Update

We are getting so excited about our space! We will have a 3D printer by the time we open, and we are working on building a laser cutter for the space! It’s a 50W laser and the cutting area will be 16×20 (ish…still to be determined).  The awesome crew at SnoCo makerspace in Everett is helping us get up and running, and we owe them a HUGE thanks!

Other tools we know we will have:

  • Sewing machine (Singer Rocketeer: this thing sews through 9 layers of denim, so it’s pretty heavy duty!)
  • Dremel Variable speed rotary tool
  • Rockwell Blade Runner X2
  • Soldering irons (we could use more if you have one to donate)
  • Drill
  • Multi-use tool with sander, jig saw, router and more
  • Various hand tools
  • Frame looms
  • Spinning wheel
  • Vinyl cutter

We will be in Edmonds, just over the county line, in the old Guitarville building (our suite is on the bottom floor, accessed from the back of the building. There’s plenty of parking too!

Our fundraising is going great…we’ve raised almost $1500 so far! Thanks to those who have pitched in for 6 month or 1  year memberships up front, and to donations! Those of you purchasing advance memberships: your renewal dates will be moved to 6 months or a year from when we open, not when you purchase!

 

 

GOOD NEWS

Thanks to all your support and enthusiasm, we are at a point where we are getting a space! We are excited to be able to offer more classes and workshops, and space to create, collaborate, and commune with other makers! We hope to have our grand opening as soon as next month!

With all the great things a dedicated space brings, it also brings more bills. To support this space, we need members and donations! In addition to monthly rent, there’s insurance, deposit, wifi, etc. To put us on stable footage, we need to raise approximately $5000.00 through donations and annual memberships.

We’re announcing new membership levels. Memberships can be purchased on a month-to-month basis, but if you purchase a 6 month membership, you’ll get one month free. With a year’s membership, you’ll get 2 months free. This is true for all levels of membership except Supporter.

Our Charter members will get a special discount as a thank you if they choose to upgrade to a full membership.

Here are the membership levels available:

Full membership: $40/month, $200/6 months, $400/1 year
Access to space and tools when we are open. We hope to have 24/7 access, or close to it, but are still working out details with the landlord. If this occurs, full members will have access. A background check will be needed to get a key. Use of certain tools will require a certification class.

Starving artist/Unemployed/Student: $25/month, $125/6 months, $250/1 year
Same as Full Membership

Supporter membership: $30/3 months
$10 discount on all classes and workshops.

Current Charter members can upgrade to a full membership for $30/month, $150/6 months, $300 year

If you would like to support us with a donation, please use the following link:

Donations

Thank you for being part of this journey so far…there’s more exciting times around the corner!

Echo Lake Elementary Science Night

Last Thursday night, MakerLab NW had the pleasure of being at the Echo Lake Elementary School Science Night. When my son (now in high school) was a student at Echo Lake, Science Night was a yearly favorite, so it was extra fun to go back and be a part of it.

We brought out the Makey Makey, which is a fun way to introduce kids to the ideas of simple electrical circuits and hardware building. Why is a computer mouse a mouse and not a banana? Well…bananas get a lot messier for one!

Adults enjoyed the banana piano as well, and creating sounds by high-fiving others was a big hit!

We also brought a simple, line-following robot called an Ozobot. This robot can follow simple inputs of color combinations…for example, adding blue then red at the end of a line makes it turn around and go the other direction. Kids enjoyed experimenting with different line widths and complexities to see what worked and what didn’t.

The 3D printed dancing robot was also a big hit.

The biggest crowd was centered around the 3D printer and scanner demonstration. Kids and adults alike were fascinated with being able to scan and reproduce items (and people!) in real time and see them start to print!

We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Science Night and seeing kids get turned on to Science of all kinds. There were many great exhibits there, including rocks and gems, a portable planetarium, homemade gak (always a crowd pleaser!) and Team Pronto, the High School FIRST Robotics team. I’m happy to see the elementary schools supporting STEM and showing kids that science is fun!