MAKERSPACE NANAIMO is offering a very comprehensive and hands-on 3D Printing Workshop for Kids 12+(ish)* on Saturday, May 27, from 1pm to 4pm. They will be learning how to design, prepare, and print a 3D-printed part that they can take home and take ownership of the entire process. The workshop is 3 hours long and is limited to 6 kids to ensure everything is 100% hands-on. Hurry now before it fills up! This can qualify as Homeschool credit as well.
On May 20th between 1 – 4 PM, we will be holding our MakeTime event for the Nanaimo community, an event that we are holding monthly. This will be our May Flower edition and we have two band new sections for the kids to enjoy. One really fasinating craft that will be provided by a local artisian (Ozzy) and we are breaking out the magnetic experiments for all to try out. Continue reading MakeTime For Kids – May 20 1pm-4pm→
MAKERSPACE NANAIMO is offering a very comprehensive and hands-on 3D Printing Workshop for Kids 12+(ish)* on Saturday, April 22, from 1pm to 4pm. They will be learning how to design, prepare, and print a 3D-printed part that they can take home and take ownership of the entire process. The workshop is 3 hours long and is limited to 6 kids to ensure everything is 100% hands-on. Hurry now before it fills up! This can qualify as Homeschool credit as well.
For those unaware, at Nanaimo Makerspace, our network is powered by pfSense – a free and open source enterprise grade firewall and router by Netgate. We currently have an older version (2.1 nanobsd 1g) installed on an older power hungry server.
Netgate has just donated an SG-1000 to the Nanaimo Makerspace. The donation packs a lot of punch compared to our existing hardware. It is significantly more power efficient (just 2.5W at idle!), more powerful, capable and will be supported by future versions of pfSense!
We are excited to replace our old hardware and expect to see a noticeable change in our hydro bill. We are also excited to use pfSense 2.4 and the new features that come with it to continue to secure our network and provide internet to our members & guests.
We want to send out a very big “Thank You” to the Netgate & pfSense team for supporting us!
We are doing it again! On March 18th MakerSpace Nanaimo will be holding its monthly MakeTime for Kids Event. Check out our photo albums for lots of pictures of our past events.
We run this events in collaboratively with Sarah Bromley from Kids Learning code. This month we have Aaron Halsall and Henry Zhang, two biology students for VIU joining us. These two will be bringing in two different type of microscopes, some pond and soil samples and be introducing any kid interested to the world of microscopy.
On top of the Microscopy Section, we will have sections on: Vex Assembly, Basic electronics with Snap Circuits, 3D printing demonstrations and an introduction to our 3D printing workshops, Basic Robotics Programming with Dash and Dot, Introduction to Scratch Programming, and of course our classic wood working project ( Project to be determined. Note: Due to material costs and pre-fabricating packages for assembly we charge an addition $10 for these take home projects)
Pi Day is coming – March 14th. Time for a Raspberry Jam at Makerspace Nanaimo!
A Raspberry Jam is:
• A chance to learn about the Raspberry Pi computers.
• An opportunity to share what you’ve been doing with a Pi and find out what other enthusiasts have been doing with Pi’s.
Some of us at Makerspace are also interested in the tiny ESP8266 series boards, so there’ll be some of those around as well. And of course you can get a tour of the space while you’re here!
Come to MakerSpace Nanaimo on Tuesday March 14th to join in the fun. We’ll be starting around 6pm but there will be people on hand from mid-afternoon onwards.
There will be demos, discussions, explanations, a variety of Pi’s set up to try out and add-on boards that let you do, well, pretty much anything you can imagine. BC Robotics will be set up to sell you an assortment of Pi bits if you need any.
It’s free – though we’d appreciate a donation towards the cost of Pi-zaa and Pie, it’s going to be fun, and everyone is welcome.
Take a look at http://www.raspberrypi.org/ to learn about this amazing little machine.
Visit http://makerspacenanaimo.org/ for latest details of the event.
MAKERSPACE NANAIMO is offering a very comprehensive and hands-on 3D Printing Workshop for Kids 12+ on Saturday, March 11, from 1pm to 4pm. They will be learning how to design, prepare, and print a 3D-printed part that they can take home and take ownership of the entire process. The workshop is 3 hours long and is limited to 6 kids to ensure everything is 100% hands-on. Hurry now before it fills up! This can qualify as Homeschool credit as well.
Well another MakeTime event has come and gone. It is my pleasure to announce that this was our best one yet. With volunteers, we had over 100 people participating.
Thank you to all that helped make this happen and for supporting our Maker community. Thank you for the time many of you have poured into these events and for your commitment to continue pouring time into future ones. As wonderful as the numbers are, the real success was all the happy and engaged faces that filled the space. Better yet, those face included all generations.
These events are geared towards the kids but it always amazes me how much the parents and even the volunteers take from these experiences. Yesterday was no exception.
Here are some pictures that I took and that others have sent to me. Sarah and I couldn’t be happier to be surrounded by so many people that want to make this happen. It is a true pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful community.
MakerSpace Leadership Team
Makerspace Nanaimo will be holding our next monthly MakeTime For Kids event February 18th between 1pm – 4pm.
Our members have gotten together and are coordinating a monthly children’s event which is called “Maketime For Kids” (ages 5-14). We hold these events on the third Saturday of every month. The drop in fee is $10 per adult-kid pair (free for members), and we provide up to six STEM based activities for kids to experiment, build, learn, and play.
We are a Makerspace, which by definition is a community workshop. We provide a space and the tools for our membership to create and innovate. Members pay $40/month to be a part of our society and are given the ability to access the space 24/7. Our society is 95% funded solely by our member base. We have no paid staff and everyone that helps out does so on a volunteer basis. (There are some rare exceptions for select specialized workshops.)
If you would like to see these events continue and for us to expand what we provide to the community, please share our posts and/or consider becoming a member or volunteering. One of the feedback points that we get regularly is that people didn’t know we are doing this. We do not have a promotional budget and any promotions you see have been donated by one of our members. So please send this to someone who would be interested, share in your PAC/parent groups, or share on your wall!
Our greatest strength is drawn from an involved community. So come and join us and share our passion in creation and innovation.