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

MAKERSPACE NANAIMO is offering a very comprehensive and hands-on 3D Printing Workshop for Kids 12+ on Saturday, Nov 12, 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!

Tickets and details at:

*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.

Extra Life – Gaming Marathon, Nov. 4-6

November 4-6, Makerspace Nanaimo is proud to be hosting a weekend of gaming in conjunction with Extra Life ( http://www.extra-life.org/ ) to help raise funds for cancer treatment and research, benefitting BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $22 million for local CMN Hospitals.

We’ll be starting with our regularly scheduled Board Game Night from 7-11pm Friday, and then run from 10am-10pm Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday with table space for board games, laptops, and a Wii U hooked up to the projector.

There will be a live stream ( https://www.twitch.tv/tracefunc ) the room at large, plus potentially whatever video we can pass through to the projector. Most importantly, there will be a donation tracker on the stream, updated as the day goes by.

The space will be open for all drop ins who want to come by and join us (or just provide some moral support), but I also encourage any members who plan to be present for a majority of the time to consider signing up and joining our team:


For extra information, there’s a planning thread ( https://forums.makerspacenanaimo.org/viewtopic.php?id=380 ) on our forums, you don’t need to be a Makerspace member to register an account and join the conversation.

MakeTime For Kids

On October 22 between 1 – 4 PM, we will be holding our first MakeTime event for the Nanaimo community, an event that we will be holding monthly.

MakeTime is a children’s drop in event, geared towards ages 8 -14, with a focus on developing self-education skills. MakeTime’s focus is to provide a space for kids to “learn to learn,” with a variety of stimulating projects which will encourage each child to discover their own interests, and develop their own methods of diving into those interests.

During the three hours, we will be breaking the space into sections to provide a variety of open-ended learning environments. A section leader will be provided within each section, and each child is to be accompanied by an adult mentor to help guide them. Learning experiences will include basic woodworking, electrical circuit building and design, 3D printing, and a variety of STEM-based kits will be available to build and experiment with. A $10 entrance fee (free for Members), will provide one child and adult pair access to the space for the event.

Makerspace has been attempting to create child focused programming since we opened in December 2013. After a great deal of deliberation throughout our leadership team and member base, we have decided to create a program that stayed true to what we are: an environment that encourages collaboration and innovation based on our own personal interests and ideas.

Makerspace has acquired enough materials and educational kits to initiate the first few MakeTime events. In order to continue offering a dynamic variety of educational experiences, we are still looking for donations both monetary and in-kind. Any donation of STEM learning kits, LEGO, VEX, Meccano, or any other modular building platform (used or new) would also be appreciated. As a Makerspace we are always looking for tools as well.

Thanks for taking the time to learn about our new community initiative. Also please consider a cash donation as cash provides the ability to ensure we are facilitating innovation with appropriate tools.