Maker Careers and Maker Spaces

Since the Maker Lab opened, we’ve viewed ourselves as an entry point for learning about new technologies, free software, creative spaces and learning opportunities. We’ve had the pleasure of hosting speakers from MSI’s Fab Lab, Pumping Station One and the South Side Hackerspace. We’ve had college students, CPS teachers and other folks from all corners of the city stop by, ask questions and make something. It’s thanks to your thirst for knowledge and eagerness to share that we constantly have new visitors popping into the lab.

We have some really exciting opportunities coming up, so we hope you can mark your calendars and join us for the following:

Careers for Makers

Tuesday, February 18, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
No registration necessary

Ray Prendergast, dean of the College to Careers program at the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), will be in the Maker Lab to share how CCC provides certifications and hands-on experience to anyone interested in making a career in Advanced Manufacturing, from high school students to career-changers. We were lucky enough to check out Daley College’s facilities, and we left with serious machine envy. Instead of TinkerCad and PLA, students design in SolidWorks and shape aluminum and other metals for tools and machine parts.

CPL Night @ Pumping Station One

Thursday, February 27, 6 p.m.
Registration necessary (more info will be posted soon)

You’ve heard about Chicago’s first maker space and what it has to offer. Join us on our first visit to see the space in action! A bus will depart from the Harold Washington Library Center, or you can meet us there. Keep an eye out for registration and for a second opportunity to see Pumping Station One as well as South Side Hackerspace Chicago.

More dates and details will be forthcoming. Have a great weekend and stay warm, makers!