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May 17, 2017 at 11:47AM

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We need more parks like this.

Upworthy
Free entry and 45 electricity-free attractions: This 79-year-old man created a totally unique amusement park. (via Zoomin.TV)
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January 21, 2017 at 11:12AM

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We are looking for Rockford Makerspace Meetup coordinators! (Meetups are regularly scheduled meetings that provide learning and collaboration opportunities for individuals with like interests.) Meetup Coordinators organize the Rockford Makerspace Meetup groups. The Coordinator is not necessarily the one that presents a topic at a Meetup, but is responsible for ensuring that the meeting is relevant and worthwhile for the participants. Meetups can either be coordinated by an individual or co-coordinators. For details on what’s involved, please visit our Wiki: http://ift.tt/2chMJxm Contact us with questions, or if you’d like to volunteer.

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Share on … Google+ Twitter Facebook Show pagesource Old revisions Backlinks Rockford Makerspace Meetups are regularly scheduled meetings that provide learning and collaboration opportunities for individuals with like interests. Current groups include: Arduino/RaspberryPi/Electronics CAD/CAM/CNC Cr…
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September 09, 2016 at 05:21PM

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This sounds like fun!

Maker Mania
Join us for a fun day of invention, construction and innovation! Use real tools and real materials to create amazing projects in our Make It Workshop! Make a musical instrument, design a boat that floats, or learn to solder! In addition, Raspberry Pis, Cu […]
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September 09, 2016 at 11:50AM

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You’re Invited ~ Meetups!

Arduino-RaspberryPi-Electronics

July 6 | 7:00 pm | at CNVR – 317 W. Jefferson St., Rkfd.

Volts w. Arduino

Topic #1: How to Measure Voltages w/ Arduino ~

Presented by Brandon Coppernoll, and everyone will work with the Inventor Kits, setting up circuits and experimenting.

(Tentative) Topic #2: Robot Chassis Kits ~ 

Presented by Eric Williams  www.sparkfun.com/products/retired/12866
 Also, feel free to bring your electronics projects for show & tell. Get new tips and discuss chips, plus new technologies and concepts. Learn from the experiences of others. Help solve a challenge, or just hang out!  
Free (donations accepted for use of meeting space).  
Register or Walk-In ~ http://www.meetup.com/RockfordMakers/events/232308480/

 


 CAD-CAM-CNC

July 13 | 7:00 pm | at CNVR – 317 W. Jefferson St., Rkfd.

MCfSW_Dunya1

Topic & Activity:  CNC Programming and Understanding CNC Code. Demonstrations with MasterCam and Solidworks, for programming simple parts.

Presented by Lynn Freese, as a follow-up to the June meetup.
 Whether this is a hobby or to hone job skills – it’s a great way to share and learn new info! It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or an expert – all skill levels are welcome! Feel free to bring a project you’d like to get advice on or just show off.
Free (donations accepted for use of meeting space).  
Register or Walk-In ~ http://www.meetup.com/RockfordMakers/events/232388742/

Creative ReUse

July 20 | 7:00 pm | at CNVR – 317 W. Jefferson St., Rkfd.

Creative ReUse Meetup

Topic:  Calling all reuse creatives! We are working on a collaborative reuse project for Fall Art Scene (a program of the Rockford Area Arts Council) — come on out and join us!  And as always bring your ideas and some funky materials to share with the group.

Are you creative? Do you like to re-use stuff? Join our Creative ReUse Meetup, and bring your ideas!  We’ll talk about making with old stuff, and you can show us what you’ve created or are working on.  And as ReUse is ultimately about collaboration, you’re invited to bring something to share, be it a bag of crayons or a box of nails!
Free (donations accepted for use of meeting space).  
Register or Walk-In ~ http://www.meetup.com/RockfordMakers/events/232259124/

 

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Join Our Committee

Dear Rockford Makers:

Thank you to all who came to last Thursday’s meeting, and also to everyone else interested helping making Rockford MakerSpace a reality.

As a next step, we would like to form working committees to address the things that need to get done, and to do some longer-range planning. Below are some initial thoughts on what the committees will do. As needs change or new needs are identified, the committees and what they are responsible for will undoubtedly evolve.

Please e-mail us (contact@rockfordmaker.space) to let us know with which working committee(s) you are interested in participating. Also, if you have special expertise to offer, let us know (no special skills required, but we’d like to know so we can put your skills to work). 

We will aim to hold initial committee meetings sometime in January; we’ll get in touch with those who have expressed interest to work out the best date/time.

On to the committees:

Space

  • The Space committee will be responsible for making the space at 203 N. Church ready to house the makerspace. We will really need people here with building experience (architecture, pluming, electric, drywall, etc.). Because we will need to keep everything to code, those who have appropriate licenses and experience would be especially helpful.
  • On an ongoing basis, the Space committee will organize things such as tables, chairs, and workbenches and otherwise ensure the space is adequate for needs, stays neat and clean, etc.

Equipment and Safety

  • The Equipment and Safety Committee will maintain equipment, ensure adequate safety and training practices and systems are in place, and maintain an equipment “wiki” knowledge base of general information and best practices.
  • The committee will maintain equipment “wish list,” prioritize needs and develop a strategy for obtaining the equipment (involving other committees as needed).
  • At some point, subcommittees might form based on equipment type (metalworking, woodworking, etc.)
  • The committee likely will be mostly in planning mode until the space and insurance are in place.

Membership, Communications, and Community Outreach

  • The committee will initially define what a member is. It will maintain a membership list in addition to a list of other interested people in the community.
  • The committee will communicate information and events to membership and the general public.
  • The committee will act as a liaison to community organizations, schools, government, businesses, and other entities with which Rockford MakerSpace has formed partnerships with in the interest of addressing common goals.
  • A long-term goal is also to provide outreach to area schools to develop interest in STEAM (Science Technology, Education, Arts, Math).

Classes and Events

  • The Classes and Events Committee will organize training and educational classes, as well as social events and tours.

Operations and Finance

  • The committee will put in place and maintain the structure of the organization (bylaws, etc.)
  • Initial goals for the Operations and Finance Committee are to secure appropriate insurance, and to obtain 501c3 nonprofit status.
  • The committee will work to develop funding sources, potentially in conjunction with other committees.

As we move forward, it is quite likely that this committee structure will change up a bit. We needed to start somewhere!

To make sure we are all headed in the same direction, each committee will have a liaison to a steering committee. The steering committee will likely meet late January or early February (once the committees have had a chance to meet).

In closing, again thank you to everyone who is as excited as we are to be “making a MakerSpace.” Get in touch with us at contact@rockfordmaker.space if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Doug Heimbecker – doug@rockfordmaker.space
Kevin Holdmann – kevin@rockfordmaker.space

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