Parachute Factory & the Agency by Design Learning Community

Children of all ages learn to work with the Makey Makey during an Agency by Design site visit to see the work of the Parachute Factory at the Edgewood Community Library in New Mexico.

Children of all ages learn to work with the Makey Makey during an Agency by Design site visit to see the work of the Parachute Factory at the Edgewood Community Library in New Mexico.

Parachute Factory is excited to announce our involvement in the Agency by Design Learning Community! The AbDLC is part of Project Zero – a long running research project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Agency by Design is a three year study on makerspaces in education. As a member of the AbDLC, Parachute Factory is contributing data from our work in the community and test piloting some of Harvard’s best practices in maker education.

We are both honored and humbled to be a part of such an important moment in maker education. The group consists of around 30 amazing spaces from all over the country. In the summer we were visited by one of Project Zero’s researchers, who observed several of our makerspace events and conducted an interview with me. In November I was invited to Cambridge to take part in the AbDLC launch at Harvard University.

Agency by Design has just launched a new website to highlight its work Check that out here:

http://www.agencybydesign.org/

The group has also just released a sneak peak at its initial findings from the project:

http://www.agencybydesign.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Maker-Centered-Learning-and-the-Development-of-Self_AbD_Jan-2015.pdf

And last, but not least, NMHU has published a story about Parachute Factory’s involvement in the project:

http://www.nmhu.edu/harvard-invites-media-arts-grad-help-catalyze-maker-education/

Parachute Factory’s MakeCation 2014

The Parachute Factory is celebrating two years as northern New Mexico’s leading makerspace, with workshops, community events, and discussions on the future of maker culture. Join us from Halloween through Dia de los Muertos, with a dynamic community of makers, fixers and hackers. Parachute Factory founder, Mariano Ulibarri, will be leading the weekend with his experienced crew. Bring your experiences & skills to share, learn something new, join our community events, and help us celebrate three years of making in the mountains of New Mexico.

We will be kicking things off on Friday with a very special Halloween installment of Parachute Factory’s FIXIT Friday – an event where locals bring in broken items to be repaired by Parachute Factory FIXIT volunteers.

On Saturday participants will have several workshops and lectures to choose from including:

  • 3D Printing and Scanning 
  • Intro to Arduino 
  • Laser Cutting Primer 
  • Which Microcontroller for What Project? 
  • CAD Design for Absolute Beginners 
  • Storefront Lecture Series: The Role of a Community Makerspace

To close things out on Sunday we will be hosting our third annual DIA de DIY event. Participants will take part in Parachute Factory’s biggest community event to date! This multi-generational day of making celebrates the start of Parachute Factory’s third year as a community makerspace. We will be sharing some of our very best workshops and projects from the past two years with the Las Vegas, NM community. There will be 3D printing, laser cutting, drones, sewing, printmaking, and more!

You NEED a MakeCation. Join us Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2014 and see for yourself how lil’ Las Vegas makers unwind!

Registration is now open. Visit MakeCation 2014 on Eventbrite & reserve your spot today!

Find out more at: www.MakeCation.org

On the Road Again // NMSL Summer Makerspace Tour

It’s been a very busy couple of months for the Parachute Factory crew. So many exciting things are happening this summer! Let’s start here:

Parachute Factory is gearing up to kick off its 2014 Summer Makerspace Tour later this month. We’ll be traveling around New Mexico hosting pop-up events as part of the New Mexico State Library’s Summer Reading Program! Find us at your local library:

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Parachute Factory on Respectful Revolution

Parachute Factory founders, Mariano Ulibarri & Lololma Adam Caldwell are being featured on the Respectful Revolution – a project that documents positive actions throughout the United States with short video portraits.

We are humbled to be a part of this wonderful project! Check out the interview below & head on over to Respectful Revolution to see more great work from all around the country.

 

Ornament Factory // A Holiday Open Lab

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Join Hacker Scouts Guild 005 for a special Open Lab event at Parachute Factory! We’ll be building some high/low-tech holiday ornaments, cards, and gifts.

Pop in and make something cool to put on your tree! We’ll be firing up the laser cutter, 3D printer, some sewing machines, soldering irons, a woodblock block printing station & more.

The event is FREE to Hacker Scouts & only $5 for everyone else. We’ll also have several cool electronic kits for sale – great gifts for that geek in the family!

BLACK FRIDAY = FIX-IT FRIDAY at Parachute Factory

Fix-it Friday // Black Friday edition was a great event! We had a nice turnout, and a few things got fixed!  Keep an eye out for our next installment real soon…

To get an idea of where we’re coming from with this event, check out The Fixer’s Manifesto, written by Sugru.:

1. IF IT’S BROKEN, FIX IT! BECAUSE EVERYDAY PRACTICAL PROBLEM SOLVING IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FORM OF CREATIVITY THERE IS.

2. IF IT’S NOT BROKEN, IMPROVE IT. A SMALL, CLEVER TWEAK CAN IMPROVE HOW SOMETHING WORKS FOR YEARS TO COME.

3. GIVE YOUR PRODUCTS A LONGER LIFE. IF WE DOUBLE THE LIFE OF OUR STUFF, WE HALVE WHAT GOES TO LANDFILL.

4. FIXING MEANS FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE. AS A FIXER, YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT WEAR AND TEAR. NOTHING STAYS NEW, SO FORGET PERFECTION.

5. RESIST TRENDS AND NEEDLESS UPGRADES. THEY FUEL OUR THROWAWAY CULTURE.

6. DON’T LET COMPANIES TREAT YOU AS A PASSIVE CONSUMER. EVERY TIME WE SPEND MONEY, WE VOTE FOR THE KINDS OF PRODUCTS WE WANT TO SEE SUCCEED. BUY PRODUCTS THAT CAN BE REPAIRED.

7. A FIXED THING IS A BEAUTIFUL THING. EVERY FIX, WHETHER SKILLFUL OR IMPROVISED, HOLDS A STORY.

8. IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA, START SMALL AND MAKE IT GOOD. IF IT’S RIGHT, IT’LL GROW FROM THERE.

9. NURTURE YOUR CURIOSITY. KEEP TRYING THINGS YOU’VE NEVER TRIED BEFORE. IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR SOUL. DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL— IT MAKES SUCCESS ALL THE SWEETER.

10. PEOPLE ARE INFINITELY DIVERSE. PRODUCTS SHOULD BE TOO. EVERYTHING CAN BE IMPROVED OR CUSTOMISED.

11. DISPOSABILITY IS A CHOICE, NOT A PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTIC. PLASTICS AREN’T EVIL, BUT WE’RE USING THEM WRONG. TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT.

12. SHARE YOUR IDEAS, YOUR ENTHUSIASM AND YOUR SKILLS.

IF YOU’VE FOUND THE JOY OF FIXING, PASS IT ON. IT’S A GIFT FOR LIFE.

From the inventors of sugru

Inspiration credits to Platform 21’s repair manifesto, ifixit, Holstee and the Cult of Done

THE FIXER’S MANIFESTO

Version 1.0 Fix, improve or fork this at manifesto.sugru.com