Another Year at MakerSpace

//Another Year at MakerSpace

Another Year at MakerSpace

The end of 2015 is almost upon us, so now we look back at the amazing year we’ve had at the Greenbelt MakerSpace.

This year saw a number of regular and special events, workshops and classes.

Much of the space on our calendar was devoted to First Lego League: we hosted five teams comprising 40 kids and 3 volunteers! The teams are currently working on Trash Trek, using robotics to solve trash-related problems.

Our other weekly events included Coder Dojo for kids and adults, Knit (and Other Fibery Pursuits) on Wednesday nights, and a Thursday-night writers’ group. We also hosted several monthly events, including First Friday Game Nights (usually attracting ten to fifteen participants), the Fermentation Fan Club, and Little Makers– an event for pre-school-aged kids and their families to create unique crafts together. Our Jr. LEGOs class and Little Coders were more opportunities for the youngest Greenbelters to get into the Maker Movement.

Summer at MakerSpace meant three weeks of summer camp, with four volunteers leading 45 kids in learning about robotics and game design. June was the culmination of our Banned Book Club for teens, begun in January, where each month participants read and discussed a book which had been banned elsewhere.

Throughout the year, we offered unique classes in everything from using Arduinos, soldering, and even building your own computer to natural egg dying and watercolor painting. We also held two well-attended Building Community through Art workshops.
In addition to hosting our own events, we provided space for community group meetings (including the Greenbelt Biota and Greenbelt Time Bank) and supported two home school classes and a home school cooperative planning group.
Our four Repair Cafes resulted in about 45 things each quarter getting fixed and saved from the landfill, thanks to our dozen talented volunteers. (Our next one is coming up on January 23rd!)
We celebrated Pi Day with 10 volunteers and around 100 other participants, and our Mini Maker Faire (next one on April 23rd!) had about 1500 attendees, 50 Makers, and 15 volunteers. We also participated in a number of outside events related to the Maker Movement, including the National Maker Faire, the Silver Spring Maker Faire, a Barnes & Noble Maker Faire in Bowie, and Berwyn Heights Day.
It’s been a fantastic, full year here at the Greenbelt MakerSpace and we look forward to beginning another one soon. Hope you’ll join us!
Happy New Year! 
By | 2015-12-27T06:21:59-05:00 December 27th, 2015|Front Page|Comments Off on Another Year at MakerSpace

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