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  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 7:11 AM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    Today (Aug 23) - Sep 3 - MD State Fair

    Sun 8/26 - Solomon’s - Annmarie Sculpture Garden - Insectival - Insect Show & Tell, Museum of Live Curiosities, Mosquito Mysteries (everything you ever wanted to know about mosquitoes), Insect Make-N-Takes, Buggy Bingo Parlor, Pollinator Pretend Play, Insect I Spy and more!

    Mon 8/27-9/2 - Crisfield - 71st National Hard Crab Derby - Miss Crustacean Pageant, Crab Cooking Contest, 10k Race/Walk, Saturday concert, Boat Docking Competition and Fireworks

    GEMS - Girls Excelling in Math and Science

    Friday 8/24 - Duvall Event Center in Bowie - Family STEM night - fun STEM challenges using Legos, K’Nex, Games, Arts & Crafts and more

    PGCo Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta

    Tues 8/28 - South Bowie Branch Library - STEM for Families

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    All next week - Minecraft Summer Camp

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Monthly general meeting 8/28 - Tuesday

    Mondays are official Woodworking night - If you want to get into woodworking or want to pick someone’s brain on a project you’re working on, drop by on Mondays to meet other local woodworkers.

  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:49 PM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    This week's county fair -

    Tomorrow/all weekend - Wicomico County Fair - Salisbury

    Tonight - Howard County Conservancy just outside of Ellicott City - Mantises and Martinis - A special over-21 party. Enjoy a summer night out with special martinis and a live discussion with Drs Mike Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury about their favorite bugs (and butterflies) with an optional stroll in the meadow.

    Tomorrow/Fri 8/17 - Art Farm Annapolis - Mosaic Mirror Workshop - Decorate a frame with glass, stones, tiles or broken dishes to create a custom mirror with a 5x7” opening. Learn how to arrange and cut pieces to make interesting designs and patterns.

    Sat 8/18 - Most 3rd Saturdays - Edgewater - Historic Londontown Gardens - Tot Time - Admire the beauty of nature, hunt for different leaf shapes or go on a nature treasure hunt. Experiences like these help children build lasting connections to the natural world and to the adults whom they share these adventures.

    Maryland STEM Festival - October 26th-November 11th - If you have a STEM/STEAM related group and want to host an event for the festival or just want to see what groups are already hosting events, all over Maryland, go to marylandstemfestival.org


    Wed - 8/22 - Glen Burnie - Introduction to Tinkercad - Tinkercad is an easy way to get into 3D modeling and 3D printing. The folks at the Glen Burnie library will help walk you through the basics. This workshop is for 4th graders and up, you’ll need an email address to sign up and bring a thumbdrive to save you work.

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    Tomorrow 8/17 - Programming workshop.. All next week is their Robotics Summer Camp

    Unallocated Space - Severn

    Tonight - Infosec night - Offensive Subnetting

    Mon 8/20 - Project night

    Wed 8/22 - Both their weekly open house as well as Lockpicking night

  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 4:50 PM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    County fairs - Tomorrow (8/10) - 8/18 all next week - Gaithersburg - Montgomery County Fair, the largest agricultural fair in MD

    Sat 8/11 - Road trip to Reston - 2nd Annual Reston Cardboard Boat Regatta presented by NoVA Labs and the NoVA Maker Faire

    Sat 8/11 - National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race - High wheel bicycles, also known as penny-farthing bikes, are the olde tymey bikes with the giant front wheel and tiny rear wheel. In this race, competitors from all over the US, England, Canada and Sweden will compete. Last year, Sweden one and their champion is returning this year. Frederick is a bit of a hike for some, but it’s worth it for this one of a kind event.. The only high wheel race of it’s kind in the US

    Sat 8/11 - Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum - Ellicott City - Basket Making - Expert basket maker leads a special Shaker Basket Workshop

    Sun 8/12 - St Michaels - Waterman’s Appreciation Day - Celebrate everything Chesapeake. Event includings a waterman’s rodeo boat docking contest, living music, steamed crabs, beer and other food and drink.

    Late Sun 8/12-13 - Perseid Meteor Shower - runs annually from July 17th to Aug 24th but peaks Sunday night. With a thin crescent moon setting early, if the clouds and weather cooperate, it’ll be a perfect night to view them. One great place is at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock, MD just past Ellicott City

    Tues 8/14 - Pongos Learning Lab and Coder kids Club in Crofton is having a Cosplay Club Planning Meeting

    Clay Bakers - Annapolis

    Fri/tomorrow - 8/10 - Clay Bakers Annapolis - Kids Night Out - Project and Movie - Drop the kids off with Clay Bakers for this monthly event. They’ll be supervised by a staff member to paint, eat pizza and watch a movie. Kids night out is the 2nd Friday of every month.

    Sun 12th/Wed 15th - Clay Workshop making hand molded clay autumn leaves.


    Sat 8/11 - Deale - SoCo Grow Upcyclers Workshop: Vertical Window Farm Saturday, August 11; 9:30 am - noon It may be hot outside, but we are planning ahead for a winter garden. Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors with a vertical garden using plastic water bottles. Bring matching bottles and a saw if you have them.

    Mon - 8/13 - Minecraft at both the Crofton library and the Severna Park library

    Tue - 8/14 - Odenton - Art Bots - Build your own robot with materials provided and let it create your next masterpiece. Registration is required

    Unallocated Space - Severn

    Sun 8/12 - Analog Gaming Sunday - bring your favorite board and card games!

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Tonight - Basics of Electronics with Tom - Getting back to basics on electronic components and circuit design

    Mondays are official Woodworking night - If you want to get into woodworking or want to pick someone’s brain on a project you’re working on, drop by on Mondays to meet other local woodworkers.

    Tuesday 8/14 - Fusion 360 workshop

  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 3:14 PM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    County fairs - Queen Anne’s County (starting Monday all next week) in Centreville just over the bridge.. Howard County fair just up past Columbia in West Friendship starts Saturday and also runs all next week.

    Starting Saturday 8/4 and running through Nov 24th, there will be hard hat tours of the James Brice House in downtown Annapolis. This 18th century dwelling is undergoing restoration and there will be tours teaching about the people who built the house and the craftspeople restorying it today.

    8/4/2018 - Annmarie Garden, Solomons, (first Saturday) Makers Market - The Maker's Market is THE place to find handmade, homemade, or homegrown products!

    Saturday 8/4 - Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum - Foraging at Banneker’s Homestead - Walk with a Benjamin Banneker Foundation member to see what edibles are around the park. Preregistration is required by phone or email.

    Saturday 8/4 - Berlin - Pine’eer Arts & Crafts Festival - Sponsored by the Ocean Pines Pine’eer Craft Club, it features artisans from VA, MD, DE and PA selling hand made items. There will be a bake sale, food vendors and farmers market as well.


    SLIME - Both today, at 1:30pm at Brooklyn Park and Monday at 2pm at Broadneck are Slime workshops! Kids will create everyone’s favorite non-newtonian fluid.

    Tomorrow 8/3 1pm - Mountain Road - How to Program a Robot - This two session program is in conjunction with the Pasadena Robotics Team. Robots and laptops are provided. Limit of 20 participants, children going into 3rd and 4th grades in September. Register for both sessions by calling the Mountain Road library.

    Monday 8/6 - 10:30am - Crofton - Facebook and Social Networking for Adults - Learn the basics of Facebook and other social media programs. Learn how to set up an account, spot fake information and update your profile and privacy settings.

    Monday 8/6 - 6pm - Linthicum - Sound Lab - Hands-on activities teach you about the science of sound, basis for telegraphy, radio and television.

    Wednesday 8/8 - Odenton - Archaeology - Dig it! - Get dirty at the library and explore the world beneath our feet! Call for registration.

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    All Next week - Engineering Summer Camp - This is a special camp to construct a Rube Goldberg Machine. Each camper will have their own section to design and build with help from the entire team. Sections may be entirely mechanical or may contain electronic, robotic and computer controlled devices.

    As well as tomorrow night is family game night, Wednesday Teen Makers and Fiber Fans.

    Unallocated Space - Severn

    8/4 - Acrylic Pour Painting, sometimes called “Fluid Art” - No brush painting ability is required for this type of painting.

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Sunday - 8/5 - Needle Felting Basics - Make cute fuzzy animal soft sculptures using needles and wool

    Mondays are official Woodworking night - If you want to get into woodworking or want to pick someone’s brain on a project you’re working on, drop by on Mondays to meet other local woodworkers.

    CORRECTION Tuesday 8/14 - Fusion 360 workshop

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018 4:17 PM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    County fairs - Garrett County Fair, way out in western MD as well as Carroll County’s fair in Westminster.. starting Saturday and running all next week…

    Art Farm Annapolis - signup for Art Farm’s fifth year of Fearless Girls Photo Camp for ages 13-16, a week long camp building confidence and challenging young photographers different shooting techniques in and around Annapolis. August 6-10



    Fri - 8-9:39pm - Benjamin Banneker Park & Museum - Moths and Mars - Celebrate National Moth Month by learning about the nocturnal world of moths and how to attract them as well as getting a close look at the red planet through a telescope as it comes close to Earth this month. Advance registration is required.

    Sat - 10am-2pm - Benjamin Banneker Park & Museum - Trace Your Roots intro to genealogist lead by a master genealogist

    Sat 7/25 - Architrex - Architecture Tour in Annapolis - a new Annapolis walking tour presented in partnership with Historic Annapolis. Developed and lead by local architects and artists, highlighting 300 years of history and design.

    Sat 7/28/2018 Bit Gen Gamer Fest XIII presented by Magfest - 13 years strong, Bit Gen Gamer fest for another 10 hour, 1 day, music and games festival at the Ottobar in Baltimore. Featuring 18 musical acts, occupying both floors of the Ottobar, various pinball, arcade and console video games all on free play.

    Sun 7/29 - Clay Bakers - Harry Pottery Birthday Bash - Create your own clay wand and paint a piece from a selection of theme related pieces. There will be cake, games and photo ops. Get your reservation today!

    Sat-Sun - Hampton Inn - Frederick - StarQuest SciFi/Fantasy Convention - makeup artists, actors, cosplayers, authors

    Wed - 9am-4:30am - St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cordova, on the Eastern shore..St Joseph’s Jousting Tournament and Horse Show - including children’s game booths

    Maryland STEM Festival - October 26th-November 11th - If you have a STEM/STEAM related group and want to host an event for the festival or just want to see what groups are already hosting events, all over Maryland, go to marylandstemfestival.org


    Today - 3:15pm - Deale - Cubetto Coding @ the Deale Farmers Market - Cubetta is screenless coding for children ages 3-6

    Sat - 2pm - Severn - Terrarium Workshop - Create our own terrarium in a jar and take a piece of nature home with you, registration is required

    Wed - Eastport-Annapolis Neck - STEAM Wednesday - various STEAM activities, every Wednesday through August

    Various - Challenge Island and Jr Crofton and Glen Burnie

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    Tomorrow - Programming workshop

    … as well as Fermentation Fans meeting

    All next week is another Tech Topics Summer Camp

    Wed - Teen Makers..

    … as well as Fiber Fans meet



    Annapolis Makerspace

    Mondays are official Woodworking night! - If you want to get into woodworking or want to pick someone’s brain on a project you’re working on, drop by on Mondays to meet other local woodworkers.

  • Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:24 AM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    County Fair season is here!

    Wrapping up tomorrow and Saturday (20-21) Washington County Ag Expo and Fair (west of Frederick)

    This weekend and all next week (20-28) - Cecil County Fair

    All next week - 23-28 - Somerset County Fair (south of Salisbury)

    All next week - 23-28 - Harford County Farm Fair (NE of Baltimore)

    County fairs aren’t just fried food and carnival rides… they feature classic and new agricultural methods and machinery, crafts of all sorts and lots of STEM related things involved with modern and classic agriculture… farms are what feed us all. Support your local farmers!

    7/20-22/2018 - Artscape Baltimore - America’s largest free arts festival, attracting 350k+ attendees over 3 days with 150+ fine artists, fashion designers, craftspeople, visual art exhibits, sculpture, art cars, photography and live music.

    Fri/Sat/Sun - couple of STEAM workshops

    Fri - This year, new to Artscape is the Artscape Youth Day, tomorrow 7/20, with a variety of youth-focused programming including youth artists, makers and performers throughout the day!

    7/21/2018 - Inaugural MASQUE Off Cosplay Dance Party - Silver Spring - Third Eye Comics, The Fillmore, Transcendent Events and Live Nation Concerts - Hosted by Maki Roll and Lua Stardust - This party is meant to celebrate all things comic book, games, movies and more. Come dressed as your favorite pop culture character


    Sat 7/21 - Riviera Beach - Playstation VR Experience - Check out what virtual reality is all about on the Playstation 4 with PSVR. Call the library to register

    Mon 7/23 - Riviera Beach - Teen Maker Space - CD clock.. Turn a compact disc into a working clock. Please call the branch to register

    Wed 7/25 - Maryland City at Russett (near Ft Meade) - Code Your Own Band - Create your own band and play music using the Scratch programming for beginners and Makey Makey, which turn almost any item into a musical instrument)

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Tonight - Basics of Electronics w/Tom

    Tuesday - Monthly General Meeting and Open House

  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 1:07 PM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    County Fair season - Allegany County Fair 7/13-7/21 and Kent County Fair 7/19-7/21

    Fri 7/13 - B&O Ellicott City Station Museum - Rails and Ales Night at the Museum

    Wed 7/18 - Amphibian Walk at Oregon Ridge


    SoCo Grow Picnic with the Pollinators Saturday, July 14; 5:00 - 7:00 pm Please join us for a special “Picnic with the Pollinators” at the amazing Jug Bay Butterfly Garden. We will have a potluck dinner, tour of the garden, and the ladies of Pollinators Prospering People-PX3 will show us how to create a Solitary Bee Condo and Chrysalis Tree. Held at the Glendening Nature Preserve, 5702 Plummer Lane, Lothian MD 20711

    Afternoons, all next week at Eastport-Annapolis Neck library - Coding Rocks - Children going into 4th and 5th grade can learn the basics of computer programming, all experience levels are welcome, registration is required.

    Mon - https://www.aacpl.net/events/coding-rocks-library-107688
    Tue - https://www.aacpl.net/events/coding-rocks-library-107723
    Wed - https://www.aacpl.net/events/coding-rocks-library-107757
    Thu - https://www.aacpl.net/events/coding-rocks-library-107787
    Fri - https://www.aacpl.net/events/coding-rocks-library-107800

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    All next week, Tech Topics Summer Camp - introducing students to a variety of tech topics such as animation, game design, electronics, robotics and more. All activities are hands-on and parents can follow along via daily online updates.

    Unallocated Space - Severn

    Saturday - Noon-Midnight - Epic Lan Party - Minecraft Hunger Games style, Unreal Tournament, Evolve, Team Fortress 2, Rocket League and more. Potluck food and refreshments available.

    Annapolis Makerspace

    First Anniversary Party and massive open house. Invite all your friends and family!


    If you want to support Annapolis Makerspace and aren’t ready to become a full member, you can always support us by shopping Amazon through the banner on MakeAnnapolis.org. It costs you nothing extra and we get a small kickback from each sale. Simply go to MakeAnnapolis.org and click the Amazon banner on the right before shopping. You can even bookmark the page to make it easy for next time.

  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 7:28 AM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    All next week, 7/9th-13th at ArtFarm AnnapolisFearless Girls Photo Camp for ages 10-13, taught by professional photography instructors.

    Also all next week, 7/9th-13th, Clay Bakers is doing a “Mystical and Woodland Creatures” summer camp for children using various media such as pottery painting, glass fusing, clay sculpting and tye dye.

    Starting 7/9 and running through Aug 17th, Paint It! Ellicott City - Juried plein air outdoor painting exhibition in Ellicott City

    Starting today 7/5 and running all weekend - Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association Steam Show - If you’ve ever noticed a bunch of tractors and steam engine looking things tucked away in the trees on the right hand side, just past Easton.. while you were headed down to the ocean.. that’s what you saw. It’s been running for 45 years now and seems to still be going strong!

    While we’re talking about the eastern shore… a shout out to Kevin and all the great people at M4 Reactor in Salisbury. Makerspaces are pretty community-centric, so that’s a bit of a hike for most people, but M4 is doing some really great things down there, so if you know anyone near Salisbury looking for a workshop, they certainly have everything from electronics to woodworking, even a pretty powerful laser cutter.

    Catylator Silver Spring - Summer camp signups now available - Game Design 101 for grades 5+, Sew Electric e-textiles and Architects Club for Girls


    Mon afternoon 7/9 - Riviera Beach - Teen Maker Space with various craft and STEM activities

    Tue afternoon (7/10) 3:30pm - Odenton - STEAM Tuesday - again with various STEAM activities in each session

    Tue evening 6pm - Odenton - stick around for Introduction to 3D Printing where you can design and create your own 3D project. Registration is required:

    Wed afternoon (7/11), 3pm - Crofton - 3D Print Design Class using TinkerCad to design a 3D object. First 20 attendees will be provided a laptop and designs can be printed after the event.

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    All next week is their Minecraft summer camp

    Tomorrow night [correction] morning (Friday 7/6) programming workshop as well as family game night

    Wednesday is for Teen Makers

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Tue 7/10 - Fusion 360 workshop with Russ.. usually on the first Tuesday of the month but we pushed it back due to July 4th.

    Sat 7/14 - First Anniversary Party and massive open house. Invite all your friends and family!

    If you want to support Annapolis Makerspace and aren’t ready to become a full member, you can always support us by shopping Amazon through the link or banner on MakeAnnapolis.org. It costs you nothing extra and we get a small kickback from each sale. Simply go to MakeAnnapolis.org and click the Amazon banner on the right before shopping. You can even bookmark the page to make it easy for next time.

    If you or someone you know is involved with a makerspace or STEM program who are doing good things and you’d like their program highlighted here, I’d love to hear about them! Just drop me an email at trevor@makeannapolis.org and tell me all about it!

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 7:51 AM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    Sunday - First Sunday Arts Festival in Annapolis w/ over 130 local and regional artists taking up the first few blocks of West Street

    Saturdays through August - Learn to Kayak at Cherry Hill Splash Park in Brooklyn. Beginners are provided kayaking instruction and skill building tips

    6/30 - Oregon Ridge Park - Cockeysville - Basketmaking Workshop - where you’ll learn how to weave a wine bottle basket. There are some special materials you need to bring with you, so check the website for more information.


    Monday 7/2 - Glen Burnie - Maker Mondays for teens

    Challenge Island/Challenge Island Jr - Preschoolers and elementary school students explore science and engineering through music in this STEAM event. Children work in teams to combine creativity and critical thinking to design musical instruments which will be used in a musical performance. Registration is required.

    Severna Park - Monday, 7/2



    Deale - Tuesday 7/3



    Unallocated Space - Severn

    Saturday from 2 to 6pm - Crafternoon: Cosplay 101 - Intro to Cosplay

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Tonight - Basics of Electronics with Tom

  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:12 AM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    Sat 6/23 - Town of Berlin and Believe in Tomorrow are hosting the 29th Annual Bathtub Races! This is a land race where one person pushes one or more people inside a bathtub with wheels. Multiple heats lead up to the 2018 champion bathtub racer!

    Sat 6/23 - 10th Annual Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge - The Baltimore Dragon Boat Club will host a mix of corporate, city, breast cancer survivor and club dragon boat teams in a series of 500-meter and 2k races.

    Sat 6/23 - Ellicott City - First of five “Kids in Gardens” at Benjamin Banneker Park - Kids learn about nature while digging in the garden. Pre-registration is required, $15 for all five classes.

    This weekend 6/23-24 - Ocean City - The Eastern Shore Art League and Clay Guild of the Eastern Shore hosting Clay-a-palooza - Events include throwing and handbuilding demos, a throwdown competition and bowl-making sessions.

    Also 6/23-24 - Bel Air - Inaugural East Coast RepRep 3D Printing Festival - We have the RepRap project, started in 2005, to thank for all the hobby level 3D printers we have today. Their goal was to develop a low cost 3D printer that can print many of it’s own parts.. RepRap is short for Replicating Rapid Prototyper 

    Next week - Clay Bakers - Shark Week Summer Camp - Campers create projects from painting pottery, glass fusing, sculpting, tye die and mosaics. Camps encourage children to try new art media and promote creativity and imagination.


    Monday afternoon 6/25 - Edgewater - Makey Makey Piano - Did you know you can make a piano out of bananas? With Makey Makey you can! Makey Makey is a fun electronics kit that lets you use random everyday objects as controllers for a digital piano, games, and more!

    Wed morning 6/27 - Broadneck - Challenge Island - Children will work in teams, combining critical thinking and creativity to design musical instruments and put on a performance! The first session is for preschoolers and later there’s one for elementary school aged children.



    Thursday.. Same.. - Maryland City at Russett near Laurel



    PGCo Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta

    Tues - 6/26 - South Bowie Branch Library - STEM for Families

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    Tomorrow night 6/22 - Fermentation Fan Club for fans of any kind of fermentation including home brew beer, kombucha, yogurt, pickling.. You name it. A virtual potions class!

    Saturday 6/23 - Repair Cafe - Bring by your broken items and work with them on possibly fixing them. From sewing a ripped shirt to gluing a loose chair leg or silver soldering damaged jewelry. For items that can’t be repaired, they take donations for a week of “take it apart” activities where kids and curious people are invited to take things apart and to see how they work!

    Next week is also their Robotics Summer Camp using Lego Mindstorm robotics kits, performing challenging tasks and competing for special rewards.

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Tuesday 6/26 - Open House and General Meeting

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