What we're about

Reforge Charleston is an education based, non-profit makerspace. We provide a facility for people to utilize tools and equipment, take classes and attend events for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) awareness. We promote technological literacy in the community with an inclusive approach that seeks to engage all ages, skill levels, and cultural backgrounds. For more information visit our website (http://www.reforge.io/).

Our paid members get full access to the space and tools as well as discounts on classes. If you are interested in joining please go here (https://www.reforge.io/membership/).

Please email info@reforge.io with your interests or further information on scheduling specific classes or events.

We are now located in the Citadel Mall at 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd (between Ann Taylor Loft and Belk, across from Outslide In). The closest public entrance is the Food Court near Target

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James Webb Space Telescope (Host event)

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### What is the James Webb Space Telescope?

The James Webb Space Telescope is an infrared observatory orbiting the Sun about 1 million miles from Earth to find the first galaxies that formed in the early universe and to see stars forming planetary systems.

# First Images From NASA’s Webb Space Telescope Coming Soon

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), will release its first full-color images and spectroscopic data on July 12, 2022. As the largest and most complex observatory ever launched into space, Webb has been going through a six-month period of preparation before it can begin science work, calibrating its instruments to its space environment and aligning its mirrors. This careful process, not to mention years of new technology development and mission planning, has built up to the first images and data: a demonstration of Webb at its full power, ready to begin its science mission and unfold the infrared universe.
“As we near the end of preparing the observatory for science, we are on the precipice of an incredibly exciting period of discovery about our universe. The release of Webb’s first full-color images will offer a unique moment for us all to stop and marvel at a view humanity has never seen before,” said Eric Smith, Webb program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “These images will be the culmination of decades of dedication, talent, and dreams – but they will also be just the beginning.”

What Will We See?
While careful planning for Webb’s first full-color images has been underway for a long time, the new telescope is so powerful that it is difficult to predict exactly how the first images will look. “Of course, there are things we are expecting and hoping to see, but with a new telescope and this new high-resolution infrared data, we just won’t know until we see it,” said STScI’s lead science visuals developer Joseph DePasquale.
Early alignment imagery has already demonstrated the unprecedented sharpness of Webb’s infrared view. However, these new images will be the first in full color and the first to showcase Webb’s full science capabilities. In addition to imagery, Webb will be capturing spectroscopic data – detailed information astronomers can read in light. The first images package of materials will highlight the science themes that inspired the mission and will be the focus of its work: the early universe, the evolution of galaxies through time, the lifecycle of stars, and other worlds. All of Webb’s commissioning data – the data taken while aligning the telescope and preparing the instruments – will also be made publicly available.

ABOUT THE HOST
Lisa Gethard is an informal educator, mentor and tutor. She collaborates with community partners to provide tools, skill-based volunteering for students residing in underrepresented and underserved areas. She is an advocate for youth apprenticeship programs, STEAM curriculum and soft-skills learning She spent her prior years as product manager in corporate finance and as a marine science education specialist providing Education to K-12, researchers, scientists and at-risk students from inner cities to the Atlantic Ocean and seashore. Her passion and respect for the ocean, space and technology has remained instilled with her core values that she shares with others through education and community engagement of STEAM.

Free Amateur Radio License Exam

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Please note this is not a class but only an exam. This test is open to the public and is completely free of charge. Donations are NOT accepted. Membership to the makerspace Reforge is NOT required. We are grateful to Reforge for allowing us the use of their space to hold our exams. Our team of Volunteer Examiners tests at other locations as well, and our full schedule may be viewed here: https://www.laurelvec.com/index.php?team=CARET

PRE-REGISTER ON A SEPARATE WEBSITE:
https://hamstudy.org/sessions/laurel/29407/inperson.
Pre-registration on HamStudy.org is required in order to test with us. Be sure to check the location of the test so you sign up for the correct one with the date/time/location you want.

Due to space limitations, the test session is limited to a small number of candidates. There is no time limit on the exams; most people finish in under 30 minutes.

The FCC requires you to have an FRN (FCC Registration Number) and to provide an email address in order to apply for an amateur radio license. If you do not already have an FRN, the pre-registration process will help you obtain one.

There are three levels of amateur radio licenses currently available in the United States: Technician Class (lowest level of privileges), General Class, and Amateur Extra Class (highest level). To earn or upgrade your license, you must pass a written multiple choice test. The entire question pool for each test level including questions and multiple choice answers is published and available for free on the internet so that you may study. Many websites and apps will create practice tests for you to help you study, including HamStudy.org, HamExam.org, and many others. We recommend you find a free one whose interface you like and take practice tests until you are consistently passing them.

Element 2, the test for the Technician Class license, is 35 multiple choice questions. You must get 26 questions correct to pass.

Element 3, the test for the General Class license, is 35 multiple choice questions. You must get 26 questions correct to pass.

Element 4, the test for the Amateur Extra Class license, is 50 multiple choice questions. You must get 37 questions correct to pass.

Our testing team is the Charleston Amateur Radio Exam Team (CARET), and we are part of the Laurel VEC. Laurel VEC is one of a handful of organizations which the FCC permits to administer amateur radio exams on its behalf. Unlike other VECs, Laurel VEC is wholly comprised of volunteers. We volunteer our time, and we pay for our own materials. Therefore, there is NO CHARGE for your amateur radio license exam. This saves you $12 - $15 per test as compared to other VECs' testing teams.

Congress has mandated that the FCC begin charging for amateur radio licenses, and this new $35 fee took effect starting April 19, 2022. The fee will cover the 10-year license term, after which it may be renewed for the same fee. You will pay this fee directly to the FCC after you pass your test with us.

If you have questions about the amateur radio license exams or how to pre-register for them, you may email Connie NR4CB, team leader of CARET: NR4CB.VE (at) gmail.com.

Free Amateur Radio License Exam

Needs a location

Please note this is not a class but only an exam. This test is open to the public and is completely free of charge. Donations are NOT accepted. Membership to the makerspace Reforge is NOT required. We are grateful to Reforge for allowing us the use of their space to hold our exams. Our team of Volunteer Examiners tests at other locations as well, and our full schedule may be viewed here: https://www.laurelvec.com/index.php?team=CARET

PRE-REGISTER ON A SEPARATE WEBSITE:
https://hamstudy.org/sessions/laurel/29407/inperson.
Pre-registration on HamStudy.org is required in order to test with us. Be sure to check the location of the test so you sign up for the correct one with the date/time/location you want.

Due to space limitations, the test session is limited to a small number of candidates. There is no time limit on the exams; most people finish in under 30 minutes.

The FCC requires you to have an FRN (FCC Registration Number) and to provide an email address in order to apply for an amateur radio license. If you do not already have an FRN, the pre-registration process will help you obtain one.

There are three levels of amateur radio licenses currently available in the United States: Technician Class (lowest level of privileges), General Class, and Amateur Extra Class (highest level). To earn or upgrade your license, you must pass a written multiple choice test. The entire question pool for each test level including questions and multiple choice answers is published and available for free on the internet so that you may study. Many websites and apps will create practice tests for you to help you study, including HamStudy.org, HamExam.org, and many others. We recommend you find a free one whose interface you like and take practice tests until you are consistently passing them.

Element 2, the test for the Technician Class license, is 35 multiple choice questions. You must get 26 questions correct to pass.

Element 3, the test for the General Class license, is 35 multiple choice questions. You must get 26 questions correct to pass.

Element 4, the test for the Amateur Extra Class license, is 50 multiple choice questions. You must get 37 questions correct to pass.

Our testing team is the Charleston Amateur Radio Exam Team (CARET), and we are part of the Laurel VEC. Laurel VEC is one of a handful of organizations which the FCC permits to administer amateur radio exams on its behalf. Unlike other VECs, Laurel VEC is wholly comprised of volunteers. We volunteer our time, and we pay for our own materials. Therefore, there is NO CHARGE for your amateur radio license exam. This saves you $12 - $15 per test as compared to other VECs' testing teams.

Congress has mandated that the FCC begin charging for amateur radio licenses, and this new $35 fee took effect starting April 19, 2022. The fee will cover the 10-year license term, after which it may be renewed for the same fee. You will pay this fee directly to the FCC after you pass your test with us.

If you have questions about the amateur radio license exams or how to pre-register for them, you may email Connie NR4CB, team leader of CARET: NR4CB.VE (at) gmail.com.

Free Amateur Radio License Exam

Needs a location

Please note this is not a class but only an exam. This test is open to the public and is completely free of charge. Donations are NOT accepted. Membership to the makerspace Reforge is NOT required. We are grateful to Reforge for allowing us the use of their space to hold our exams. Our team of Volunteer Examiners tests at other locations as well, and our full schedule may be viewed here: https://www.laurelvec.com/index.php?team=CARET

PRE-REGISTER ON A SEPARATE WEBSITE:
https://hamstudy.org/sessions/laurel/29407/inperson.
Pre-registration on HamStudy.org is required in order to test with us. Be sure to check the location of the test so you sign up for the correct one with the date/time/location you want.

Due to space limitations, the test session is limited to a small number of candidates. There is no time limit on the exams; most people finish in under 30 minutes.

The FCC requires you to have an FRN (FCC Registration Number) and to provide an email address in order to apply for an amateur radio license. If you do not already have an FRN, the pre-registration process will help you obtain one.

There are three levels of amateur radio licenses currently available in the United States: Technician Class (lowest level of privileges), General Class, and Amateur Extra Class (highest level). To earn or upgrade your license, you must pass a written multiple choice test. The entire question pool for each test level including questions and multiple choice answers is published and available for free on the internet so that you may study. Many websites and apps will create practice tests for you to help you study, including HamStudy.org, HamExam.org, and many others. We recommend you find a free one whose interface you like and take practice tests until you are consistently passing them.

Element 2, the test for the Technician Class license, is 35 multiple choice questions. You must get 26 questions correct to pass.

Element 3, the test for the General Class license, is 35 multiple choice questions. You must get 26 questions correct to pass.

Element 4, the test for the Amateur Extra Class license, is 50 multiple choice questions. You must get 37 questions correct to pass.

Our testing team is the Charleston Amateur Radio Exam Team (CARET), and we are part of the Laurel VEC. Laurel VEC is one of a handful of organizations which the FCC permits to administer amateur radio exams on its behalf. Unlike other VECs, Laurel VEC is wholly comprised of volunteers. We volunteer our time, and we pay for our own materials. Therefore, there is NO CHARGE for your amateur radio license exam. This saves you $12 - $15 per test as compared to other VECs' testing teams.

Congress has mandated that the FCC begin charging for amateur radio licenses, and this new $35 fee took effect starting April 19, 2022. The fee will cover the 10-year license term, after which it may be renewed for the same fee. You will pay this fee directly to the FCC after you pass your test with us.

If you have questions about the amateur radio license exams or how to pre-register for them, you may email Connie NR4CB, team leader of CARET: NR4CB.VE (at) gmail.com.

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