Wood Turning and 3D Creations

This week at the Makerspace This week at the Powell Makerspace, we will be helping people make their own pens,...
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Wood Turning and 3D Creations

Printers, Lasers, Vinyl and Board Games

Library Winter Gathering The Park County Library System's Winter Gathering this past Saturday was a fantastic way for the Powell...
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Printers, Lasers, Vinyl and Board Games

Wood Turning and Winter Gathering

Create Your Own Custom Pen Join us Wednesday, January 23rd to create your own custom turned pen!  In this class...
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Wood Turning and Winter Gathering

Custom Catan

Visit the Makerspace Saturday Jan. 19th at 11am to start creating your own custom Catan game board!
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Custom Catan

Makerspace Classes – Second Week in December

It is a relatively quiet week at the Makerspace this week, which makes it a great time to come in...
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Makerspace Classes – Second Week in December

Makerspace Classes – First Week in December

Intro to Digital Embroidery Want to put a logo or monogram on a shirt or towel? Come learn to prepare...
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Makerspace Classes – First Week in December

Makerspace Classes – Fourth Week in November

Intro to Laser Cutting Learn the Dos and Don’ts of using our laser cutter to create all sorts of custom...
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Makerspace Classes – Fourth Week in November

Makerspace Classes – Third Week in November

Intro to Digital Embroidery Want to put a logo or monogram on a shirt or towel? Come learn to prepare...
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Makerspace Classes – Third Week in November

Makerspace Classes – Second Week in November

Intro to Wood Turning Come learn how to turn custom pens using our wood lathe.  This fun activity will be...
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Makerspace Classes – Second Week in November

Makerspace Classes – End of October & Beginning of November

Happy Halloween! Image curtesy of FreeStockPhotos From all of us at the Powell Makerspace, we hope you have a spooky...
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Makerspace Classes – End of October & Beginning of November

What is a MakerSpace?

A MakerSpace is a community workshop where members of the community can get access to technology and education that might otherwise be unavailable to them.  MakerSpaces have been popping up all across the country as a way to bring technology and creativity together and foster innovation.  Colleges and universities have been adding MakerSpaces to their campuses to provide new resources to their students.

What makes the Powell MakerSpace different?

The Powell Makerspace is an independent, nonprofit organization that strives to bring technology and education to communities of the Big Horn Basin.  The Powell MakerSpace is partnered with AmeriCorps to fight poverty by making technology and education available to those who need it.

Our Vision:

The Powell Makerspace promotes the growth of human capital.

Our Mission:

The Powell Makerspace is a community center for learning and innovation that leverages technology, collaboration, and entrepreneurship opportunities for the Powell Valley.

 

The Makerspace is at its core an effort to invest in the human capital of our community using currency that will be relevant for the next 40 years. We are about 4 major outcomes for the community members of Powell and Park County:

Developing Creativity

Innovation rarely happens in a vacuum. Our space is designed to inspire creativity and innovation based on open access to other projects and directed design challenges related to real world problems. Skill building training sessions will be scheduled to correspond with the design challenge calendar to provide “just in time” learning. Members will learn that real learning isn’t about memorizing facts and figures, but applying creative solutions to problems they’ve never seen before.

Skill Building

Members will have the opportunity to develop specific experience with digital fabrication techniques such as

  • 3d printing
  • Laser cutting
  • Electronic circuitry
  • Robotic designs and operations
  • Software programming (phone apps, programmable logic controllers)
  • Creation wearable technologies (integration of fashion design, electronics, and programming)

Specific learnings include but are not limited to use of

  • CAD/CAM software for 3d printing
  • Laser cutting and engraving
  • CNC milling
  • C/C++ programming for Arduino microcontrollers and the XBOX game console
  • JAVA programming for Android phones
  • Soldering and circuitry design
  • Custom embroidery design and stitch programming (digitizing)

Members will also learn critical life skills such as perseverance, and knowing when and how to ask for help.

Access to Coaching and Consulting

Members will have access to a large number of community members who are willing to share their knowledge and skills in order to give other members the chance for experiences that people in bigger cities take for granted.

Awareness of Impacts

Awareness of the impacts you can make. At the Makerspace, every ‘maker’ counts regardless of age