Scratch Day is May 12

Scratch is a program used by kids (and kids at heart) to tell 2D animated stories, to develop and play games, and for many other fun activities. Join us on May 12, 1-4pm to learn and experiment with Scratch. On Scratch Day, people around the world gather to celebrate Scratch. Scratch Day events bring together young people to meet other Scratchers, share projects and ideas, and learn from one another. Last year, there were more than 1200 Scratch Day celebrations around the world! As makers, we like to connect stuff together. In addition to tradition story telling and game design… (Read More)

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This Week @ the MakerSpace

This Week is Tuesday April 24th thru Sunday April 29th Sew happy it is finally turning into Spring!  (How about you?)   We’ve got a great workshop on Saturday, check it out here.     This week: Tuesday:  Post-season Training from 5:30 to 7 pm Knights and Castles Chess Meetup from 7 to 9 pm A Thoughtful Discussion Group Meetup from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday: Fiber Fans from 6 to 9 pm Thursday: Magic from 7:30 to 9 pm Friday: Fermentation Fans from 7 to 9 pm Saturday: Junior Makers from 10 am to noon and Skirts for Every… (Read More)

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This Week @ the MakerSpace

This Week is Tuesday April 17th (today! also: Tax Day!) thru Sunday April 22nd Whew … Now that the Spring Maker Festival is over (!) I’ll tell you about two (more!) new things. The monitor wall is working.  (You probably didn’t notice it much during the Festival; it was too sunny.  That hasn’t been a problem since.) We’re working on a new site design (to be more mobile friendly, and, you know, just to update the old site.)   This week: Tuesday: A Thoughtful Discussion Group Meetup from 7 to 9 pm (This apolitical, non-religious discussion group meets weekly for… (Read More)

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Using Worms to Create Compost

Vermicomposting is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn kitchen waste into a black, earthy-smelling, nutrient-rich humus. Join the staff from Greenbelt Public Works at the Maker Festival on Saturday, April 14, to learn more. Some kits are available, restricted to Greenbelt apartment dwellers.

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Festival Activities for Kids

We have several activities for kids planned for out Maker Festival this Saturday, 10-4, at Roosevelt Center in Historic Old Greenbelt. Bethany is putting together “little bits” kits, a collection of snap together electronic devices. We also have, of course, our LEGO table, robotic kits, banana pianos, and giant bubbles. Slightly older kids and parents may be interested in our 3D printers, wet felting, knitting, microelectronics, or wood shop projects. Please stop into the MakerSpace to learn more about our summer camp program and plans for a fall home school day program!

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3D Print of the Week

I know it doesn’t look like much, but every electronics project needs some type of power and not every project can carry along a solar panel or wind turbine. So for small projects, a 3V coin battery is the perfect choice. And costing around a dollar or so, the battery holders are not too expensive. But on the other hand, for just a penny’s worth of plastic and a paperclip, we can save a buck per project. So here is a 3D print of 42 coin holders… Interested in knowing more about 3D printing? Stop by the Maker Festival on… (Read More)

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Little Makers and CO-OP Members Night

A little maker wears her new eyes on post-it night

We invite all of our CO-OP members to join our Little Makers (ages 2-6 and up) this evening, from 5 to 6:30, to make membership buttons to wear during the Maker Festival on Saturday (10-4). We will have a few designs ready to personalize but we challenge you to use your imagination! We have the crayons and glitter ready to go!  

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This Week @ the MakerSpace

This Week is Tuesday April 10th thru Sunday April 15th. Maker Festival April 14th, 10 am till 4 pm! Come see what we make!  Show us what you make! This week: Tuesday: A Thoughtful Discussion Group Meetup from 7:15 to 9 pm (This apolitical, non-religious discussion group meets weekly for friendly intense discussions.  This group is not appropriate for children (thoughtful teenagers, however, are welcome) as intense listening, support, and cheerful banter are expected. A topic is provided for each meeting.) Wednesday: Fiber Fans from 6 to 9 pm Thursday: Magic from 7:30 to 9 pm Friday: Little Makers from… (Read More)

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Maker Festival is April 14

The Greenbelt MakerSpace Cooperative is proud to host the fifth annual Greenbelt Spring Maker Festival, to be held April 14, 2018 at Roosevelt Center Plaza in Historic Greenbelt, Maryland. We invite you to join us as a “maker,” to share your interests, skills, and projects with others in our community. A Maker is anyone who designs or creates stuff, anything from traditional arts and crafts to the latest electronic technology. Do you design jewelry, create cabinets, perform as a clown, cook chili, build robots, or write game programs? Come and share your passion with others. It is super easy to get involved:… (Read More)

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This Week @ the MakerSpace

This Week is Tuesday April 3rd thru Sunday April 8th. It may be Spring Break but we’re still busy. And we’re getting ready for the Maker Festival April 14th. p.s.  Spring Break Camp has been changed to a daily event.  Click here! This week: Tuesday: A Thoughtful Discussion Group Meetup from 7:15 to 9 pm (This apolitical, non-religious discussion group meets weekly for friendly intense discussions.  This group is not appropriate for children (thoughtful teenagers, however, are welcome) as intense listening, support, and cheerful banter are expected. A topic is provided for each meeting.) Wednesday: Fiber Fans from 6 to… (Read More)

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