Parachute Factory’s MakeCation 2014

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Take a MakeCation at the Parachute Factory in Las Vegas, NM!

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

FIXIT FRIDAY // Black Friday Edition!

Russian Constructivist style poster for FIXIT FRIDAY // Black Friday Edition by Mario Griego.

Russian Constructivist style poster for FIXIT FRIDAY // Black Friday Edition by Mario Griego.

FIXIT FRIDAY is a free event where members of the Las Vegas community can bring in broken items and have them repaired by fixit volunteers.

These events aim to empower the community by rejecting the throwaway culture created by cheaply made items and bigbox stores. This FIXIT FRIDAY happens on Black Friday to give people an alternative to the madness that will be happening at stores around the country. Join us this Black Friday and do something good for lil’ Las Vegas !

presented by Desertgate Internet

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Can you fix a bicycle? Hem some pants? Solder? Rewire a lamp? Parachute Factory is seeking volunteers with skills in any / all areas of fixing.

Contact Mariano to find out how you can help! ///// info@parachutefactory.org

Check out some of the AMAZING event posters made by my graphic design students at NMHU Media Arts:

Russian Constructivist style poster by Anna Aragon.

Russian Constructivist style poster by Anna Aragon.

Cuban Film Poster style by Anna Aragon.

Cuban Film Poster style by Anna Aragon.

 

 

NMC On the Horizon > Makerspaces

Parachute Factory Director, Mariano Ulibarri will be moderating this event for the New Media Consortium. Check it out, live on-air today!

Needs a little trimming on the front end. Start this at about 3 minutes:

http://www.nmc.org/events/horizon-makerspaces

NMC On the Horizon > Makerspaces

Where EdTech Leaders Bring Horizon Project Research to Life

Dates:
16 October 2013 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

How do we define a Makerspace? Who participates? What is the value? Why is this important for teaching and learning? How do we assess Makerspace activities?

For the inaugural edition of the new NMC On the Horizon series on October 16th, we’re bringing in edtech experts across the Higher Ed, K-12, and museum sectors to engage in a live panel discussion about this emerging NMC Horizon Project topic.

In the 21st century learning landscape, creativity, design, and engineering are making their way to the forefront of educational considerations as tools such as 3D printers, robotics, and 3D modeling web-based applications become accessible to more people. The question of how to renovate or repurpose classrooms to address the needs of the future is being answered through the concept of Makerspaces, which offer the tools and learning experiences needed to help people carry out their ideas.

Join the NMC and our panel of Makerspace thought leaders on Wednesday, October 16 at 10am PT / 12pm CT/ 1pm ET (check for local time). This one-hour session will be held in the Google+ On Air platform and broadcasted live on YouTube. Participation is free for all attendees.

Meet our Makerspace Panel


David Conover, STEAM Video Game Instructor, Connally High School

As an educator, David Conover’s goal is to raise awareness and interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) through student created video games, while providing at-risk students the resources they need for success. Conover’s global projects engage 9th through 12th grade students in exploring real-world issues they feel passionate about by challenging them to show, through video games, how STEAM can help improve the environment in their Austin community.


Miriam Langer, Interactive/Multimedia Faculty, Center for Cultural Technology, New Mexico Highlands University

Miriam Langer is a professor of Media Arts and Technology at New Mexico Highlands University, where she teaches physical computing and leads the multimedia and interactivity emphasis area. She is the director of the AmeriCorps Cultural Technology program, and co-director of the Center for Cultural Technology, a partnership with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.  Her current focus is helping to develop community and cultural Maker Spaces in storefronts, libraries, and museums around New Mexico.


Liz Neely, Director of Digital Information and Access, Art Institute of Chicago

Liz Neely has played a leading role in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) and the LaunchPad iPads in the galleries project. She is the project director for a 2013 IMLS Sparks Innovation grant to explore strategies for using 3D printing and scanning to increase visitor engagement. Neely is a Museum Computer Network board member and also serves on the Board of Directors for the NMC.


Panel Moderator: 
Mariano Ulibarri, Founder, Parachute Factory and Board of Directors of Hacker Scouts
Mariano Ulibarri believes that the Maker Movement has the power to foundationally transform communities for the better. He currently serves on the board of directors for Hacker Scouts, a national non-profit serving middle-school aged children. In 2012, Mariano founded Parachute Factory, a community Maker space that works in partnership with libraries, museums, institutions of higher education, and local non-profits.

About the NMC On the Horizon Series
The “NMC on the Horizon” series reflects the research and work of the NMC Horizon Project in action. International panels of experts are convened across all education sectors to address the emerging technologies poised to significantly impact teaching and learning.

 

Have questions of this event or the NMC On the Horizon series? Emailcommunications@nmc.org.