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Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace also known as a makerspace. We are a group of community members that have commonly rented a place where we can collectively build projects. We are open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm and are family friendly.
 
Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace also known as a makerspace. We are a group of community members that have commonly rented a place where we can collectively build projects. We are open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm and are family friendly.
  
Also, a big hackerspace welcome to Club Cyberia, the new Indianapolis hackerspace! This space has been a long time in the making, and is now a reality. Check them out at http://clubcyberia.org/index.php/Main_Page.
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== Support ==
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We are a non-profit now! Bloominglabs is incorporated as its own entity in the state of Indiana, and is fiscally sponsored by School Factory, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Want to make a donation with PayPal? Please use this link:
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* (Note to members - this link should not be used for paying membership dues)
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Information for our members: this is how we process cash and hardware [[Donations]].
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== [[Laser|Laser Cutter]] ==
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We are currently doing a pledge drive to purchase a laser cutter for Bloominglabs. What can people do with this you might ask?? It can cut light wood and acrylic for rapid prototyping. It can also etch wood, acrylic, and metal. Many objects from iphones to laptops can be directly engraved with a laser. Be sure to [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_FmlorBGqg watch] [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN5CvB47fL8 some] [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfCZpuFUT4U videos] [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arjRtCjI9AQ here], [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfohmrM806w here], and [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC_Kgs81olQ here].
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What laser do we want? We've done our research and we have decided on a [http://fslaser.com/products/lasers/newhobby 5th generation 40W laser Full Spectrum].
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We are very close to reaching our funding goal, please see our [[Laser]] page for the latest info. Care to make a tax deductible donation for this cause? Simply use the above PayPal button and mark the donation for "Bloominglabs Laser Project".
  
 
== Who are we? ==
 
== Who are we? ==
 
Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club. We are a bunch of people that want to do interesting things and explore the world and technology around us.  
 
Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club. We are a bunch of people that want to do interesting things and explore the world and technology around us.  
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*[[Bylaws]]
  
 
== Stay informed ==
 
== Stay informed ==
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* We can also be reached via old fashioned email at contact (]at[) bloominglabs dot o r g.
 
* We can also be reached via old fashioned email at contact (]at[) bloominglabs dot o r g.
  
== Our Location ==
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== [[Location|Our Location]] ==
  
 
We have 1,000 sq ft of which 750 sq ft is unfinished, cement floor workspace and 250 sq ft is finished office space for hanging out. There's also a full bathroom. The address is 3927 W. Roll Avenue which is just north of 2nd Street up Curry Pike. Come check it out!  [[http://maps.google.com/maps?q=3927+West+Roll+Avenue,+Bloomington,+IN&hl=en&sll=38.244257,-85.738805&sspn=0.010516,0.014913&oq=3927+w+roll+ave,&vpsrc=0&hnear=3927+W+Roll+Ave,+Bloomington,+Indiana+47403&t=h&z=16 MAP]]
 
We have 1,000 sq ft of which 750 sq ft is unfinished, cement floor workspace and 250 sq ft is finished office space for hanging out. There's also a full bathroom. The address is 3927 W. Roll Avenue which is just north of 2nd Street up Curry Pike. Come check it out!  [[http://maps.google.com/maps?q=3927+West+Roll+Avenue,+Bloomington,+IN&hl=en&sll=38.244257,-85.738805&sspn=0.010516,0.014913&oq=3927+w+roll+ave,&vpsrc=0&hnear=3927+W+Roll+Ave,+Bloomington,+Indiana+47403&t=h&z=16 MAP]]
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== [[Grants]] ==
  
 
== Kits For Sale ==
 
== Kits For Sale ==
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== Workshops/Classes ==
 
== Workshops/Classes ==
 
Reserve a spot at any of our workshops or classes by sending '''email to contact]at[bloominglabs.org'''.
 
Reserve a spot at any of our workshops or classes by sending '''email to contact]at[bloominglabs.org'''.
 
* '''Annual Holiday Mini-Holiday Mini-Workshops'''  Sat. Dec 8 from 1-4pm
 
Our annual Holiday workshops are lots of fun. This year we're holding it on a Saturday afternoon so more people can bring their kids. Personalize your holiday gifts by making them yourself! The mini-workshops will consist of: soap molding (bring something in and use our vacuum former to make a mold), shopping bag sewing, popup cards, bows, and more. Bring a pair of old jeans and you can make a purse[http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-purse-from-an-old-pair-of-jeans/2010/02/25/ (more info)].
 
 
* '''Intro to Computer Programming''' class Thursdays from 6:30pm until 9pm
 
** See class notes at http://harold.uits.indiana.edu/~jtillots/IntroToProgramming/
 
** This 10 week long class will start on October 4th and end on December 20th with no meeting on November 15th or November 22nd.
 
** The course will be taught in C and a syllabus can be found [http://harold.uits.indiana.edu/~jtillots/IntroToProgramming/syllabus.pdf here](subject to minor changes).
 
** We will cover what would be covered in a rigorous freshman Intro to Programming college course.
 
** Text will be Kernighan and Ritchie's "The C Programming Language: 2nd edition"
 
** Cost is $125 non-members/$50 members and all proceeds go to Bloominglabs!
 
** You need to be committed to attending every week and there will be assignments to work on outside of class (but no exams!).
 
** Send an email to contact]at[bloominglabs.org if you are interested in attending.
 
  
 
== Current Events ([[PastEvents]])==
 
== Current Events ([[PastEvents]])==
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We have '''[[lockers]]''' available for rent now!!
 
We have '''[[lockers]]''' available for rent now!!
  
*'''[[Makevention]]'''
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*'''Decorate the 4th Street pedestrian bridge for WCIW!'''
** We are in the beginning stages of planning a maker fair in Bloomington called "Makevention"
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**The third week of April is World Creativity & Innovation Week. Bloominglabs is going to celebrate by decorating the pedestrian bridge that runs over 4th Street connecting Fountain Square Mall to the Garage Art parking garage.
** Keep an eye on our page for more information!
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**We will be meeting at Bloominglabs on Tuesday, April 16th, between 6pm and 10pm to brainstorm and starting building. This is a free, public, all-ages event. Everyone is welcome including art groups who want to be in on the project.
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**We'll build what we can on Tuesday evening, finish the build on Wednesday and install on Thursday. So come Tueday, bring your ideas, and if you have interesting materials you would like to use, bring those too! See you there!
  
*'''[[Raspberry Pi Meetup]]'''
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*'''Makevention'''
** The first Tuesday of every month at 7pm until 9pm
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** Come celebrate the maker's movement in Bloomington!
** Everyone is welcome
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** Exhibitors will be charge a nominal fee ($10 a table, free if you bring your own)
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** The event is free for attendees
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** Outdoor and indoor exhibitor space
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** August 24th at the Bloomington Convention Center
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** Check out http://www.makevention.org/ for more information.
  
 
*'''Public Hack Meetings!'''
 
*'''Public Hack Meetings!'''
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We are accepting memberships! Please see the [[Membership Manual]] for details.
 
We are accepting memberships! Please see the [[Membership Manual]] for details.
  
== Meetings ==
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== [[Public meetings|Meetings]] ==
 
Currently we meet every Wednesday at 7:00pm at 3927 W. Roll Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana. These meetings are open to the public; anyone is welcome to attend. We usually meet for 2-3 hours and have a lot of fun. Having access to tools is only part of the equation, socializing with people and learning from each other is another large benefit from our group. Pretty much whatever people want to work on or learn is fair game. We currently have an electronics and robotics focus but there's also interest in general science and astronomy as well. If it's cool and interesting then we are all interested.
 
Currently we meet every Wednesday at 7:00pm at 3927 W. Roll Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana. These meetings are open to the public; anyone is welcome to attend. We usually meet for 2-3 hours and have a lot of fun. Having access to tools is only part of the equation, socializing with people and learning from each other is another large benefit from our group. Pretty much whatever people want to work on or learn is fair game. We currently have an electronics and robotics focus but there's also interest in general science and astronomy as well. If it's cool and interesting then we are all interested.
  

Revision as of 16:32, 8 April 2013

Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!

Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace also known as a makerspace. We are a group of community members that have commonly rented a place where we can collectively build projects. We are open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm and are family friendly.

Contents

Support

We are a non-profit now! Bloominglabs is incorporated as its own entity in the state of Indiana, and is fiscally sponsored by School Factory, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Want to make a donation with PayPal? Please use this link:

  • (Note to members - this link should not be used for paying membership dues)


Information for our members: this is how we process cash and hardware Donations.


Laser Cutter

We are currently doing a pledge drive to purchase a laser cutter for Bloominglabs. What can people do with this you might ask?? It can cut light wood and acrylic for rapid prototyping. It can also etch wood, acrylic, and metal. Many objects from iphones to laptops can be directly engraved with a laser. Be sure to watch some videos here, here, and here.

What laser do we want? We've done our research and we have decided on a 5th generation 40W laser Full Spectrum.

We are very close to reaching our funding goal, please see our Laser page for the latest info. Care to make a tax deductible donation for this cause? Simply use the above PayPal button and mark the donation for "Bloominglabs Laser Project".

Who are we?

Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club. We are a bunch of people that want to do interesting things and explore the world and technology around us.

Stay informed

Our Location

We have 1,000 sq ft of which 750 sq ft is unfinished, cement floor workspace and 250 sq ft is finished office space for hanging out. There's also a full bathroom. The address is 3927 W. Roll Avenue which is just north of 2nd Street up Curry Pike. Come check it out! [MAP]

Grants

Kits For Sale

Bloominglabs is a reseller of adafruit kits and products. See KitsForSale for details.

For members: check out our page about selling things at the workshops at SellingThings and for calculating sales tax, check out Sales Tax Calculator for 47401

Workshops/Classes

Reserve a spot at any of our workshops or classes by sending email to contact]at[bloominglabs.org.

Current Events (PastEvents)

We have lockers available for rent now!!

  • Decorate the 4th Street pedestrian bridge for WCIW!
    • The third week of April is World Creativity & Innovation Week. Bloominglabs is going to celebrate by decorating the pedestrian bridge that runs over 4th Street connecting Fountain Square Mall to the Garage Art parking garage.
    • We will be meeting at Bloominglabs on Tuesday, April 16th, between 6pm and 10pm to brainstorm and starting building. This is a free, public, all-ages event. Everyone is welcome including art groups who want to be in on the project.
    • We'll build what we can on Tuesday evening, finish the build on Wednesday and install on Thursday. So come Tueday, bring your ideas, and if you have interesting materials you would like to use, bring those too! See you there!
  • Makevention
    • Come celebrate the maker's movement in Bloomington!
    • Exhibitors will be charge a nominal fee ($10 a table, free if you bring your own)
    • The event is free for attendees
    • Outdoor and indoor exhibitor space
    • August 24th at the Bloomington Convention Center
    • Check out http://www.makevention.org/ for more information.
  • Public Hack Meetings!
    • Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
    • Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
    • All ages and everyone is welcome

News

  • We have acquired a mill. If want to chip in for it, add your pledge to the Mill page.
  • We are trying to acquire a laser cutter. If you want to chip in for it, add your pledge to the Laser page.

What is a hacker space?

It's a physical location where people can share resources for their own creative pursuits. It's also a resource where people can come in off the street and advance their own knowledge. In urban locations it can often be hard to find places to weld/build/make noise and keep projects on-going without having to tear down and put-up your work each evening. With a hacker space people can work on their projects and not worry about annoying their neighbors or spouses. The social aspect is also an incredibly important component. Having people to bounce ideas off of and discuss your projects with when you get stuck is a great thing.

Membership

We are accepting memberships! Please see the Membership Manual for details.

Meetings

Currently we meet every Wednesday at 7:00pm at 3927 W. Roll Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana. These meetings are open to the public; anyone is welcome to attend. We usually meet for 2-3 hours and have a lot of fun. Having access to tools is only part of the equation, socializing with people and learning from each other is another large benefit from our group. Pretty much whatever people want to work on or learn is fair game. We currently have an electronics and robotics focus but there's also interest in general science and astronomy as well. If it's cool and interesting then we are all interested.

Current Projects

Projects

What needs to be done yet?

Check out the Todo list to see the latest things we need to get done.

Also see who else is working on this project: Special:ListUsers

Uploaded files: Special:ImageList

Nearby Hacker Spaces or initiatives:

Other Cool Groups in Bloomington

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