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Netgate & pfSense Donation

For those unaware, at Nanaimo Makerspace, our network is powered by pfSense – a free and open source enterprise grade firewall and router by Netgate. We currently have an older version (2.1 nanobsd 1g) installed on an older power hungry server.

Netgate has just donated an SG-1000 to the Nanaimo Makerspace.  The donation packs a lot of punch compared to our existing hardware. It is significantly more power efficient (just 2.5W at idle!), more powerful, capable and will be supported by future versions of pfSense!

We are excited to replace our old hardware and expect to see a noticeable change in our hydro bill. We are also excited to use pfSense 2.4 and the new features that come with it to continue to secure our network and provide internet to our members & guests.

We want to send out a very big “Thank You” to the Netgate & pfSense team for supporting us!

pfSense

PI Day is Here! Join Us for Our Raspberry Jam Night

Pi Day is coming – March 14th. Time for a Raspberry Jam at Makerspace Nanaimo!
A Raspberry Jam is:
• A chance to learn about the Raspberry Pi computers.
• An opportunity to share what you’ve been doing with a Pi and find out what other enthusiasts have been doing with Pi’s.
Some of us at Makerspace are also interested in the tiny ESP8266 series boards, so there’ll be some of those around as well. And of course you can get a tour of the space while you’re here!
Come to MakerSpace Nanaimo on Tuesday March 14th to join in the fun. We’ll be starting around 6pm but there will be people on hand from mid-afternoon onwards.
There will be demos, discussions, explanations, a variety of Pi’s set up to try out and add-on boards that let you do, well, pretty much anything you can imagine. BC Robotics will be set up to sell you an assortment of Pi bits if you need any.
It’s free – though we’d appreciate a donation towards the cost of Pi-zaa and Pie, it’s going to be fun, and everyone is welcome.
Take a look at http://www.raspberrypi.org/ to learn about this amazing little machine.
Visit http://makerspacenanaimo.org/ for latest details of the event.

MakeTime For Kids – February

Hey Makers and Supporters,

Well another MakeTime event has come and gone. It is my pleasure to announce that this was our best one yet. With volunteers, we had over 100 people participating.

Thank you to all that helped make this happen and for supporting our Maker community. Thank you for the time many of you have poured into these events and for your commitment to continue pouring time into future ones. As wonderful as the numbers are, the real success was all the happy and engaged faces that filled the space. Better yet, those face included all generations.

These events are geared towards the kids but it always amazes me how much the parents and even the volunteers take from these experiences. Yesterday was no exception.

Here are some pictures that I took and that others have sent to me. Sarah and I couldn’t be happier to be surrounded by so many people that want to make this happen. It is a true pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful community.

Sincerely,
Clayton Bromley
MakerSpace Leadership Team

MakeTime For Kids

On December 17, 2016 between 1 – 4 PM, we will be holding our second MakeTime event for the Nanaimo community, an event that we are holding monthly.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/maketime-for-kids-tickets-29926985419

MakeTime is a children’s drop in event, geared towards ages 6 -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 guardian to help guide them (One adult is madatory for each child). 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 programing 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.

A big thank you to our current donors. Specifically Coastal Community Credit Union and RB Engineering. As well as Makespace Nanaimo sponsors BC Robotics, Canem Systems, Fastenal, Inuktun, Thinkbox Manufacturing, and VMAC.

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.

Ladies Learning Code Volunteer Appreciation & 2017 Planning Party

Join Ladies Learning Code Saturday from 6-9pm at the space. The LLC team will be celebrating their successes in 2016, enjoying a few beverages, and planning workshops for 2017. Join them if you fancy a free beer and some snacks!

Register Here!
Join the Facebook Event

Check out this infographic of some of their stats from 2016 in the meantime: https://infograph.venngage.com/p/186041/2017-llc-infos

MakeTime For Kids

On November 19, 2016 between 1 – 4 PM, we will be holding our second MakeTime event for the Nanaimo community, an event that we are holding monthly.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/maketime-for-kids-tickets-29407844655

MakeTime is a children’s drop in event, geared towards ages 6 -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 guardian to help guide them (One adult is madatory for each child). 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 programing 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.

A big thank you to our current donors. Specifically Coastal Community Credit Union and RB Engineering. As well as Makespace Nanaimo sponsors BC Robotics, Canem Systems, Fastenal, Inuktun, Thinkbox Manufacturing, and VMAC.

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.

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!

Tozan Society Meeting

Come to MakerSpace and learn about the Tozan kiln and wood fired pottery made here in Nanaimo!

The Tozan Cultural Society is holding a show-and-tell on March 19th at MakerSpace Nanaimo. The display will be open from 6-9 PM, and representatives from the Tozan Cultural Society will be on hand to talk about the wood firing process, the world famous Tozan kiln, and the pottery on display. We’ll also have a slideshow showing some of the fascinating history of the Tozan kiln. Everyone welcome!

Snacks and refreshments provided!

Potluck March 8th

Hi all,

Next week on Tuesday is our monthly Potluck.  Bring some food, and come on out to meet other members and enjoy a meal with friends.  All members are invited, and are welcome to invite their friends and family!

The potluck is at 6 PM on Tuesday, March 8th