Featuring robotics, drones, 3-D printing, CNC routers, solar panels, electric cars, historical exhibits from Waynesoboro’s industrial past, and much more, this show will be open through September 6. Destination INNOVATION highlights will include presentations and demonstrations from an award winning 4H Club Robotics team, 3D printing and drone demonstrations and presentations, a ShopBot CNC router, a Tesla electric car, and displays from the Waynesboro Industrial Museum.
Although there will be ongoing demonstrations throughout the open hours, scheduled demonstrations include:
Located in the Wayne Building at 90 West Main Street, the initial presentation will be open to the public over two weekends, from Friday, August 28 to Sunday, September 6.
Destination INNOVATION will feature demonstrations and interactive displays of 3D printing, robotics, electric vehicles, drones, a ShopBot CNC Router, solar panels and other technologies, as well as examples of work being manufactured by active local industries and historical displays illustrating the area’s rich innovative past, including companies such as Geiser, Frick, Landis and Grove. The exhibits will be educational, providing an opportunity for the general public of all ages to view technologies which are currently in the news.
Sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro (AAGW), the concept is continuation of the successful economic development and revitalization initiative that is Destination ARTS! That project started in July of 2013 with seven “pop-up” art galleries and live music every weekend. Two years later, all seven of those temporary gallery spaces are filled, most of the other empty buildings are occupied, and downtown Waynesboro is experiencing a resurgence. There are now five permanent galleries/art venues in Waynesboro, and free live music, artist demonstrations and special events are presented multiple times every weekend, all year long.
We want Waynesboro to be the place where people come to share their inspiration, innovations and creativity of all shapes and sizes, from the arts to technology. We hope to encourage bright minds to congregate here, and as new ideas emerge and evolve, we hope technologically driven start-up businesses locate in the Waynesboro area. Industrial innovation is a core part of Waynesboro’s heritage, and we believe innovation is one of the keys to its future. We will also look to the future by reaching out to area high schools and colleges, as well as individuals who believe in the ‘maker’ philosophy “if you can imagine it, you can make it.”
The committee behind Destination INNOVATION includes engineers, 3D printing experts, teachers, prominent businessmen and tech enthusiasts. After this initial phase, the hope is that a more permanent “maker space” can be created to provide creative thinkers with a venue and support to help them pursue their dreams. The initial Destination INNOVATION project will take place over two weekends, August 28 – 30 and September 4 – 6. The exhibit will be open the same hours as Destination ARTS! – Fridays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Destination INNOVATION Exhibitors and Demonstrators:
Jacob Moore, Penn State Mont Alto – 3D Printing and Lego Robots
Vince Cahill – 3D – Printing
Nick Wiesenlewski – Drones
Mike Cermak – Tesla Electric Cars
Peter Linehan – Drones
Eric James – ShopBot CNC Machines
Franklin County 4H Robotics Club
Waynesboro Industrial Museum * Landis Machine Company
EarthNet Energy Solar Cells
Ray Setaro – Career Magnet School Robots
Destination INNOVATION Committee Members:
Andrew Sussman (Chair), Dan DeDona, George Buckey, Jacob Moore, Vince Cahill, Ziggy Herzog, Javier Estrada, Mike Cermack Jr., Roney Conca, Ed Beck, Jim Malone
SPECIAL THANKS for their generous support:
Francis K. Achampong and Penn State Mont Alto
Craig Mahrle – Building Owner
ShopBot CNC Routers
Waynesboro Industrial Museum
Lesley Quesada – LQ Design LLC
Jon Cantin, CNCKing.com
Destination INNOVATION is an initiative of the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro and Destination ARTS! For more information visit www.artsalliancegw.org