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STEM4Makers

NOTE: Only register once per family. Then tell me how many kids you have in a note. The makerspace is non-profit!

Bring your computer! The Internet knows more than I do.

*Parents, please stay with your child: if they are shy, if they are under 10, if they are still learning to focus. This is a meetup, not a class. They need your help. 

Teens and grownup working on their own projects are welcome. No need to sign up, just come.

PURPOSE: 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. 

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 a drawing and/or written description of the project. Mom or Dad can do this. Project ideas can be found in your childs head, but also on DIY, instructables, Pinecrest, Thingyverse, Adafruit, youtube, Google, etc. Mentors can help with 3D printing, tools, woodworking,  and the lazer cutter when needed as part of a project. Your project can also be to learn programming, basic electronics, takeapart, or 3D modeling.

Fine arts projects are welcome. Non-techy artistist makers are exploring costume and prop making using the lazer cutter, spray foam,  and resin. 

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  • Jennyfer P.

    If your child has a 3D printing project, please let us know. Brent will be at the next meetup with his printer. If your child wants to covert one of his minecraft objects to 3D print, let me know.

    June 29, 2014

  • 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, 2014

  • Jennyfer P.

    Just a few notes and reminders

    If you were in the last meetup and haven't gotten a chance to signup, just come on over. The meetup is a good way to get help and inspiration as you work on your project. It also greatly helps your child to stick with a complex, longer term exploration. That's the goal. You can put the $5 donation in the box out front. No problem.

    Also, if you have any questions or want to update me or want suggestions, either post on the kids list or email me directly. The first part of a great project is researching. Check out DIY, instructables, Adafruit, Thingyverse, youTube, etc.

    Jennyfer

    June 26, 2014

  • Jeanne M.

    We'll be back for the following week's session.

    June 25, 2014

  • Kay S.

    I tried to sign up for this MEETUP; however, I do not believe it was successful. Is there a way to check it???

    June 24, 2014

    • Jennyfer P.

      If your name is not on the list to the right, which it isn't, then it didn't work.

      June 24, 2014

  • Melanie

    Hoping to make this one. :)

    June 23, 2014

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