It’s hard to believe we’re on the cusp of the 21st century Roaring ’20s! But here we are, with some great milestones to our credit since our Grand Opening,  just six months ago, and a blank canvas of creative opportunities ahead of us.

Here’s just some of what we’ve accomplished since we opened AMRoC to the public in June:

We couldn’t have done any of this without the fantastic support of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) , which founded and manages AMRoC, and especially without the vigorous engagement of individuals like our Volunteer Coordinator, Marissa Schiereck, and regular volunteers and contributors like Michael Smith-Mapp, Chris WIllingham, David Mendez, groups like the USF Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the support of organizations like eSmart Recycling, Sensible Micro Corporation, SOFWERX , U.S. Auto Training , PLUGHITZ LiveBits4Bots , Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library ,  Ultimate 3D Printer Store and more.  With enormous gratitude to RD Management, for having the kindness, vision and foresight to believe in AMRoC and the value we bring to University Mall and the community.

As we move into the new year, we’re excited about growing our programming to include more focused workforce training opportunities, expanded after-school programming, completing our workshop build out, building our membership base and extending our service and product offerings via the Gearbox, our Fab Lab retail space.

Look for news about upcoming programs and projects here and in our weekly eNewsletter and social media, and stay tuned, too, for more information about our Gulf Coast MakerCon event, coming to University Mall May 23 and 24, 2020!  It’s going to be an awesome year!

From all of us at the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation, we wish you a New Year rich with creative possibilities and invite you to make your ideas into realities at AMRoC Fab Lab!

A Year at AMRoC
In the beginnning

…there was an empty storefront.


With Lots of Space

…and room to grow.

And some shelves
So many shelves
But with a great board
And amazing volunteers
AMRoC began to take shape
Programs started...
With great partners like

Tampa Bay Inventors Council

And Code for Tampa Bay  Brigade

And resources and funding support

From eSmart Recycling

Ultimate 3D Printer Store

3D Musketeers


Vodka Bacon Studios

Children’s Board of Hillsborough County

The SunTrust Foundation

The CEL and the Tampa Innovation Partnership

And the rest

is both history and future.

Here's to a New Year

Made in AMRoC!