- AMROC Fab Lab Grand Opening
A week of activities kicks off at the FCDI Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics Center (AMRoC) Fab Lab on Saturday, June 8th at 2pm with a Meet the Makers Open House . Join us to learn about programs & resources for all ages at Tampa Bay's newest public creative space. You'll see and hear about AMRoCs: Machine Shop Electronics Lab 3D Printers Robotics DIY Resources & Tools Computer Lab Fabrication Services Entrepreneurship Programs Build Projects Professional Development Product Development Consultation Certifications Learn more at AMROCTampaBay.com
- First Fridays at the Fab Lab: Car Care for the Clueless with Pam Oakes
Join us to meet Pam Oakes, an Automotive Standards expert with an extensive career in the automotive services industry. Pam is the author of the Car Care for the Clueless series, has a podcast and a syndicated radio show on I Heart Radio. Pam will be teaching automotive certification test prep and related courses at AMRoC Fab Lab starting in June, and was a natural first guest for our First Fridays at the Fab Lab Series. She'll be sharing latest trends in automotive technology and tips and tricks to help everyone be their own best car care specialist. Presenter Bio Pam is an Automotive sensor application engineer with Tier 1 automotive OE· Automotive instructor/course developer with international, automotive technology group; other, national groups· Automotive shop owner for 20 years (inc. two, national shop awards; dozens of regional, local shop recognitions)· ASE Master technician w/approximately 30 years professional experience· Automotive patent holder (4)· Automotive author w/three, national awards· Automotive (syndicated) radio host/television w/two, national awards· Fourth-generation automotive technician (great-grandfather, grandfather and father)
- Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con
Gulf Coast Maker &Comic Con is our annual celebration of local manufacturing, industry, art, craft, and innovation. It’s an opportunity for everyone to join together to share resources, learn a craft, hone their skills, find career and academic opportunities, try new tools and innovations, enjoy comic and graphic arts, and much more. This year, we join together with SPC Seminole to bring together Tampa Bay's largest Maker Festival with the area's largest Comic Con, to freely celebrate in the truest DIY spirit of independent, self-reliant, unfettered creativity and fun! The event is free and open to the public! You can also share what you make with a free educator or demo booth, or a vendor booth. Check out the growing list of current makers here: https://gulfcoastmakers.com/gulf-coast-maker-comiccon/makers-2/ Register as a Maker or Presenter or get your free general admission tickets at https://gcmcc2018.eventbrite.com/
- Get to Know Your Radio Night with Hillsborough County ARES RACES
• What we'll do Want to learn more about Ham radio? Already a Ham and have questions about your radio? Need your radio programmed? Want to bounce ideas/thoughts/question off of other Hams? Hillsborough County’s ARES Emergency Coordinator Jonathan Rubin, KJ4NYD , invites Gulf Coast Makers to join in Hillsborough ARES monthly "Get to Know Your Radio" Night. ARES is a field organization of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the largest amateur radio advocacy and fraternal organization in the United States. Today, at a national level ARES provides the organization and guidance to help amateur radio operators to establish local emergency communications volunteer groups. ARES Emergency Coordinators work with local government agencies such as police, fire, sheriff, search and rescue and offices of emergency management to determine what emergency communications needs may exist and how to best serve the community. If you need a radio programmed please bring the specific software, programming cables, code plug and radio with you. Local ARES groups will be on hand at Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con on March 24, too! • What to bring A radio if you have one! • Important to know
- Meet Peter Mui, Founder of FixIt Clinic
Join us to meet Peter Mui, founder of Fixit Clinic (fixitclinic.org), at the new Regency Park Library makerspace in New Port Richey. Fixit Clinic is intended to celebrate repair "through all-ages do-it-together hands-on STEM-oriented fix-n-learn community disassembly and discovery." "Fixit Clinic conveys basic disassembly, troubleshooting, and repair skills using peoples' own broken things as the vehicle. By sharing these skills while transferring them to others we teach critical thinking through the lens of our relationship to consumption and sustainability. We strive to demystify science and technology so that we can ultimately make better policy choices as a society." Come learn more about the value of gaining hands on skills through practical applications of repairing everyday electronics, devices and appliances, and how to incorporate a Fixit Clinic into your makerspace or STEM program.
- Regency Park Library Makerspace Open House
We're checking out the newest Pasco County makerspace, at Regency Park Public Library in New Port Richey. Here's the deets: ________________________ The Regency Park makerspace will host an open house on Monday, October 16th to celebrate our new extended hours of operation. Come check out cool tools like our 3D printer, computer controlled embroidery machine and vinyl/paper cutter as well as a selection of fun STEM education kits like Snap Circuits, Makey Makey and the amazing Infento building system- basically an Erector Set for bikes, tricycles and other creative kid-sized vehicles. Our robotics team will be on hand working on their robot and answering your questions about FIRST and we'll offer a sneak peek at what's NEXT for fun educational STEM opportunities in Pasco County.
- ROBOTICON Tampa Bay
Gulf Coast Makers will have a table at ROBOTICON October 7 & 8 - come by and say hi, and check out the action on the arena floor as high school students compete in a steampunk themed robot challenge, with robots they built that weigh upwards of 120 lbs! Event details below... __________________________________________ At ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2017, nearly 1000 students from around Tampa Bay and Florida will descend on the University of South Florida Sun Dome Arena October 7 & 8 to learn while they play, and show guests this exciting STEAM powered Sport for the Mind. ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is free to the public and events take place from 10am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Individuals and organizations interested in being part of the event as sponsors, donors, or exhibitors, or wanting to secure free event tickets, are invited to visit ROBOTICON.net to learn more. With generous support from University of South Florida, Hillsborough County, Lockheed Martin, the Doolittle Institute, USF Connect and the Florida High Tech Corridor and other fine community organizations, ROBOTICON Tampa Bay provides FIRST students and guests an opportunity to enjoy a full scale steampunk themed FIRST Robotics Competition event featuring high school student built robot that weigh up to 220 lbs., FIRST Tech Challenge (7th to 12th grade teams) and FIRST LEGO League (4th to 8th grade teams) scrimmages and practice games, and a FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo for our youngest roboticists, ages 6 to 9. There will also be an Innovation Fair showcasing commercial and industrial robotics and education exhibits. Guests will be able to tour Team Pits to see team members working on their robots, and have a chance to talk to students, visit the Innovation Fair to enjoy STEM demos, vendors and organizations, learn about the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) under development, as well as about technical, math and science career and college opportunities The mission of ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is to provide FIRST Robotics teams with a high-quality, post-season competitive event that provides opportunities for pre-season skill building, networking, and college and career readiness experiences. ROBOTICON also provides a fun and unique way for the general public to enjoy this “Sport for the Mind” and learn about the hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics that this program offers.
- SOFWERX Tour & Meetup
Join us for a tour and some Maker networking at SOFWERX in Ybor City this month! Space is limited, but if there's a lot of interest, we'll set up a second meetup opportunity. SOFWERX is a new, unclassified Doolittle Institute facility where Government, Labs, Industry and Academia can collaborate. It serves as a forum for accelerating technologies and innovative ideas by bringing together the brightest minds and divergent thought. The space is re-configurable and has a variety of collaborative materials, including smartboards, WiFi, glass boards and range of media presentation options. It is located in Tampa’s historic Ybor city. Here's the SOFWERX Welcome Packet (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ahh5yi05i7kx5hp/SOFWERX%20Welcome%20Packet%202.27.17.pdf?dl=0) with info on parking, etc. The Doolittle Institute is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization head quartered in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Our charter is to create an innovative environment for bringing together the best minds of Industry, Academia, and Government to collaborate and find solutions to the toughest Science and Technology challenges while championing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for all levels of society.
- Get to Know Your Radio Night with HCAR/RACES
Learn about amateur radio and its role in civil emergency services support, and also check out the new Public Safety Operations Complex for Hillsborough County, with our Gulf Coast MakerCon friends at HCAR/RACES - http://hcaresraces.org/