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Holiday Open House on Friday, 12/1

The Greenbelt MakerSpace, opened five years ago when husband-and-wife team George Boyce and Eva Fallon took over an abandoned dry-cleaning shop and transformed it into a STEAM-driven community space. Ever since, the MakerSpace has offered a diverse calendar of events, meetups and workshops, from First Lego League– an annual kids’ robotics competition– to beer brewing to watercolors. We host the annual spring Mini Maker Faire, quarterly Repair Café, Friday game nights, and a Wednesday night knitting circle. Join us on 12/1, from 6 PM to 8 PM, for our MakerSpace Holiday Open House. The Open House will begin just before the annual… (Read More)

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Safe Solar Viewer (Again!)


Are you planning on viewing the Solar Eclipse (Monday, August 21, 2017)?  Are you traveling to view the total eclipse?  (Maryland is located outside the total eclipse zone.)  Avoid eye damage by using proper techniques during partial eclipse phases. Join us at the MakerSpace this Sunday, August 6 from 10am to 2PM to make a Safe Solar Viewer. We will be building a Safe Solar Viewer  with two lenses.  (The second lens is a Barlow lens; it will magnify and project the image of the sun.)  We’ve got boxes, spare binder clips, and lenses.  This is a child-friendly activity (although… (Read More)

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Festival Forecast is Great

Partly Cloudy

It may be stormy today but this is our best 10 day weather forecast we’ve had since starting our annual spring festival four years ago. Fingers crossed, and we will be on the lookout for any changes, but we will have a great time no matter the weather! We have a great lineup of exhibits, activities, and entertainment scheduled. Be on the lookout for daily updates. Forecast and image credit: WTOP Weather Update: Now forecasting full sun (11% cloud cover)

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Chain Maille

No, not a pyramid scheme; weaving with little rings of (mostly) metal. On Friday, April 7th at 6:30 pm we will be working on a stretchy bracelet and a small pouch. Due to supply and space requirements, participants must pre-register with the Sign up Genius button.  (And there is a $5 deposit for supplies.)   Participants need to bring 2 (two!) pair of slip-joint pliers, about 6 inches long.  (The instructor says that needle-nose pliers are hard to work with, especially for beginners.  Please let me know, when you sign up, if you will also need pliers.  (I’ll do a… (Read More)

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Video Production Meetup

Our amazing Animation instructor (and local artist) Ola Betiku is hosting a Video Production Meetup this Saturday, February 4th from 2 to 4 pm. If you’ve got a smart phone, you can make videos.  Or learn to edit that video of the baby eating the cake.  Or the dog playing with the cat. And this is really late notice because I set it to publish February 25th, instead of January 25th.  ooops  Let me know if you are interested but can’t make it:  eva at greenbelt dot com p.s. Save the Date:  Soup Swap is scheduled for February 17!

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Greatest (Tech) Show on Earth

Maybe “Greatest …” is a bold statement, but the USA Science and Engineering Festival will draw over 350,000 people to the Washington Convention Center this weekend. That certainly puts it in the running for the largest three day gathering of science and engineering geeks. We should know, we were exhibitors at the previous two shows. (We’re taking a break this year to prepare for our own Mini Maker Faire next weekend.) Just take a look at how much space is being set aside for this event:

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Join us for our monthly Game Night, this Friday (11/6) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. We’ll be playing games of strategy, so participants can test their skills while having fun. What better way to spend a chilly November evening than playing games and making new friends? All are welcome! The games may include Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Carcassone, Fluxx, or Evolution. (Or bring something you’d like to share!)

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Got Your Thingamajig Ready?

We’re headed to the 21st Annual Thingamajig Invention Convention! If you have kids, or just want to learn more about STEM yourself, join us this Thursday, 10-2pm, at the Prince George’s County Show Place Arena/Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland STEM is everywhere. It shapes our everyday experiences and is designing our future. It opens the doors to strategic thinking, creative expression and the best careers. At the YMCA, young people have numerous opportunities to learn, play and be inspired through STEM. The YMCA’s THINGAMAJIG Invention Convention is just one example of everything STEM. For 21 years, we’ve sparked the inventive, creative minds… (Read More)

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Closed for Special Events

sorry, we are closed

We’re not open this weekend, June 13-14th. We’re promoting community makerspaces at the National Maker Faire today, and supporting the maker/art movement at the Kinetic Sculpture Race on Sunday.  Come out and join us to see some stuff you’ve never seen before, maybe get a few ideas for a sumner project! The Labor Day Parade is just around the corner. Tweet @makerspace125 to find us 🙂 Update: We will be at the James Joyce Irish Pub for brunch on Sunday. Join us!

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DIY Series – Easter Eggs Edition

easter eggs with natural dyes

Our DIY Workshop series continues today, 4-6pm, with a session on how to dye Easter eggs, naturally. We mean with natural dyes! We have a signup page over on SignUpGenius. Space is limited. You should bring your own eggs (white or brown, blown or raw). The natural dye process involves boiling the eggs or egg shells which is why we can’t take a large crowd. But we’ll post images and instructions for next time.

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