On April 18th, 2019, Dallas Makes hosted a creative and fun-filled evening! The event took place at West Valley Taphouse and had a great turnout of business and community members.

This is Innovate Dallas’ first Maker Social, and it was a huge success! The event started at 5:30 and lasted until 8:00 PM. The night was filled with fun problem solving, mini robots, 3D printing, drones, and Spheros! The Social had many interesting events that revolved around technology. Community members and business owners worked together to program drones and Spheros and designed many creative things using a new 3D printer. They were even able to compete on a mini-golf course with two holes using the Spheros. Many people used combined efforts using one person to drive and another to try being a programmer. Also using the Spheros, folks jousted, which included trying to pop each other’s balloons through crafty designs. Using the 3D printer and a clever imagination, one community member even 3D printed a rabbit, to celebrate the approaching Easter holiday!

The night’s success reinforced the importance of continuing to practice creativity, curiosity, and problem-solving skills at all ages.  It was also an excellent occasion to build connection and fun interactions with the local community and businesses, and left many of the attendees leaving the night talking about the fun they had! Jamie Richardson nicely put it, “It was great touching base with community members that are interested in what is going on in our schools. Watching people interact and find joy in learning something new really defined what our Dallas Makes efforts are about. This social was perfect and am thankful to Sam at West Valley Taphouse for hosting this event.”

 

Posted by Jamie Richardson, however, this article was written by the newest member of our Innovate Team and student writer Alexis Fish who will be taking on more of our future posts.  Welcome, Alexis!