• 6 Nov 2019 9:09 AM | Mary (Administrator)


    Since the Roswell Firelabs Makerspace officially opened in May of this year, business has been booming! On average, the makerspace hosts about three to five classes on a variety of subjects every week. The woodshop and sewing programs have exploded thanks to equipment donations and member interest. More and more people are joining the makerspace all the time. The Firelabs has been fortunate to call Roswell home.

    Becoming a member isn’t the end of the road, though. It certainly can be, but it doesn’t have to be. The Roswell Firelabs is run entirely by volunteers and, as such, is always looking for those who want to get more involved. Two of the easiest ways to do that are to teach classes or become an Authorized Trainer.


    Teaching a Class

    By the very nature of being a makerspace, the Roswell Firelabs is open to any number of class topics. Teachers don’t have to be members, either! Industry professionals or hobbyists with their own set-ups are more than welcome to teach at the space. There is a certain method every class has to go through before being added to the calendar, though.

    Firstly, send an email to our events team at events@roswellfirelabs.org containing the following information:

    Date/Time of the Event

    A detailed description of the event

    Registration Fee for Members v. Non Members

    Materials Cost or Itemized Bill of Materials

    Any materials that attendees need to purchase/bring separately from the class registration

    Area Needed (Bay/Classroom/Outside, etc.)

    Recommended Age Groups

    Total Class Number


    The submission will be reviewed by the team and approved by the Roswell Firelabs Events Director. Materials will be purchased by the space based on the number of registrations received and the class will be on its way! Teaching classes is available to anyone with a skill to share, but it isn’t limited just to those wanting to share their knowledge. There are plenty of reasons to teach a class at the Firelabs.


    Why Teach a Class at the Roswell Firelabs?

    Covering Equipment Costs

    Some equipment is very pricey. The Firelabs has been fortunate enough to have several very generous donors when it comes to equipment, but that doesn’t mean just anything can be bought at the drop of a hat. If there’s an interest in equipment that the makerspace doesn’t have yet, a great way to raise funding is to offer a class on the functions of that equipment. The funds from the class, or sometimes classes, can then be put toward purchasing that piece of equipment. The best part? Once the item has been brought into the makerspace, it is available to any member trained to use it!


    Meeting New People

    One of the best ways to meet people interested in the same things you are is to offer a class on that subject. Everyone from novices to experts sign up for classes, but they’re all people who want to learn more and talk about the subject of the class. A community-driven space like the Firelabs is meant to bring people together, but that only works if people talk to one another. With a constantly growing number of members, all with their own schedule, it’s easy to miss people who just don’t happen to be at the space at the same time. Hosting a class is a great way to bring them together.


    Sharing Knowledge

    Of course, the Roswell Firelabs is always very appreciative of those who want to teach classes simply for the sake of sharing the knowledge and skills they already have. It’s exciting to watch other people learn something new or create something they never thought possible! To be able to introduce a new interest to someone is a wonderful feeling. Sharing knowledge is one of the cornerstones the entire makerspace movement is built upon.


    Equipment Training

    Classes are a great way to provide group training. Roswell Firelabs operates on a culture of peer-to-peer training and skill validation. The goal is to foster a culture of “safety first”. All members are responsible for their own safety and for complying with the requirements of this policy. This is because a lot of the equipment in the space can be very dangerous if used incorrectly.

    Members must complete a tool checklist prior to operating equipment unsupervised. The member must:

    Attend training, either individual or group

    Complete the tool checklist under supervision

    Get the checklist approved by an authorized trainer (AT)

    Hard copies of each checklist are stored behind each red book in each room. One-on-one training and tool approval must be scheduled by contacting the special interest group(SIG) owner, found on the member board.


    Becoming an Authorized Trainer

    An authorized trainer is someone who not only knows how to use the equipment in the makerspace but has completed the requirements and gained approval to train others on it as well. The Roswell Firelabs’ core purpose is to share knowledge and interests, which means there is always an opportunity to learn more and be taught. There isn’t a limit to how many ATs the Firelabs can have. In a perfect world, every member would be one! The process to become one is fairly easy as well.

    Authorized Trainers are expected to:

    Attend a Training the Trainers class session

    Indicate which SIG they desire to be an AT for (Woodshop/3D Printing/etc.)

    Partner with a mentor, usually the SIG leader, to go through the skills checklist

    Go through the training themselves

    Demonstrate to their understanding by ‘training’ their mentor


    Being an AT doesn’t mean knowing every little thing about every piece of equipment in the Firelabs. It means having a solid grasp of the basics for most of the equipment within their chosen SIG area and an understanding of the safety regulations of that equipment. The Roswell Firelabs places huge importance on member safety. The last thing anyone wants is someone getting hurt.


    For more information about teaching a class or becoming an AT, check out the Roswell Firelabs Wiki page!


  • 4 Nov 2019 9:47 AM | Mary (Administrator)

    Friday 11/8/19:

    Ornament Glass Etching Using Media Blasting

    Come learn how to use software to create a personalized design to cut a vinyl mask, then take your design to the blasting cabinet and etch the design into the surface of glass. This method can be used to etch almost anything made of glass: mugs, cups, pie pans, window panes, ornaments, and many other items. This class will give individuals an opportunity to walk through the process, and gain skills necessary to etch glass using tools and resources available at Roswell Firelabs. Participants will recieve two (2) round glass ornaments to take home.

    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Member Price: $15

    Non-Member Price:  $30


  • 25 Oct 2019 3:02 PM | Anika (Administrator)

    Friday 10/25/19:

    So you want to be a Dungeon Master? DM'ing D&D 101 - Week 4 of 4

    This is a series of classes meant to teach the basics of what it means to create and run a game in the world of Dungeons and Dragons.

    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Member Price: Free!

    Non-Member Price:  $25 (for series)


    Saturday 10/26/19:

    Scrapbooking Crop

    Been putting off getting your pages set? Get together with local scrapbook artists for a FULL DAY of nothing but scrapbooking! A Creative Memories rep will be present and there is a fridge, microwave and coffee maker on location.

    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    Member Price: $10

    Non-Member Price: $15

  • 23 Oct 2019 1:42 PM | Mary (Administrator)


    Can’t find the perfect fall or holiday wreath? Come make your own at our Custom Wreath Making class! With the ribbon and frames and burlap, making your own wreath can seem overwhelming at first, but the Roswell Firelabs makes it easy! All the materials are provided and an instruct will be present to walk you through every step. That means no stopping, rewinding, and rewatching sections of a YouTube video over and over, trying to figure out WHAT is happening.

    There are two wreath options for this class, a fall wreath and a holiday wreath. The fall wreath features festive ribbon and burlap to give a fun, rustic feeling that’s perfect for the Thanksgiving season. The holiday wreath is ribbon and colored mesh with flair. And the best part? You get to proudly display décor of your own making throughout the upcoming holiday season.

    The Custom Wreath Making class will be held on Saturday, November 9th. It’s only a two hour class, so you know these wreaths are easy to make! All participants must select which wreath to make when signing up for the class, but are more than welcome to make both if that’s what’s desired. Member pricing is just $35 per wreath and non-members can sign up for $50. This covers materials and instruction for the class, so everything is covered. All participants have to worry about is showing up and having a good time!


  • 21 Oct 2019 3:02 PM | Anika (Administrator)

    Monday 10/21/19:

    Amateur Radio Meet-Up

    Weekly gathering to discuss electronics projects and amateur radio.

    8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

    Price: Free!


    Tuesday 10/22/19

    Pumpking Painting

    Give your arms a rest with with this fun class! Every participant will receive a pumpkin to paint as they wish and take home, but don't hold yourself back to just one! Bringing your own pumpkins to add to the number is wholeheartedly encouraged. 

    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Member Price: $10

    Non-Member Price: $25


    Wednesday 10/23/19

    Stained Glass for Beginners - Week 2 of 2

    Come learn the traditional copper-foil technique. We teach you how to cut, grind, and piece together beautiful stained glass. We will be providing beginner patterns for sun catchers. Supplies are included with the class.

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Member Price: $30 (for series)

    Non-Member Price: $60 (for series)


    Thursday 10/24/19

    Power Racing Series - Week 10 of 10

    A racing series dedicated to adults building kid sized cars and racing them around. This meeting is an overview of the program, rules, and looking at examples that have previously been built in the past. 

    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Member Price: Free!

    Non-Member Price: $5


    Halloween Cupcake Decorating

     A fun, light-hearted class in cupcake decorating to celebrate Halloween! You will be able to decorate two cupcakes to enjoy with the class or to take home and have later. There's no right or wrong, but you will be given tips for things like Graveyard Gummiworm Cupcakes and other spooky designs!

    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Member Price: $5

    Non-Member Price: $10


    Friday 10/25/19

    So you want to be a Dungeon Master? DM'ing D&D 101 - Week 4 of 4

    This is a series of classes meant to teach the basics of what it means to create and run a game in the world of Dungeons and Dragons.

    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Member Price: Free!

    Non-Member Price:  $25 (for series)

  • 17 Oct 2019 6:12 PM | Mary (Administrator)


    Friday 10/18/19:

    Girl Scout Meetup

    Closed event for Girl Scout Members

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


    So, You Want to Be a Dungeon Master? Intro to DMing – Week 3

    This week delves deeper into the details of world, and how to create something your players will love and enjoy. It covers everything from everyday moments in the market while picking up spell components, to fortress infiltrations, and the Final Boss.

    7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

    Member Price: FREE!

    Non-Member Price: $25 (for full series)


  • 16 Oct 2019 12:57 PM | Mary (Administrator)


    The Roswell Firelabs Makerspace is a community of makers, but what exactly does that mean? What qualifies someone as a maker? What makes the space a community? What’s a makerspace? According to Makerspaces.com, “A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.” It’s a place for people in the surrounding area to come together and create things; what those things are is only limited by imagination.

    What are some of the things created at the Roswell Firelabs?

    Music
    Glasswork
    Etching
    3D Printing
    Sewing
    Scrapbooks
    Woodworking
    Painting
    Games & Gaming
    Robotics
    and so much more!

    There’s something for everyone when it comes to a makerspace, and that’s exactly the point. The Roswell Firelabs is driven by what members want to see and do. That’s where the collaborative part comes in. The entire idea is built around serving members and those living in the surrounding area. Classes are introduced because interest has been expressed in learning those things.

    In short, a maker is anyone who makes something, no matter the experience level. Newbies and veterans alike are welcome to join any of the classes at the Firelabs. You don’t even have to be a member to do so! While membership gives access to the space for independent projects and a reduced price on classes, everyone is welcome to come by and check out what goes on in the facility. The events page has a full list of what’s going on when and new classes are added to the calendar all the time.

    There’s no way the Roswell Firelabs Makerspace could exist without its members, though. Their monthly donations help keep the space running and contribute to acquiring new or better equipment. Volunteers take care of the upkeep and administrative duties, as well as running the wonderful classes on offer. As a charitable organization, every penny that the Firelabs makes goes back into developing the space into the best it can be.

    For those who are curious about the space or would like to visit; reach out! Questions are more than welcome through the website or Facebook page.


  • 7 Oct 2019 3:15 PM | Mary (Administrator)


    Monday 10/7/19:

    Weekly Float Construction Meeting

    Want to help us construct our parade float? These meetings are the perfect time!

    7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Price: Free!


    Amateur Radio Meet-Up

    Weekly gathering to discuss electronics projects and amateur radio.

    8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

    Price: Free!


    Thursday 10/10/19:

    Power Racing Series – Week 9 of 10

    A racing series dedicated to adults building kid sized cars and racing them around. This meeting is an overview of the program, rules, and looking at examples that have previously been built in the past.

    7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

    Member Price: Free!

    Non-Member Price: $5


    Friday 10/11/19:

    So you want to be a Dungeon Master? DM’ing D&D 101 – Week 2 of 4

    This is a series of classes meant to teach the basics of what it means to create and run a game in the world of Dungeons and Dragons.

    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Member Price: Free!

    Non-Member Price: $25 (For full series)


  • 4 Oct 2019 12:02 PM | Mary (Administrator)


    Friday, October 4th

    Glass Etching Using Media Blasting

    Come learn how to use software to create a personalized design to cut a vinyl mask, then take your design to the blasting cabinet and etch the design into the surface of glass. This method can be used to etch almost anything made of glass: mugs, cups, pie pans, window panes, ornaments, and many other items. Drink your ‘boos’ and witch’s brew from a glass designed just for you!

    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    Member Price: $10

    Nonmember Price: $25


    So, You Want to be a Dungeon Master? DM’ing D&D 101

    Week 1 of 4: Introduction – What does it mean to be a Dungeon Master?

    This is a series of classes meant to teach the basics of what it means to create and run a game in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Week one covers a basic overview of game play and the role of the DM, and the schedule for the coming weeks.

    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Member Price: Free!

    Nonmember Price: $25 (for series)


    Saturday, October 5th

    Paint a Sign Painting Party

    In this class, each student will receive their own wood sign in the size selected while registering. Those designs will be rendered into a precut stencil so you can paint your fun design on during the class! Ages 10+. Great for a custom Halloween door hanging!

    2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Member Price: $30 – Large Sign or $20 – Small Sign

    Nonmember Price: $45 – Large Sign or $35 – Small Sign


  • 2 Oct 2019 5:16 PM | Mary (Administrator)

    It’s that time of year again when skeletons and pumpkins come out to play, while dreams of candycorn and witches dance in our heads. With Halloween right around the corner, the Roswell Firelabs has pulled together a list of classes to help get the holidays started off right! Keep an eye on the list; it’ll be updated as more classes are added to the schedule. Don’t wait to sign up, class spaces – much like ghosts – disappear quick!


    Friday, October 4th

    Glass Etching Using Media Blasting

    Come learn how to use software to create a personalized design to cut a vinyl mask, then take your design to the blasting cabinet and etch the design into the surface of glass. This method can be used to etch almost anything made of glass: mugs, cups, pie pans, window panes, ornaments, and many other items. Drink your ‘boos’ and witch’s brew from a glass designed just for you!

    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    Member Price: $10

    Nonmember Price: $25


    So, You Want to be a Dungeon Master? DM’ing D&D 101

    Week 1 of 4: Introduction – What does it mean to be a Dungeon Master?

    This is a series of classes meant to teach the basics of what it means to create and run a game in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Week one covers a basic overview of game play and the role of the DM, and the schedule for the coming weeks.

    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Member Price: Free!

    Nonmember Price: $25 (for series)


    Saturday, October 5th

    Paint a Sign Painting Party

    In this class, each student will receive their own wood sign in the size selected while registering. Those designs will be rendered into a precut stencil so you can paint your fun design on during the class! Ages 10+. Great for a custom Halloween door hanging!

    2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Member Price: $30 – Large Sign or $20 – Small Sign

    Nonmember Price: $45 – Large Sign or $35 – Small Sign


    Friday, October 11th

    So, You Want to be a Dungeon Master? DM’ing D&D 101

    Week 2 of 4: World Building – Geography, Climate, and Social Structures

    This is a series of classes meant to teach the basics of what it means to create and run a game in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Week two will focus on how to structure the physical aspects of your world and how that influences politics, traveling, and your players.

    7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

    Member Price: Free!

    Nonmember Price: $25 (for series)


    Saturday, October 12th

    The 2019 Roswell Youth Day Parade

    Dress as your favorite scientist or space explorer and join us at this awesome event! With a custom designed and built space-themed float, the Roswell Firelabs Makerspace will be showing up in style. Come walk with us or just attend the event as a spectator to show your support.

    7:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    Member Price: Free!

    Nonmember Price: Free!


    Monday, October 14th

    Bach 2 Rock Ukulele 101 – Week 1 of 3

    Classes are designed for all ages! Students will learn the basics of ukulele in an interactive group setting. Starting with the fundamentals of ukulele and music theory, students will learn everything they need to start playing songs quickly.

    5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

    Price: $35 (for series)


    Tuesday, October 15th

    Acrylic Pouring Class (FULL)

    During this 1 hour class you will learn different pouring techniques and will be given a 12x12 canvas to make your own creation. Make a custom, holiday piece!

    7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Member Price: $25

    Nonmember Price: $40


    Wednesday, October 16th

    Stained Glass for Beginners – Week 1 of 2 (FULL)

    Come learn the traditional copper-foil technique. We teach you how to cut, grind, and piece together beautiful stained glass.

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Member Price: $30 (for series)

    Nonmember Price: $60 (for series)


    Thursday, October 17th

    Painted Pumpkins

    Pumpkins are a classic Halloween decor, but carving can be exhausting work! Give your arms a rest with this fun class! Every participant will receive a pumpkin to paint as they wish and take home, but don't hold yourself back to just one! Bringing your own pumpkins to add to the number is wholeheartedly encouraged.

    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    Member Cost: $10

    Nonmember Cost: $25


    Friday, October 18th

    So, You Want to be a Dungeon Master? DM’ing D&D 101

    Week 3 of 4: Compelling Interactions – Villagers, Monsters, and Puzzles! Oh, My!

    This is a series of classes meant to teach the basics of what it means to create and run a game in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Week three delves deeper into the details of world, and how to create something your players will love and enjoy. It covers everything from everyday moments in the market while picking up spell components, to fortress infiltrations, and the Final Boss.

    7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

    Member Price: Free!

    Nonmember Price: $25 (for series)


    Monday, October 21st

    Bach 2 Rock Ukulele 101 – Week 2 of 3

    Classes are designed for all ages! Students will learn the basics of ukulele in an interactive group setting. Starting with the fundamentals of ukulele and music theory, students will learn everything they need to start playing songs quickly.

    5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

    Price: $35 (for series)


    Wednesday, October 23rd

    Stained Glass for Beginners – Week 2 of 2 (FULL)

    Come learn the traditional copper-foil technique. We teach you how to cut, grind, and piece together beautiful stained glass.

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Member Price: $30 (for series)

    Nonmember Price: $60 (for series)


    Thursday, October 24th

    Halloween Cupcake Decorating

    A fun, light-hearted class in cupcake decorating to celebrate Halloween! Paticipants will be able to decorate two cupcakes to enjoy with the class or to take home and have later. There's no right or wrong, but tips will be given for things like Graveyard Gummiworm Cupcakes and other spooky designs! Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Member Price: $5

    Nonmember Price: $10


    Friday, October 25th

    So, You Want to be a Dungeon Master? DM’ing D&D 101

    Week 4 of 4: Cohesive Storylines and Player Integration – How to Fold It All Together

    This is a series of classes meant to teach the basics of what it means to create and run a game in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Week four talks about the adventures you lead your players through and how to smooth one into the next, as well as how to use the backstories of their characters to your biggest advantage.

    7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

    Member Price: Free!

    Nonmember Price: $25 (for series)


    Saturday, October 26th

    Scrapbooking Crop (FULL)

    Get together with local scrapbook artists for a FULL DAY of nothing but scrapbooking! A Creative Memories rep will be present and there is a fridge, microwave and coffee maker on location.

    9:00 AM – 10:00 PM (participants may come and go throughout the day)

    Member Price: $10

    Nonmember Price: $15


    Monday, October 28th

    Bach 2 Rock Ukulele 101 – Week 3 of 3

    Classes are designed for all ages! Students will learn the basics of ukulele in an interactive group setting. Starting with the fundamentals of ukulele and music theory, students will learn everything they need to start playing songs quickly.

    5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

    Price: $35 (for series)


Roswell FireLabs
1601 Holcomb Bridge Rd

Roswell, GA 30076

Roswell FireLabs is managed by Atlanta Maker Alliance, Inc., a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations should be made out to Atlanta Maker Alliance.

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