September is Hispanic Heritage Month and we’ll be showcasing the local and national stories of Hispanic innovators and change agents all month long.

We’ve also got some amazing new community partners, resources and programs on the calendar, including Infinity Aeroclub bringing their great aviation education programs to AMRoC once a month, and the launch of our new Unmanned Vehicle Club, hosted by Tampa Drones. September also kicks off the new season for the FIRST Tech Challenge Youth Robotics program.

So read on – and jump in anywhere!

September Programs Schedule


Unmanned Vehicle Club Launches September 3rd

Beginning September 3rd the UV Club will explore the cutting-edge world of Unmanned Vehicles using specialized hardware and software to make our vehicle completely autonomous! The UV Club will meet weekly on Fridays to decide, plan and build our project. Every project that is produced will be owned and managed by the club and will feature some kind of real-world use case. RSVP to [email protected] or just drop in!

Micro Drone Nights with Tampa Drones -Sept 7 & 21

Come on out, build and fly your very own micro drone on the AMRoC drone field, with Tampa Drones. RSVP to [email protected] to join in!

SWIFF Family Relationships Workshop -September 14 & 21

In AMRoC’s continuing collaborative community support programming, this month we partner with REACHUP Inc. to provide space for their SWIFF Family Relationships workshop.  As part of their SWIFF (Stronger with Involved Focused Fathers )– program funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, REACHUP, Inc., a community nonprofit, is hosting a Family Relationship Education program at AMRoC Fab Lab on September 14 and September 21, from 5pm to 7pm both days.

The program is free and welcomes couples interested in learning to improve their communications in the interest of building better family relationships. Couples will learn the three keys to successful relationships, develop ways to stop arguing about small issues and learn how to get to the heart of conflicts in a way that helps resolve them more effectively. Learn more and register by September 10 at the link below.

Register for SWIFF Family Relationships Workshop

Consumer Car Care with Pam Oakes of US Auto Training – September 15 at 6pm

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of each month for a fun and engaging look at how to be your own best auto advocate, with Automotive Standards Expert, Pam Oakes, of U.S. Auto Training. Join us to talk cars! Ask questions, learn some cool tips and tricks and more!

National Day of Civic Hacking – September 18

Tampa’s National Day of Civic Hacking event is hosted by Code for Tampa Bay Brigade, and FCDI/AMRoC Fab Lab is proud to join with this great civic organization in support of this year’s theme: Reimagining 911.

The Code for America community is partnering with Transform 911 to evaluate how emergency response systems work around the country. On Saturday, September 18, people will come together nationwide to participate in open data, research, and design thinking actions in order to reimagine the 911 emergency response system to be truly human-centered.

Visit for more information and to register for the event. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Open Make & Game Night – September 24 from 3pm to 7pm

If you’re working on a small project and want to use our smaller shop tools, 3D printers, or get some help with design, mechanics, electronics, programming or just hang out and work in a friendly, welcoming creative space, you’ll enjoy our 4th Friday Open Make, We’re also mashing up Open Make with Game Night, a great opportunities for families to enjoy everything that AMRoC has to offer, from our workshop to board games and HADO.

RSVP via the link below to let us know you’d like to join in an Open Make session. Open Make is free, although there may be small fees on larger 3D prints, but it’s mostly a time to make things together, enjoy some fun family time, and check out all that AMRoC has to offer!

RSVP for Open Make

Infinity Aeroclub Aviation Day at AMRoC – September 25 – 2pm

Join us for our 2nd Aviation Day at AMRoC Fab Lab. We’ll be hosting regular aviation days going forward, to explore a different topic in aviation and aeronautics with the Infinity Aeroclub of Tampa. The Infinity Aero Club Tampa Bay (I-ACT) is a non-profit flying club focused on bringing aviation STEM programs to At-Risk Boys & Girls. The organization is passionate about the value of STEM programs and about putting the right kids in the cockpit of their flight simulators, drones and general aviation aircraft. Their goals are to enable future pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, drone operators and aerospace engineers.
In doing so, Infinity Aero Club has recurring aviation flight simulator and maintenance events at their simulator lab facility (near Tampa International Airport) and our second facility at Tampa North Aero Park (off I-75) in Wesley Chapel.

Uptown Tampa Community Conversations – September 25 at 6pm

University area residents and businesses are invited to participate in our monthly Uptown Tampa Community Conversations at AMRoC Fab Lab. Each session explores aspects of area redevelopment underway, solicits feedback from participants about concerns and ideas, explores how to maximize opportunities for residents, and how residents can have an active voice in upcoming changes. Visit our Uptown Tampa Community Collaborative page to learn more.

RSVP to Join in Community Conversation

HADO Open Game Play Moves to Fridays

Get in the Game with HADO Florida Fridays between 6pm and 7:30pm. Reservations highly recommended.

RSVP for Friday Night HADO!

Kudos and Shout Outs!

August was a full and exciting month at AMRoC and we want to share our appreciation for all the wonderful people who visited and shared their time and expertise with guests and students!

We truly enjoyed Representative Fentrice Driskell’s visit to AMRoC, and the time to she took to learn about our different programs – at left learning about the Aquaponics Wall Garden project, with Dhalia Bumbaca and Jon Dengler of the Well.

Many thanks to the Infinity Aeroclub of Tampa for hosting a wonderful Aviation Day event at AMRoC (at right). The well attended event was fun and informative and we look forward to having the Aeroclub back for more programs.

And as ever, we’re immensely grateful to the amazing volunteers who keep AMRoC humming, from working on projects like repairing the laser cutter, to running HADO games and mentoring our youth robotics programs.

We can’t do it without you – and we wouldn’t want to!  Visit our Volunteer page to see how you can get involved.


AMRoC R&D Labs – Helping You Helps Us!

Stuck on design or programming problem? AMRoC R&D Labs is available for consultation and hire to solve business and creative needs and challenges across a diverse field of expertise for public, private and government sectors.

Professional fees benefit youth programs, in addition to solving your work challenges. The team is currently working on technology solutions for marine, communications, and aerospace projects, and welcomes the opportunity to work explore creative solutions to your business challenges, as well!

Visit our AMRoC Services page to learn more and schedule an appointment.