Innovation Hub to host MAKE it Merry and ‘hack the holidays’

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The final MAKE it event of the year is set for 7 to 9 p.m., Dec. 18,  at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. The popular event will help participants “hack the holidays.”

According to the Innovation Hub website: “Make it Merry! It’s time to hack the holidays! Admit it, you’ve always wanted to tear your Aunt Mabel’s dancing, singing Santa apart. How many times can you listen to ‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town’ in one sitting anyway?! Now’s your chance – and you may as well learn something while you’re at it.”

The event includes the following activities:
• Take apart a holiday automaton;
• Find out how to hack a string of lights; and
• Make an ornament on a 3-D printer or laser cutter.

The event is $20 and will include food and drinks.

In addition, the Hub will host a Kid’s Winter Break Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 21, for children ages 8-13. Students will learn how to design and manufacture snowflakes as well complex light shows using micro-controllers.

According to the Innovation Hub: “This will be a fun morning of making for kids … while parents get that last-minute shopping completed.We don’t just let it snow, we MAKE it snow!”

It is a chance for kids to learn and have fun while being on Winter break.

“At our winter workshop you’ll learn about the different types of manufacturing we have here at the Hub.Design a snowflake! But, instead of all that folding and scissor work, our 100-watt laser cutter does the cutting for you,” noted Innovation Hub membership director Errin Dean. “Get a taste for programming, and learn how people make complex light shows with micro-controllers.Learn what it takes to generate a custom 3-D model that could be used as an ornament or any other decoration. And, we’ll actually print it for you over the next few days so you can deck the halls.”

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing innovative and entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas by creating a collaborative ecosystem and pipelines that mobilize the resources, programs and educational opportunities necessary to develop, attract and retain talent and to build the state’s economy.

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