Masks Update

Update on the Southwest Kansas COVID-19 Resource Group: As of this morning, a total of 168 cloth face masks have been delivered to three locations: Homestead of Garden City, The Cottages at Garden City, and Mosaic in Garden City! Also, Pat VenJohn with Garden City High School has made two prototype intubation boxes for St. Catherine Hospital!

Upcoming projects:
We still need to make 178 more masks for St. Catherine Hospital and Mosaic in Garden City.
We are looking at starting to make some 3D printed protective visors.

If you are interested in helping, please join the Southwest Kansas COVID-19 Resource Group!

Laptops for Students

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.

Nicole Hahn with Greater Garden City did a great story on it.

GCHS and St Catherine Hospital Partner to locally fabricate Intubation boxes.

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.

Thank you to Pat VenJohn at GCHS and to USD 457 Garden City Public Schools!

The boxes allow workers to reach through to provide medical assistance, while preventing transfer from the patient.
Forming the box during gluing.

COVID-19 Resource Group

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.

Please also join our Facebook Group : Southwest Kansas COVID-19 Resource Group. This is where we will post the majority of our requests.

Fall Fest 2019

We had a blast at Fall Fest this year!

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.

Kids enjoy VEX robots outside the GCCC Mobile Lab

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.

A packed house

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.

A birds-eye view of Fall Fest 2019

For the kids, we also had crafts including popsicle stick catapults, Bristlebot races, Paper Rocket Launches, and engraved name plaques.

Bristlebots taking a break

Time for a New Season of GEAR Robotics

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:

Gear Robotics Workshop and informational session, Saturday Aug 10th, 1-3pm @ Charles Stones Intermediate School

In Case You Missed it…

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.

Intro to Microcontrollers and Automation Workshop

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:

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.