If you are interested in learning how to program, we're offering an "Introduction to Programming for Non-Programmers" class next week. The class starts on Monday evening and runs for five days, one hour per session. The class is open to adults and kids, but you have to be old enough to be starting 5th grade in the fall. The class is being taught using Python, an open source language that is simple enough for kids, but so powerful that scientists use it to control sophisticated instrumentation.
This class, taught over four Saturdays, will teach you how to use Blender, a professional-level, open-source 3D modeling and animation suite to design, render and print your own 3D creations on a 3D printer. Each 2 hour class will consist of an hour of instruction and an hour of coaching. The class will be taught by the talented Kenyon Bertelsen. On the final class day, Making Awesome's 3D printer guru, Brad Harris, will be there to help students print their models and to answer questions about the 3D printers.
Due to popular demand, Dick has agreed to accept makers as young as 12 into the soldering class. Remember, the Making Awesome terms and conditions (http://makingawesome.org/file/mai-membership-policy31-dec-2014-postingpdf) apply to everyone taking the class. Makers under 18 must have the permission of their parent, and those under 16, must be accompanied by a responsible adult. As always our three rules are "Don't be on Fire, Be awesome to each other, and pick up after yourself".
Please join us for our latest soldering class on Saturday, July 25th from 10AM until 2PM.
Participants in this class will learn how to use our new temperature controlled soldering stations, read a schematic, prepare and install components, flux and solder. We'll learn-by-doing, with each participant building a cool LED alarm clock, and taking it home.
All parts and supplies will be furnished. Students will use the Making Awesome soldering stations and tools to build their clock.
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The first annual Making Awesome class survey is open. If you have a few moments, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCSBZK3 and help us decide which classes to offer, when to offer them, how much to charge, and how to handle registration and payment.
Board Meeting Synopsis
To help get us started in the Instructables community, I have three pro memberships to give away. These memberships provided a higher level of access to the site and normally cost $23/year. I'm giving these away to the first 3 members who post a new project on the instructables site. Instructables does a lot to help support makerspace including providing tools, equipment and supplies for build nights and other events. The instructables can be on any kind of project, from food to robotics.
The awesome website, Instrucables (http://www.instructables.com - Owened by Autodesk) is a long time friend of the maker movement. They have been sponsoring "build nights" for awhile now. Spaces that participate are sent parts and supplies provided by a sponsor, and fun ensues. In order for us to participate, there must be at least 5 instructables posted on the site by members of Making Awesome. How about it? Do we have members who have posted to the site. Do you have a project that belongs on the site?