First meeting tonight for the 2014 Eugene Maker Space board. Congratulations to the newly appointed positions of; Cliff Cox Secretary, Darrell Perko Treasure, James Hukill Marketing/PR, Kassandra Kaplan Facilities/Inventory, Weston Turner Champion/President.
OregonASK Invited Eugene Maker Space (EMS) to have a booth at todays After School conference. Bob Miller and myself (James Hukill) volunteered to represent EMS onsite at Chemeketa Community College (Salem, Oregon). OregonASK mission statement is "To support, expand and advocate for quality out-of-school time programs and activities for children, youth, and families throughout Oregon." I think I have to blame my advancing age and that I now have kids that my desire to participate more in what 'we' teach our kids at all hours of the day not just school. All and all a great time not only meeting new people but had blast hanging with Bob the whole day.
Equipment wise we brought the usually "popular" equipment. EMS vinyl banner, paper rocket launcher, 3D printer, various bots and of course Bob's famous easy button chasing lights Arduino project. Years into 3D printers being on the market the questions and fascination people have has not waned, if anything there seems to be more excitement and enthusiasm with what can be done with them. I know I need to print a few more examples of the range of productive things a 3D printer can be used for, well, other than Hello Kitty pink pumpkins. On a more serious note it's awesome to see events like this (Adafruit, is helping organize ... improve the functionality and production of 3D printed prosthetics) being held in support of making useful things with 3D printers.
Besides the 3D bot talk it gave us ample opportunity to explaining to of folks what EMS is and who we are made up of to an audience that have never heard of EMS let alone Maker Spacers at all. The clamor for more tech related after school activities made our booth quite popular and I am sure Kiki over at ThinkerSmith (also there) a very busy woman. Oh and for the record my EMS elevator pitch got nearly polished by the end of the day. ;-)
Will from PIGS and PixelArts was a familiar face as I had chatted him up at 2012's Portland Retro Gaming Expo in his booth but it was cool to have him swing by and give EMS a look. I look forward to EMS working out some collaborative projects and hosting some PixelArts events. In the course of chatting and dreaming up some cool stuff an idea did come to mind. What if EMS had a coin op game (or two) that all the quarters aka profits could goto a local charity or shelter. I think it's kinda of fitting that a gaming habit can help someone locally in need and some decent PR for us. I wonder what the legality of making a retro-pi taking quarters is?
Oh boy, too many projects and not enough time…
Open to the public shop hours tonight 6-8pm. Don't have a Pumpkin' Chunkin' team yet? Swing by the shop and toss one together! 687 McKinley St., Suite #2, Eugene, Oregon 97401
Did anyone see any jaw dropping must have costumes for next year? Anything you want to bring to the shop and start the planning to be the king of your neighborhood? How about any killer lawn/house decorations?
Swing by the shop tonight and share what you saw, did or want to do next year!
Open to public hours start tonight at 6pm.
EMS member Rick Osgood (http://bit.ly/18kpxIZ ) SCARES up another Halloween hack. A double helix Jacobs Ladder (http://bit.ly/HtbuGT ). Congrats Rick ( @rickoooooo ) on another ELECTRIFYING fast hack.
Saturday was a EMS member meeting. If you did not make it don't worry Clif posted the meeting minutes. Thanks Clif! Some great topics brought up and a reminder EMS board member voting this December. https://www.eugenemakerspace.com/wiki/Sites/EMSMembershipMM102613
Congratulations Austin McKimmey. Always awesome when an EMS member makes it in the news. Being recognized as an Event Organizer makes it even better. Thanks for giving back to the community!
"Biking Out of Disaster"
Tonight we're starting Open Hack Night a little early. Doors will open at 5:00 instead of 6:00.
Open Hack Night is every Tuesday and Friday night. Our address is 687 McKinley, Suite 2, Eugene, Oregon.
For Marie's birthday we made a custom pinata that closely resembled the printer from Office Space that got beatdown, if you aren't familiar with Office Space or need a reminder of the printer beatdown
Eugene Maker Space now has its name on the sign out front of the building. We are easier to find than ever before.