The first EMS Make-O-Rama was held last Saturday, Feb 23 from 11AM to 4PM. We had a good turn out. We had a good portion of our membership turn up to help out either by showing off projects or talking with visitors. We had a ton of snacks, drinks, pizza, and good conversations. A few people were able to solder electronic components to a circuit board for the very first time, which is was exciting. Austin set up a GoPro camera to take time lapse footage of the event. You can check it out below. Clif also took some photos during the event and uploaded them to the EMS gallery. Check them out!
The Eugene Public Library hosts events for young kids on Sunday afternoons. A few months back, Eugene Maker Space was invited to host one of these events at EPL. We accepted the offer and on February 3, 2013, six members from EMS went to the library to run the event.
The age group for these events is typically ages 3-7, plus parents of course. We thought that building and launching paper rockets would be a great event for this age group. It's also relatively inexpensive for us to host since we already have two available rocket launchers and the rockets themselves are made from just computer paper and masking tape.
Eugene Maker Space Invites You to Visit
Make-O-Rama: “Tooling Up”
Our Semi-Annual Show & Tell/Open House
February 23, 2013
11:00 to 4:00
687 McKinley Street, Suite #2
www.eugenemakerspace.com for more information
Making awesome tools to make awesome stuff!
Come see what we’re building now:
Laser Cutters! Vacuum Tables! 3D Printers! Welding Booths!
It's just about time for us to hold our first annual meeting since Eugene Maker Space was founded! The meeting will be held on Saturday, December 8th at 1:00PM.
At this meeting we also have to elect our new board. There are currently five positions on the board and all members in good standing will get to vote to fill those slots. We are working on an electronic voting system that will allow you to vote online in the event that you cannot make it to the membership meeting or otherwise do not wish to attend. This should help us reach our quorum so we can officially elect the new board right away. More details about the electronic voting system will follow, but the most important thing to note is that the polls will close on Saturday, December 8th at 2:00PM. That is exactly one hour after the meeting starts. This will give candidates some time to speak their peace before the votes are all cast.
Do you think you might want to run for a board position for 2013? Please do! This is your chance to step up and make a difference in this community. If you think you want to run for a board position, please send an email to the discussion list or talk to some members in person to let us all know why you want to be on the board and what you can bring to the table. Another member must nominate you for a board position. If you wish to nominate someone for a board position, please send an email to the discussion mailing list with a subject line of "NOMINATION - Member Name". That will make it easy for us to keep track of nominations. Nominations will close on November 30th, so make sure you get all of your nominations in before December 1st.
We encourage all members who are interested in this voting process (or are interested in running for a position) to familiarize themselves with our current governing documents. You can review the most recent version of our governing documents on the EMS wiki:
If anyone has any questions about any of this, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of us will help you out where possible.
What's been happening at EMS lately? Lots of stuff! First off, I (Rick) have been working on a relay box for Halloween. The ideas is to be able to control 120V circuits with just an Arduino.
Bob is still working hard on his DIY laser cutter. It's been coming along great so far!
Weston continued working on his home made prototyping station. He hopes to build a station that will have everything he needs when prototyping new electronics projects.
Ben, Kassie, and Michelle have all been working together on... a movie? Why not? This is Eugene Maker Space! Making movies is still making! They are filming a couple of scenes for the upcoming crowd-sourced movie, "Star Wars Uncut: The Empire Strikes Back".
What have you been making lately? Come down to Eugene Maker Space and hang out with other local makers!
The Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) held it's second annual Science Open House event at the University of Oregon last Wednesday. Eugene Maker Space member Mark set EMS up with a table at the event so we could represent our group in the community.
Mark brought in his 3d printer and Rick brought in the lockpick Mystery box and vortex cannon. Mark's friend John was also there with his laptop and some custom made 3D models he created in Blender. Dean was also at the event taking photographs, including those below.
We had a lot of people checking out our display. Kids and adults alike were all very interested in learning how to pick locks so I think people were able to leave our display with at least the knowledge of how pin and tumbler locks work. Many people also got to see a 3d printer for the first time and left with a basic understanding of how a 3d printer operates.
All in all the event was a lot of fun! Hopefully we can have an even larger presence next year maybe with some more interactive activities for the younger crowd.