create a successful project. Through both lecture and demonstration, learn about Exploration Commons' Bernina 535E Embroidery Machine, types of hoops and stabilizers, and use of embroidery motifs. Attendees may schedule an appointment to complete the Embroidery Machine Independent Certification after completing this class. 

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Bagels
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Join us for a hands-on baking class! We'll learn how to make delicious bagels and a flavorful cream cheese. 

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Intro to 3D Scanning
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, Adults
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3D scanning is a digital design process that enables the creation of detailed and accurate models of real-world objects. Join us for an introductory look into this technology used extensively in engineering, architecture, historic preservation, and video game development. We will demonstrate the use of our handheld Artec Leo 3D Scanner and highlight some recent projects that have been created with it.

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Let's Start a Podcast!
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Do you want to get into podcasting but don't know where to start? This is the class for you! We will cover the basics of the different recording software we offer, along with an introduction to the equipment we provide in the Audio/Video Lab. 

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Dinner's on Me: Sheet Pan Dinner
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 13 - 18
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Calling all aspiring teen chefs! Join us in the kitchen to learn to prepare a delicious sheet pan dinner. Enhance your culinary skills, gain confidence in the kitchen, and impress your loved ones with your cooking ability.

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Heirloom Sewing Techniques
Exploration Commons
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
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Learn ways to use the sewing machine to create heirloom details like pintucks, rolled hems, and hemstitching. The instructor will provide examples and demonstrate these techniques to try on your next sewing project.

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Custom Laser Engraved Tumblers
Exploration Commons
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Create a simple, personalized coated metal tumbler using our Epilog Fusion Pro laser. We'll learn the basics of using Adobe Illustrator to design for the laser's rotary tool, and you'll get to watch your tumbler being engraved. Previous laser design experience is helpful. This class does not result in independent laser cutter use certification.

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Baking Basics: Shortbread
Exploration Commons
Friday, March 1, 2024 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Learn the secrets to baking a variety of traditional and stamped shortbreads. 

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HOLD: Creating Jewelry with Makerspace Technology
Exploration Commons
Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Learn about the types of jewelry you can make with our makerspace technology. We will review the available equipment, selecting appropriate materials, and setting up design files for success. Using Adobe Illustrator and the Epilog Fusion Pro laser, participants will make either a pair of earrings or a necklace to take home. This is an introductory level program; no previous experience with design software or laser cutting (or certification) is required. 

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Intro to 3D Printing and Design with Tinkercad
Exploration Commons
Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
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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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Cooking for Wellness: Gluten-Free, Vegan Mac and Cheese
Exploration Commons
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Gluten-free foods are everywhere! But is this a diet you need to be on? What's the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance? Join Registered Dietitian Dana Mealing in this class to discuss these things and more while enjoying lentil-based pasta with the best vegan cheese sauce! This class is provided through The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County and Carroll Hospital.

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Intro to Basic Sewing Skills
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
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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 toward sewing your projects. This program includes Exploration Commons Sewing Machine Certification for independent use.

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Soft Pretzels
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Join us for a hands-on baking class! We’ll learn how to make delicious soft pretzels and a dipping sauce to go with them. 

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Korean-Flavor Rice Bowl
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Explore tasty Korean flavors in this hands-on class, where we'll prepare a warm rice bowl topped with sautéed vegetables and seasoned ground beef. 

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 9:30am - 11:30am
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This beginner-level laser cutter class will walk you through design basics, machine use, and safety procedures. At the instructor's discretion, customers who successfully complete this program will be certified to use Exploration Commons' Fusion Pro and Fusion Edge laser cutters.

Customers aged 12 to 15 who complete their certification are required to have a certified adult with them to use the laser independently.

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Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butter Sauce
Exploration Commons
Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Create a classic New Orleans-style bread pudding made with French bread, raisins, eggs, cream, and sweet spices. While the bread pudding bakes, we'll make a traditional bourbon butter sauce to go on top.

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Advanced Ethnic Cooking: Moroccan Chicken Bastilla
Exploration Commons
Friday, March 8, 2024 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Join Westminster Royal Sweets to make authentic Moroccan Chicken Bastilla, Morocco's famous chicken pie.

A light, crispy pastry shell conceals savory saffron chicken, spicy omelet stuffing, and a crunchy topping of fried almonds sweetened with orange flower water. A sprinkling of powdered sugar and cinnamon adds to the unique blend of flavors. Note that this is a four-hour class.

 

 

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Intro to CNC Routing
Exploration Commons
Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This one-day CNC certification class will introduce you to the design basics, machine use, and safety procedures for our Iconic i2015 CNC router. We will focus on project design and the VCarve software in the morning session. We will cover machine use in the afternoon, including hands-on time with the CNC machine. There will be a break from 12 - 1 PM between the morning and afternoon sessions.

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

At the instructor’s discretion, customers who successfully complete both sessions of this program will be certified to use Exploration Commons’ CNC machine. Customers aged 12 to 15 who complete their certification are required to have a certified adult with them to use the CNC router independently.

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Making for Seniors: Create a Simple Slate Laser Cutter Project
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - 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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Kids Baking Class: Hamburger Cupcakes
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 8 - 12
Registration and more information
Participants will make "hamburger" cupcakes and learn basic baking skills. 

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