Last year we the Children’s Discovery Museum’s education coordinator (Bethany Thomas) invited us to do a workshop with their Maker Camp. This year we were invited back to have more maker related fun with the wonderful kids at the Unity Community Center. Seven of our Makerspace Urbana volunteers were able to attend and we set up 3 different maker activity stations for the kids. One station was our classic soldering workshop!
Another was Led/Throwy/Origami.
The new workshop station we were able to provide this time was sewing custom plush dolls! Huge thanks to Judy Lee from the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab for helping teach and put this workshop station together.
Thanks to the all the awesome kids who made this event a memorable one for all of us.
Full photo album here.Read More
Makerspace Urbana is super excited to be invited back to the Art @ the Market booth this summer! While we encountered a semi-tropical storm last weekend:
we will not be stopped!
Visit us this Saturday, July 19, 8am-noon at the Urbana Farmer’s Market; we’ll be right up front.
The t-shirts beckon:
Did I mention this is a free workshop?Read More
Stay tuned for information on Summer Make-a-Tion 2014 and the (newly named) Heartland Maker Fest. Make-a-Tion will start at the end of July and workshops will be held every other Saturday from 10-12 and 1-3. Heartland Maker Fest will be on Saturday, October 18 at the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana.Read More
Click through to watch the tutorial. The short version is: switch on the power strip, open pronterface, hit connect, hit “Set” temp on the bed and the nozzle, and then open Cura, open your STL, choose your raft and support, hit “file > save gcode” and save it somewhere you’ll remember — go back to pronterface and open that gcode, then hit print! Too fast for ya? Watch the video!
You may not learn grammar here, but you will be sure to gain other excellent skillz at Makerspace with the purchase of one of our new kitz. Along with learning to hack, solder, and program you will get to take home a shiny new toy! We have:
TV-Be-Gone: Turns off almost any kind of television so you don’t have to watch Fox News at the pub anymore!
MintyBoost: A battery powered charger for any electronic device that uses USB. Charge your phone on the go! In the club! on a hike! Never be without Facebook again. NEVER.
Gemma started kit: Tired of the same old boring clothes with absolutely NO LEDs?? Suffer no more! This Gemma starter kit will get you on the way to the long term goal of being seen from space!
Atari Punk Console: This noisemaker will be sure to delight any parent or grandparent. What exactly does it do? Brings joy through noise. Get one today, kids.
Blinky Badge: The world’s most entertaining and affordable way to learn how to solder! Your new skillz will be accompanied home with a LED decorated robot badge, which is only appropriate.
Fonera Router: This ready to hack router is perfect for introducing you to the world of Open Source Router Software! With a few easy steps you can hack this router to do all kinds of things the large router companies routinely block you from doing with their locked down software. More about OpenWRT and installing it on the Fonera.Read More
Makerspace Urbana celebrates Hardware Freedom Day 2014!
Join us as we get together and do some open hardware hacking. Bring your Arduino board and we’ll show you how to make and program your very own walking robot creation. No programming experience required (but do bring your laptop).
Or come and work on your own project and socialize with fellow makers.
When: 3/14/14 – 11am
Where: The workshop will take place at Makerspace Urbana located in the basement room #16 of the Independent Media Center in Urbana. The space can be a little tricky to find but if you enter through the back Bike Project door (near the radio tower) and take your first left, we’re at the end of the hall. If you have any trouble finding us, just call (816) 287-1717.
If possible please let us know you’re coming through one of the following methods:
*We will have some computers for people to use for programming but if you can bring your own laptop and pre-install the Arduino software, that would be great. Or feel free to show up early with your computer and we will help you install it.