Saturday Classes Introduces Basic Skills to All Makers
Lately we have been seeing children coming to the maker space, not knowing where to start or coming in with a huge plan like making a remote control airplane in an hour. We want to make sure everyone that comes into the makerspace feels like they are successful in their maker journey which is why we decided to offer introductory classes on basic skills.
Starting last Saturday, February 7th we will be having Saturday Making Classes that are designed for both adults and children who want some structured instruction to learn how to use the latest making tools and materials. The classes will each run from 3-5pm every Saturday. The first hour is for those who have are seeking an introduction to the tool or material and the 2nd hour is for those who have taken an introduction class and wish to dig deeper. The awesome thing about these new classes is that the fee is included in the drop-in fee on Saturdays which is $25 so you can come for the class, then stay for open make if you would like. Each week will have a different focus that will repeat every month, but the intermediate classes in the second hour will always have something new to keep you refining your skills. Also for these classes, children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Saturday Classes Schedule:
1st Saturday - Paper - Introduction - learn how to use conductive tape, pens, markers and paint to add to your paper kraft. Intermediate projects will include popup engineering, origami, using the cricut design and cutting system, and other paper techniques.
2nd Saturday - Electronics - Introduction - learn how to a simple circuit, parallel and series circuits and how to use wire cutting tools and electronics meters. Intermediate projects include adding sensors, switches and microprocessors like arduino. Certain electronics cost extra if you want to take your project home or if it gets soldered onto your project.
3rd Saturday - E-Textiles - Introduction - learn how to use conductive thread to add to your textiles or art work. Intermediate projects include, sensors, switches, lilypad, flora arduino. Certain electronics cost extra if you want to take your project home or if it gets soldered onto your project.
4th Saturday - Fabrication - Learn to use the 3D printer, laser cutter and other fabrication tricks to make your prototype. Introduction - get started on Tinkercad and Inkscape. Intermediate projects include projects that could include using Autodesk products for 3D modeling.