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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Schedule Change- April 18 2015 rocketry postponed

Schedule update for Saturday 18 April.

Rocketry 2.0 on saturday 18 april is postponed.

3D printing is still scheduled for 12 to 5 pm.

Alternate activities being developed for 9 to 12 time slot to replace rocketry.

We regret to inform everyone that our rockets appear to have been lost in shipping. Although we worked out a promise to deliver the replacements quickly, the order appears to have been delayed.

At this time we do not have an estimate on when the order will be received.

Sincere apologies about getting your hopes up.

Meanwhile, you can console yourself by knowing that we aren’t the only ones having issues with our of rockets:

We will have alternate activities at the space during the scheduled rocketry time–you are still welcome to join us.

April Events (Special Guest, Forge, and Rockets 2.0, and more!)

Arduino Classes continue on Thursdays, with a the exception of April 2 and 9.

The space will be open for making or visiting every  Sat and Sun from 12 to 5.

All events are at the Makerspace–200 Waiehu Beach Road, unless otherwise noted.

Special events

April 2,  Open Public meeting (Free and Open to the Public)–6 to 9 PM

Meet other makers, talk story, brag on your projects, get and share advice and check out the space.

April 9,  Special Guest Speaker–6 to 9 PM

Design a Raspberry Pi HAT using KiCAD running on the Raspberry Pi 2

A step-by-step guide to creating a Raspberry Pi HAT using the KiCAD suite of EDA tools running on the Raspberry Pi 2 itself.

The KiCAD project is an open source suite of EDA tools. KiCAD runs on Linux and the new Raspberry Pi 2 now has enough processing power to run KiCAD. KiCAD includes tools for schematic capture, netlist creation, printed circuit board (PCB) layout and a gerber viewer.

This presentation will cover:
– What is a HAT?
– Requirements for a HAT to be called a Raspberry Pi HAT
– Installing KiCAD on the Pi
– Drawing a schematic in KiCAD
– PCB layout in KiCAD
– Creating gerbers files
– Get your HAT PCB built

This is a great opportunity to preview a talk that will be given at the Bay Area Maker Faire.

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Eric Thompson is an Electrical Engineer and the founder of Low Voltage Labs

Low Voltage Labs designs and sells Open Source Hardware for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and easy to solder kits.

April 11, Fire up the Forge–noon to 2 PM

During this class we will fire up our forge and melt some aluminum cans. Learn about forge construction, operations, and safety. This class is a precursor to a metal fabrication working group. (Free for members, must be a paid member at at least the friend level, see our Membership page).

April 18, Maui-makers Rocketry–9 AM to 2 PM

This month the Maui-makers rocketry group is offering an advanced rocketry class. This includes the activities of our Basic class, but adds larger motors Starts with straw rockets, followed by building and launching an Estes Rocket with various motor sizes. The final project the working group will assemble a loadstar rocket and hack a key-chain camera to take video of the flight. (Open to the Public, Class fee is $80 per family, members get a $10 discount)

Loadstar Rocket

Previous Rocket Class

 

April 18, 3D printing day–noon to 5 PM

Drop in and see the 3d-printer in action, learn how to find pre-made designs, and use the 3Doodlers –a 3D printer that you hold in your hand to draw in 3D!

3Doodler creation by Brian Isdale

3Doodler creation by Brian Isdale

 

April 25, Tinkering for kids–10 AM to noon

Introduce children to electronics and electricity in a fun and simple way. Activities are based on curriculum from the Exploratorium, and is great for all ages.

The instructor (Laura Ulibarri) has a Certificate in Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning.

Rocketry Workshop December 27

Build rockets and launch them.

This class has two components.

In stage one we will go over the basics of rockets and how they work and then construct rockets from straws and paper. Launching the rockets will be done using the scientific method to see how launch angle and thrust affect the distance flown.

Stage two of the event will put teams together to build model rockets and launch them in the park nearby.

The event will be held at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School and will start at 10 am. Entry fee is $20.00 per family.

This class is the first of a series. We aim to fire larger rockets in the future if interest permits. We also are starting a National Association of Rocketry Charter to allow launching of really big stuff. So come down and hang out even if your not interested in participating in this beginners class.

Upcoming in December

Rocket Workshop this last Saturday was a Blast! See the Facebook page for more photos.

Several events are planned for December.

Hopefully we can close the deal on our lease and have special Make a MakerSpace meetings. Stay tuned.

Arduino Workshop Fridays continue from 6-9 PM every Friday–location TBD so email Arduino@mauimakers.com for info. Kids Wearable Workshops are also possible–email Arduino@mauimakers.com

4-Dec-2014, 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School in Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21
Public Meeting (Free)
Come down and talk story. Bring items or ideas for show and tell. Meet collaborators for projects. Help us design Maui’s Makerspace. We’ll have a wind tunnel for the young ones, and a short discussion/demo on basic soldering skills by Jerry Isdale.

11-Dec-2014, 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School in Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21
Learn to Solder
by Jerry Isdale ($5.00 for non-members/free for members; suggested material fee: $1.00; a few kits available for $5.00 each)
Space is limited, and will be on a first-come basis.

20-Dec-2014 (Tentative), 10-2 PM Location TBD
Rocketry Returns
by Cole Santos ($20.00 per family)
In stage one we will go over the basics of rockets and how they work and then construct rockets from straws and paper. Launching the rockets will be done using the scientific method to see how launch angle and thrust affect the distance flown. In stage two we will build and launch basic Estes rockets (weather permitting).

18-Dec-2014, 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School in Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21
Tinkering: Build Personalized Christmas Tree Ornaments
by Laura Ulibarri ($20.00 for non-members/$10.00 for members–includes materials to build 2 ornaments)
How would you like to make your very own Christmas Tree Ornament using whiz bang technology or your own creativity?
We’ll fire up the EggBot to let you print your very own personalized ornament. We’ll provide white ornaments for the eggbot and supplies for various kinds of ornaments.

Rocket Workshop Saturday after Thanksgiving 10 am–location change

Build rockets and launch them.

This class has two components.

In stage one we will go over the basics of rockets and how they work and then construct rockets from straws and paper. Launching the rockets will be done using the scientific method to see how launch angle and thrust affect the distance flown.

Stage two of the event will put teams together to build model rockets and launch them in the park nearby.

The event will be held at the Kihei Elementary School (across the street from Kihei Community Center) and will start at 10 am. Entry fee is $20.00 per family.

This class is the first of a series. We aim to fire larger rockets in the future if interest permits. We also are starting a National Association of Rocketry Charter to allow launching of really big stuff. So come down and hang out even if your not interested in participating in this beginners class.