the Hour Of Code is Back in lil’ Las Vegas!

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching over 100 million students in over 180 countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. Join us at!

This year, Parachute Factory is joining forces with New Mexico Highlands University with support from Los Alamos National Labs to bring the HOUR of CODE to as many lil’ Las Vegans as possible!

Find out more at:
The Hour of Code // lil’ Las Vegas Edition

Join us for an hour of hands-on coding workshops, followed by a POP-UP Makerspace exhibit from Parachute Factory! We’ll have some very cool tools on display for you to try:

3D Printing // Virtual Reality // Robotics // More!!!

This event is being held at ARMAS in Education on the NMHU campus.

Mark your calendars, and help spread the word!


Meadow City Makers // Summer Camps for 2016!

Check out the teaser for our upcoming Meadow City Makers POP-UP Makerspace Exhibit… Join us this Saturday, 1-3pm and check out some AMAZING work from 35 of lil’ Las Vegas’ most awesome young MAKERS!


Meadow City Makers is Parachute Factory’s newest set of programming for lil’ Las Vegas youth aged 4-15. Over the summer, we will be exploring the world of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) using the latest & greatest maker tools (3D scanners & printers, Arduino microcontrollers, open source software, and more!). In addition, we are embedding history, culture, and storytelling into all of our youth programming.


More information is coming soon! Reserve a space for your child today! Scholarships are available thanks to our many generous donors. Start by filling out the form below, then check back often for updates on the program:

Meadow City Makers // Summer Camps 2016 // Pre-Registration Form

Future of Parachute Factory // A Community Discussion


Join us for a discussion about lil’ Las Vegas’ own community makerspace – Parachute Factory. You may know quite a bit about this organization; you may know very little. To make a long story short, we find ourselves in an important transition at the moment, and are working toward building a stronger relationship with our local community as we move forward.

On March 30, 2016, Parachute Factory’s founder & director, Mariano Ulibarri, will offer a quick overview on exactly what our organization is about. His 15 minute presentation will introduce our past achievements, our thoughts on teaching & learning, and give a glimpse into the direction we see this organization moving in. After the presentation there will be time for Q&A with Mariano and other key Parachute Factory members. We will wrap things up with an open forum, where all members of the Las Vegas community will have the opportunity to share their vision for how this organization might best serve the community.

No matter what walk of life you represent, you ARE a key player in this conversation. We hope to hear from as many voices as possible at this meeting. One major factor in our success as lil’ Las Vegas’ community makerspace is a clear understanding of the wants, needs, and beliefs that you hold. Please try to join us to discuss the Future of Parachute Factory!

What: The Future of Parachute Factory // A Community Discussion

When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 // 5:30 – 7:00PM

Where: Old Town Mission // the SPOT // Located at the corner of Socorro & Chavez St. in Old Town Las Vegas, NM 87701

Why: To inform the Las Vegas community of Parachute Factory’s value as a community-based organization. To share stories of the organization’s many achievements. To begin a conversation on how the organization can better serve this community. To seek community partners, contributors, volunteers, and participants.

Thanks for your support! Please help us reach as many locals as possible by sharing this information with your friends & family.

Map of the Old Town Mission // the SPOT

#HourOfCode Comes to Parachute Factory!


Join Parachute Factory this coming Monday (12/07/2015) from 4:00-5:00PM and participate in the #HourOfCode! This crash-course in computer programming will have participants writing their own code in the world of Minecraft.

#HourOfCode is a massive international event happening in thousands of cities around the world. The event is FREE and open to anyone interested in learning more about code / programming. At Parachute Factory, we welcome all Vegas residents who are interested in diving into the world of coding.

We have a limited number of computers available, and encourage those interested in attending to sign up on our FaceBook page here:

If you have your own computer or tablet, please bring it along!

Two FREE Events at Parachute Factory // This Weekend!

Join the Parachute Factory crew this Friday & Saturday (11/20 & 11/21) for two FREE community makerspace events!


First up is FIXIT Friday: Bring in your broken stuff & connect with our awesome crew of FIXIT Volunteers to get help diagnosing & fixing what might otherwise end up in the garbage. FIXIT Friday is hosted by Parachute Factory and our local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA 1063). Over the last two years our crew has revived countless broken things – from lamps to tape decks, garden gnomes to vacuum cleaners, laptops to toys, and much, much more!

This month’s FIXIT Friday happens Nov. 20, 2015 from 5:00-7:30pm. Bring your broken stuff & a willingness to help others!


Next up is Meadow City Makers // POP-UP #001: Meadow City Makers is a new monthly makerspace program for lil’ Las Vegas youth. Our kiddos will work to build skills in science / technology / engineering / art / and math through hands-on workshops and self-directed projects at our storefront lab.

Meadow City Makers // POP-UP #001 will introduce the basics of machine & hand sewing, along with some 3D printing and simple circuitry. Participants will design & make fabric parachutes and trick them out with custom 3D printed payloads & electronic contraptions. Making parachutes at the Parachute Factory!

Meadow City Makers // POP-UP #001 happens Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 from 10:00am-12:00pm. The program is FREE, but space and supplies are limited! RSVP to for more info.

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!

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:

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.


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.


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!


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:

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

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