We build community through hosting events and getting our friends together. Check out some of our upcoming events and get connected. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to our entire community. If you’d like to receive regular updates of newly added events, please follow us on social media or watch for our monthly email newsletters sent out to all registered makers.
Strum Stick Workshop
SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
Participants will build their own Strum Stick (dulcimer guitar), an easy-to-play three-string instrument, while learning to use our laser cutter, cnc router and woodworking tools. All participants will build their own Strum Stick and leave with a one-of-a-kind musical instrument to enjoy for years to come. Cost for the workshop is $30, which includes the all materials needed for your very own Strum Stick.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2019
Join us in the Innovation Foundry for this free, entry level workshop. In this session, participants will learn to use Adobe Illustrator software to design for our vinyl cutter. Bring your laptop w Adobe Illustrator installed to follow along. No prior experience is required.
FEED YOUR CREATIVITY
SEPTEMBER 28, 2019
Everyone is invited to come to the Maker Lab and enjoy some time painting and hanging out with friends. Join a group of “not so starving artists” led by Cathyann and Becca for a relaxing day of creativity and inspiration. This isn’t a workshop, just a gathering of people who love to create new art and make new friends. Paints, brushes and canvases (and snacks) will be provided for FREE.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2019
Join us in the Innovation Foundry for this free, entry level workshop. In this session, participants will learn to use Adobe Illustrator software to design for our laser cutting tools. Bring your laptop w Adobe Illustrator installed to follow along. No prior experience is required.
Bluetooth LED Lamp
OCTOBER 5, 2019
Registered participants will build and program their own desk lamp using an Arduino Nano microprocessor. Participants will need to bring their own laptop for programming and design work. Cost for the workshop is $30, which includes lunch and all the materials needed for your very own LED desk lamp.
HOMECOMING MAKE & TAKE
OCTOBER 18, 2019
Alumni families and friends are invited to join us for six fun and FREE make-and-take activities. This event is designed to get kids and parents in the Maker Lab for hand’s on making with some easy, entry-level projects. We’ll have a fun selection of ACU spirit items for everyone to make and enjoy on Saturday during the Homecoming parade, tailgating events and football game.
HOMECOMING OPEN HOUSE
OCTOBER 18, 2019
We’re inviting all ACU students, faculty, staff and alumni (and families) to drop in and see what’s new in the Maker Lab. We’ll have FREE hands-on activities, tours and tool demonstrations, conversations and refreshments. There will be something to do and see for all ages, so we’re anticipating a fun mix of creative people. We know you’ll have a great time.
Wind Chimes Workshop
NOVEMBER 2, 2019
Join us on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10am-4pm for the Wind Chime workshop. Shan Martinez and Darren Wilson will be leading participants through the process of cutting and tuning chimes and assembling a beautiful set of hanging wind chimes.
NOVEMBER 18, 2019
Join us in the Innovation Foundry for this free, entry level workshop. In this session, participants will learn to use Adobe Illustrator software to design for our CNC router. Bring your laptop w Adobe Illustrator installed to follow along. No prior experience is required.
DECEMBER 7, 2019
We hope you’ll join us in the Maker Lab for a special kind of Christmas toy drive. The event is come and go from 10am to 2pm. We’ll have toys on hand that need to be adapted for children with special needs. Toys, tools and supplies will all be provided and we’ll have staff available to teach you how to adapt the toy. It will a fun way to be explore building circuits and learning how to solder. No prior experience is necessary. Bring your friends and family and make with a purpose this holiday season.
2020 ACU MAKER FEST
APRIL 16, 2020
Maker Fest is a fun, family-friendly event open to all. This event will be held in the Maker Lab and Library Atrium and is open to EVERYONE. Admission is free, which includes many make-and-take activities, tool demonstrations and free refreshments. We’ll have a wide variety of makers showcasing their creations, including: electronics projects, adaptive devices, plywood furniture, laser creations, textiles and many, many hand-crafted pieces. You won’t want to miss seeing any of these inspiring projects.
Featured video of Chai Green, Maker Lab Training Specialist. This was from one of our Saturday workshops.