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<big>'''Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!'''</big>
 
<big>'''Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!'''</big>
  
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 build projects both collectively and individually. We are open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm and are family friendly.
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<big>''A space for sharing tools and knowledge to make stuff''</big>
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Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace (also known as a makerspace). We are a group of group of people who have rented a shared workshop where we can build projects both collectively and individually. Our space is located at 1840 S. Walnut Street. We are open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm, and '''for a trial period, Saturdays from 1pm until 5pm,''' and are family friendly.
  
 
== Stay informed ==
 
== Stay informed ==
  
 
* Sign up to the [http://www.bloominglabs.org/mailman/listinfo/bloominglabs-announce announcement mailing list] to keep up with our group.
 
* Sign up to the [http://www.bloominglabs.org/mailman/listinfo/bloominglabs-announce announcement mailing list] to keep up with our group.
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* <font color=red>New!</font> We have a [http://www.bloominglabs.org/mailman/listinfo/bloominglabs-discuss discuss mailing list] now.
 
* Our [https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=bloominglabs%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York  Calendar of events]
 
* Our [https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=bloominglabs%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York  Calendar of events]
* Follow us on Twitter [[Image:Twitter_icon.png]] [http://twitter.com/Bloominglabs @Bloominglabs]and [[Image:Facebook icon.png]] [http://www.facebook.com/pages/BloomingLabs/123873197660062?ref=ts Facebook].
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* Follow us on Twitter [[Image:Twitter_icon.png]] [http://twitter.com/Bloominglabs @Bloominglabs], [[Image:Facebook icon.png]] [http://www.facebook.com/pages/BloomingLabs/123873197660062?ref=ts Facebook], [https://plus.google.com/communities/105267599217836498217?gpinv=AMIXal-2hdMvNciF3pyRl26BurSmDyi3qZS9iewT4Sdvpx9KYt3mUlam08ovoQiCUZ_TgOc9EXsRIEBjTNKH8tYT9G2hG6yhJ2J3LlgNC0em8Aca51_xPVM&cfem=1 Google+], and [https://www.instagram.com/bloominglabs/ Instagram].
 
* Checkout photos from past events on [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bloominglabs Flickr]
 
* Checkout photos from past events on [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bloominglabs Flickr]
* Our IRC server is at irc.bloominglabs.org:6667, #hackerspace.
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* Our IRC server is at bloominglabs.org:6667, #hackerspace.
 
* 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.
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* Send us email to get an invite to our [http://bloominglabs.slack.com/ Slack site].
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* Send mail to P.O. Box 2443, Bloomington, IN 47402
  
 
== Support ==
 
== 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:
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Bloominglabs Incorporated is a non-profit registered within in the state of Indiana and has 501(c)3 charitable status. Want to make a donation with PayPal? Please use this link:
 
* (Note to members - this link should not be used for paying membership dues)
 
* (Note to members - this link should not be used for paying membership dues)
  
 
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Also, we have an  [http://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1572418 Amazon Smile Account For Bloominglabs].
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If you use that link to place an order on Amazon, we get a little cut. Thanks!
  
 
Information for our members: this is how we process cash and hardware [[Donations]].
 
Information for our members: this is how we process cash and hardware [[Donations]].
== News ==
 
  
* We have acquired a [[Laser]] cutter.
 
* We have acquired a mill. If want to chip in for it, add your pledge to the [[Mill]] page.
 
* We have '''[[lockers]]''' available for rent now!!
 
  
 
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=== Current Events ([[PastEvents]])===
== Current Events ([[PastEvents]])==
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*'''Makevention!'''
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** Our annual celebration of local makers
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** August 25, from 10am until 4pm at the Monroe Convention Center
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** Bring your belt sander to race!
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** New this year: presentations and workshops
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*** Learn how to solder, crochet, make chainmail, and more!
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*** Learn about the re-creation of the Howe Horseless Carriage
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** Get hands-on with soap, puzzles, locks, lasers, and robots
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** Fun for all ages and degrees of nerdery
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** Check out more at [http://makevention.org http://makevention.org]
  
 
*'''Public Hack Meetings!'''
 
*'''Public Hack Meetings!'''
 
** Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
 
** Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
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** Saturdays in August from 1pm until 5pm
 
** Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
 
** Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
 
** All ages and everyone is welcome
 
** All ages and everyone is welcome
  
*'''Summer Workshops'''
 
** We'll be holding a variety of workshops this summer and will post dates both here and to our [http://www.bloominglabs.org/mailman/listinfo/bloominglabs-announce announcement mailing list] when we finalize them
 
** These should include: rain and compost barrel making, machining, vector graphic design and tool use, cutting and engraving with the laser...
 
** Our members are also working with [http://www.wonderlab.org/ WonderLab] and the [http://mcpl.info/ Monroe County Public Library] to help each with summer educational programs
 
  
*'''Speaker making at Wonderlab'''
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** September 21, 2pm to 4pm
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** Contact [http://www.wonderlab.org Wonderlab] for more information
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== Membership ==
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== Workshops ==
We are accepting memberships! Please see the [[Membership Manual]] for details. If you are a new member please check out the [[New Members]] page as well.
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== [[Public meetings|Meetings]] ==
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All workshops are for age 12 and older unless otherwise specified. Parents must come inside to fill out a minor liability waiver for children under 18 (unless previously filled out). Some workshops have limited seats available, see descriptions for details.  
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.
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* [[Meeting_Minutes]]
 
* [[Bloominglabs Log]] - highlights of Bloominglabs events and news
 
  
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<b>Halloween Workshop: Freaky Felting</b><br />
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October 23<br>
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Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members<br>
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Time: 6pm - 8pm<br>
  
== [[Location|Our Location]] ==
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Description: Spooky, stabbity, squishy fiber mutilation mayhem!
  
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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Stab together some wool into ghosts, ghouls, and Great Pumpkins. Learn the art of avoiding stabbing yourself in the hand with a barbed needle while making an awesome decoration for Samhain, All Hallows Eve, or that most festive of holidays, The Last Day of October.
  
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This workshop will run for approximately 2 hours, costs $15, and includes project materials.
  
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The streets will flow with the blood of needle felters!
  
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== [[Laser|Laser Cutter]] ==
 
We have funded a laser cutter, which is now on-site!! 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].
 
  
We have a [http://fslaser.com/products/lasers/newhobby 5th generation 40W laser from Full Spectrum].
 
  
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<b>Make a Plant Tower</b><Br>
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November 18th<br>
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Cost: $40 for members, $50 for non-members<br>
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Time: 1 pm - 4 pm<br>
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Description: Plant towers are a vertical garden that can house 50+ plants in 4 sq ft of space. Plant towers also contain a composting tube to allow users to easily return their vegetative waste back to their plants. Participants will build their own plant tower and compost tube within a 3 hour class.<br>
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[[File:with flowers.jpg]]
  
== Who are we? ==
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Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club.
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* '''Learn to Solder'''
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** July 30th
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* Read our [[Bylaws]] for a more formalized overview
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== [[Grants]] ==
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== Current Initiatives ==
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*Space Improvements
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**Tool and workspace arrangement
  
  
== Kits For Sale ==
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== Membership ==
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We are accepting memberships! Please see the [[Membership Manual]] for details. If you are a new member please check out the [[New Members]] page as well.
  
Bloominglabs is a reseller of [http://adafruit.com 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 [http://www.zip2tax.com/z2t_lookup.asp?inputZip=47401 Sales Tax Calculator for 47401]
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== [[Public meetings|Meetings]] ==
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Currently we meet every Wednesday at 7:00pm at 1840 S. Walnut Street, 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. If it's cool and interesting then we are all interested.
  
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* [[Bloominglabs Log]] - highlights of Bloominglabs events and news
  
== Workshops/Classes ==
 
  
We are currently working on our summer workshop schedule and will post it soon.
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== Who are we? ==
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We are a bunch of people that want to do interesting things and explore the world and technology around us.  Expression of this interest takes at least as many forms as we have members, and often employs an amalgam of found and newly-constructed hardware and/or open-source and self-authored software components, but may be as simple as screwing some pieces of wood together to make a useful tool we don't have yet.
  
Reserve a spot at any of our workshops or classes by sending '''email to contact]at[bloominglabs.org'''.
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Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club.
 
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== What is a hacker space? ==
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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.
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* Read our [[Bylaws]] for a more formalized overview
  
== Current Projects ==
 
[[Projects]]
 
  
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== What is a hackerspace? ==
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A hackerspace is 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.
  
== What needs to be done yet? ==
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== Nearby Hackerspaces/Makerspace or initiatives: ==
Check out the [[Todo]] list to see the latest things we need to get done.
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* [http://www.clubcyberia.org/ Cyberia (Indianapolis, Indiana!)]
 
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* [http://castlemakers.org/ Castlemakers (Greencastle, Indiana)]
Also see who else is working on this project: [[Special:ListUsers]]
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* [http://www.shakmakerspace.com/ The SHAK (Kokomo, Indiana)]
 
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* [http://hive13.org Hive13 (Cincinnati, Ohio)]
Uploaded files: [[Special:ImageList]]
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* [http://www.lvl1.org LVL1 (Louisville, Kentucky)]
 
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* <strike>[http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Vault404 Vault404 (Louisville, Kentucky)]</strike>
 
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* <strike>[http://collexion.net/ Collexion (Lexington, Kentucky)]</strike> All that remains is a [https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/collexion/3m5kRObHP-U discussion list].
== Nearby Hacker Spaces or initiatives: ==
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* [https://pumpingstationone.org/ Pumping Station: One (Chicago, Illinois)]  
* [http://clubcyberia.org/index.php/Main_Page Club Cyberia (INDIANAPOLIS!)]
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* [http://www.daytondiode.org/ Dayton Diode (Dayton, Ohio)]  
* [http://makerspacegoshen.org/ Makerspace Goshen (Goshen Indiana)]
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* <strike>[http://wiki.detroitfacility.org/index.php/Main_Page Detroit Facility]</strike> Merged with i3 Detroit
* [http://hive13.org Hive13 (Cincinnati, OH)]
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* [http://www.i3detroit.com/ i3 Detroit (Detroit, Michigan)]
* [http://www.lvl1.org LVL1 (Louisville Kentucky)]
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* <strike>[http://makerspacegoshen.org/ Makerspace Goshen (Goshen, Indiana)]</strike>
* [http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Vault404 Vault404 (Louisville Kentucky)]  
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* [https://www.kre8now.com/ Kre8now] (Lexington, Kentucky)
* [http://collexion.net/ Collexion (Lexington Kentucky)]
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* [http://www.themakerhive.com/ The MakerHive] (Elkhart, Indiana)
* [http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Pumping_Station:_One Pumping Station: One (Chicago)]  
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* [http://www.daytondiode.com/ Dayton Diode]  
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* [http://wiki.detroitfacility.org/index.php/Main_Page Detroit Facility]  
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* [http://www.i3detroit.com/ i3 Detroit]
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== Other Cool Groups in Bloomington ==
 
== Other Cool Groups in Bloomington ==
* [http://www.bloomingtonprintcollective.org/ The Bloomington Print Collective] -- a non-profit community print shop.
 
 
* [http://ifnbloomington.blogspot.com/ Indiana Filmmakers Network] -- provides support, camaraderie and resources to filmmakers.
 
* [http://ifnbloomington.blogspot.com/ Indiana Filmmakers Network] -- provides support, camaraderie and resources to filmmakers.
 
* [http://www.bloomingtonradio.org/ Bloomington Amateur Radio Club]
 
* [http://www.bloomingtonradio.org/ Bloomington Amateur Radio Club]
 
* [http://www.indiana.edu/~k9iu/ Indiana University Amateur Radio Club]
 
* [http://www.indiana.edu/~k9iu/ Indiana University Amateur Radio Club]
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* [http://www.iub.edu/~iumakes/index.html IU Makes]
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* <s>[http://bfabs.wordpress.com/ Bloomington personal Fabrication Group (IU 3D Printing Club)]</s> (no longer meeting) - also a trac hosted <s>[http://bloominglabs.org/trac/pfab/ here]</s>
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* [http://sustain.indiana.edu/programs/hoosier-to-hoosier/index.php The annual Hoosier to Hoosier event (resale trail)]
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* [http://www.discardia.org/ Discardia]
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* [http://www.presspuzzles.com/ Press (jigsaw) Puzzles]
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== Special Wiki Pages ==
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[[Special:ImageList | Uploaded files]]

Latest revision as of 11:04, 19 October 2018

Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!

A space for sharing tools and knowledge to make stuff

Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace (also known as a makerspace). We are a group of group of people who have rented a shared workshop where we can build projects both collectively and individually. Our space is located at 1840 S. Walnut Street. We are open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm, and for a trial period, Saturdays from 1pm until 5pm, and are family friendly.

Contents

[edit] Stay informed

[edit] Support

Bloominglabs Incorporated is a non-profit registered within in the state of Indiana and has 501(c)3 charitable status. Want to make a donation with PayPal? Please use this link:

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

Also, we have an Amazon Smile Account For Bloominglabs. If you use that link to place an order on Amazon, we get a little cut. Thanks!

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


[edit] Current Events (PastEvents)

  • Makevention!
    • Our annual celebration of local makers
    • August 25, from 10am until 4pm at the Monroe Convention Center
    • Bring your belt sander to race!
    • New this year: presentations and workshops
      • Learn how to solder, crochet, make chainmail, and more!
      • Learn about the re-creation of the Howe Horseless Carriage
    • Get hands-on with soap, puzzles, locks, lasers, and robots
    • Fun for all ages and degrees of nerdery
    • Check out more at http://makevention.org
  • Public Hack Meetings!
    • Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
    • Saturdays in August from 1pm until 5pm
    • Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
    • All ages and everyone is welcome



[edit] Workshops

All workshops are for age 12 and older unless otherwise specified. Parents must come inside to fill out a minor liability waiver for children under 18 (unless previously filled out). Some workshops have limited seats available, see descriptions for details.


Halloween Workshop: Freaky Felting
October 23
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members
Time: 6pm - 8pm

Description: Spooky, stabbity, squishy fiber mutilation mayhem!

Stab together some wool into ghosts, ghouls, and Great Pumpkins. Learn the art of avoiding stabbing yourself in the hand with a barbed needle while making an awesome decoration for Samhain, All Hallows Eve, or that most festive of holidays, The Last Day of October.

This workshop will run for approximately 2 hours, costs $15, and includes project materials.

The streets will flow with the blood of needle felters!

Register now for Freaky Felting


Make a Plant Tower
November 18th
Cost: $40 for members, $50 for non-members
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Description: Plant towers are a vertical garden that can house 50+ plants in 4 sq ft of space. Plant towers also contain a composting tube to allow users to easily return their vegetative waste back to their plants. Participants will build their own plant tower and compost tube within a 3 hour class.
With flowers.jpg

Register now for Sustainabarrels!



[edit] Current Initiatives

  • Space Improvements
    • Tool and workspace arrangement


[edit] Membership

We are accepting memberships! Please see the Membership Manual for details. If you are a new member please check out the New Members page as well.


[edit] Meetings

Currently we meet every Wednesday at 7:00pm at 1840 S. Walnut Street, 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. If it's cool and interesting then we are all interested.


[edit] Who are we?

We are a bunch of people that want to do interesting things and explore the world and technology around us. Expression of this interest takes at least as many forms as we have members, and often employs an amalgam of found and newly-constructed hardware and/or open-source and self-authored software components, but may be as simple as screwing some pieces of wood together to make a useful tool we don't have yet.

Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club.

  • Read our Bylaws for a more formalized overview


[edit] What is a hackerspace?

A hackerspace is 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.

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