Open House, Saturday, Oct. 1, 10am-2pm

Join us for an Open House at Makerspace Nanaimo on Saturday, October 1, 10am-2pm! We’ll be giving tours, showcasing member projects, offering hands on activities and having a BBQ! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone.

Makerspace Nanaimo is an open community lab: a blend of workshop, studio space, social hub and educational facility where members can share tools, resources and knowledge to build just about anything.

In the past year, Makerspace Nanaimo has moved from being a basic shared work space, to hosting numerous other groups & specialized workshops. Makerspace now offers training on soldering, telescope making, 3D printing, Arduino programming, and more. Makerspace offers a large meeting space with wifi and work tables for rent, which has been taken advantage of by groups such as Ladies Learning Code Central Vancouver Island, Nanaimo Astronomy Club, Small Talk, etc.

Our biggest challenge recently has been financing, as our organization is almost entirely member funded. Thanks to a great sponsorship / lease agreement with our landlord Enzo Reginato we have been able to offer this space with minimal outside funding, but ongoing growth of membership is still required to keep the space in operation.

Makerspace is a global movement, and the success of Makerspace Nanaimo has encouraged other Vancouver Island regions to start their own Makerspaces (as the Victoria space similarly encouraged our group.) We have provided support and feedback to these groups looking to start up in neighbouring cities, and hope to create a network on the island. We are also now launching Stemosity, a children’s program aimed at teaching STEM skills to 8 – 12 year olds. This program is just launching thanks to an initial grant from Coastal Community Credit Union, and we hope to offer the first classes this spring.

Since we opened our doors in 2014, we have gone from an initial 10 member leadership team, to a consistent membership base of 50+ monthly. General meetings are held every second Tuesday, and attendance is usually in the 20 – 30 person range, indicating a strong, involved member base. On any given day, you will likely find at least 4 – 10 Makers in the space actively working on projects. Weekends & events usually bring in a crowd!

CNC Router Fundraising

We are raising funds to purchase a 4′ x 4′ CNC router for the space!

We are offering a one-time perks package for our members. As a member, for $250, this prepays for the course at a value of $100 which will cover safe operation and use of the machine. The remainder is a credit of 150 minutes of spindle cutting time plus a 25% BONUS for funding backers. If you are wanting to join our members-only fundraising package, follow the PayPal link below:

MEMBERS-ONLY, $250
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G532JXBTB8UN2

To make a general donation to our CNC fund, go to:
NON-MEMBERS, any amount
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=HB58LB7DHAE4A

If there was ever a time to join Makerspace Nanaimo, now is it. CNC machines are incredible pieces of equipment and we are excited to see the variety of projects that everyone wants to make using it! Check out #cncrouter on Instagram for project examples: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/cncrouter/

3D Printing Workshop for Kids 12+, Saturday, Sept 17, 1pm-4pm

MAKERSPACE NANAIMO is offering a very comprehensive and hands-on 3D Printing Workshop for Kids 12+ on Saturday, Sept 17, 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 will be between 2-3 hours long and is limited to 6 kids to ensure everything is 100% hands-on. Hurry now before it fills up!

Tickets and details at:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/3d-printing-workshop-for-kids-ages-12ish-tickets-26974752210?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

*If you have a younger child and believe they are capable of understanding and participating in the workshop, we are flexible and trying to be inclusive. Contact us if you are unsure.

Board Games Day! Saturday, August 13, 10:30am-8:00pm

We’re hosting a drop-in board games day on Saturday, August 13 from 10:30am to 8:00pm. Everyone is welcome. We’ll be bringing a few weightier games, but also a selection of lighter 2-4 player games.

We’ll have a pot-luck for anyone staying through to the dinner hour and helping tidy up after.

For non-member drop-ins, there is a suggested $5 donation (we’re non-profit and all money goes into running and improving the space).

https://www.facebook.com/events/1423518294332442/

3D Printing Workshop for Kids 12+, Saturday, July 23rd, 1pm-4pm

MAKERSPACE NANAIMO is offering a very comprehensive and hands-on 3D Printing Workshop for Kids 12+ on Saturday, July 23rd, 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 will be between 2-3 hours long and is limited to 6 kids to ensure everything is 100% hands-on. Hurry now before it fills up!

Tickets and details at:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/3d-printing-workshop-for-kids-ages-12-tickets-26598645264?aff=efbevent

*If you have a younger child and believe they are capable of understanding and participating in the workshop, we are flexible and trying to be inclusive. Contact us if you are unsure.

Father’s Day Workshop

Workshop Format:

Bring a special child in your life to this workshop and enjoy a fun day of learning and play in celebration of Father’s Day! Presented by Girl’s Learning Code in Partnership with Makerspace Nanaimo.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a two part program. Join us for the morning only (10:00 – 12:00), afternoon only (12:30 – 2:30) or the entire day!

 

Morning Session

10AM to 12PM: Game Design with Scratch – Bring Your Own Laptop

This experience offers kids the opportunity to dip their toes into the world of game design! Brainstorm modern day game ideas with others in a super fun environment, learn basic design principles, character interaction techniques, and audio integration. Using Scratch, a beginner level programming environment that encourages mathematical and computational skills, your imagination will come to life in a new and digitally engaging form.

 

Afternoon Session

12:30PM to 2:30PM: Hands-On with Dot & Dash and Snap Circuits – Bring Your Own Mobile Device (Android or iPhone / iPad)

Ever wanted a robot to clean your room? In this session, we’ll be programming robots to respond to voice, navigate objects, dance, sing and even communicate with other robots! Using innovative tools Dash & Dot and Snap Circuits, kids & parents will learn about robotics, circuitry, and other tactile technical concepts that they can explore through educational play. Concepts taught will include basic circuit functions including motors, power sources, and switches, and basic robotic programming such as movement, conditional logic, loops, and interaction.

*LEARNERS CAN REGISTER FOR ONE SESSION, OR BOTH!

 

Requirements:

This workshop is BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP in the morning, and BRING YOUR OWN HANDHELD DEVICE in the afternoon, so each parent or guardian/youth pair is required to bring one laptop (for morning session) and one smart phone or tablet (for afternoon session) on the day of the workshop, as well as their own food. Any Android or iOS device can be used for a handheld device. If you are only attending one session, you will only need the hardware required for that portion of the day.

Need a loaner? Other Questions? Contact nanaimo@ladieslearningcode.com and we will do our best to get you a laptop or handheld device to use for this workshop.

 

Who Is This Workshop For?

This is a beginner level workshop for children 7-11 years old and their parent / guardian / relative / older sibling.   

While Girls Learning Code is focused on welcoming & encouraging Girls in STEM, boys & men are welcome to attend! No prior programming experience or technical knowledge is required beyond knowledge of basic computer operation. All programming is done in your web browser or in a mobile app!