Category Archives: Events & Activites

Posts listing or providing updates on makerspace activities such as work parties, workshops, get-togethers, or meetings

3D Printing Workshop for Kids 12+, Saturday, Jan 21, 1pm-4pm

MAKERSPACE NANAIMO is offering a very comprehensive and hands-on 3D Printing Workshop for Kids 12+ on Saturday, Jan 21, 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:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/3d-printing-workshop-for-kids-ages-12ish-tickets-29396046366
*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.

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:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/3d-printing-workshop-for-kids-ages-12ish-tickets-28949783582?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.

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:

http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.team&teamID=28648

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.

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!

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.