Our makerspace is all about sharing, collaborating and learning. We’ve held a few classes and workshops and the plan is to have many more of these. I was perusing another makerspace’s site and got inspired to highlight some of the classes other spaces have held or will be holding.
So my question to you is, what will you teach us? By collaborating we strengthen each other, we all have something we can learn or teach. All of our members are encouraged to Plan, Schedule, Teach, Volunteer and Attend classes.
Get involved, teach us what you know.
Here’s a few examples of what we could do..
We’re gonna work to get events created for February soon.
The rundown is something like.
2/15/14 – We are going to drive to Malbis and meetup with the guys from ECCM (around early afternoon)
2/18/14 – Planning meeting in the evening
2/22/14 – Not locked in yet but possibly an open outdoor build day, bring a project
We are also working on promotional materials for the Teen Tech Extravaganza with the library. We are looking at doing small posters (letter page size) and bookmarks.
We need projects to show the public in the event in March, something that moves or blinks or beeps, something with interaction and results.
There will be more about that later.
Ben asked today (ben’s post) if we have considered using Kickstarter to gain some funding. So this evening I searched for spaces who have run kickstarter campaigns. This search yielded some very positive results..
Here’s some of what I found:
Raised $34,000 of $15,000 Goal
by NYC resistor
Raised $3,000 of $2,000 Goal
Raised $5,000 or $3,000 Goal
Raised $12,000 of $10,000 goal
Raised $37,000 of a $35,000 goal.
(Hackerscouts looks like an amazingly fun program!)
These are success stories. Can we do something like this in Mobile? If we run a kickstarter would it get word of our organization out to the right backers?
Our next general meeting will be next Saturday on September 7th. This is open to everyone, so if you haven’t made a meeting in the past, now is the perfect time to meet everyone and get involved! Rick has secured a new meeting area in Shelby Hall on the campus of the University of South Alabama. This is another great step towards collaboration between our group and the university.
The first topic of discussion will be about our first Build Day. Build Days are centered around a specific project that we will all build together. For our first build day we will be creating a vacuum former. Have you ever wanted to make your own stormtrooper or Iron Man outfit? Well now you can! At the meeting on the 7th we will be deciding on a plan and assigning project responsibilities. If you are interested in this awesome project, you will definitely want to be there!
The next topic we will be going over our goals over the next 6 months, year, and two year marks. Fundraising ideas and what we want to do with those funds will also be discussed. We also want to hear from our members! What do you want and expect from the group? What other types of workshops would you like to see?