A MAKERSPACE AT DISCOVERY SPACE
The Rivet is a makerspace: a fully functional community workshop in which projects of all kinds can be dreamt up and created. Access to tools is just part of what we do; The Rivet is a classroom, a studio, and a meeting place with the simple mission of connecting people to what they need to Make Anything. Joining our community is a step forward in a worldwide movement, where independent innovators can, through shared knowledge, create real change in the world around them and construct a better future for themselves. Get involved by volunteering, attending an event, sharing on social media, or donating.
With a collaborative spirit and a positive attitude, we know that anyone can MAKE ANYTHING. No matter your background or ability level, you will feel empowered at The Rivet. Our workshop is a safe place for everyone.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Makers know that making things for themselves is an ethical choice in a mass-produced global market. We encourage our members to consume ethically, buy locally, and share knowledge and materials liberally.
The Rivet is all about the people around us. As an organization, we can lower the bar of entry by offering free workshops and multiple avenues of access to our makerspace. We are here to serve you. Our Promise: We will connect people with success and we will connect communities with the people who can help them. We also have the best volunteers- Join our community and become a Riveter today!
A makerspace is all about the community that supports it, and we are lucky to be a part of an amazing, creative community here in State College. Discussions about the need for a makerspace have been happening for years and The Rivet is the result of that momentum. In 2018, Michele Crowl and Camille Sogin, along with a committee of community members, saw the potential in Centre County for a collaborative workshop. The idea was brought to life by Discovery Space, interested in further advancing a mission of STEM education and outreach. The Centre Foundation also saw the potential and awarded the annual Centre Inspires grant to Discovery Space. With these funds, The Rivet has already begun to host community events and classes while we gather support and renovate for a grand opening later this year.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Scheduled to open its doors in late 2019, The Rivet will occupy the 5000 square foot high bay garage attached to Discovery Space, our parent nonprofit. From Pottery to 3D Printing, The Rivet will provide a wide range of courses, or simply the right tools, to our members. For now, thanks to the generosity of the Centre Foundation, we are offering events and classes ahead of renovation. Check out the EVENTS page for more information.
3 Bay Garage Workshop:
This will be the loud, dirty, and dangerous bay. Don’t worry, though! We will train you how to use the equipment safely.
Workbenches and ideation space will share the middle bay with fine arts and CNC machinery.
Programming will take place in our modular classroom. Plastics fabrication and stations for circuitry design will line the walls.
ACCESS THE RIVET
Once The Rivet is open, there are many avenues of access:
Memberships & Day Passes
Purchase a day or a month of access to our space. Use of the equipment will require safety certification through our programming.
Can't travel? The Rivet is coming to you with mobile programming at outreach locations across Centre County.
FREE events and programs will serve as an easy and open welcome to making.
Skills building Classes
Make and Take Workshop
Is The Rivet appropriate for children?
While we appreciate the maker spirit in kids younger than 14, we prefer to point them in the direction of Discovery Space where they can access the MaD Lab, Makeuary, and other age-appropriate STEM education programs. Memberships at The Rivet are currently expected to be available to anyone age 18+ but most of our programs are open to anyone age 14+.
Are Maker Mondays appropriate for children under 14 years?
We recommend our community events for teens and older unless otherwise listed but as long as you’re with your child, we are happy to have you share the experience.
Will my membership or day pass at DS work for The Rivet?
While we expect to offer deals and discounts for Discovery Space members, The Rivet will have a separate monthly membership and day pass system.
When can I use the workshop for my project?
We plan to have a soft launch in Summer 2019. The Rivet will partially move into the Classroom and Design Bays and we will offer extended programming and open build hours for you to use the equipment.
When I am a member, can I use any tool that I want?
Yes and No. You are required to take a training class for tools that you intend to use so that we know that you can operate them safely. As a member, you will be able to use any tool while The Rivet is open as long as you have been certified to do so.
What do you mean by “Certification?”
Some classes at The Rivet give participants certifications. Certifications at The Rivet are our way of ensuring that everyone knows how to safely and properly use the tools. They are only guaranteed to work within our space and may not be recognized by other organizations. Whenever possible, we plan to offer classes with certifications that are accredited outside of our walls.
Can my group meet at The Rivet?
Yes, The Rivet is a place for connection and community. We expect to host meetings and events for community groups after the doors are officially open. We are working to define these relationships and rental costs. Feel free to contact us to learn more.
Does The Rivet have ADA accommodations?
Yes! Our first guiding principle is Accessibility. We believe that anyone with any background and any ability level can Make Anything. The workshop space was planned with that in mind.