Members of the Girls on Fire Robotics Team at MIXXER.

If you have been to MIXXER lately, you know how quickly it is evolving. And if you are one of the many volunteer/members that have been involved with that, Thank You for the time and energy you are devoting to build MIXXER into a great makerspace. I have been blown away by the generosity of the Winston-Salem community over the past month. Hundreds of volunteer hours, donations of furniture, tools and electronics equipment, and people working together to solve problems and design solutions and doing it with generous hearts energizes our active members.

MIXXER members and volunteers are giving of themselves, their time, talent, and money because MIXXER is a place that energizes and empowers people. I have witnessed so many instances of total strangers working as a team and getting to know each other quickly and in a way that transcends politics, religious views, socioeconomic status, and other designations that sometimes divide us. At MIXXER, everyone is a Maker. Maker is an identity that naturally brings people together. Makers most often need resources that they can’t afford on their own, and they sometimes need detailed knowledge they can only get from other makers. Teamwork is easy at MIXXER.

Members are helping to build MIXXER in between their personal projects. In the past week, we have cleared the metal shop to accept a shipment of machining and welding equipment (arriving next Tuesday), built four computers for the computer lab, built equipment for the woodworking studio, and are partially through the installation of the dust collection system for the wood studio. We have hosted the Girls on Fire Robotics Team, and members have been creating lots of interesting projects on the laser cutter and 3D printers. There is still plenty left to do. We would love to have you be a part of our community of Makers, either as a member or as a volunteer.