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The Makerspace

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A Makerspace is a community center where tools are provided to design, engineer, fabricate and learn. All skill levels are welcome and it offers a safe do it yourself environment where failure is just another step in the learning process. Learning may be self-directed or instructor led, and Exploration Commons will provide the staff and guest instructors to assist with all learning styles.

Who may use the Makerspace

The Makerspace is for ages 8 – Adult. Children ages 8 – 11 may work with an equipment certified adult in the use of some machines in the space, but may not operate themselves. Children ages 12 – 15 may operate machinery with the assistance of an equipment certified adult. Persons aged 16 and older may operate any of the available equipment. An Exploration Commons/Library card is required to use makerspace equipment and all users must be certified to use select equipment.

Programs held in the Makerspace will be led by an instructor and may also have age restrictions depending on the equipment used or content of the program. An Exploration Commons/Library card is not required to attend programs.

Will there be a cost to use the Makerspace?

The use of the space is free. However, there will be a cost for some materials if required (filament, wood, acrylic, etc). There will also be programs where we need to charge to recoup expenses.

Hours and Staffing

The entire space will be open and staffed Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 8 PM, Friday - Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM. In addition to CCPL staff, we will be working with outside presenters from various industries, professors from Carroll Community College and McDaniel College, Carroll County Public Schools faculty, and local interns and volunteers. Our community has much to offer and we will require their expertise and support to make Exploration Commons a success.

Upcoming Classes and Programs

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Intro to Roland GS-24 Vinyl Cutter
Exploration Commons
Monday, July 15, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Come learn how to use the Roland GS-24 Vinyl Cutter, which can cut 24-inch wide rolls by however long you want! This machine is like the Cricut Maker but can create larger projects like window decals. Participants will learn how to operate the machine, what materials it accepts, and the software required to use it.

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Sewing Skills: Garment Hemming
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Want to be able to hem your garments? Come learn how to sew a variety of hem styles on fabric samples you can keep for future reference. You'll learn about different types of hems, the factors that influence which hem to use, hand stitches and machine stitches used to hem garments, and two ways to hem jeans. 

Class prerequisites and required skills:

  • have completed Intro to Basic Sewing Skills and/or have EC sewing machine certification
  • can thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin
  • can sew items together with different seam allowances
  • understand the purpose of back-stitching

Materials: Sewing machines and all necessary materials will be provided. 

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Basic Electronics & Arduino's
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This skill-building class focuses on the basics of electronics and the use of the Arduino programming environment to create a wide array of simple circuits that teach not only the fundamentals but also stand as examples for your future projects. We'll get hands-on with assembling circuit elements such as resistors, diodes, sensors, and microcontrollers, as well as discuss the theory and programming involved in making it all work.

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Intro to 3D Printing and Design with Tinkercad
Exploration Commons
Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
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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Knife Skills Practice: Ratatouille
Exploration Commons
Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Do you need to brush up on your knife skills? In this two-hour refresher class, we'll cover the basic cuts and create a delicious ratatouille to bake at home. The class is intended for participants who have completed a basic knife skills class.

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Intro to CNC Routing
Exploration Commons
Friday, July 19, 2024 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
style="box-sizing:border-box;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left">This one-day CNC certification class will introduce you to the design basics, machine use, and safety procedures for our Iconic i2015 CNC Router. In the morning session, we will focus on project design and the VCarve software. 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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Laser Cutting Refresher
Exploration Commons
Monday, July 22, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
If it's been a while since you passed your Exploration Commons laser certification and you could use a refresher on the process, this class is for you! Get a reintroduction to the basics of using our Epilog Fusion Pro and Edge lasers.  

This class is for customers who have already been certified for Exploration Commons independent laser use. This class does not result in independent laser cutter use certification.

Previous Laser Certification is required.

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Beginner Sewing Level 2: Intro to Garment Construction (Class 3)
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This series of sewing classes introduces new or less experienced sewists to beginner sewing information, resources, and hands-on experience.

Beginner Sewing Level 2: Intro to Garment Construction introduces the following information and skills:

  • fabric types, terminology, and preparation for sewing
  • interfacings types, uses, and application
  • reading, customizing, and cutting from a commercial pattern
  • constructing and finishing a simple garment

This is a series class; you need to register for the first class and attend all three classes.

  • Class 1: Choosing, Purchasing and Preparing Fabrics for Garment Sewing (06/27/2024)
  • Class 2: Measuring the Body, Preparing the Pattern, and Cutting the Fabric (07/11/2024)
  • Class 3: Sewing Slim Cut Lounge Pants (07/23/2024)

 

Series Prerequisites and Required Skills:

  • Intro to Basic Sewing Skills and/or have EC sewing machine certification
  • can thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin
  • can sew items together with different seam allowances
  • understand the purpose of back-stitching
  • have previously sewn items equivalent to the projects in the Beginner Sewing Level 1 classes: small fabric container, lined canvas tote with webbing handles, lined pouch with zipper

Required Materials:

  • A sewing machine, some materials, and a commercial sewing pattern will be provided
  • Students will supply the appropriate fabric, elastic, and thread for their garment
  • Appropriate amount of prewashed and dried fabric for your size*
  • Appropriate width and amount of elastic for your size*
  • Matching thread*

*Do not purchase fabric, elastic, or thread before the first class.

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Laser Cutting Tabletop Game Terrain
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Many tabletop games that use miniatures require terrain and buildings for a fully immersive experience. We'll look at using Adobe Illustrator to create the files necessary to craft these unique objects using our Epilog Fusion Pro laser. This is not a certification class, nor is laser certification required.

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Intro to Assemblies in Onshape
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Ready to take your 3D design skills to the next level? In this comprehensive, hands-on session in Onshape, a powerful cloud-based computer-aided design (CAD) platform, we will explore how to model assemblies of parts and how to integrate standard hardware into a design.

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Making for Good: Pet Beds
Exploration Commons
Thursday, July 25, 2024 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Celebrate National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day in this Making for Good program. Attendees will make a pet bed to be donated to the local animal shelter! Participants are also welcome to make a pet bed for their furry friends. All attendees must be sewing machine certified to attend this class. We will provide fabrics, filling, etc.

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Soundscaping: Intro to FL Studio and Roland Keyboard
Exploration Commons
Thursday, July 25, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the basics of music creation with an intro to FL Studio and a look into a few of the unique features of our own Roland FP-90X keyboard.

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VCarve: Create a Puzzle Ball
Exploration Commons
Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for a hands-on session where we create and cut out a wood puzzle ball 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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Stagecraft Workshop
Offsite
Monday, July 29, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
More information
This program is for anyone who wants to learn more about building sets in a safe and correct manner. Join us for this three-day workshop, where you will learn stagecraft standards at the Carroll Arts Center, drafting at Exploration Commons, and set construction at Carroll Community College.  

Each class will take place at a different location to ensure everyone learns all that Carroll County can offer your theatre troupe. 

Each student is permitted to bring along 1 additional person to each workshop. If you choose to do this, they will need to be the same person each day, and there will be an additional fee. You and your partner will need to share all the supplies and computers.

 

Register here: https://carrollcountyartscouncil.coursestorm.com/course/stagecraft-workshop

Price: The cost is $75 for one person or $85 for two people.

 

Class Schedule

Class 1: Monday, July 29 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: Carroll County Arts Council

Instructor: Stephen Strosnider

 

Class 2: Tuesday, July 30 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: Exploration Commons at 50 East

Instructor: Polly O'Hair

 

Class 3: Wednesday, July 31 from 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Location: Carroll Community College

Instructor: Sophie Barden

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 9:30am - 12:00pm
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 the 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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Sewing Skills: Sewing with Zippers
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn how to insert zippers like a pro! This technique-based workshop will cover three types of zipper installations: regular, lapped, and invisible. 
 

Class Prerequisites and Required Skills:

  • Intro to Basic Sewing Skills and/or have EC sewing machine certification
  • can thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin
  • can sew items together with different seam allowances
  • understand the purpose of back-stitching

Materials: A sewing machine and all necessary materials will be provided.

 

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Stagecraft Workshop
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
More information
This program is for anyone who wants to learn more about building sets in a safe and correct manner. Join us for this three-day workshop, where you will learn stagecraft standards at the Carroll Arts Center, drafting at Exploration Commons, and set construction at Carroll Community College.  

Each class will take place at a different location to ensure everyone learns all that Carroll County can offer your theatre troupe. 

Each student is permitted to bring along 1 additional person to each workshop. If you choose to do this, they will need to be the same person each day, and there will be an additional fee. You and your partner will need to share all the supplies and computers.

 

Register here: https://carrollcountyartscouncil.coursestorm.com/course/stagecraft-workshop

Price: The cost is $75 for one person or $85 for two people.

 

Class Schedule

Class 1: Monday, July 29 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: Carroll County Arts Council

Instructor: Stephen Strosnider

 

Class 2: Tuesday, July 30 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: Exploration Commons at 50 East

Instructor: Polly O'Hair

 

Class 3: Wednesday, July 31 from 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Location: Carroll Community College

Instructor: Sophie Barden

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Intro to Reverse Engineering
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Welcome to the exciting world of reverse engineering! Learn how to reconstruct and modify existing parts using basic measuring tools and Onshape, a powerful cloud-based 3D modeling software.

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Stagecraft Workshop
Offsite
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
More information
This program is for anyone who wants to learn more about building sets in a safe and correct manner. Join us for this three-day workshop, where you will learn stagecraft standards at the Carroll Arts Center, drafting at Exploration Commons, and set construction at Carroll Community College.  

Each class will take place at a different location to ensure everyone learns all that Carroll County can offer your theatre troupe. 

Each student is permitted to bring along 1 additional person to each workshop. If you choose to do this, they will need to be the same person each day, and there will be an additional fee. You and your partner will need to share all the supplies and computers.

 

Register here: https://carrollcountyartscouncil.coursestorm.com/course/stagecraft-workshop

Price: The cost is $75 for one person or $85 for two people.

 

Class Schedule

Class 1: Monday, July 29 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: Carroll County Arts Council

Instructor: Stephen Strosnider

 

Class 2: Tuesday, July 30 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: Exploration Commons at 50 East

Instructor: Polly O'Hair

 

Class 3: Wednesday, July 31 from 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Location: Carroll Community College

Instructor: Sophie Barden

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Beginner Sewing Level 3: Intro to Garment Sewing, Set-In Sleeves
Exploration Commons
Thursday, August 1, 2024 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Properly fitting and sewing in sleeves is a challenge for beginning sewists. Learn the necessary steps to sew set-in sleeves without puckers. You will practice these skills by inserting sleeves into a 1/2-scale woven bodice sample.

Class Prerequisites and Required Skills

  • have completed Intro to Basic Sewing Skills and/or have EC sewing machine certification
  • thread a sewing machine, wind a bobbin, and troubleshoot tension issues
  • sew straight and curved seams while maintaining consistent seam allowance
  • know how to read and work with a pattern and cut fabric with care and accuracy
  • have a basic understanding of different fabric types and have sewn with a few different types
  • have experience sewing a regular zipper

Required Materials

  • A sewing machine and materials will be provided.

About Beginner Sewing Level 3: Intro to Garment Sewing
This set of classes introduces new or less experienced sewists to beginner sewing information and resources, along with hands-on experiences.

This series introduces the following information and skills:

  • insert a set-in sleeve
  • sewing a collar with a lapel
  • sewing a trouser fly
  • sewing the fitted waistband
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Let's Start a Podcast!
Exploration Commons
Thursday, August 1, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
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 and introduce the equipment we provide in the Audio/Video Lab.

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Advanced Laser Cutting: Precision Techniques
Exploration Commons
Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
We will discuss precision techniques to improve your laser project outcomes. Topics will include centering-point alignment, printed registration marks, using jigs or templates, and the importance of maintaining a settings notebook. Exploration Commons Laser certification is required prior to attending this program.

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3D Design Skills: The 3D Tool Bar
Exploration Commons
Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Ready to take your 3D design skills to the next level? In this comprehensive, hands-on session in Onshape, a powerful cloud-based computer-aided design (CAD) platform, we will explore the tools available for creating 3D geometry!

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Tinkercad: Morphing and Importing Irregular Shapes
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, August 6, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Join us in this project-based class, which builds on basic and intermediate design tools and techniques. By manipulating irregular shapes and importing others, we will create a mini pie-shaped decoration. Previous Tinkercad experience is strongly recommended.

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Practical Fusion 360
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, August 6, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
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, which 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 provide hands-on experience. Fusion 360 is professional-level software, and participants should be proficient in using a Windows PC.

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Intro to 3D Scanning
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
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, which is 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.