Today marked our first official LOS HACKERS Meetup. We decided to just go for it before the Father's Day Terrarium class. We weren't sure what the turnout would be because of the special day, but we filled up the spots around the table with both some familiar faces and some new ones.
My Mom visited me last week and I told her about the LA Makerspace Summer Camps that are starting on June 24th. She reminded me of the summer camps that I attended in my youth, and one of them was computer camp. I vaguely remember going but was pleased to know that my Mom was so forward thinking back in the 80's.
Forward thinking is how I relate to the parents that bring their kids to the LA Makerspace. They not only recognize the need for their kids to be exposed to important concepts and skills they are not learning in the school classroom, such as computer programming, but they are supporting them in their passionate interests that include everything from Minecraft to Board Game Design, filmmaking, tinkering around with an Arduino to build robots and so much more.
It was so hard to decide on a new logo. It really was. We loved various aspects of all the logos that were submitted and wish there was a way to mash them in an awesome way. In the end, the Board of Directors voted in favor of our current logo with some tweaks. Duct Tape screams DIY and in the end it turns out that the logo we've had since the beginning works for makers of all ages.
Thank you to everyone who contributed a design or comment and for being part of making the makerspace what it is; full of awesome people.
With the permission of the logo designers we are going to attempt to use the logo submissions as badges or perhaps as icons for our various groups.
The tweaks to our new logo will include updating the 42 to include the name of the space and variations on how the name can be presented vertically and horizontally.
If you are in the market for filament, definitely keep Joseph's new company Toy Builder Labs a try. (Note, we don't have any affiliation with TBL other than Joseph has been a key supporter of the makerspace lending his 3D Printing ninja skills and we like to help our maker friends out!)
Thank you so much to everyone that took the time to create a new logo for LA Makerspace. There is a diverse variety of concepts to choose from which is very cool. It also has given us insight into how you think about the space.
We are in the process of giving feedback to the designers so they can make updates and move into Round 2.
Tell us what you think. Do any of these appeal to you? How do they compare to our original logo?
LA Makerspace is a non-profit member-driven community space for makers, tinkerers, and DIYers of all ages to create and collaborate. Our mission is to provide a place where youth can make and learn alongside adults and where members can work on their own projects while learning new, unique maker skills through our workshops, on-going interest-based programs, mentorship, and peer learning environment. We offer affordable classes, access to equipment, and member work & storage space.
Our volunteers, mentors, and instructors hail from different backgrounds and skill sets, including: Software Engineers, Hardware Engineers, Artists, Scientists, Teachers, Filmmakers, Roboticists, Rocket Scientists, Librarians, Executives, Entrepreneurs, Moms, and Dads, all dedicated to the proposition that making things is essential to creating an awesome society.
We are looking for a new logo that represents the LA Makerspace to our members and to the world. We think that the best people to work on the concepts are those that are part of the LA Makerspace community and that is why we are reaching out to you to participate in creating a new logo. This isn’t a contest in the traditional sense because although in the end we will choose one logo to represent LA Makerspace, we are going to celebrate all of the designs that are submitted by presenting them on our website and in the physical space. This is a learning opportunity to receive feedback from brand and design experts and something you can use in your portfolio.
"What did you do over summer break?" "Oh nothing, just helped further humanity's understanding of the universe."
That's right, you could be saying such awesome things by this Fall.
Does radiation from space change Earth's climate? Does having more friends improve the quality of the air you breathe? Don't know? Don't worry, no one does yet, but you can help build understanding of these and other intriguing queries. At LA Makerspace's Citizen Science Summer Research program you will have the opportunity to work with research labs and set up and run your own research project. Along the way, you'll build your skills as a citizen scientist by conducting background research, doing field work, running studies, and applying mathematical analysis to your results. What you need: curiosity, an ability to overcome setbacks, and a starting question. What you get: research experience, the scientific mindset, and a push to expand your mathematical fluency from algebra to differential equations. Come be part of the exciting citizen scientist movement!
Dates: 17 June - 26 July, with the week off for the 4th of July week (July 1st - July 5th). Time: 10am - 2pm Location: 1933 South Broadway #1138 Los Angeles, CA 90007. Cost: $2000/ six week session.
We finally did it, we got our membership site configured! This took longer than we wanted it to and for that we apologize. Our new site will allow you to check your membership status, find friends, see your level of participation, signup for groups and so much more.