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, 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 got 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: shorturl.at/dBOU1

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.

https://www.gctelegram.com/news/20190618/child-care-center-planned-for-vacant-homestead-rehabilitation-building

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: 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.

Fall Fest 2017

Booth setup
Jenette setting up our booth early on Saturday Morning.

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

Drone pic
GPMS board members Yuriy Drubinskiy, Dave & Vicki Germann, and Shannon Dick look to the skies as Yuriy pilots a drone overhead.

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!

 

 

Chris chats with some future GPMS members.

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.

Taking that first step

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!

Thank you for this opportunity!