Science, Technology and a Sense of Wonder Come to Grants Pass "Invent 2018" On October 27

October 08, 2018

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Calling all makers, tinkerers, inventors and the curious! The Rogue Valley’s finest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) offerings are coming together for “Invent 2018” on October 27 in downtown Grants Pass. The collaborative event, from Rogue Community College, City of Grants Pass, Dutch Bros., and Pacific Power, will offer four action-packed hours of free hands-on activities, attractions and live music to celebrate the array of local activities and resources dedicated to furthering innovation and creativity for the region.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the innovation taking place in our community with those who support STEAM education in Grants Pass and beyond,” said Christina Kruger, Pacific Power regional business manager for Josephine and Jackson counties. “It’s an honor to come together with the city, Rogue Community College (RCC) and Dutch Bros. to provide area residents with learning opportunities, a chance to get curious, and a place to dream up big ideas to power the future growth and vitality of our region.”

The event will offer a preview of the Rogue Innovation Hub, a downtown creative maker space and technical innovation hub designed to inspire and nourish hometown cultural and economic opportunity. The Innovation Hub is the creation of City of Grants Pass and RCC and is housed in the historic Grants Pass City Hall and Fire Station building.

“This first-ever event for Grants Pass shines a spotlight on the growing number of resources for those who want to create and innovate and design new solutions,” said Ron Goss, director of the RCC Small Business Development Center. “STEAM creates opportunities for jobs while building a stronger, more connected and self-sustaining community.”

Dutch Bros. is opening the lot outside its company headquarters to host a live entertainment stage with local bands and musicians, a pint-sized traveling coffee cart, and featured Dutch Bros. artisans – employees who will showcase their talents in a variety of STEAM-themed demonstrations, including woodworking, drumming and graphic design.

“Grants Pass is a special place that boasts many talented musicians, artists, scientists, engineers and creators, who are helping our hometown and the entire Rogue Valley region stand out and get noticed,” said Kendra Lellis, a Dutch Bros. representative. “Dutch Bros. is excited to celebrate our region and celebrate the creative people who are a part of it through Invent 2018.”

The event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Small Business Development Center and Dutch Bros. headquarters, adjacent to SW 4th and SW G streets in downtown. It is free to attend and geared for all ages.

Event highlights include:

  • Pacific Power virtual reality experience, solar oven cooking and energy technology center
  • Artisans and creators sharing woodworking, drums, graphic design and more
  • 3-D printing and drone demonstrations
  • Local high school robotics
  • Rogue Innovation Hub Information Center tours
  • Hands-on STEAM activities for kids provided by RCC, Grants Pass Museum of Art and Pacific Power
  • Art car from local automotive artist.
  • Entertainment stage in Dutch Bros. parking lot featuring local musicians and bands
  • Dutch Bros. mobile coffee cart
  • Plus, many more surprises!