Recently at SLO MakerSpace…



Who’s ready for a little competition?

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We are going to host a friendly Maker competition!
What are we making?
Christmas trees!

To enter the competition

  • All trees must be minimum 12″ tall and 12″ wide and can be as big as you want as long as they fit through the front door. They can be made of any material, using any machine at the Space.
  • All entries must be finished and submitted (dropped off) by 12/5 at 11:pm. And you MUST register yourself or your team by emailing Jessi on or before 11/24 with this info:
  • Who is entering (you or a team).
  • A brief description of what you’re building your tree out of.


There will be 1st through 3rd prizes (and maybe more!) awarded at the Open House and Craft Fair 12/6 and you do not need to be present to win. Prizes from: Petra, Old SLO BBQ, SLO Little Theatre, and Sidecar!

The Fine Print

  • Materials: are the responsibility of the competitors. We encourage creativity in all forms including recycle and repurpose so if you’ve had your eye on materials at the space that you don’t think are being used, please ask me and I’ll hunt down the source and see if it’s available.
  • Time: I understand everyone is busy so I would like to ask that if you work on this project during your weekly hours, please be sure that you take care of your priorities first during your shift ie: weekly classes are still taught, machines are maintenanced etc. and I HIGHLY encourage you to come in during time you are not scheduled.
  • Teams: you are welcome to compete as a team. If your tree wins it will be up to your team to share the prize however you see fit.
  • The 3 winning trees may be displayed by the vendor that sponsored their prize until 1/1/15.
  • All trees are the property and responsibility of the Maker and can be displayed at SLO MakerSpace until 1/1/15.

Here are some examples to get your creative juices flowing!

Ready…? Set…? MAKE!
PS. not a fan of Christmas trees or Christmas in general? What symbol of the holiday season would you like to make instead?
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This week for Kid’s Night: Marshmallow Catapults!

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Fling! We’re going to be making small wood catapults this Friday at the MakerSpace as part of our Kid’s Night program. Come on down for a night of creativity, fun, engineering, and making with your child! Participation is $5/participant for members, $10 for non-members. See you there!

Marshmellow Catapolt

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Science After Dark LEGO Derby

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Central Coast S.T.E.M. Collaborative held their Science After Dark LEGOs Derby @ Marie Calendars’ in Pismo Beach this last Thursday. If you weren’t there, you missed a lot of fun!

Tom & Rich from the MakerSpace hauled our legendary Pinewood Derby track down and helped with the races. Tom’s magical Arduino sketch got kids & adults excited as they saw their racers clocking in at over 200 mph!

Tom Tests the track (CCSTEM-Legos-Derby-096) CCSTEM-Legos-Derby-127 CCSTEM-Legos-Derby-120 CCSTEM-Legos-Derby-116 CCSTEM-Legos-Derby-113 CCSTEM-Legos-Derby-112 CCSTEM-Legos-Derby-108 CCSTEM-Legos-Derby-101 CCSTEM-Legos-Derby-099 Ben's Lego Masterpiece (CCSTEM-Legos-Derby-123) Ben builds his racer(CCSTEM-Legos-Derby-107)

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This Friday (8/21) at the Maker Space…

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Homemade Pinhole Cameras!!!

Hey everyone. Today’s kids’ night (the link is on the calendar) will feature made from scratch cameras. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own shoe box, coffee can, empty tissue box, or anything else you want to make a camera out of.

Friday Kid’s Night are a 2 hour long kids “camp” every Friday at 6PM at the SLO Makerspace. Each week we do a new activity that includes the kids and their parents or guardians. The activity will be science or technology related and everyone has a blast working together and learning! In previous sessions we learned about things like electricity, flight, and physics. We made and tested rockets, wired LED’s, used electrified play dough, made Star Wars light sabers, and much more!

Recommended ages are 5-12 and each child must be accompanied by an adult. If you are interested sign up below or pay upon arrival. Cash, check or credit cards are all accepted. Each class is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. You can sign up for one class at a time or as many as you like!

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Rich Farwell, The Wood Guru

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Often times when working on a project you run into a sticky problem. Sometimes it helps to simply bounce around ideas with someone. Makerspaces all over are perfect for picking people’s brains because there are so many people, from all walks of life, that have different ideas they are happy to share. Innovation comes from sharing those ideas!

Here at the SLO Makerspace we are beginning a new installment of our operation: The Guru Hour! Our Gurus will be available during certain hours to help you with your project and the questions that come with it. The first Guru is Rich Farwell. Rich has been a Master Craftsman with wood for the majority of his life. Rich owned and operated Los Osos Wood Working for 25 years before retiring in 2012. Rich has never been out of the wood game and is here to help you with your wood project. If you are a member of the SLO Makerspace, you can now come in on the FIRST and THIRD Saturday of the month from 9AM to Noon and receive input on your project. Gurus are available to advise and guide. They are not here to finish your project for you, but they can answer questions and help you get out of a dead end. More Gurus coming soon!

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