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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a MakerFest?

MakerFest is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, MakerFest is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. Visit this family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!


Is there a cost for attending MakerFest?

Your entry fee is museum admission, all regular discounts apply. Payment of entry fee includes all MakerFest activities and museum access.


Where can I park and how much does it cost?



What is the bus schedule?

Saturday hours of operation are from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m (please visit http://www.rvtd.org/ for more information.).  We are off route #10 and the nearest drop off location is on the corner of Ashland Street/Walker Street.


Social Media

Are you coming? Join us online at the Facebook event! Tag us at #ScienceWorksAshland #MakerFest before and during the event! 


Will there be food?

There will be food and beverages for sale from a food truck and from vendors.


Will there be water?

Refill your own water bottles at our water fountain, located inside the museum.


Is smoking, alcohol, or vaping allowed? 

No alcohol is allowed. Drugs and any activity that uses open flames including candles and the use of tobacco products are prohibited anywhere on our property. Smoking, including use of inhalant delivery systems, is NOT PERMITTED on our field or in the building (our field is very dry and we are deep in fire season so please respect this rule). Smoking is not permitted within 10 feet of an entrance or exit.


Are pets allowed?

Animals and pets are not allowed on our property, with the exception of service animals. Service animals behaving aggressively, disruptively, or generally unruly may be excluded. Service animal owners must clean up after their service animal.

How can I sign up to be a volunteer?

  • Fill out the Volunteer Intake Form.
  • No computer? That is fine. Call our volunteer coordinator, Erin, and she walk you through the process over the phone. 541-482-6767.


What is the time commitment?

  • We need volunteers on Sunday, Sept.15.
  • We prefer for volunteers to commit to a 4 hour volunteer shift. A detailed breakdown of shifts by day and time are listed on the volunteer intake form.

What do I get for volunteering?

  • Free admission to MakerFest
  • A lesson screen printing during the volunteer training
  • A Volunteer t-shirt to customize during the screen printing session with MakerFest images.


What kind of help is needed?

  • We need help with everything!
    • Set up
    • Keeping an extra eye on exhibits
    • Exit Control
    • Traffic Control
    • Vendor Support
    • Admissions
    • Stage Hands
    • Running audience surveys
    • Nerdy Derby
    • The Car Take-Apart
    • Greeters
    • Info booth
    • ETC


Why is this event important?

  • Even though ScienceWorks is hosting this event, it is really for the community. We want to celebrate the creativity, curiosity, exploration, problem-solving, ingenuity, and do-it-yourself minds in our community, no matter what age, no matter what skill level.


Will there be training?

  • Yes. There will be a mandatory volunteer meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 7:15-ish p.m. We will provide a light dinner, explain the overall concept of the MakerFest, train you for your specific job, get you set up to screen print your volunteer t-shirt!


Can my friends/family/co-workers volunteer with me?

  • YES! We need approximately 75 volunteers to make this event run smoothly and seamlessly. Please tell your friends, family, neighbors, teachers, classmates, workout buddies, and fellow commuters about this opportunity to help make this community event happen.