Visit your local hackerspace. Hello, Kalamazoo!

Are you reading this post from the Detroit metro area? Then come to i3 Detroit this evening for Open Shop Friday! Guests welcome, bring a project to hack on, bring a friend or two, you know the drill…

But if you’re in Kalamazoo, or know any hackers/makers who are, you might want to get involved in Xipherspace. There isn’t a hackerspace/makerspace in every town quite yet, but new ones seem to be popping up quite often! The most surprising part? They cited us as an inspiration, and let me tell you, that’s an amazing bit of flattery.

If you’re in another area, leave a comment on this post! I’m curious how far-flung our blog readership is, and even more curious what your experiences have been when visiting other spaces around the state, country, or world.

Greased Up Pinewood Derby

 

Our friends over at AIGA Detroit are hosting a pinewood derby. We are helping out by giving participants a space with tools to plan and build their derby cars. The actual race day will occur sometime in January, but there will be a series of workshops leading up to the event. Here is a little blurb from their website on the next workshop day:

 

Monday, October 24, 2011
October 24, 2011
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join us for our second workshop designed to help participants prepare their cars for AIGA Detroit’s Greased Up Pinewood Derby to be held this January. This workshop will focus on continued tips and how-tos so you can transform your block of wood into a speed racer or a magnificent show car. Experts will be on hand to lend advice or bounce ideas off of. Come meet fellow racers and start working on your wheels at I3 Detroit. Hand tools and supplies will be available (pens,pencils, draft paper, sand paper) but feel free to bring anything else you might need to help in the drafting of your vehicle.

 

I3 Detroit 1481 Wordsworth
Ferndale, MI 48220

 

$15 for Non-AIGA member
$10 for AIGA members

 

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend the workshop to ensure we have enough kits available.

 

*the workshop price includes a full Derby kit which contains a block of wood, axels and wheels and use of the I3 space and tools!

If you are interested in constructing a lightning-fast derby car, go ahead and hit up that eventbrite link in the post, and meet us at i3 Detroit on Oct 24th! We hope to see you there!

Come Party With i3Detroit Tonight!!!


Ferndale, MI – i3 Detroit, Metro Detroit’s premiere community hackerspace, will be recognizing its one year anniversary at its Ferndale location with a public celebration and ceremony today, April 9th, 2011 at 6 pm.

The 8,000 square-foot workshop has provided an ideal location for hosting classes and events for the community. Events held in the last year include introductions to welding, metal-casting, air brush, soldering, painting and even how to make home-brew soda.

The new location has also allowed its members to work on larger-scale projects using more advanced equipment. The space now boasts a growing wood and machine shop, a fabrication lab with access to laser and vinyl cutters, a chemistry lab, a bicycle repair area, an electronics room and a craft room, as well as other areas that encourage collaboration and creativity.

The event is open to the public with tool and project demonstrations.

 

i3 Detroit
1481 Wordsworth
Ferndale, MI 48220

For more information, write to contact [at] i3detroit [period] com or call (248) 566-9995

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119421008133654

 

 

 

 

 

i3Detroit Call for Teachers: Great Global Hackerspace Challenge 2011

i3Detroit Call for Teachers: Great Global Hackerspace Challenge 2011

The Great Global Hackerspace Challenge is on!

i3Detroit is a hackerspace in Metro Detroit. We are participating in this year’s challenge. Help us think up, build, and test an invention to help teachers overcome a common educational challenge, no matter how big or small, focused or general.

If you have an idea that can help educators and are interested in helping us, please reach out: contact@i3detroit.com

If you are a teacher or educator and would like to help, but don’t have the time to reach out, you can still contribute! Take five minutes and fill out this brief survey. If you can give us even a little insight into the challenges and success stories you experience as a teacher, we’d be quite grateful.

Learn more about the challenge itself at:
http://www.element-14.com/Hackerspace