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A gentle reminder that we will have a visit from public library directors from around the State of Florida next Wednesday.  We should have about 25 - 30 extra people in the space that evening.  They will be coming on a trolley so parking shouldn't be a problem.  Richard's law firm is sponsoring snacks/beverages for the group.  We'll do a short welcome and introduction to the space at 6PM.  After that they will wander, look at equipment and projects and talk to folks.  

As you know, public libraries are very interested in the maker movement and are looking for ways to integrate with local maker spaces or, in some cases, build their own.  This kind of event is part of our education mission.

We'll need lots-o-explainers in the space and some interesting projects if available. 
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Alan from Freeside, Atlanta's non-profit makerspace, visited Making Awesome last Sunday and spent some time talking with Brad and Dave. He wrote up his visit in the Freeside blog
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http://spaceappschallenge.org/project/earthtiles/
OpenTiles is a slippy map service developed at the NASA Space Apps Challenge hosted in our makerspace and selected as one of the winners
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We had a great crowd show up this evening. There where probably about six different projects going on throughout the afternoon.
TCC was amazing enough to donate a bunch of laptops. They are Dell Latitude D620s. They came with base stations and a bunch of mice and keyboards. Shortly we should have Ubuntu 13.04 installed on most of them with a few reserved to run other flavors of Linux. Most do not have hard drives so if you have some laptop HDs to spare please drop them off.
 
Tonight's round up of awesome makers at our weekly open house.
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[My apology if this is a double post for you]

NASA International Space Apps Challenge Comes to Tallahassee!

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
Making Awesome is the Tallahassee site for the 2013 NASA International Space Apps Challenge. The challenge takes place April 20th and 21st, 2013. Watch this page for updated information on the event.

REGISTRATION
To register, go to http://spaceappschallenge.org/location/tallahassee/ and click on "Register Now". Registration is free but spaces are limited.

CHALLENGES 
NASA has published a list of 50 challenges at http://spaceappschallenge.org/challenges/. There is something for everyone.

JUDGING
On Sunday evening, April 21st, the Tallahassee entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The two top projects choosen by the judges will go on to an international competition.

We're delighted to announce that our judges will include Dr. Greg Boebinger, the Director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Dr. Gordon Erlebacher from the FSU Department of Scientific Computing and formerly, a research scientist at NASA Langley.

SPONSORS
The Tallahassee site has a growing list of generous sponsors who are helping make the event even more awesome.

Visit Tallahassee is providing swag bags for the registrants.

Adafruit Industires, who already offer a 10% discount to Making Awesome mebers, have offered to provide a Raspberry Pi as one of our grand prizes. In addition, the first thirty people to register and participate on-site will receive a totally awesome Adafruit sklll badge.

LOCATION

Making Awesome is located at 119 Century Park Drive in Tallahassee. We're off Pensacola Street adjacent to Tallahassee Community College. 
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3D printer demonstration.
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In tonight's programming class we are going to cover Object Oriented Programming. If you have ever tried to learn OOP and found it frustrating drop on by and see if we can get you up to speed.
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http://spaceappschallenge.org/project/launchpad-moon/
Launchpad Moon is a game developed at the NASA Space Apps challenge hosted in our makerspace and selected as one of the winners.
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Read the article in the Tallahassee Democrat about our humble little space.
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 Today is the first anniversary of Making Awesome achieving it's corporate personhood.  Please join us in the space this evening for cake and awesomeness or join us virtually on a Google Hangout-on-the-air.  Details will be posted later for the hangout.
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For those not in the know, Noisebridge is legendary in the world of hackerspaces. Support them if you can.
 
Holy crap everyone! Noisebridge is having money problems and might have to shut down in July! WAIT THAT IS ME, NOISEBRIDGE.

Click on the overly explanatory link below to find out how you can save it/me!

http://nburl.net/savenoisebridge
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A MakerSpace for Tallahassee
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Making Awesome is the name of Tallahassee's first Maker Space, a community of people who share tools, talents and materials to make real things that they couldn't make with their own individual resources. Common projects at other maker spaces include electronics, robotics, 3D printing, fabrics crafting, metal working, and just about every combination thereof.

Our mission is to provide a space for collaboration, learning and doing. We believe that sharing our skills is just as important as sharing our tools. Making Awesome is dedicated to teaching anyone who wants to learn how to make anything. If we don't know how, we'll be happy to learn along with you.