Announcing Student Maker Scholarship

GTA awards $25,000 grant to nurture young makers @7HMS.

We are so excited to share 7hills Makerspace (7HMS) will be launching a Student Maker Scholarship program to nurture ten young makers and two educators in high school or college grades.  Young Maker Scholars will receive a one-year lab membership to the space, and access to tools, supplies, and workshops. In addition, the grant will cover the development of training curriculum and equipment geared towards young makers, some of which will be open to the community.  This scholarship program is made possible by a $25,000 grant from Georgia Technology Authority’s Digital Georgia Program.

Co-founder Greg Richardson will be administering the grant and he’s partnered with members, Pablo Stewart-Harris and Christian Turner to build the initial program calendar over the next several weeks.  

We have decided to start with a focus on creative technologies with classes on lomography, 3D stereography, camera hacking, filmmaking, and more. As the year progresses, students’ interest will drive new programs and classes.

Interested students: Submit your application here. 

Up and Running: Shapeoko 2

The Shapeoko 2 arrived free of charge last spring: Thanks Inventables!  It has been mostly assembled and somewhat functional since fall.  Now the final tweaking has been done and it runs.  Here’s proof:

7HMS Rocks

In addition to laser cutting, extruding, and sawing; 7HMS (7Hills Makerspace) members can now enjoy milling materials.  The process starts by attaching material to the waste board. This can be done by using packing tape to tape down the work piece.


Next create your design in Easel (cloud-based CAM software, or you import an SVG file from inkscape or elsewhere Into Easel. Easel will walk you through all the steps to get your milling job started.  Once the Shapeoko is cutting away on your project, you can contain the dust using the Coroplast box.  When the milling is done, have the vacuum ready to suck up the dust and clean off your work.


As soon as the Creative Technology students hear the lecture on milling (next Monday), Berry’s Shapeoko 1 will join the Shapeoko 2 in the makerspace.  The work flows are the same.  The size of the Shapeoko 1 is just a little smaller.

7hills Featured in MAKE Magazine!

Exciting news folks!

7hills Makerspace listed as most interesting makerspace by MAKE magazineIn this month’s edition of MAKE Magazine, you’ll see a trippy panarama of our very own maker home pictured as one of the Most Interesting Makerspaces in the Country.  

Seriously, check it out for yourself.  We are in the “East” Slideshow.

Some major high fives are due!

  • Matt & Laura Mumber for their work restoring the building
  • Greg Richardson & the Civitium team for vision in securing & creating the space three years ago
  • John Grout for some great networking with Make writers/editors over the past few years

We are still geeking out and will have a few extra copies on hand at the space or you can get your own at Barnes & Noble or other newsstand.

MAKE, Vol. 40, p40.



We need your help! Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been rethinking the space’s organization. One of our makers, Justin, has created a Floor Plan which will maximize utility and usability. We’re going to be moving a bunch of our tools and work stations THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 12th during our regular Make Night, 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Get familiar with our new Floor Plan, come up with some ideas, and we hope to see you there!

A few things Justin took into consideration with the Floor Plan:

  • Organ – Not moveable, thus the music section will stay as it is.
  • Electronics – The computer screens will be less visible by the windows
  • Woodworking – Loud, with a lot of physical byproducts. The apartment wing (where it is now) seems to be the best place for it.
  • Social – Needs to be both a welcoming space, and in a location where mingling will not be too disruptive.

While we’re doing the bulk of the reorganization on Thursday, we’re going to need to move a bunch of heavier equipment and furniture on Saturday. So if you cannot attend Make Night, you have another opportunity to help us out on Saturday from 10am to 4pm!

Ryder McEntyre, Maker-in-Residence

Hey there! My name is Ryder McEntyre, I am 21 years old, and I recently moved into the space’s attached apartment.

  • Occupation: Senior studying Visual Communications at Berry College. Graphic designer at SAI Digital. Maker-in-Residence at 7hills Makerspace.
  • Hometown: Calhoun, GA
  • Current Town: Rome, GA
  • Hobbies: I obsess over New York Times opinions and style sections, I read a ton of fashion magazines, and I spend way too much time writing poetry. I’m an avid Twitter user and Tumblr guru.
  • Android or iOS: iOS.
  • PC or Mac: Mac.
  • Favorite Book: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, Awakening by Kate Chopin, & Shoplifting from American Apparel by Tao Lin.
  • Favorite Movies: Metropolitan, Clue, The Royal Tenenbaums, Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Prince Avalanche, Tiny Furniture, & Rear Window.
  • Favorite Music: Feist, Justice, Jai Paul, Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Duke Ellington, James Blake, Mac DeMarco, Toro y Moi, Holy Ghost!, Francoise Hardy, & Jamie xx.
  • Favorite TV shows: Always: Twin Peaks, Cybill, and LOST. Currently: Game of Thrones, Veep, House of Cards, The Newsroom, & Inside Amy Schumer.
  • Favorite Restaurant in Rome: Schroeder’s New Deli
  • Favorite Bar in Rome: Old Havana Bar & Cigar Shop
  • Best place to spot Ryder on any given day: Swift & Finch Coffee Company
  • Favorite staycation spot: Little River Canyon, Alabama
  • Favorite part of Rome: Rome is a small pond right now, and it’s incredibly easy to be the big fish. You can make a name for yourself here, and the people are quality folks. In short, it’s incredibly underrated and more eccentric than meets the eye. Rome’s pace is just right – small town feeling with a lot of big city developments – and it’s competitive without feeling threatening. There’s also a live music scene in the fledgling stages but with a number of excellent local bands with regular performances.
  • Next Makerspace project: I’m starting a series of digital works (which I also plan to print and exhibit in a show, eventually) in an attempt to artistically respond to changing social climates in the U.S. I’m also looking to bring my poetry into a 3D space in the next year. Oh, and making curtains for the gigantic windows in my living room! My last project was a conceptual art project. Check it out here: IS THIS WHAT U WANT?
  • Best thing about living in the 7hills Makerspace: Enabling massive envy from all of my Instagram followers! Errmm…. I mean…. Okay, seriously, the energy I’ve felt in the past week has been nothing short of inspiring just being inside such a vibrant space filled so often with such vibrant people, all with different dreams and hopes for this small town and their own projects. It’s been a period of personal revival over the past few weeks, and I’m sure it will continue!
  • Favorite / most meaningful pieces in the space: My favorite piece in the space is this mid-century modern chair I found at an estate sale literally 5 miles from my childhood home. The most meaningful piece in my home is this knitted throw blanket which I stole from my parents’ house when I went to college. It’s blue and white, and has a bunch of small farm houses on it… Not the most beautiful thing, but I’ll always make space for it on my couch.

Thanks to fellow maker Christian David Photo for the wonderful photography.