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, 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:

*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.

General Meeting & Schedule Changes

Tuesday next week (January 26) at 7PM is our monthly General Meeting. On the agenda is:

  • STEMosity update
  • AGM is coming up soon
  • Open House for anniversary
  • Kids Conference followup
  • Corporate Sponsors

Please come out and get involved!
Please note, we have adjusted our monthly schedule slightly.

2nd Tuesday of the month – Potluck Social: eat food, meet people, think of ideas for the space
4th Tuesday of the month – General Meeting: discuss and vote on action items

Our calendar has been updated with these changes:

Soldering Workshop – Saturday, Nov. 21, 1pm

Makerspace Nanaimo will be hosting a level 1 soldering workshop on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1pm.

In this workshop we will be learning how to solder a blinky light. This will include identifying each of the components, locating where they go on the circuit board, and soldering them in place. The circuit uses a capacitor, LED light, resistor, transistors and battery pack.
We also go over how to clean your soldering iron tip, the safety of soldering and stripping wires.
Makerspace Nanaimo will provide all of the tools, equipment, and kits.

The workshop will cost: (all proceeds go towards further development of Makerspace Nanaimo and workshops just like this one!)
Non-Members – $20.00
Members – $15.00
We accept cheque, cash and credit card – sorry no debit

**Space is limited due to the amount of soldering irons, so be sure to sign up early by emailing SOLDERING@MAKERSPACENANAIMO.ORG

Sponsored by BC Robotics

Raspberry Pi Media Center Workshop – Wed, Oct. 21 6:30pm

We will be covering the entire process of setting up a Raspberry Pi for use as a Media Center including installing the software, configuring the system, plugging it in, and how to use it once set up.

Not sure what a Raspberry Pi Media Center is? It is a device that can stream HD movies, music and pictures to your television.

Makerspace Nanaimo will provide the monitors and internet access for setup. Please bring your Raspberry Pi Media Center kit or if you require a kit, the cost will be $95.00 plus the workshop. Bringing a laptop is recommended but not required.

The workshop will cost:
Non-Members – $20.00
Members – $15.00

We accept cash and all major credit cards (all proceeds go towards further development of Makerspace Nanaimo)

Vancouver Island Camp Smalltalk – Nov. 6-8

If you are interested in ScratchOnPI, combining your Smalltalk project with any other peripheral device, trying a different Smalltalk out or just chatting and meeting old and new friends, this should be the perfect weekend to do so. Smalltalk is an object-oriented, dynamically typed, reflective programming language. Makerspace Nanaimo is hosting Camp Smalltalk!

Signup @

– from Friday, Nov. 6th 12pm to Sunday, Nov. 8th open ended
– bring your Smalltalk and/or ScratchOnPi project!

If you have any questions regarding travel arrangements or accommodations, please contact Tim and Sebastian at

Level 2 Soldering Workshop

Notice: This post originally stated 2pm in error; the correct time is 1pm

Our level one soldering workshops have been quite popular and we’ve had some great feedback, and now it’s time to announce our level 2 soldering workshop!  In this workshop, participants will assemble and solder a Conway’s Game of Life kit, which includes soldering an Integrated Circuit, 16 LEDs and resistors, and more!

This workshop will take place on October 17th, 2015 at 1 PM.  Spaces are limited and you are strongly urged to sign up now if you’re interested!  The cost for this workshop will be $20 for Makerspace members, and $25 for the general public.  Please email to reserve your spot.

Can’t make this workshop?  Keep your eyes peeled!  This workshop and others will be offered again in future!

Soldering Workshop

Have you ever wanted to learn to solder?  You’ll get your chance!  Makerspace Nanaimo will be hosting a soldering workshop on September 26th, starting at 1pm, with a second workshop at 3pm.  Slots may be limited, so be sure to sign up early by emailing!  Admission is free but you will need to purchase a kit to be able to participate.  All necessary tools and equipment will be provided, however you are more than welcome to bring your own.  Kits are $10 for Makerspace members and $15 for everyone else.

Can’t make this workshop?  Keep your eyes peeled!  This workshop will be offered again in future.