Great Plains Makerspace, in participation with St. Catherine Hospital and other area medical centers, is coordinating efforts in acquiring and fabricating supplies to help with the fight against COVID-19.
If you have skills, equipment, materials that you can contribute, or any interest in helping, please fill out the form HERE so we can include you in our efforts. This will help us make specific requests based on each person’s abilities.
We recently loaned several laptops acquired through grant money to St Dominic and St Mary schools for the use of their students during the final portion of the school year. The laptops were acquired through generous grants from Western Kansas Community Foundation and The Finnup Foundation.
Using the CNC router at GCHS, St. Catherine Hospital was able to construct two acrylic intubation boxes. These will protect healthcare workers from potential infection while performing endotracheal intubations.
Firstly, a HUGE thanks to GCCC for the use of their Mobile Lab. All our demos and crafts would have been much more difficult, if not impossible, without it. If you find yourself in need of a quick pop up space with great facilities, you should definitely talk to them about it.
Secondly, thanks to everyone who stopped by to check out our little corner of Fall Fest. Our goal is to create a community-oriented organization and it’s encouraging to get so much positive feedback from the community.
We had a great time showing off some of the tools that will be available to members and talking to the community about what the Maker Space is all about, as well as what they would be interested in seeing in the future. Among these tools were our 3D Printers, which were a huge hit with kids and adults alike, and a laser cutter/engraver, which spent the day making plaques for the kids. We also had Yuriy and Sarah out to demo their Vex robotics and talk to people about the various robotics programs in town, and get a birds-eye view from their drone.
For the kids, we also had crafts including popsicle stick catapults, Bristlebot races, Paper Rocket Launches, and engraved name plaques.
We are ready for another season of GEAR robotics! GEAR robotics is for girls in grades 3-8 interested in developing creative problem solving skills by designing and competing robots. We will kick things off with a workshop and orientation to this years game. We are not limiting the number of participants, but so we can better prepare, we ask that you register for this workshop at the following link: shorturl.at/dBOU1
We are currently working with several local entities on a plan for a possible MakerSpace location. Along with the Finney County Economic Development Corporation, and the Finney County Child Care and Early Learning Network, and City and County Governments, we’ve been working on a plan that could possibly see the MakerSpace move into the currently vacant Homestead facility on 3rd Street.
Plans are currently still in the early phases, but look promising. The city has indicated favor for a plan that would provide a loan to acquire the building, allowing the MakerSpace and Child Care center to renovate and then lease separate parts of the building.
The East end of the building would house the child care center, while the curved west end, and center sections would house the MakerSpace. The building would come already equipped with a full commercial style kitchen as well as an extensive fire suppression system.
At this workshop, led by Yuriy Drubinskiy, you will learn how to program an Arduino microcontroller to create a self-watering plant system. The Arduino is yours to keep at the end of the workshop, and it can be repurposed for other automation projects, as well. You can register at the link here: http://bit.ly/GPMSAutomation
The $35 fee covers the class and the Arduino kit. Up to 3 people can work on a single kit. Basic computer literacy is required, and makers under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.
Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at Fall Fest last Saturday in downtown Garden City! Our goal was to let the community know what we’re about, gauge public interest in our different Labs and show off some of the cool things our members will be able to make when the MakerSpace is up and running. It was a great day!
Yuriy brought his 3D printers from GCHS (where he heads up the Robotics team) and Chris brought his laser cutter. We ran 3D prints and laser-engraved pieces all day, making a few
custom designs with visitors and explaining how the equipment works. Yuriy also brought one of the robots he built, along with his camera-toting drone. Overall, we drew quite a crowd!
We met a ton of great people, and had all kinds of interesting maker-y conversations. Also, we had 52 people sign up on our contact list, indicating their interest in becoming GPMS members. Most of them also indicated which Labs they’re most interested in (woodworking, textiles, etc.) so we know which areas we should focus on first. Overall, it looks like the Woodworking Lab and Fabrication Lab were at the top of the list, followed closely by Welding and Textiles.
If you weren’t able to make it to our booth, but you’d like to be notified when memberships are available, leave a comment below! Also, check out the Lab List and let us know which Labs you think you would use the most.
Like many projects the first step is often the hardest and oftentimes jumping right in is just the best way to go. So after years of thinking, and numerous months of research and planning, we were excited to have the Garden City Telegram get the word out that we are looking at making a MakerSpace in Garden City. See the article here!
So it is give us great pride to say that we will be working our hardest to build a Western Kansas community space for the inventors, tinkerers, dabblers, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, the big ideas and the small, the novice and the expert, the “wouldn’t it be cools” to the “I have to learn how to fix this”, and the old calloused hands and those that haven’t yet had a blister.
We are honored to take this first step in making Garden City, and Western Kansas, a better place for creating, inventing, collaborating, exploring, teaching, and learning!