Institute for Exploratory Research

Institute for Exploratory Research (IXR) is hackerspace in central NJ hosted at InfoAge Science Center in Wall Twp. (formally Camp Evans Signal Lab).

Institute for Exploratory Research (named after a group that historically operated at Camp Evans) is a new makerspace at the Jersey Shore, located at InfoAge Science and History Learning Center in Wall, NJ.  They are an open collective of technology hobbyists, geeks, artists, and other creative types who come together to share tools, resources, knowledge, and ideas.  IXR’s mission is to help lower the barriers to invention, creativity, and innovation - by providing access to resources, equipment, and community - that an individual maker may not have otherwise.

XR's technology lab is a 720 sq. ft. facility that is furnished with workbenches, tables, stools and chairs.  There a 2 fully equipped soldering stations, a computer workstation, internet and Wi-Fi access, a pair of 50mHz oscilloscopes, a drill press and various power tools.   They plan to add a circuit board etching station, surface mount station, and additional computers and test equipment.

A regular offering is IXR's Soldering Sundays! Most Sundays, 1-5pm, they have Learn to Solder workshops.  Come in, pick up a kit, and learn this easy and useful skill!  Kits are $7 and take 30-45 minutes to complete.  Recommended ages 8-adult.  Open to the public.

IXR is located at 2201 Marconi Road, Wall, NJ.  Visit the website at to find out more info, and join the mailing list at

Also see the Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists (MARCH) website.

What are Makerspaces?

Makerspaces (also known as Hackerspaces, Creative Spaces, Fab Labs, Makelabs and in California - Makerhoods), according to Wikipedia,  are open community labs where members with common interests (e.g., engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, etc.) gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices.  Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:

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