PF’s Summer Camp Fundraiser!

Our Summer Camps have filled to capacity! We are thrilled to be offering these opportunities to Las Vegas youth, but need your help to ensure every kiddo has what they need to participate.

Please consider contributing to our project! Not all families can afford the high price tag that typically comes with tech summer camps. With your help, we will ensure that every participant has the opportunity to explore technology regardless of what they can afford!

Help us spread the word and share this campaign!

http://www.gofundme.com/PF_summer_camps

Parachute Factory’s July Summer Camps

Registration for Parachute Factory’s 2015 Summer Camps is now closed. Thank you to all who registered for our camps! We are completely full on all three.

Please consider contributing to Parachute Factory’s fundraising campaign for our summer camps! Follow the link below to contribute:

http://www.gofundme.com/PF_summer_camps

Parachute Factory is committed to bringing high quality maker experiences to Las Vegas. This summer we will be hosting a series of several day camp programs for Las Vegas youth. Thanks to generous donors, and our commitment to making Vegas a better place, all of our summer programming is absolutely FREE!

Keep an eye out for a full schedule of camps here and on our FaceBook Page.

Kick off your summer with HACKER CAMP at Parachute Factory! A three day workshop focused on hardware hacking and computing. All participants will learn to customize their very own Linux-based computer that is theirs to keep at the end of the camp! That’s right, a FREE camp and a FREE computer! July 10-12, 2015.

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Learn to design, scan, and print in 3D at our 3D PRINTING SUMMER CAMP a three day workshop dedicated to the emerging technology behind 3D printing. July 14-16, 2015.

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Create minions to take over the world in ROBOTS ARE COMING! a three day robotics workshop for Vegas youth aged 8-15 – July 28-30, 2015. Registration opens June 1st!

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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.