FixIt Clinic @ The Berkeley Public Library

March 7, 2020
Saturday, 12:00 – 3:00

Tarea Hall Pittman Branch / Tool Lending Library
1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, CA 94703

Berkeley Public Library

Signup and bring your broken item using this link:
Register!
Walk-ins always welcome.

Join the effort!
Volunteer information and signup forms below.

Organized by:
Berkeley Public Library
The Culture of Repair Project
Fixit Clinic

Co-Sponsored by:
The Ecology Center
Berkeley City Council Members
Ben Bartlett & Sophie Hahn

Mending at the Library in Berkeley!

February 22, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00
Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch

“Bring your well-used and well-loved clothing and learn how to make simple visible clothing mends. The Mending Collective is a Bay Area artists’ collective dedicated to spreading mending practices far and wide. The collective supports creative mending as a subversively fun way to push back against the garment industry and deepen our connection with our wardrobe! Mending Collective co-founders Leeza Doreian and Liz Harvey will facilitate.”

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Bay Area Educators February Meetup: Stop-motion Animation

Berkeley High School’s Makerspace/FabLab will be hosting this month’s East Bay Maker Educator Meetup, and it’s all about stop-motion animation! 

Facilitators from Berkeley Unified will be leading you through a beginner-friendly activity to get you going (using Google Chrome’s Stop-Motion Animator app), and then we’ll have you branch off and explore the many possibilities of stop-motion animation. The evening will culminate in a gallery walk where you get to show off and share your animations with other participants.

Important!: If you have a laptop, please bring it to the event. And if you don’t have Chrome installed, consider installing it to save time during the meetup. Also, we will provide some generic craft items and LEGOs, but you are invited to bring other items that you think you might want in your movie (figurines, math manipulatives, arts and crafts materials, etc.).

Date: February 27, 2020

Location: Berkeley High School, 1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (stay tuned for email about which entrance to use. When you register, you will enter your email.)

Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Registration: You can register at the Maker Educator Meetups Eventbrite page.

Novato Music/Makers Festival 2020

Calling All Makers!

The inaugural Novato Music/Makers Festival is a community festival that brings together music, science, technology, engineering, and art plus local makers & artisans, food, and workshops. There will be food trucks, live music, and a whole lot of fun!

Maker Entries are now open. There is no fee to participate as a Maker in the Festival.  If planning to sell items, please specify that in your entry form.

When: Saturday May 16th from 11am – 6pm
Where: Civic Green on Sherman Ave Novato, CA

Who should apply to exhibit? Everyone. All ages & skill levels welcome! Individuals, groups, schools, orgs, everyone!

Entries have been extended to March 1st and you’ll be contacted by March 5th to confirm your participation.  Apply Now!

Questions? Contact sara (at) marinmakerspace (dot) com

laptop with chrome and Arduino logos

Programing Arduino on a Chromebook

This article is part of a series generated from the Space Leaders UnConfernce: Summer 2019

Last year Adam Singer one of the UnConference attendees got his mBlock 3 to program an Arduino on a Chromebook using their Chrome app. Recently mBlock 5 released.

mBlock is a block-based programming environment based on scratch, originally designed for the mBot robot, but can also be used to program Arduino. Adam found not many libraries were built out yet, but worked well for basic Arduino functions

rachel and dan in front of the white board

BAM UnConference: Summer 2019 Wrap up

The summer UnConference on August 24th was great fun and much was learned. We had a diverse group of 28 makerspace leaders, educators and prospective leaders attend the unconference. The topics proposed were as diverse as the attendees and we ended up with two session of 8 topics as opposed to 4 topics.  After a rousing few hours of discussion we gathered for lunch and summaries from each of the topics discussed.

Here are the highlights!

Sustainability

There was a critical mass of educators at the table and the conversation skewed toward sustainability in educational spaces.

  • Defining culture was identified as very important to success
  • Real world applications of making for students was discussed; i.e. making as an activity that leads to businesses for students
  • Expressing and exploring why making is important was identified as key to setting a sustainable environment

Student Strategies

  • A open discussion was had exploring  learning formats and styles including project based learning and unstructured learning.
  • How to balance safety without stifling making with kids and younger students was discussed – how to successfully express Safety 3rd to a less mature audience
  • Taxonomies and language around safety were shared.
  • Schemes for providing tool supervisions or student teachers was explored.

Soft Skills

  • We talked about open source soft skills classes for maker and shared spaces
  • We explored various experiences where things went well or not so when when handling problem members
  • We talked about what de-escalation could look like
  • Structures for peer reviews
  • Much listening to each others stories was done… good bonding.

Culture – Group 1

Culture was too big a topic and split into two groups very quickly. Group one talked about:

  • Inclusivity
    • exposure groups
    • Themes for creating inclusive environments
    • Cirrocumulus for diverse learning styles / unstructured learning
  • Mentors/Mavens
    • peer experts
    • community mentors
  • Hack the Future

Culture – Group 2

Group two focused on the integration of STEM across an organization.

  • Motivation and values
    • Free food
    • tool access
    • Entertainment
    • Role models
  • Aging out
    • Training a successor

Emergency Preparedness and Legal requirements

This group talked about emergency preparedness in two aspects. The first was greater community needs and crisis such as air quality crisis or earthquakes and where makerspaces fit in to the community response to such things. There were many opportunities identified for all types of spaces. The second was how to deal with emergency within the overall space community. We identified some good ideas for Bay Area Community response such as:

  • Actually make a plan for likely emergencies like loosing a lease, a fire, being shut down for code issues, etc.
  • Just pay for the insurance, as much as you can
  • Hope is not a plan… nor is a scattershot though generous response from the community going to cover everything

Sharing Community Resources

This group had a really lively and fun discussion. They identified to large themes for successful community resource sharing:

1) a need for systems that make sharing not a burden

  • Process or platforms for group buying of materials and supplies
  • Crowdsourcing access to repair services or insurance
  • Leveraging group buying power for big tools

2) Making Education and information more accessible

  • Centralized  knowledge
  • Avoiding single person dependancies
  • Sharing information about materials, vendors etc.

Tool Certifications and Use Policies

This pragmatic group identifed needs and discussed

  • Access systems, specifically The FATT Project.
  • Use with guidance vs Solo Use vs Use with supervision
  • Naming tools and imbuing them with a personality as method of getting user to respect the more
  • Stewardship / Tool Expert programs
  • A Space Crawl or other way for us to learn from each other by visiting each others spaces.

Summary

As you an tell this was a really rich afternoon of conversation, knowledge sharing and learning. Over the next month we will be posts about the Topics using the excellent notes folks shared.

 

 

burned artspace

Jingletown Fire Resources

Updated 8/16/19

New general Artist Recovery Fund!

Independent Arts & Media has launched a new Emergency Recovery Fund, As one of the Fund’s inaugural campaigns, IAM will use monies raised to fund grants to directly support artists adversely impacted by the August 9, 2019 fire at the m0xy arts facility in Oakland, California (KQED, Aug. 15, 2019).

Donate Here!

Wishlists and campaigns for those who lost studios, tools, etc.

Aaron Pirata/Digital Koi Pond – https://www.gofundme.com/f/aaron-pirata-cronshey039s-get-back-to-work-fund

O2 Treehouse – https://www.gofundme.com/f/o2-treehouse

Ryan Montgomery’s Geary & Hyde Design – https://www.gofundme.com/f/ryan-montgomery039s-post-m0xy-fire-support-fund

The Crafty Avenger/Rachel Sadd – https://www.gofundme.com/f/crafty-avenger-jingletown-fire-recovery-fund

Magnus Schevene – https://www.gofundme.com/f/givetomagnus

Heather Lentz / Welder Girl – https://www.gofundme.com/f/welder-girl-heather-lentz-fire-recovery-fund

Resources for those affected by the fire

Below is a general list of resources for those affected by the fire Friday, August 9th at M0XY.

These resources are available by referral for the most part.

If you are M0XY tenant affected by the fire, email [email protected] for a direct referral. Also if you don’t see the resources you are looking for here, please don’t hesitate to speak up with what you need. We will do our best to connect people in proper Bay Area style.

Shop Access

The following is a list of spaces offering short-term shop access via scholarships.

  • Ace Monster Toys Makerspace – North Oakland
  • Bridge Storage and Artspace – Richmond
  • Humanmade – San Francisco (contact Rachel Sadd or Ryan Montgomery)
  • Circuit Launch – South Oakland

The following is a list of possible places to get back to work

Logistics for donations of tools

Bridge Storage and Artspace have offered us a 10×10 Storage unit to store donated tools for the next month. They have also offered to receive those donations during regular business hours. Folks can then arrange to pick up by emails Rachel at [email protected]

Send your tool wishlist to [email protected] and we are happy to get the word out and be able to connect you with good or excellent condition donations.

Possible Benefits resources

Many people in the community have offered resources for throwing a benefit to get folks back on their feet as soon as possible. We will be looking to hold a town hall soon to forward those efforts as appropriate.

Single Boosting

If anybody who lost their shops or livelihood in the fire is running crowdfunding campaigns Bay Area Makers is here to help you get the word out. Email campaign links to [email protected]