Make With Purpose Day - Design and Make your wish for the future of LA. Sun., Nov. 17th 1-4pm Hub LA in downtown.
OPEN to children 10 and up. Those under 13 need a parent or guardian.
Drawing from the design questions that will be collectively developed at diy days, a group of makers, tinkerers, and DIYers of ages 10 and up will collaborate in an open creative space to imagine the future of Los Angeles. Join us for a fun filled day of making with purpose. The day will conclude as wishes for future are granted and a time capsule is designed and buried for future generations.
We could use some volunteers that know about 3D modeling and 3D printing to assist during the Make With Purpose Day. If you have a 3D printer you can bring all the better. Please respond in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesterday, LA Makerspace teamed up with our best friends at Crashspace to put on Coding Workshop for Young Girls (Ages 7 - 13). Many of the young ladies had prior experience with our Scratch classes (Scratch is a language that allows students to drag and drop visual snippets of code), and were able to apply that experience to their first day of written programming at this workshop.
Fall is here and it's almost October, our first month without a permanent space. Never fear! As promised we are working on pop events with our wonderful partner organizations including Caine's Arcade and Los Angeles Public Library. Stay tuned for our library events to be posted very soon.
The most immediate volunteer opportunities are:
Oct. 5th, 10am - 3pm - Caine's Arcade - Hollenbeck Middle School, Boyle Heights - Duct Tape Accessories and Fashion. Come and work with creative youth on their Duct tape creations!
Oct. 19th, 9am - 12pm - STEAM Nation - West LA College - Activity is TBD but it's going to be fantastic! Offer to volunteer and help us figure out if we can do a Halloweeny themed project.
In this video blog, Jeff Geoffray takes the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 we will be experimenting with on Saturday on a maiden voyage. Everyone that attends Saturday's meeting will get the hands-on experience of taking filming to the skies.
Come to the next Los Hackers meeting and learn some wood finishing tricks to trick out all of your wood projects! Trick out your skateboard deck with a fine wood finish! Launch your laser cut and etched wood projects to the next level!
A classical wood finish is a thing of beauty that can last for many generations. It isn’t difficult, but it takes lots of time and patience. Of course there are other options to put a smooth surface on even rough wood surfaces that dry in hours, not days.
Four wood finishing techniques will be presented and Hackers will be able to try their hand at each one.
Finishes covered will include:
Traditional sand, stain, sand, seal, sand, wax (the “heirloom finish”)
Turpentine\Linseed Oil (refinishing)
Polyurethane (one step finishing)
Oil (food contact surfaces)
Hackers will receive a kit containing two small wood projects and to finish as they like as well as sandpaper, a brush and samples of the finishing products used in class to take home. Small unfinished wood projects will also be available for purchase for $5-$10.
An adult is required for makers under 13. We will be using materials that release volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), so this is not recommended for people with environmental or olfactory sensitivities.
This workshop is being held in conjunction with the LA Makerspace Rocketry Interest Group. If you’re interested in making and flying rockets with us, you’ll want to learn these skills!
We've got some new filament for the Up! 3D printer! We love the Up!, but the ABS filament we usually use is rated for a lower temperature than the Up! runs at, so we lose a little bit of overhang ability, and sometimes it's a little more difficult to remove the support and rafts from the finished pieces.
The new filament is HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) from our friend Joseph at Toybuilder Labs, and it's rated for higher temperatures. Let's take a look.