July 6 Open Night, 2017

There’s never quite enough time to explore as much as you might want in one evening. Open Night is a chance to go back and explore activities in more depth or try something out from a night you did not make it to. If this is your first time to Makers, that’s not a problem! We’ll have the Maker Cart, Snap Circuits, probably some LEGOS and K’NEX, and maybe even a Makey Makey or two out for people to experiment with! You also never know what other things might pop up at an Open Night!

As normal, we’ll be in Clippinger 036, Ohio University, from 6-8PM.

July 13 (note change of date)- 3D Printing Workshop, 2017


(Originally scheduled July 6, this event was moved to July 13.) Mr. Nick Conroy will lead a 3D printing workshop. We will have several printers available. Nick will discuss the basics of 3D printing and participants will learn how to create 3D models in Tinkercad. The printers will be available to print models, but the reality is that a single print may take a while, so some prints may need to be left for subsequent weeks. Tinkercad is a free online tool supported by Autodesk. In order to save your models, you need to set up an account at https://www.tinkercad.com  There will be a limited number of temporary accounts set up, but if you can set up an account in advance (click sign up in the upper right corner of the screen), that would help.

Clippinger 036 – Ohio University, Athens Campus – 6-8PM

June 22 – Maker Cart Hydraulics, 2017

Come learn about hydraulics with several posssible projects from the Maker Cart, including the ‘Judo-Bot’ pictured here (from TeacherGeek.com) and other Hydraulic Arms. Those who are interested can also look at working on previous sail and fan cars.

We meet in Clippinger 036 from 6-8PM on Thursday June 22.

You do not have to have attended any previous sessions to come.

Summer 2017 – Starting up June 8

As summer ramps up, we are looking to start AthensMakers activities on Thursday June 8 from 6-8PM in Clippinger 036. As a reminder this is available for youth from 6th grade (rising 6th graders) on up through high school and parents are encouraged to hang out and join in as well. Our plan is to meet at least every Thursday through early August. We’ve got a great group of volunteers helping with ideas, and we will be collaborating for a number of evenings with the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery as we explore some of the Discovery Pack workshops being developed through a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

We are looking to start this summer with an introduction to the new “Maker Cart” purchased by the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery through the State Farm grant. The cart is on loan to the Makers through the summer as we all (adults included!) explore a wide range of possible projects. If you want a sneak preview, you can head to https://teachergeek.com and check out the cart and project ideas. We will start by trying out the air cars, powered and unpowered, as a way of getting used to the tools and supplies.

This will be a learning experience for all of us as we try to figure out how to best handle the use of the carts for future sessions. While we are looking into some way of letting participants purchase their creations for roughly the cost of materials, we need to presume that at this point projects will stay in the lab and be recycled for parts for future projects.

PVC Marshmallow Shooters – Thursday August 4, 2016

Thursday August 4 from 6-8PM we will converge on Clippinger 036 for the last Maker Event of the summer as Larry King and I lead the group in making and modding PVC Air-powered (breath) marshmallow shooters. See the Howtoons site for the initial instructions (http://www.howtoons.com/?page_id=139).

During construction, we will use hacksaws. If your child is uncomfortable with this, we will find someone to help.

There will be target-based testing and potential “live” dodge-marshmallow testing (with safety googles!). If this is an issue, please discuss with your child ahead of time your preferences.


Breathing New Life into Old Computers – Saturday July 23, 2016

The folks at BCS Engineering (Brandon and Carrie Saunders – who are also nice enough to host our web site for us!) and Cardinal Computing (Kellen Murphy) will open their doors on Saturday July 23 to help people try to revive old computers and then install Linux on either those computers or other working computers. The hardware session will start at noon. The software session (Linux installation) will start at 2PM.

The hardware session will focus on getting old computers that are not functioning to work. For the best chance of success, you should bring:

  • A hard drive (any size will do)
  • A motherboard (typically already inside in the case)
  • Power Supply (also typically inside the case)
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Flat Screen Monitor (there will be a few there that can be used that day)

They have some spare parts they can help swap in to diagnose things, but for security reasons (they work with financial data), they cannot provide any old disk drives. During this time they will discuss the basic parts of a computer and how they are connected.

The software session will focus on installing Linux on an old machine. You should bring your computer, either one you built in the earlier session or one you already know works. There will also be a few old machines around just in case the hardware fixing time was not as successful as hoped. During this time they will discuss basics on operating systems, Linux, and the installation of Linux.

BCS Engineering is locate at 486 Richland Avenue just south of Huddle Tire.

Cardboard Home Design/Build/Automation Project – July 14, 21, 28, 2016

We’re going to try a larger project starting July 14. The goal is for groups so design, build and automate a small cardboard house.  Time to pull out the Arduinos, Cardboard, Hot Glue Guns, and Creativity! While participants will work in groups and this is a multi-week project, don’t stay away if you can’t make a week or two. If all goes well, we may have the chance to display the houses at the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery in August!

Disclaimer: Our houses will NOT look the one the image!