Learn, invent, and create in the new Makerspace

Centralia College is opening its Electronics, Robotics, and Automation Studio to the public twice a month starting in January. The studio, which is being called the Centralia College Makerspace, will allow community members to access college equipment and instructors for their own projects.

The Makerspace in room 332 of the TransAlta Commons building will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting Jan. 4. Cost is $6 per visit or $30 for the entire quarter. All ages are welcome, though children must be accompanied by an adult.

“We really want to invite everyone to come to the college and play with the tools and technologies we have available for our students,” said David Peterson. Learn how to design and create, building valuable STEM skills in a hands-on fun environment. Share your experience and have fun ‘making’ anything you want!

Equipment available for use includes:

For adults…

  • 3D Printers and Design Software
  • CNC benchtop milling machines and lathes
  • Electrical assembly equipment—soldering irons, prototyping boards
  • Electrical parts and supplies
  • Programmable controllers and software (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and others)
  • Troubleshooting equipment
  • Hand tools for hardware construction, repair, and ‘hacking’

For kids…

  • Legos and programmable sets
  • Simple electronic experiments and projects
  • Programmable controller projects and tutorials
  • Crafts and tactile learning projects

To register, contact David Peterson at david.peterson@centralia.edu or Daniel Whalen at daniel.whalen@centralia.edu.

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