Visitors can be inspired by a wide range of creations made by fellow community members and see the tools used to make them during Mesa THINKspot’s third anniversary celebration this weekend.
“This year, instead of just our open house, we wanted to showcase the lively spirit of making in our community,” said Sandy Rizzo, Mesa THINKspot coordinator. “Local people use amazing tools, technology, and creativity to build things large and small. We’re sure that folks of all ages will be inspired and find something new to make or do, including discovering how they might use the resources in THINKspot.”
The Maker Rodeo will be this Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature an open house and numerous activities and displays:
- A community sewing project where you can help sew blankets for homeless pets awaiting adoption for Maricopa County Animal Control East Valley Center (all supplies provided).
- Westwood High School Engineering and Precision Manufacturing students demonstrating their custom-designed robots.
- Sunlife Amateur Radio Club showing ham radio apparatus and sharing information about ham radio license preparation.
- Demos of THINKspot’s 3-D printers and objects made with them by local 3-D printers Mark Staxon and Bill Maynard.
- Films from THINKspot’s summer Film Camp students and works from Kyle Hobson’s Qonda Entertainment, as well as a tour of the THINKspot Studio.
- Woodworking from Wayne Kraft and Sharkey, oil painting and pastels from Nancy Kraft, white metal casting from Keith Glaab, and STEM activity displays by Odyssey of the Mind After School.
- 105th Squad Cosplayers showing off costumes they’ve made and THINKspot’s sewing machines.
- Demos of lynda.com and info about the upcoming “Level Up! Video Game Development Challenge” for teens.
- A chance for kids to learn about Code Club and to barrel race using small Ozobot robots.
All in attendance will receive a free THINKspot microfiber cloth, one per person, while supplies last, and enjoy treats provided by Golden Corral on Power Road.
Mesa THINKspot is a collaborative workspace and makerspace within the Red Mountain Branch of the Mesa Public Libraries. People can find tools and programs to help them innovate, start or build a business, and learn a new skill. The space features training on 3-D printers and other devices, Collaboration Rooms with SMARTboards, and programs on technology and new ideas.
Workshops are free and open to the public. For more information, visit: www.MesaTHINKspot.org.
THINKspot is located at the Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road. For more information, visit: www.MesaLibrary.org or call 480-644-3100.