Make :: Create :: Hack :: Learn

The Bozeman MakerSpace is a non-profit Makerspace / Hackerspace in Bozeman, MT. If you have an interest in making, modding things, new technology, or just want to learn how things work, this is to be the place for you. Our makerspace is a community workshop combined with a meeting space where people of similar interests or skills can converge to create, modify, learn, talk and build. You don't need to be proficient with any tools, skill, computer, or even know how to solder. All you need to the desire to learn or teach.

What is a MakerSpace?

A Makerspace / Hackerspace allows groups of people to pool resources and create a community of people with varied interests. These interests may include but are definitely not limited to: circuitry, robotics, soldering, woodworking, fabricating, programming, networking, hacking, bending, etc.

Festival Projects : Build Day

A festive day of hacking and building will occur on this day. A group build of one or more Thermins will take place during this meetup. If that doesn't peak your interest feel free to bring your own project to work on, or just come and have fun conversation with fellow makers from the Gallatin Valley.

Update: We made a Theremin... ?

More work on the Scrambler!

Pictures! I haven't updated in a while, but have managed to put some time into the pedal.

Really, there's not a lot to say this time. I managed to solder everything in without significant injury. I also mocked up the housing, stuck everything together with alligator clips, and fired it up for a quick test. As expected, it sounds weird (see video.)

Next steps:
- prime and paint the enclosure
- finish the off-board wiring (including power switch & LED)
- stick the whole thing together and hope I haven't broken something in the interim.

I've read but never tried this method of growing potatoes until now...

To get more potatoes - apparently way more - you essentially "stretch" the plant's root system out over the course of their growing cycle. And since the plants will produce potatoes wherever they have roots, more potatoes will result.

How do you "stretch" the plants? You keep burying the stalk, so that the buried portion puts out new roots.

Chicken Tractor

From the outset of this blog entry, I have to confess that this chicken tractor was a joint project between me and my husband. And when I say "joint", I mean that I came up with the general design and my husband implemented it. I almost hate to post it as my first entry, since I lamed out on in a considerable way on this particular project, but the chicken tractor ended up being so cool in the end, that I have to get it out there. Plus, I am going to finish off the rest of the project: nesting boxes with easy access to the eggs and wintertime (removable?) insulation.

Homeless speaker no more.

Ok so I have this high power 15" bass speaker, it's been homeless for almost two years. New, just never used.
The time came, so a cab I went a building.
1. sheet of cabinet grade 3/4" Birch ply.
2. Father in laws house.
3. Father in law with more tools than I can think of having room for.
4. an afternoon to kill.

Bozeman Makers Mini Meet!

Bozeman Makers Mini Meet

When: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 7:00 PM
Where: Bacchus Pub
103 West Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715

Please take a moment to RSVP. For more details, see the full listing:
http://meetup.bozemanmakers.com/events/23400161/

Prospective Projects for a Bozeman Makers Faire?

How about starting a list of projects we could build for a Bozeman Makers Faire?
(better known as the Bozeman Makers Library FlashMob)

Hmmm..

I just put "Bozeman Makers Faire" on the web for the first time... That is surprising.

Maker Saturday : Soldering

Bring your soldering projects for help and training on through hole soldering. We will need practice bare boards if anyone has some extras for soldering practice.

Maker Saturday : Soldering
When: Saturday, June 18, 2011 12:00 PM @ A Members Garage
Where: 2720 Harris Street, Bozeman, MT 59718
Meetup details: RSVP Here

Project update

While I was assembling all the components required for my new project, I also found a cool new Android app: ElectroDroid . I've really only poked around so far, but it looks exceptionally groovy. The resistor calculator, op amp calculator, and 7400 pinout reference look amazingly useful. Looks much more convenient than flipping through my old electrical engineering textbook, and finally gives some justification for buying an expensive tablet PC.

ANYWAY, on with the projects!

Help name our MakerSpace!

Even though we do enjoy the Bozeman MakerSpace name, I think we can do better. We will be running a contest in a couple of months in order to officially select a name that will include some prizes for the most creative, funniest, and finally the selected name.

Post the name(s) you think we should consider when naming our makerspace in the comments below, or submit it via our feedback form here.

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