The WV Makes Festival!


RCBI and statewide partners present the fifth annual West Virginia Makes Festival, a celebration of ingenuity and creativity. Friday Oct. 5 2018, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m!

  • Design Challenge for makers of all ages
  • Hands-on activities for everyone
  • 3D Printing
  • Local Artists, Makers & Innovators
  • Maker Master Class workshops to follow, Saturday Oct. 6 2018 at RCBI Huntington

Join us on the Huntington campus of Marshall University at the Memorial Student Center for the 2018 WV Makes Festival; register below!

Exhibitor Registration...

wvmakes exhibit

The celebration is open to everyone, and was attended by nearly 2,000 people in 2017!

Do you own a business, are you a maker, innovator, inventor, artist or artisan?

You belong here!

Design Challenge Registration...

design challenge

Our annual Design Challenge will provide makers the opportunity to demonstrate new ideas and skills, and will reward their creative inspirations! Hobbyists, inventors, enthusiasts, artists and students of all ages who enter the Design Challenge are eligible for one of several prizes...

Group Registration...

2016 wv makes full view

Visiting with a School Field-trip, professional colleagues, club, church, or other group?

Please register here so we can learn more about you, and track our growing attendance!

Security+ Certification

Boot Camp

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and Marshall University will present a Certification Boot Camp to prepare individuals for the CompTIA Security+ certification examination.

Scheduled Aug. 6 – 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at RCBI Huntington (1050 Fourth Avenue), the sessions cover everything needed to take and pass the CompTIA Security+ certification exam.

The registration fee is $75 for each individual and includes a textbook to prepare for the exam.

Presented by Bill Gardner, a CompTIA Security+ certified professional.

*Currently at Capacity!

Stay tuned for future offerings of this and other exciting camps boot-camps and workshops at RCBI!

3D Printing & Maker Camps

Summer, 2018!

The Robert C. Byrd Institute will offer Maker Camps in June and July. Campers from middle school to high school age will have firsthand experience in 3D design, 3D printing, assembly, coding, soldering, basic electronics, electromagnetism and hydraulics. Campers will explore careers in manufacturing and technology as they tour a local business, startup or production facility.

Engaging activities introduce an entrepreneurial mindset and, open eyes to new approaches and possibilities; building experience and confidence. A Maker Fest at the end of the week will give campers an opportunity to share their creations, and all they’ve learned, with you!

Don’t hesitate. Seating is limited, and we hope to see you and your campers right here at RCBI!

Register below!

Students at a 3-D printing camp work during the last day of the three-day summer camp being held at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing in South Charleston, WV. The camp is part of the Manufacturing Instituteís ìDream It. Do It.î program and sponsored with support from the Toyota Foundation.

Student Luke Richardson (left) and  another classmate watch his project being printed by a 3D printer.

Photo by David Bohrer/National Association of Manufacturers

3D Printing & Maker Camp, Bridgeport WV!

June 18-22

8:30-2:00 daily
Lunch Provided
Free Tee Shirt
Maker-Fest at Week's End!

2400 E. Benedum Industrial Dr.
Bridgeport, WV 26330

3D Printing & Maker Camp, So. Charleston WV!

July 9-13

8:30-2:00 daily
Lunch Provided
Free Tee Shirt
Maker-Fest at Week's End!

100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303

3D Printing & Maker Camp, Huntington WV!

July 16-20

8:30-2:00 daily
Lunch Provided
Free Tee Shirt
Maker-Fest at Week's End!

1050 Fourth Ave
Huntington, WV 25701

This year's STEM Education, Maker Camps, FIRST® Lego® League Robotics Tournaments, and VEX® Robotics Competitions brought to you by generous support from the following sponsors:

The Maker Vault @ RCBI Huntington!

RCBI’s Maker Vault provides the community with a space to experiment, develop, and learn through self-led projects and group workshops. Making high-end professional equipment and materials accessible for all, the Maker Vault extends RCBI’s support of innovation and entrepreneurship; and gives a retired bank vault new life as a repository of ideas and creativity.

With a Maker Vault membership, you receive access to our high-end, professional equipment as well as:

  • Expert training and assistance for all equipment
  • Access to Maker Vault classes and workshops
  • Access to materials and supplies to build your creations

Memberships are $40 a month for adults and $20 for students.

Summer Hours:
M-F 9-5

*extended hours Fall-Spring

TTh 9-8:30pm

Sat 10-6:30


Equipment available in the RCBI Maker Vault:

3D printers:

  • Makerbot Replicator 2's
  • Makerbot Replicator 2X Expiramental
  • INVENT3D Printer
  • LulzBot TAZ 5

X-Carve tabletop CNC router 
Buffalo Dental Tray-Vac Vacuum Forming System
Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Cutter

Soldering Setups
Desktop & Laptop Computers
Planning, Assembly, & Workspace