If you are considering joining Alamance Makers Guild, thank you!
Memberships are how we are able to host so many public facing STEM events including Maker Faire Burlington.
We're currently in the process of upgrading our membership sign-up process to help improve the member experience. Please excuse our in-progress site while we are updating.
Some new benefits will include being able to have a Maker Profile with your own profile page and ability to interact with other members. This will also allow you to interact via Interest Groups, such as the Micro-Controller, 3D Printing, Aerial & Drone Photography groups.
All past, current and new members can expect a custom laser cut key fob or name badge in the near future too!
What to do now?
Please sign up as a Maker Supporter. We are still under construction, but will stay in touch with updates.
Alamance Makers Guild, based in Burlington, North Carolina is a 21st century organization focused on fostering community through a shared joy of making (technical to artistic, traditional to digitally fabricated, solid to virtual), learning and teaching, and creating opportunities for people from youth to retirees.
The guild promotes STEM education and skills with the addition of the 'A' for Arts to make STEAM.
STEAMinfluences in the community (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math):
Alamance Makers Guild works to help people start small maker businesses and supports creating an environment attractive to new manufacturing jobs for Alamance County.
Monthly open meetings are free and open to the public and include a speaker, demonstration, or activity. Maker Faire Burlington is the guild's signature annual event that promotes the community of making and STEAM activities. The upcoming event will be held April 28, 2018. It is produced by members and volunteers, in addition to help from sponsors and the community. Set your calendar to exhibit, volunteer or attend!
Founded in 2011, Alamance Makers Guild is a membership organization and is funded with dues paying members.
Monthly open meetings and events are mostly free, to serve the community. Your voluntary membership helps to generate funds that can be used to pay for expenses associated with outward facing events, internet outreach and to reach back to the community in order to increase awareness of STEAM related skills and education in Alamance County.
Sign up today as a free subscriber or a Maker Supporter to support Making and STEM education in the community.
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This month’s open meeting was a wonderful opportunity to get together with fellow makers and learn about Preserve Burlington, a new organization dedicated to the upkeep and revitalization of Burlington’s historic district.
Bennett Harris, director of Alamance Makers Guild, started things off with a number of announcements including information regarding upcoming Maker events, Maker Faire Burlington updates, and the guild’s open board member position.
Show and Tell
Show and Tell had a number of interesting contributions: 3D printed masks, hand-cut scroll saw work from our very own Artisan Pirate, and an ornate (but quite heavy!) blown glass pumpkin from the recent STEAM Junction glassblowing workshop. If you missed the last workshop, don’t worry—we’ll be doing it again soon!
Most of the night was dedicated to a presentation by Faith Grant and Molly Whitlatch of Preservation Burlington, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to building community and preserving historic properties. Preservation Burlington focuses on structures with architectural and cultural significance, empowering homeowners and DIYers to explore alternatives to demolition by offering workshops and a selection of resources for those who are interested in revitalizing their homes.
Preservation Burlington embodies the spirit of the Maker movement by bringing people together and instilling the confidence required to take on new projects. Faith and Molly discussed recent workshops the organization has held, such as window replacements and preventative maintenance, and they showed pictures from the ongoing Cates-Cobb renovation. Additionally, we learned about community projects such as the large-scale neighborhood yard sale and their upcoming holiday tour of historic homes.
Faith and Molly shared many more interesting ideas, ranging from the stories of local homes to replication of old-style components using modern technology such as 3D printing and CNC machining, and we got a little preview of some of the houses in downtown Burlington--the Henderson-May house, for example, is a combination of two different properties--a massive undertaking that required one home to be transported and attached to another!
Every house has a story. Every maker has a story. Come to our next meeting, 7 p.m. December 14th, and tell us yours!
Second annual School Maker Faire hosted by Graham STEAM Middle School. We hosted the first ever School Maker Faire in Alamance County last year and look forward to continuing providing a space for students and community members to show us what they are currently working on.
This fall brings lots of maker activities to North Carolina. The Greensboro Mini Maker Faire, Charlotte Mini Maker Faire, Burlington's Maker Takeover, and the grand opening of STEAM Junction Makerspace are happening thru October. Get out there and do something Fun, Educational and Inspirational!
Burlington’s Maker Takeover at the Historic Depot in Downtown Burlington, NC
The president of the US has declared June 12th to June 18th as a “National Week of Making” to highlight the Maker Movement and its power to help start new small businesses, bring back Manufacturing to the US and create new opportunities for hands-on STEM education. During this week the Alamance Makers Guild will be holding special events throughout the week.
For the June Open Meeting of the Alamance Makers Guild they are doing something really special.
The first ever “Burlington’s Maker Takeover”; an evening of Making, Fun, Food, and Music outdoors at the Historic Depot in Downtown Burlington to celebrate the Maker Movement here in Burlington/Alamance County.
Burlington, NC is proud to be one of the first four “Maker Cities” in the state of North Carolina and to honor Maker Week, the Alamance Makers Guild is partnering with the City of Burlington and the Burlington Downtown Corporation to bring you this special event.
They will have hands-on “Maker Stations” with activities and demonstrations, maker talks and live local music at the amphitheater. There will be food from downtown restaurants, tours of the restored caboose and activities from the Recreation and Parks Department There will be something for everyone.
Come and learn about 3D printing, make pieces for the Monument Quilt, learn about robotics, get your hands dirty making something, play life-sized foosball, enjoy some music, have some great local food!
If you would like to show YOUR project (Maker, Artistic, Musical, Maker-Talk) then contact Ben Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and to reserve your free exhibit space.
This event is free, family-friendly and open to the general public. It’s also a great chance to meet some of the local makers and find out how you can get involved with the Maker Movement here, through the Alamance Makers Guild.
Please share this event with your family and friends. Hope to see as many of you there as possible!
Where: The Historic Depot and Amphitheater in Downtown Burlington (100 West Front Street)
When: Thursday June 18th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm (rain or shine). Exhibitor/Vendor Setup from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Parking: Lots of free parking in adjacent parking lots near the Depot and around town.
Food: Great dinner options from many of our downtown restaurants including the Deli at the Company Shops Market, Mosca’s Restaurant, the world famous Zack’s.
Exhibits, Bands and Speakers: Details Coming Soon!
Meetup.com updates will be posted to the Alamance Makers Guild fan page at: http://www.facebook.com/AlamanceMakersGuild
Thank you to the City of Burlington, NC – Government, Recreation and Parks, the Burlington Downtown Corp. and everyone else helping to bring this celebration of the Maker Movement to Downtown Burlington!