About FCFI

FCFI is a community oriented public workshop where people can meet and work on their projects. We provide a facility that is open 24/7 to monthly members that set up auto-billing. FCFI is a place where you can get messy, be loud, and make whatever comes to your mind. We are open to the public every Tuesday at 6pm.

Our Mission

OUR mission is to encourage people to make. We strive to see people discuss and build their dreams. Our goal is to promote STEAM education, open source values, and skill sharing among our members, industry, and the community. 

Our Community

Our community is a diverse collection of makers and teachers of all types. Electronic art enthusiasts, sewers, machinists, engineers, college professors, boy scout troop leaders and on and on. We aim to foster making and innovation in every area imaginable.

The Future of Our Program

Innovative Minds Academy stands as a beacon of cutting-edge education, dedicated to nurturing the next generation of forward-thinkers and innovators. Committed to fostering creativity, critical thinking, and a passion for learning, Innovative Minds Academy provides an immersive and dynamic educational experience unlike any other. Our approach integrates the latest advancements in pedagogy with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities, empowering students to explore, experiment, and push the boundaries of their potential. With a team of dedicated educators and a curriculum designed to inspire curiosity and exploration, Innovative Minds Academy is where tomorrow's leaders and visionaries are shaped and empowered to make a meaningful impact on the world.

“As we embarked on this endeavor 4 years ago we were happy to offer our community a Makerspace. As we have grown and accessed the needs of our community and surrounding area we realized we were becoming so much more. We have noticed that we need to focus more on our communities educational needs, to offer classes, camps, and clubs that focus on emerging technologies and specialized jobs like Drone Piloting. We need to focus more on technology and how its exponential growth is affecting the jobs of tomorrow while also offering the “old” trades like plumbing, HVAC, and electrical.”

From the Director's Desk - Jason R. Allen

Tech Centers, both shared-time and full-time, serve as dynamic engines for economic growth within their states and communities. These centers are instrumental in addressing the ever-evolving demands of the technology-driven landscape by providing specialized training programs. These programs are meticulously designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge required in high-tech, high-demand fields.

Getting behind the Innovative Minds Academy is like being the cool kid in the classroom of education supporters! Picture this: you're not just making a donation; you're becoming a superhero for innovation. In a world full of brain teasers, supporting innovative minds is the ultimate power move. Your awesome contribution doesn't just buy educational tools; it's a ticket to the carnival of futuristic thinking. The playful vibe here isn't just for show; it's about infusing a burst of creativity into the serious business of education. So, let's add some sparkles to the learning journey and make the Innovative Minds Academy the coolest clubhouse for shaping the future. Get ready to high-five yourself for being the secret sauce in this recipe for educational awesomeness!

Community Impact

Creating Jobs

Empowering Education

Connecting Community

Four seniors from Frankfort High School, namely Austin Wellman, Dawson Pearl, Thiago Pires, and Ella Luking, have embarked on a unique journey as interns at the Innovation Center under the guidance of Allen since August. While their primary focus has been on harnessing the power of 3D printing, their engagement with various facets of the center has been expansive. The initiative stemmed from their participation in dual credit courses at Somerset Community College, where they honed their skills in software crucial for 3D modeling. Arlene Crabtree, their teacher, recognized the symbiotic potential between the students' aspirations and the Innovation Center's resources, particularly in 3D printing, which their school lacked due to budget constraints.

Allen, acknowledging the financial limitations schools often face in acquiring cutting-edge equipment, emphasized the center's commitment to staying abreast of technological advancements. Their endeavors culminated in the creation of an array of 3D models, ranging from iconic landmarks like the Capitol and Liberty Hall to intricate structures such as the Capital Plaza Tower. Notably, their rendition of the Capitol garnered acclaim, clinching the top spot in the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) competition. The collaborative effort behind this triumph showcased each student's specialization, from Pires' meticulous construction of the building's body to Wellman's attention to detail, Pearl's craftsmanship in rendering stairs and windows, and Luking's adeptness in documenting their creative process. Their dedication, evident in the approximately 300 hours invested in crafting the Capitol model, exemplifies the transformative potential of merging education with hands-on experiential learning.

Community Partners