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Frequently Asked Questions

You asked, we answered. Again. And again. So we put it up here, and pointed silently at this page…

What is a makerspace?

A makerspace, aka hackerspace, is a shared community workshop, where members and guests can use amazing tools, learn how to build almost anything, and find camaraderie doing so. In our case, we're democratically run, with our membership operating the ship. We are a friendly community of tinkerers, makers, hackers, educators, scientists, artists and crafters, and we welcome anyone who is, aspires to be, or just wants to hang around with folks like us!

Who runs everything?

Rockford MakerSpace has no paid staff. It is completely volunteer run by members, with an Operations Committee of members overseeing.

Do I have to be a member to use the shop?

No, but certain tools and equipment are restricted to members only and/or require training/certification before use. Also, as a non-member, you may only use the shop during "open shop" times, or when a member is available and willing to host you. One of the perks of membership is 24/7 access. Check our Calendar page for scheduled events and open shop times.

Do I have to be a member to attend events?

It depends on the event. Many of our events are open to the public, but some are limited to members only. Please check the description of the specific event for details; events are open to the public unless specifically listed as "members only."

May I bring my child?

Yes, but all minors must be accompanied by an adult who is engaged with them while in the shop. Keep in mind that it is a shop with tools and projects that sometimes involve fumes, hot things, and sharp things. It may not be the safest place for very young children unless diligently watched.

How do I contact you outside public hours?

Your best bet for a quick response is by email: contact@rockfordmaker.space.

I joined your Facebook page, Twitter Feed or other social media site. Does that make me a member?

Sorry, no. We use those sites to help get the word out about our organization and events. But joining any of those does not make you a member of Rockford MakerSpace.

How do I become a member?

Click here for the details: Becoming a Member

As a probationary member, when can I attend?

We'd love to have you join us during our regularly-scheduled Member Meetups. You are also welcome to attend whenever an event*, such as a class or workshop, is occurring at the 'space, or whenever another member is there that is willing to "host" you. Once you complete your probationary period, as a Full Member or higher, you will have 24/7 access.

  • Note: There may be some events that are "closed" to probationary members, including any event in which there are safety concerns and/or attendance has specific "hard" limits. But those are very, very rare. If in doubt, please don't hesitate to ask.