2015: A Year in Review

2015: A Year in Review

As the first several days of 2016 are already behind us, we wanted to take a quick moment to look back at 2015 in pictures. No words can describe how incredibly grateful we are for everything that took place and we cannot wait for what this new year holds!

pallet

In April we took our know how on the road to Statesboro as a part of their Spring into Statesboro event. Through a donation of pallet wood we were able to freely offer participants the ability to build their very own pallet planter!

presentation

Next up in April we hosted our first lunch and learn series that was dedicated to 3D printing. During this first class we introduced the basics of 3D printing and how consumers could bring that technology into their homes. In 2016 we look forward to expanding on this first class and not only showcasing the technology, but making it accessible within our space!

bust

With the school year officially over it was time to dive head first into some summer activities! We were very fortunate to get contracted by Telfair to do several one day camps starting in May where we introduced kids to 3D scanning and 3D printing. The result: a 3D printed bust of themselves!

In May we had the privilege of working with three exceptional graphic design students on an app version of Maven Makers. What app you ask? Well let’s just say that 2016 is going to be full of surprises!

June 5th. After several meetings we finally got our first look at our new home. We could tell from day one that this was exactly where we needed to be.

Throughout June we worked on our physical space. After two years of planning and event hosting we were finally getting ready to open our doors to the public. These keys came as a result of a tremendous amount of hard work and we were very proud to show them off!

During our first full week of summer camp in June we partnered up with the Averitt Center and the GSU City Campus to offer an electronics camp where students aged 12+ could design their very own portable solar powered phone charger. During this camp our students learned 3D design, soldering, and got to use a 3D printer!

In July, during our seven weeks of 3D art camp at the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head, we were fortunate to get a visit from the CEO of B&GC, Jim Clark! During the camp kids got to bake 3D cookies, make 3D puzzle cubes, design keychains, and operate a 3D printer!

In July we were invited to the GACTE annual summer conference in Atlanta, GA to introduce teachers from across the state to the maker movement. What better way to do that than with a little soldering activity!

In August we hosted our first Monthly Monday Maker Meetup. It was our first big opportunity to showcase all the hard work we had put into getting the space ready over the summer.

In September we hosted our very first littleBits class. It’s always amazing to watch the faces of little kids literally light up and see their creations come to life.

During the first weekend of October we traveled up to Decatur for our second time participating in the Atlanta Maker Faire. We had a great time meeting other makers and giving kids the ability to contribute their empty water bottles to our giant lightbrite! Even Dale Dougherty stopped by!

In October we also participated in both Geekend and the 2nd Annual Mattress Dash. During these back to back events we had participants help us to build version 2.0 of the recycled lightbrite and then mount it onto the front of our cart for the big race! While we didn’t win, we still had a great time and carried our way over the finish line!

We were excited to be invited to showcase several new technologies during Barnes and Noble’s first Mini Maker Faire in November! Nothing like a day of playing with robots, 3D printers, and quadcopters!

In December we participated in the 2nd annual Merry Maker Market and the Coastal Heritage Society Annual Santa Train event on the same day! Using corks we were able to work with kids to make little Christmas trees, and this was our first opportunity to sell some of the items our members have been hard at work on. Over at the Santa Train we were helping kids make their very own t shirt using a heat press and screen transfers.

Though it goes without saying, we’re going to say it, and that is how awesome our members are! What was the best part of 2015? Getting to know all of our awesome and amazing new members! Although 2016 is upon us, it will always be the founding members that started this journey with us that we remember and appreciate the most. Here’s to a great year of making in 2016!