Huntington resident joins RCBI as Maker Vault/STEM coordinator

March 12, 2018

The Maker Vault, the public makerspace at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) in Huntington, has a new director and is expanding hours of operation.

Deacon Stone of Huntington joined RCBI in February as full-time Maker Vault/STEM coordinator. In this new position, Stone oversees the makerspace, leads RCBI’s extensive STEM outreach programs – including its popular series of 3D printing, robotics and coding camps – and promotes educational and hands-on making opportunities that RCBI provides the community.

“We’re excited to have Deacon join our team,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI director & CEO. “His energy and enthusiasm, combined with his knowledge and creativity make him the perfect person to take our makerspace to the next level.”

Stone also will lead RCBI’s monthly Raspberry Pi User Group and coordinate RCBI’s annual West Virginia Makes Festival, a statewide celebration of creativity and ingenuity now in its fifth year.

“I look forward to expanding opportunities for makers of all ages and types, from K-12 students to retirees and from budding entrepreneurs to weekend hobbyists,” Stone said. “RCBI offers the technology, training and equipment needed to reach your making potential.”

A native of South Point, Ohio, Stone earned a bachelor’s degree of fine arts from Marshall University and a master’s of fine arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He most recently served as marketing and outreach director for Solar Holler. From 2014-2017, Stone worked for Coalfield Development Corporation as project director for West Edge Factory and enterprise president for Rediscover Appalachia.

Beginning Tuesday, March 13, RCBI will make the Maker Vault more accessible to the public by extending hours to include evenings and weekends. Hours of operation will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

To learn more about the opportunities and technology available in the Maker Vault or to arrange a free tour, contact Stone at 304.781.1659 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .