Bloominglabs (co-host of Makevention) has to move! For the past 3 years we’ve enjoyed our current location which is on the future site of the Switchyard Park. The city is ready to begin making progress on the park which means we’ve received an eviction notice. Thankfully we have found a new location, but now we need to raise funds to support our relocation. We are fundraising for our future home and hope to use Makevention to help. Please see our GoFundMe for more details. Thanks!
In 2015 we sparred with the Shire of Mynydd Seren from the Society for Creative Anachronisms, explored the myriad of projects from Bloominglabs, learned about locks from the Fraternal Order of Lockpicking Sport and Columbus Key, built (and destroyed!) cup towers with Wonderlab, checked out hand-made guitars with Ivy Tech, solved mechanical puzzles with the Lilly Library, cut out jigsaw puzzles with Press Puzzles, interacted with larger than life-sized puppets from Hamster Press/Klingel-Engle, rode a virtual roller coaster with the IU Tech Showcase, stacked containers with the Quadrangles FIRST Robotics Team, drooled over the MakerMobile with Velocity Indiana and the TechShop, built rain barrels with ShareBloomington, sewed LEDs into textiles with IU Creativity Labs, folded gigantic origami figures with Discardia, browsed hand-made items from Comfort and Joy and Patricia’s Wellness Arts Cafe, created videos with Level Up and the Monroe County Public Library, mixed additives into soap with Soapy Soap Company, watched the LEGO Rube Goldberg contraption from It’s a Block Party and much, much more.
Makevention 2016 is August 27 in the Bloomington Convention Center. So if you’re doing it yourself, come do it with us at Makevention!
The HAMs will be back with a working high frequency radio setup and demonstrations of amateur radios. Rumor has it that there may be some antique radios there as well.
Cogbots are the Gearologists. They build gears so that other makers can build the functional kinetic machines and gizmos they dream of. From standard gear bricks and kits to custom designs, Cogbots helps makers all over the globe. This year they will also be sharing their new invention, GearLab Jr with the Makevention attendees.
LizzyPoptronics consists oftwo ladies, Liz and Poppe, who are recent graduates of the IU Human Computer Interaction design program. They make interactive LED fashion electronic accessories and jewelry. Their goal is to enhance your already awesome time without being disruptive. They’re currently in the prototype and launch stages and hope to have production models to buy within the year. Follow them on social media or check for blog posts to get updates.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a worldwide competitions of life size robots build by high school students. Team 3494 the Quadrangles from Bloomington High School South will be demoing their 2013 robot “Thumper” as it shoots, catches and manipulates a 25″ inflated ball. Students will provided detailed discussion of the robots function and answer any questions about the organization, robot or other outreach efforts.
The Fraternal Order Of Lockpicking Sports group will be back with the lock picking challenge. Test your hand at opening some locks.
Get help designing, building, and programming robots at this free workshop series. You can use your own robot, or get hands-on experience using one of Ivy Tech’s robot kits. Current Ivy Tech students in the Design, Engineering, Industrial, and Computer Information Systems programs will be available for help and assistance. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about the world of robotics!
The Bloomington Fabrication Group is the IU 3D printing student group. They haven’t said much about what they will be doing, but I expect it will be interesting.