October Announcements

Raquel volunteering

Volunteer Orientation

We are excited to announce our new and improved Volunteer Orientation! Every first Saturday of the month, beginning October 6, there will be a new volunteer orientation from 11 am – 12 pm. After a short break, there will be a brief training session for all volunteers. Refreshments will be provided!

If you haven’t already, click here to fill out the Volunteer Application form.

Make Halloween better with the Makerspace!

Don’t forget, the Bellingham Makerspace has all the tools you need to make those awesome costumes! Keep checking our Eventbrite page to stay up to date on all our scary-fun upcoming classes.

Upcoming Classes

Click a class title to view more info and get tickets on Eventbrite!

Oct 11: Make a Halloween costume out of a T-shirt!

Oct 16: Intro to CNC Router

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Volunteer Orientation

Raquel volunteeringWe are excited to announce our new and improved Volunteer Orientation! Every first Saturday of the month, beginning October 6, there will be a new volunteer orientation from 11 am – 12 pm. After a short break, there will be a brief training session for all volunteers. Light refreshments will be provided!

If you haven’t already, click here to fill out the Volunteer Application form.

Please bring your laptop/tablet/smart phone in order to access certain orientation materials. (Must be Internet-capable.) If this is a problem for you, please let us know in advance!

Aim to arrive 10-15 min early to the session, especially if you need to fill out a waiver form.

If you have any questions, or would like to be notified via email of this event, please email manager@bellinghammakerspace.org with the subject line “Volunteer Orientation”. We look forward to seeing you there!

Intro wood working class – Make a box from reclaimed wood!

Learn how to accurately cut and assemble pieces to make a box. Sounds deceptively simple, but the skills you’ll acquire are the building blocks of furniture, cabinets, rough framing, or even just more boxes!

This is a terrific introductory class for new carpenters looking to learn the basics around a tool bench and it provides an ideal foundation for more complicated woodworking projects in the future! The unique box you build can be hung up on a wall and used as a bookshelf, display case, storage container or shadow box. By using reclaimed building materials from The RE Store, participants will learn how select, work with, and get the most out of reclaimed and salvaged lumber, tools, and more. Come join The Foundry and The RE Store in creating something new out of something old.

Check the Calendar for more info!

LipSync Buildathon

This past Saturday we joined together with The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention to host the LipSync buildathon where we successfully made 18 LipSync devices that were donated to the Makers Making Change cause: connecting makers to people with disabilities to create open-source assistive technologies. Here are some highlight pictures from the event!

A great project even for beginners like us. A fun way to bond and serve our community. We were successful on our first try! –Alex & Tom Weller

Really well organized, clear instructions, and great experience overall! Would attend another. -Ryan Shape

Excellent project! Easy to follow instructions and there was always someone to help and teach me, whether it was volunteers or other community members.-Emmanuel Harley

ILL Gotten Games

Coming up with Ill Gotten Games on July 8th learn to make your own 3D printable miniature or board game piece! To register for the class and get more info, click here. To see some more projects from Ill Gotten Games, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maker’s Making Change LipSync Buildathon June 24th !

BELLINGHAM – The Foundry, Bellingham’s Makerspace, and The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention join in hosting the Maker’s Making Change LipSync Buildathon on June 24th. We are inviting the public to join us as part of a team that will build mouth-operated joysticks that make it possible for a person with no use of their hands to control a touch screen device such as tablet computer.

The LipSync Buildathon is an opportunity for individuals to join a team of 2-3 others and build a LipSync, Teams will be supplied with the tools, components, parts and instructions, and will work together to assemble, solder, transfer the code onto an Arduino board, and mount the device to a wheelchair. Technical knowledge isn’t required, as they will be supported by the LipSync creators, the Neil Squire Society, and their new program, Makers Making Change: connecting makers to people with disabilities to create open-source assistive technologies.

“We’re excited about partnering with the Spark Museum on our first buildathon, ” says MaryElliott Keane, founder and director of the Foundry. “We expect a great turnout as people come together to make a difference in the lives of fellow members of our community”.

Individuals interested in participating in this event, receiving a LipSync device, or would like to help support this program with a donation, please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-foundry-lipsync-buildathon-registration-34788474263/amp Tickets for build participants are $10 each, and funds will go towards cost of materials. A light pizza lunch will be provided. For ages 14 and up.

The Foundry, Bellingham’s Makerspace is a member based, non-profit, community fabrication center that provides access to space filled with tools for makers, inventors, builders, students, entrepreneurs and teachers. Members gain access to state of the art tools and a creative, thriving, supportive community.

The mission of the Spark Museum is to offer exciting and educational experiences for audiences of all ages through galleries and public programs that illustrate the development and use of electricity, radio, and related electrical inventions that changed the course of human history. Using our collection as inspiration, we foster a spirit of innovation and invention through dynamic hands-on programs.