We’re celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Month with a salute to our awesome AMRoC Fab Lab Volunteer Team! Our Volunteers range from high school students to retirees and help with everything from running programs and giving tours to organizing and maintaining the workshop. Check out our Showcase window throughout April, where we’ll be highlighting some of our volunteers’ creative endeavors, and sharing some of their stories there and on our website. If you’d like to volunteer at AMRoC Fab Lab, please visit our Volunteer page.

April Events & Programs

This month’s First Friday at the Fab Lab looked at HADO Florida, with our special guest Shane Vander Kooi, a long time friend of the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (the nonprofit that founded and manages AMRoC Fab Lab)  and now a program partner through HADO Florida, an augmented reality eSport. Shane will tell us about his company Green Mouse Academy, his interest in tech arts and how and why HADO Florida came to be, as well as how you can enjoy it, too! Check out our conversation with Shane below.

April 2 & 16 –6pm – Build-a-Drone class – Build a drone from the ground – Up! And learn all about the different components of a drone as you do. $45/class .

Register for Build-a-Drone Workshop

April 9 & 23 at 6pm –  (ROBOTICON) Infinite Recharge Livestream from AMRoC – We’ll be wrapping up the virtual FIRST Robotics Competition season with a look at team innovation challenges and more!  Watch live at Twitch.tv/ROBOTICONTB

April 14 –  Registering and Maintaining Your Florida Business – 6:30pm –– AMRoC Fab Lab is pleased to host this event by program partner and Equinent mentor, attorney Vanessa Ferguson. Register your Florida limited liability company or file your annual report with the help of your local Florida attorney.  During the event, Vanessa, the managing director of Ferguson Legal, PLLC, will take you step-by-step through the process of registering your LLC in the state of Florida and filing your annual report for your LLC or Corporation.

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April 23 – Open Make is back! By appointment only for now, we’re bringing Open Make back to AMRoC Fab Lab on trial basis, from 3pm to 7pm every 3rd Friday! RSVP below for Open Make if you want to come work on a personal project at the Fab Lab

Register for Open Make

April 24 – Uptown Tampa Redevelopment Community Conversations – 6pm – University area residents are invited to participate in our monthly Uptown Tampa Community Conversations at AMRoC Fab Lab. Each session well explore aspects of area redevelopment underway, solicit feedback from participants about concerns and ideas, explore how to maximize opportunities for residents, and how residents can have an active voice in upcoming changes.

RSVP to Attend Uptown Community Conversations

Equinent Rolling Enrollment

Our next  Equity in Entrepreneurship cohort kicks off this summer.  Need an extra push to grow your existing business to greatness or get a new idea off the ground? Learn more and reserve your spot for our next session at EquinEnt.com

AMRoC Supernova Shout Out!

We want to give a shout out to a very special community volunteer during National Volunteer Month – Maha Uppal, a student in the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College, who has been coming to AMRoC since before Christmas to work on a clear face mask project.

Maha now has a small team who joins in twice a week, to work on the face masks. Designed for the USF Audiology Dept, the masks delight far beyond, and evoked a heartwarming response from a young visitor the Fab Lab recently, whose bright smile, visible for all to see, spoke volumes. We miss seeing one another’s smiles, and Maha’s project opens a window to that most human of joys during a challenging time. Thank you Maha!