Category Archives: Events & Activites

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

MakeTime For Kids – March 18 1pm-4pm

Hey Parents,

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)

As always, the event runs from 1pm – 4pm and is a $10 entry fee for each Adult/Child pair. Tickets can be purchased here – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/maketime-for-kids-march-18-tickets-32652982951

Please Share! We are a non-profit society and have a very limited promotional budget donated by our members and would greatly appreciate your help getting the word out.

3D Printing Workshop for Kids 12+, Saturday, March 11, 1pm-4pm

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.

Tickets and details at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3d-printing-workshop-for-kids-ages-12ish-tickets-32240030800
*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.

MakeTime For Kids – February 18

Nanaimo Parents,

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.

Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1826959154258645/

Purchase tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/maketime-for-kids-feb-18th-1pm-4pm-tickets-31516272018

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.