I'll be opening Novalabs for a weekly kids meetup on Tuesdays from 4 to 6. Please join us in exploring and inspiring young makers to make.

The goal of a makers space is to encourage making. It is a different way of "learning" STEM than in the classroom. More of an active "doing" of science. We want to encourage our younger makers by making the space available at an earlier time once a week. Many schools are planning after school maker spaces. If your school is not there yet, Novalabs has a lot of resources that will inspire your child to MAKE. 

We have several amazing guest speakers who have volunteered to demonstrate things like Google Glass, 3D printing,  a Silhouette Cameo cutter, molding, microcontrollers, prop making, a quadcopter drone, and programming. We will start each session with a demonstration of a project to help with the inspiration. 

However, the main idea here is making not watching. So bring yours and your kids' projects or project ideas to work on and get help with. Bryce, my intrepid assistant, will help with computer programming projects, Arduino projects, electronics, digital drawing, robotics, and any lazer cutting. 

We'll also have a growing number of project books I will help the kids browse to help the kids select from. 

BRING your laptop!!! youTube is the greatest training tool ever invented. Followed closely by Google, DIY, Thingyverse, and Sketchup.

Remember, fine arts projects are science too. A lot of physics and chemistry. Bring them! One idea is to bring a hand or digital drawing so we can help make it into a lazer cutter project.  

Tons of science connections in art projects! Non-techy artistist makers are exploring costume and prop making using the lazer cutter, spray foam,  and resin. This is how they do it in Hollywood. We'll be tracking one maker's progress toward making an Iron Man costume for Holloween using some of these fabrication methods.

Let me know if you have questions please. 

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  • Kay S.

    Good Morning Jennyfer, I would like to sign up; however, it says RSVP closed. Yet, there are 3 spots still avaliable. Is there room still avaliable?? Thank You

    June 24

    • Jennyfer P.

      RSVPs are closed. The next meetup is next week and there are open spots. Please think up some possible projects between now and then and we can discuss.

      June 24

    • Jennyfer P.

      Yes, I need to override the meetup setting. I'll consider this notice you've signed up.

      June 29

  • Jennyfer P.

    I HIGHLY recommend that parents and makers attend the laser cutting 101 class and the Green Safety class. You won't be an expert after taking the class, but they do make you a better mentor for your child because you see more of the possibilities of the lab resources. With this, you can stop thinking certain kid ideas are not achievable.

    June 29

  • Jennyfer P.

    For example. I did a search on - astronomy projects kids

    See how this teaches a simple circuit, but it is also a practical keepsake and won't end up in a landfill or a junkbox immediately after class? That's good.
    This is an optics project really which is physics. But I would then suggest you don't buy the marble, but rather use resin or some other polymer to form the marbles. So something simple becomes an exploration rather than a simple trip to the store.

    You can google making a go kart and you'll get schmatics and stepwise direction. Google prop, helmet, Thor and find a video on how to do that. You just need to help with a bit of pre-thinking, not decide exactly what to do. Pick something you want to learn more about and let's see what we can do with the ideas.

    June 23

  • Jennyfer P.

    First, a reminder that this is a maker meetup and not a class. Parents need to stay and mentor their child. Looking at your responses, I see most of you do not have projects. First, I'll give an quick talk on how you and your kids can use the makerspace for you project ideas. Brent will demo the 3D printer, Bryce will talk a bit about Minecraft software for printing.

    TODO before class: Explore for possible projects. Brent suggest you visit Thingyverse and see if you can pick a few 3D printer project with default sized of 4 cubic in. and a commercial value.

    TODO before class: Google your child's interests. Visit DIY/Instructables and do some searches for project ideas.
    Visit youTube.

    TODO before class: Bring a notebook to draw designs and write ideas if needed.

    June 23

  • Beverly B.

    Hi Brian,
    I don't have kids, and the only project I am making right now is jewelry. The rest of my time is spent on consulting. I wouldn't mind coming and watching, I always love to learn and there are things mentioned here that I am not familiar with.

    1 · June 19

    • Jennyfer P.

      You are quite welcome to come. We really need some more mentors who want to assist with STEM programming or just join us in our explorations and making.

      June 20

    • Beverly B.

      Thanks Jennyfer. I plan to be there and also an associate will come too (signing in separately).

      June 22

  • Lisa N.

    Sorry we are away, but are you planning regular Tuesday get togethers in the future?
    Lisa N

    June 20

    • Jennyfer P.

      Yes Lisa. Note that the next two meetups are posted for the next two Tuesdays. After that we will move to biweekly.

      June 20

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