This “Week” in Maui Makers October 18, 2015

Halloween is almost here

Are you ready for it? We’re having a lot of fun with Halloween-themed events at the MakerSpace! Come join us.

We’re tweaking our communications to see how best to get the word out about our events. What’s your preference? Google Calendar, MeetUp, Facebook, our website, email, something else? Let us know in the comments section.

Note that some events are discounted (or free) to paid members. All funds collected go to getting a bigger, better place to play, more toys to play with and keeping the lights on. Mahalo for your support and donations.

Arduino

The ever popular Arduino continues on Thursday from 6 to 9 PM. All skill levels are welcome. We will continue the self-paced introductory class, as well as a special Halloween-themed treat this week. Bring your own spooky project, or buy one of our handy skull eyes kits, and we’ll help you get it assembled and working.

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3D Printing

We  have the Hulk Hand (it’s all green) printed and assembled, and parts for another couple of hands. St Anthony is working on getting us the measurements for Sam. Join us on Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 PM if you want to help out, or learn more about 3D printing. We had a newbie go from zero to one-of-a-kind Christmas presents in less than 10 minutes! He was stoked.

We’ve been playing with our 3D pens and making masks with them. We have a limited stock on hand at great prices, and they are a fun and low-cost way to explore 3D printing–same nozzle and filament, it’s just that you are the motor. You can RSVP here:

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Halloween Fun for Artisans and Crafters

And speaking of Halloween, join our Artisans and Crafters Group every Sat at 10 AM for some..ahem…”witch craftery” with a special Halloween theme. And if that isn’t enough Halloween for you, we’ll have the space ready to help you “bling out” your costume during open hours on Saturday, October 24. If you really like to procrastinate, we do have open hours on Halloween.

RSVP required for mask making:

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To RSVP for Bling Out Your Halloween costume:

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Beading for All Ages

This is an open activity to introduce persons to the craft of beading. It is open to Menehunes above the age of 5 providing they can stay focused and behave. Menehunes below the age of 15 must be accompanied by a guardian over the age of 18.

The activity will be led by Margaret an independent Jewelry maker and there will be the same kits available that MMI sold at the fundraiser. There will be other beading kits and accessories for sale to participants.

There will be a nominal activity fee of $10 of which $7.00 will be given back as a kit credit. for purchases during the activity. This can be shared between the Menehune and guardian.

Individual Kit prices start at $1 and go up from there. Basic kits include plastic bead bracelets, necklaces, and key fobs.

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New Time: Menehune Makers (our kid’s program) every other Wednesday from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. Our first class will build Hovercraft!

Suitable for anyone over 3 that can remain focused and engaged. Note that this is not a drop off program. We encourage parents to learn and enjoy fun activities with their kids.

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Barnes and Noble sponsoring a Maker Faire at their store Nov 6-8

Speaking of Maker Faires…Barnes and Noble showed up to chat about the nationwide Maker Faire they’ll be sponsoring in November. It looks like they plan to start carrying some cool toys that might appeal to some of the younger makers. Well, actually the adults did have fun playing with the toys, too.

Out and About in the Community

The UHMC STEAM Maker Camp was a success. Jerry Isdale, Buck Joiner and Cole Santos taught an EdVenture Class on Arduino, TinkerCAD, 3D printing and rockets. Fun was had by all.

The high school students working on the Internet of Things continue to make good progress.

One of our UHMC interns has made tremendous progress on getting the Gocupi drawing robot running like a champ. Here is a picture of Tim in action.

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This Week at Maui Makers October 4 2015

Maui County Fair

We had a lot of fun at the Fair, spreading the word about Maui Makers. One highlight for me in particular was a young girl who got really excited about what you can make with a 3D printer. Since the organizers were kind enough to put us in the very back of a 60×60 foot tent (I really don’t know what they were thinking), we made good use of the extra space by bringing out the ever popular marble roller, wind tunnel and vortex cannons. If they’d just told us what they were up to ahead of time, we could have had our own Maker Fair. A big Mahalo to all our volunteers. Tip of the hat to Boeing’s Maui Site who sponsored our booth.

Barnes and Noble sponsoring a Maker Faire at their store Nov 6-8

Speaking of Maker Faires…Barnes and Noble showed up to chat about the nationwide Maker Faire they’ll be sponsoring in November. It looks like they plan to start carrying some cool toys that might appeal to some of the younger makers. Well, actually the adults did have fun playing with the toys, too.

3D Printing

On the 3D printing front, we showed off our first working prototype of the prosthetic eNABLE hand, and have the Hulk Hand (it’s all green) printed and partially assembled. Join us on Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 PM if you want to help out. We also got some pretty nice 3D pens in. I must admit that these are my favorite of all the ones I’ve tried and a great price. If you agree, you can buy one to take home with you. I’ve been having a lot of fun decorating Halloween masks. I can guarantee you my costume will be one of a kind this year.

Arduino

The ever popular Arduino class continues on Thursday from 6 to 9 PM. I’ve heard that Bob will be breaking out some of the advanced sensors, so should be a lot of fun for newcomers and experts alike.

Halloween Fun for Artisans and Crafters

And speaking of Halloween, join our Artisans and Crafters Group every Sat at 10 AM for some..ahem…”witch craftery” with a special Halloween theme. And if that isn’t enough Halloween for you, we’ll have the space ready to help you “bling out” your costume during open hours on Saturday, October 24. If you really like to procrastinate, we do have open hours on Halloween.

New events and classes

Menehune Makers (our kid’s program) kicks off this Wednesday at 3 PM, with some playful tinkering with LEDs. Suitable for anyone over 3 that can remain focused and engaged. Note that this is not a drop off program. We encourage parents to learn and enjoy fun activities with their kids.

Lights and Magic with wearable electronics will meet every Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 pm.

Out and About in the Community

Jerry Isdale will be teaching at the UHMC STEAM Maker Camp this week. I believe that Arduino and TinkerCAD are on the menu. [JI: Buck Joiner will be helping out on Monday/Tuesday. We’ll be doing paper circuits and arduinos. Cole Santos will be doing TinkerCAD Wednesday/Thursday. ]

The high school students working on the Internet of Things continue to make good progress.

One of our UHMC interns has made tremendous progress on getting the Gocupi drawing robot running like a champ.

Open Meeting 1 October 2015

Having fun at the meeting. Talking with Barnes and Noble about their mini Maker Faire.

Checking out some cool toys.