Amazing things are happening at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace! A few highlights:
- Several people have signed up for the class, "Stone Cutting with Frank Shopen". This is a very limited enrollment class, but as of today we have a few slots left, with 25 percent discount for Lawrence Creates Makerspace members. If you want to learn a new skill from an amazing sculptor, sign up today at http://tinyurl.com/kfv56du
- On October 5, we are teaming with the Lawrence Public Library to host Star Wars Reads Day! They have asked us to help design some activities, and provide support for the event. Would you like to help create a Wampa with removable arm, some of the other projects they have in mind, or create other Star Wars related art or makerfaire type activities? If so, post here! For more information on the event, scroll to the end of the page!
- Greg Thompson, with programming contributions from Brad Levy, has made great progress building the proof of concept for our RFID access control system. During testing, Greg made the short video linked below showing an RFID keyfob triggering the lock to open. http://youtu.be/8rn_u-Mibu4
- A team of our technical folks, led by Greg, has begun planning for a Hack Lab (aka Hackerspace) within our Makerspace. The team developed a list of tool requirements, and we will find them a physical location. Would you like to be part of that team? If so, post here, or contact Greg!
- Richard Kershenbaum is setting up a camera system to add a layer of security on top of our access control system.
- A bunch of wonderful facility improvements are in the works. A garage door is on order to replace the wood portion of the front of our building with an insulated bay door. And our wood shop team will be happy to know that badly needed improvements to the wood shop are going to happen very soon!
- Joe Anderson, Frank Shopen and others are working together to develop safety and other rules for the wood shop.
- Several people have taken on management roles in the Makerspace, and will join Tim Middleton, Operations Manager, in running the Makerspace. We’ll get more details out on that soon!
From the Lawrence Public Library, more details on Star Wars Read Day:
Star Wars Reads Day
Sat, October 5, 2:00-3:30 PM
At Lawrence Creates, 512 E. 9th Street (9th & NJ)
Lawrence Public Library is teaming up with the new makerspace in town, Lawrence Creates, for the 2nd annual Star Wars Reads Day. We'll start the day off with a Wookiee yelling contest followed by crafts, games, a special appearance by R2D2 and much more! Prizes will be awarded for the best Wookiee yells. Costumes are highly encouraged!
These are the four events that we would love for you to choose one of to do:
Create a lifesize Jabba the Hutt for a frog bean bag toss.
We were considering using a tarp to make Jabba, but we're open to more creative ideas
Magnetic Force Be With You
Using magnets taped to plastic cups, see if you can get a chain of paper clips to move the cup. What if you put some sort of barrier between the magnet and paper clips? This is our science part of the day, but if anyone in your gang has a better magnet/force idea and would like to implement that, we'd love to have them!
We were planning on creating a corral with cardboard and filling it with recycled paper and cardboard and calling it our trash compactor. We'd love more ideas or anyone to take on this task if they wish.
This one we are not doing, but we think it would be great if someone on your team would like to take up. Another library had created a life-sized wampa with a detachable arm. Event goers were encouraged to cut the arm off with a light saber. Once that young jedi was done, the arm could be put back on and ready to be cut off again. We're not sure how to go about creating a life-sized wampa. We hope someone would love to do this project.