Makersmiths is a Makerspace in Leesburg, VA. We have working space for
• "Fabric'ation" and Crafts (Sewing, Painting, Quilting, Small Ceramics, and more)
• 3d Printing
• Laser Cutting
• CNC milling
• Metal working
We are located in downtown Leesburg in a historic building that prior to our occupancy was used as a "maker lab" that was used to make electronics equipment for 3 letter organizations. We even have SCIF in our building. How cool is that :)
We'll be hosting and promoting various activities throughout the year. For more information and our up coming events, you can check out our website at http://makersmiths.org
All - Our very first meetup ever was a LittleBits training session, and we had lots of interest, and despite it being our first time, I was told attendees learned a lot and found it a great class.
I've been asked if we are going to do this again. What's the interest? We'd need at least 2 volunteers to teach, and I'm hoping we'd have at least 4-5 young ones to take the course. Most likely there would be a charge for this class (especially for non-members), because of the cost of the supplies, but it wouldn't have to be steep, maybe $10-$20 (I'm open to guidance on that).
What is LittleBits? From their website: littleBits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent anything, from your own remote controlled car, to a smart home device. The Bits snap together with magnets, no soldering, no wiring, no programming needed.
From Lifehacker: "LittleBits are small, open source, modular electronics components that snap together to form larger circuits. The company was started by Ayah Bdeir with the goal of making DIY hardware available to everyone. They're billed as a simple way to learn about electronics hardware and they deliver on that promise. Littlebits come in kits (which range from the $100 base kit to the $200 deluxe kit, but also includes specialized kits for music and space) or you can buy parts à la carte for around $20 apiece. It's a bit on the expensive side for beginner electronics kits, but they do make things a lot easier for beginners (and you can always make your own ). They also just introduced bundles for integrating internet applications and Arduino programs with littleBits.