Maker Jam

Sat, November 23
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


November 23 // 10 AM – 3 PM

Our Maker Jam is a place for the community to share knowledge, learn new things, and meet other people interested in making things.

At the Maker Jam, you will find microelectronics, wearables, 3D modeling and printing, virtual reality, drones, and more! We are celebrating technology, education, science, arts, crafts, and creativity and curiosity of all kinds.

Holyoke Media and the Print Shop will be here! Check out the great work they are doing!

There will be something for everyone at this free event. If you’re just getting started or an experienced maker, you’ll find interesting people and projects. All ages are welcome! Workshops are paced for adults and teens; if you are bringing a younger child please be prepared to work with them.


Workshops and Talks

You will need to reserve space for the Drone workshop, the Micro:bit workshop and the 3D modeling workshop. Please register using the links below. There is no cost to participate in the Maker Jam.

Learn to fly a drone, avoid obstacles, and record photos and video. We’ll also learn to control the drone with code, programming your own autonomous flights.
10:30 – 11:00 // Gliders: A CNC Machine for Aeronautics Education
The AeroForm is a tabletop CNC machine that cuts precision airfoils and other aircraft parts from solid polystyrene foam. Designed and manufactured in the Pioneer Valley, this unique machine brings research-level manufacturing capability to STEM classrooms, research labs, and home workshops. The talk will cover the development of the CNC machine, demonstrate its capabilities, and provide a brief introduction to the science of flight with the construction of a free-flight glider. A lucky participant will get to bring the glider home!
Make things come alive with lights, sensors, and motors and a variety of programming languages. We’ll show you how to get started making and programming with the block-based MakeCode as well as JavaScript and Python.
12:00 – 12:30 // Lunch
Learn how to create 3D models with TinkerCAD, an easy-to-use, free tool for creating digital designs that are ready to be 3D printed into physical objects. We will print your designs for you!
1:30 – 2:00 // Robotics Demonstrations
Members of FLL and FTC robotics teams will demonstrate the Tetrix and EV3 robots they have been creating for the FIRST robotics challenges. See what they have been making and learn about competitive robotics!
2:00 – 3:00 // Lightning Talks
Hear from the Makers as they explain how they created these amazing projects.

Interactive Tech Playground

Explore these projects in the exhibition room which will be open all day.

Audio and Video with Holyoke Media
Use GoPro cameras, record your own podcast, and experiment with green screen video! Learn about what Holyoke Media has to offer as our new public access media organization!
Sublimation Printing
Make things with the sublimation printer from the Print Shop, our local collaborative workspace that provides community access to commercial printing tools, production and classroom spaces.
Soccer Robots
Program a robotic soccer team! Micro:bit robots are controlled via radio using a computer vision system.
Autonomous Race Cars
Check out race cars powered by Raspberry Pi and machine learning with a Tensorflow neural network and a Deepracer with a reinforcement learning model.
FM Location Service
Determine your geographic location by triangulation of FM radio signals!
Mesh Networks and Sensors
Learn how Particle micro-controllers make it easy to set up a mesh network for monitoring sensors in remote locations.
Internet-Enabled Gameboy
Just imagine what you can do on a Gameboy with internet access.
Drive a Robot with Streaming Video
These robots are controlled by an app built with a new App Inventor extension that enables people to build their own apps with streaming video.
Interactive Video App
Explore this project with multitouch interactive video feedback!
Bipedal Robots
Check out this open source, 3D printed, bipedal robot.
Virtual Reality
Explore the world of VR!


Feel free to get in touch. We are really excited about the Maker Jam and always love to talk. See you there!

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Ages: All ages



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