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Hours for Spring 2016

MakerSpace Open Hours Spring 2016

Faculty:  If you wish to schedule time for your academic projects, please contact Eric Roy, x 2338.

Note:  See exceptions below for scheduled class meetings, when the MakerSpace will be closed to the public:

   Regular Hours

Sundays, 1:00-9:00

Mondays 10:00-3:00, 5:30-9:00

Tuesdays 10:00-9:00

Wednesdays  10:00-3:00, 5:30-9:00

Thursdays, 10:00-9:00

Friday, 11:00-5:00

Classes (MakerSpace is closed to public):

Mar. 10, 1:30-3:00, Math (Monaghan)

Closures:

Closed Thursday-Friday, March 17, 18

Spring Break Week (March 21-26)

Monday-Wednesday, 1:00-5:00

Reopens Monday 3/28  1:00-9:00

Hours will be posted in April for Final Exam Week

Love Is In the Air! Valentine Workshop Sunday, February 7

Come and make a valentine (or two) with us on Sunday, February 7 from 1:30-3:30 in the MakerSpace!  Learn how to use the Epilog laser cutter to create your own message for your true love this Valentine’s Day.  We’ll supply the material and teach you how to do this simple, but unique project–you supply the creativity!  Please stop by the MakerSpace before Sunday and sign up to ensure that you don’t get waitlisted for this workshop.

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Hacking Power Wheels – Making a Difference

What could be more heartbreaking than a lively toddler who can’t freely explore his or her world due to a physical disability?  The MakerSpace staff and Prof. Mary Beth Doyle are making a difference for at least one or two children, by modifying  battery-operated Power Wheels toy cars to allow the children control of the car, no matter their special need.  On Monday night, Prof. Doyle, a volunteer from LogicSupply, one of our technological partners, and our MakerSpace student staff built the prototype for this project with PVC pipe, switches, and some elbow grease (with a little help from Bolo, Prof. Bozzone’s faithful companion!).

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If you happen to have an old Power Wheel car gathering dust in your basement back home, consider donating it to the MakerSpace for this project.  Contact the MakerSpace for more information.

Our Favorite Site for New Projects

Getting tired of iPhone cases and vinyl stickers?  Check out Instructables for some great project ideas–Light Up Cat Decor, anyone?  LightUp Cat

Fall Semester 2015 – The Projects

The MakerSpace staff made plenty of keychains to get used to the laser cutter, but by the end of October, we branched out into helping students create all sorts of projects, both academic and personal.  And then of course there were the Christmas ornaments for Alumni… and the fails!  Many of the projects are viewable below (click to enlarge the collages).  Others, sadly, left before we could get pictures of them.  But we know that they were GREAT!

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Photo credit:  Brendan Davitt

The Big Day for the FYS Robot Showdown!

These two groups of engaged, enthusiastic students just completed a semester-long project in their FYS seminar with Prof. Doyle and Prof. Karstens.  A good crowd turned out on December 10 at the MakerSpace to see the results of their problem-solving and ingenuity.  Not sure if anyone actually “won”, but a good time was had by all, and a lot of learning had obviously happened to create the results you see below!

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Photo credits:  Jim Millard

 

Did you know…?

The MakerSpace isn’t just for technology!  There are art supplies (colored pencils, adult coloring books, origami paper, crayons, cardstock, etc.) in the big drawer under the windowseat, and lots of yarn in Yarnthe drawer under that one.  There are knitting needles and crochet hooks in a container on the windowsill.   We have a huge stock of assorted fabrics, donated by the community, in our back closet (just ask!).  If you want to sew, and someone’s using the sewing machine, there are two other machines on the floor next to the sewing table.  Feel free to pick one up and find a table to set it on.  You’ll find an assortment of thread, needles and bobbins in the sewing desk.sewing machine

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New Technology at the MakerSpace!

We have recently acquired a Lulzbot TAZ 3D printer in our print room.  The TAZ, Make Magazine’s top printer of the year, was chosen because of its versatility and ease of use.  Once our staff is trained, you’ll be able to sign up for a class and become certified on this printer.

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FYS Robotics Groups

 

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These students have been introduced to the MakerSpace and all its possibilities, and are taking advantage of both space in the general area and specific equipment to get their projects in gear.

Not just for cutting wood!

The Epilog laser cutter has a lot of uses besides woodcutting and engraving.  Take a look at this extremely delicate leaf, cut from gold paper.  What other possibilities can you think of?

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