Doors open to the public starting June 8th at 2pm with a series of programs and events running through June 15 to introduce the general public to AMRoC Fab Lab. Activities actually start with our first First Fridays at the Fab Lab, Friday June 7, at 6:30pm. The following day, on Friday June 8th, starting at 2pm, we’re hosting a Meet the Makers Open House , where visitors can meet many of our great program partners and sponsors, and see and learn about programs and resources for all ages including:
• Machine Shop
• 3D Printers
• DIY Resources & Tools
• Computer Lab
• Fabrication Services
• Entrepreneurship Programs
• Build Projects
• Professional Development
• Product Development Consultation
In development by the nonprofit Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) for over three years, AMRoC was made possible with the support of University Mall and RD Management, the mall owners; seeded with an Argosy Foundation grant, and further supported by the Lightning Foundation, SOFWERX and in partnership with companies and organizations including Sensible Micro, Ultimate 3D Printers, US Auto Training, eSmart Recycling, PLuGHiTz Live and the Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library Cooperative.
AMRoC is a public Fab Lab, part of a network of 1600 Fab Labs around the world, and dedicated to building community capacity, empowering individuals through creative self-expression and bridging the manufacturing and industry talent gap through project-based engineering education and training. The facility occupies 7500 sq. ft. of space in a former sportswear store at University Mall and is part of an extensive transformation of the Mall into a mixed use city center anchoring the Uptown Tampa district. AMRoC will provide “K-to-Gray” programming for people of all ages to explore science, technology, engineering, manufacturing and related education and career training and certification opportunities.
Additionally, AMRoC provides access to tools like 3D printers, hand and power tools, laser cutter and more. Youth in FIRST robotics teams and other STEM competition programs can design, build, practice and meet at AMRoC Fab Lab and local entrepreneurs can access rapid prototyping, micro-manufacturing and consulting services. The Fab Lab also features the only full scale permanent FIRST Robotics Competition field in the state. FCDI will also provide professional development for educators, manufacturers, youth and adult program facilitators, as well as workshops, classes and special events serving families and individuals with DIY projects and programs.
Some of the programs and events on tap for this summer include:
- SE G1 Automotive Repair Certification Test Prep course ages 16+ – starting July 13
- ASCII Warriors Programming Club for high school and college students – starting June 12
- Intro to Employees with Unique Abilities – June 19
- STEAM Story Time for early elementary students, with Joiner Library – June 20
- Entrepreneurship Academy for Middle Schoolers – July 5-26 – Register by June 30
- Open K-12 recruitment for four youth robotics teams
Check out the Events tab for a short list of upcoming programs and our Calendar for full schedule.