It is here – Make & Take: Robots 101 !!!

On Sunday, June 26th at The Bellingham Makerspace

Build a mobile robot vehicle that you can program yourself. Lots of ways to improve it and learn about robotics.

We will be assembling the Kitronik Micro:Bit MOVE Mini Mk2 (included in the price if the class), a great introductory robot for both remote and autonomous operation with a range of add-on boards to continue the exploration of robotics.

Each participant pair (young person and their adult assistant) will have a dedicated robotics expert to help with assembly and troubleshooting. All teams will learn how to assemble the robot, light up the LEDs, draw shapes on paper using the robot and a marker, and perform basic programming tasks.

Did we mention the best part? You get to take home – the robot is yours! You can even modify the robot to personalize and enhance it. Later classes will likely build upon this base, adding extra features, interactivity – and even some “from scratch” chassis design. So get started now.

Get your seat now on our EventBrite class registrar, here.

Update on Masks

The Makerspace has been passing on masks free of charge. Everyone has been wonderful donating material and their time. Now that the CDC has recommended that everyone wear a face covering, the Makerspace is not able to keep up with the demand, even with all the lovely people in the community sewing the way they are.

Another important issue is that raw materials are getting short of supply. Therefore I have recruited some local small businesses to help with the efforts. These small businesses are not able to obtain materials without buying them – especially since everyone in the nation is in this same situation. The small businesses also have employees that they would like to not have to lay off. Most companies that are in need of large numbers of masks would actually be buying them if they were readily available.

By buying materials, and purchasing things through our local businesses, not only are we getting protective equipment into people’s hands, but we are also supporting local businesses – who in turn can then pay their employees who are our friends and neighbors. Moving forward, this not only protects people’s health but also people’s jobs and livelihood.

I understand that some organizations may not be in a position to purchase masks. If that is the case, please contact us and we can donate masks to that team. Please understand that pulling in the local upholstery industry (and soon seamstresses, etc) is an effort to both protect people’s health and their livelihood.