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Ray Pena

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just finished building a hydraulic square tube bending machine...works great! https://youtu.be/BIABRP8aqKA?list=PLjb5twhxLLcJDGCrweHBQJdIj_BFMjEUm
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Lisa Conrad

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My school has just started to make a Makerspace for our students. We would really like it ready for the 2016-2017 school year. So far, we have purchased several different robots, lego kits, and contraption kits. We also have iPads and computers for our students to use. What are other essentials we should have in our Makerspace?
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Get a laser cutter it is even more popular than the 3d printers at our school
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Michael Rosario

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Hi. I have helped start an educational maker space in our area in Macon, GA. I'm looking for a community to discuss ways to sustain our efforts and grow impact. Do you have any recommendations on forums to connect with other maker space operators? Is this an appropriate topic for this forum?
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From a young makers perspective, I've tried to encourage our workshops to serve the student and parents. In other words, if a student attends a paid workshop, parents are free to learn with their child. I love families learning together.
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Rob Perhamus

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Jason Clark

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Hey all, we're about to open a new maker space in the st louis metro area and have put together a door access system that uses members cell phones, a raspberry pi , wifi and slack. What is everyone else using for door access at their space? We have a good POC running that is working for our current membership, but if something better is out there we don't want to develop this further and reinvent the wheel.
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We ended up creating a system that uses a raspberry pi to control the door locks using python and a node app that talks to members phones via a members only wifi network. Identification is handled by the pi talking to the wireless access point in the space and auth is handled by a combination of wifi auth and application auth/device registration.
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Rob Perhamus

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Anyone near Claremont or Upland, looking for makerspace?
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Fred Bartels

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Some wind sculpture ideas that might make for fun summer projects. This one is on Thingiverse here. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1615046
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If graphene was used for the rotors a strong and super light turbine would work at almost any wind speed
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Fred Bartels

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Yes it's partly SketchUp marketing, but it's also a nice look at the collaborative creative making process. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VX2xXLYWaVY&feature=youtu.be
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Josh Rhodes

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10 people in the +Mobile Makerspace makes for a tight fit.
It was a fun night though.
We even gained some new members.
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Fred Bartels

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Working on irregular space frame designs. In the prototypes I'm using 3D printing to make the hubs. The #SketchUp  file is here: https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=81292a0a-2786-4eb5-88fe-57c283fe0105
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Fred Bartels

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Bringing Maker thinking to making homes. They're doing it in Sweden.
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Building a community for Educators and Makers working to inspire young people to make projects in art, craft, engineering, green design, math, music, science, technology, and more

Ray Pena

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Fred Bartels

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Looking for a challenging project that shows of the capabilities of a large format #CNC machine? Build a plywood dome. https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/social/model.html?id=65002467-a069-45bf-a5c8-6e89baa670d9
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Cool!
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Ray Pena

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no access to a "maker space" but i have my own little workshop.  a few ideas for those who are just starting out, especially for small spaces!
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Fred Bartels

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Micro Spinner. A simple and easy to make wind sculpture. On #Thingiverse  here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1619050
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Fred Bartels

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Amazing new product from Adafruit is going to make playing with electronics a lot more accessible. https://www.adafruit.com/products/3000
Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits Circuit Playground [Developer Edition] ID: 3000 - Would you like to learn electronics, with an all-in-one board that has sensors and LEDs built in? Circuit Playground is here - and it's the best way to practice programming on real hardware with no soldering or sewing required!Circuit Playground features an ATmega32u4 processor, just like our popular Flora. The
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Michael Fricano II

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MakerBot Makeathon 2016 for Educators!

+MakerBot is hosting several Makeathons in May and June this summer for educators, designers, tinkerers, and makers. Registration is only $50 and all of the proceeds go towards 3D printers for low-income students. They're also partnering with +Sphero, +OZOBOT, and +SOLIDWORKS!

#MakerEd   #Making   #MAKE  
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Josh Rhodes

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These are some pics from adding a vacuum system to our Ultimate Woodworking Workbench.

With this installed we are into final tweaks and fixes finally.
 
More Pics from building the vacuum system this week..

I made custom couplings based on the idea from +David Leard. He said he saw a video where someone used a heat gun to loosen up the PVC then made fittings with it. So I replicated that,

I would have 3d printed something probably (2 or 3 times most likely), but the +Mobile Makerspace makerbot is on the fritz right now.

The only remaining items needed for the vacuum system are to seal up the tablesaw and make a blast gate for the table saw.
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Dr. Diana Wehrell - Grabowski

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Video of snippets of a recent introduction to the Maker Movement workshop I conducted at the Cocoa Beach Public Library. Forty individuals attended the 2 hour workshop "Building Maker Mindsets and Culture Through Makerspaces". Very inspired to observe the individuals embrace the Maker Culture. Sure Brevard County will see more Makerspaces, Fab Labs, etc. in the near future with this group of motivated makers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X8VRFlb2c8
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Jen Legatt

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Do you want to learn more about MakerSpaces? Are you in the Minnesota area? Check out the ITEM Spring Conference, hosted in Hopkins, Minnesota.

The sessions span from MakerSpaces in Reader's Workshop, MakerSpace Morning Clubs, Designing biomedial devices in middle school science, and Flexible Use of Time and Space to Increase Student Engagement.  

Two other favorite session titles: Crap! I don’t know what I’m doing and I hope no one notices! and Skateboards, monkey bars and Mario: How kids prefer to learn, and how we can do it in schools

Register today to join us on April 30th, 2016 as we Reimagine Learning. 

https://sites.google.com/site/itemapril30/home 
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