RCBI offers computer-controlled cutting workshop

February 1, 2019

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) will offer a Computer-Controlled Cutting workshop in Huntington from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, as part of its Maker Fundamentals series.

Participants will learn how to use intuitive design software to create a two-dimensional project and the basics of milling and machining. Once designs are complete, participants will learn to operate the X-Carve Computer Numerical Control (CNC) cutter/carver in RCBI’s Maker Vault.

Wood, cutting bits and safety gear will be provided by RCBI, and participants will get to take their small projects home the same day.

“This workshop is designed for kids from age 8 to 80, so no experience or expertise is required to participate,” said Deacon Stone, RCBI Maker Space/STEM Education Coordinator. “The goal of all of the workshops in the Maker Fundamentals series is to introduce different types of making to those who might be curious but haven’t had the opportunity to explore.”

This is a “Mom & Dad Make Workshop,” so children under the age of 8 can participate as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

The cost is $15 per person. Parent participation is free if working with a child on his or her project.

Participants are eligible for an introductory discounted membership in the Maker Vault, and members of scouting organizations are eligible to earn robotics and STEM badges through the Maker Fundamentals workshops.

For more information or to register, visit https://wvmakes.com/makerfundamentals/.

The Maker Fundamentals series is sponsored by the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

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