When you’re just getting started learning about the maker movement, local makerspaces are the perfect place to get started on your own projects!

Makerspaces can come in all shapes and sizes, and no two makerspaces are the same—some might feature more traditional supplies like crafting materials and LEGOs, while others might be fully-outfitted with 3D printers, laser cutters, and hand tools.

As long as they’re a place where people can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of materials, they’re a “makerspace.”

We talked to Amber Straub, who’ll be hosting a soldering station with local makerspace Metrix Create:Space, about what she’s looking forward to this year:


Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m Amber, and fairly shy about talking about myself. I enjoy volunteering, and the soldering station needed someone to run it. I like being around nerds.

What do you do to prepare your soldering area at the faire?

I put out cork, soldering irons, find patient and helpful volunteers, and make sure there’s plenty of wires and boards to solder to each other.

You were at Maker Faire last year—what was your experience like?

So much fun! It’s been a joy to teach people of all ages—especially kids—how to solder, and watch their eyes light up as they melt the solder and make a union, and their project lighting up after putting the battery in.

What you are looking forward to this year? 

Having enough robots, giraffes, and spaceships to put together. Also, marrying one of my helpful volunteers from last year (for reals).

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