Summary of last night’s meeting
The meeting was attended by approximately dozen persons. With representatives from Portland Machinist Guild and Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild attended, along with some persons from TechSmith and several teachers from the area’s public K-12 schools.
All parties are interested in the formation of a Lansing area public fabrication studio, also called a Maker Space or Hackerspace, similar to others such as; I3-Detriot, MakerWorks (Ann Arbor) TechShop (Dearborn), www.shoprat.org(Jackson) and All-Hand-Active (Ann Arbor). Links can be found at http://www.highimpedanceairgap.com/other-maker-pages-1
In short this meeting became the incubation of newborn “Lansing Maker’s Network”. With a goal of coalescing the different greater Lansing maker type groups.
We can shortly expect to see a (this) email group and from there group discussions on who, what, where, when and how we can coalesce, and proceed with the goal of providing a community, that can bridge the different area’s and multi-generational gaps.
Our take-a-way action items were: Create the email Group o http://groups.google.com/group/lansing-makers-network Next Meeting o http://whenisgood.net/wkw22pm Interest Survey For representatives of other groups to solicit and gage support by their group. Solicit support by other groups not attended o There are quite a few arts and crafts groups that fall in with our goals. o Is there a match with org’s: § K-12 STEM’s “Project Lead the Way” www.pltw.org. § ITEC § YMCA § Boy/Girl Scouts/Club § I5 § Lansing Parks and Recreation § Home School Groups o Along with other that may be interested in just a meeting space. § GLLUG § Ruby/Phython Group Possible group road trip to MakerWorks Preliminary look for any grants or corporate sponsorships o Discover what their requirements are. o Micro Grant SOUP Events (like http://www.detroitsoup.com/home/about/) Define a common workspaces requirements as a tenant. Preliminary look for any projects either inter-discipline or not, that our new “Lansing Maker’s Network”, can mentor. o Hosting a PineCar Derby, (similar but not too be confused with Boy Scout’s Pinewood Derby) with possible competition against other hackerspaces, such as I3’s recent Pine Car Derby. o Host a Rube Goldberg contest. http://www.rubegoldberg.com o Hosting other Cub Scout/BSA § http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/Activities/Adults/derbies.aspx § “Space Derby” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_derby (Wow - I remember doing this.) § Rain gutter Regatta (Again – I remember doing this. lost memories) o Intro Classes § Home Electronic Repair § Beginning Soldering, make your own blinking LED badge (9th grade and up, great parent/kid projects) § Micro-Computers for beginners, Arduino projects (9th grade and up, great parent/kid projects)
Michael P. Flaga, firstname.lastname@example.org