Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!
Bloominglabs is Indiana's first (and so far only!) 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.
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.
- Sign up to the announcement mailing list to keep up with our group.
- Follow us on Twitter @Bloominglabsand Facebook.
- Our IRC server is at irc.bloominglabs.org:6667, #hackerspace.
- We can also be reached via old fashioned email at contact (]at[) bloominglabs dot o r g.
We have found a new space!
We are now the proud leasers of a new space! It's 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!
- We are planning additional Workshops in the coming months. Subscribe to the announcement mailing list or keep watching this page!
Current Events (PastEvents)
- Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
- Public hack meetings!
- Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
- All ages and everyone is welcome
- AVR workshop on October 18th and 25th from 6:30pm until 8:30pm
- You, programming a microprocessor? Yes, my friend. We’ll show you the basics of programming using the AVR ATMega8 microprocessor in this painless, tears-free workshop. Not only that, but you will gain experience “breadboarding” - building prototype circuits. You will upload your program to the microprocessors to tell it what to do – the first step in harnessing the power of this pervasive technology.
- Course is 4 hours long spread over two days
- Learn how to program Amtel's AVR microprocessors
- Attendees will breadboard small circuits and program an AVR to control them
- Circuits will involve controlling devices including pulse width modulation and handling inputs including pull-up resistors.
- Although programming experience will be helpful, it is not required for this course. Basic electronic knowledge also helpful but not required.
- This is a more advanced version of the Arduino course held in August. Many of the same subjects will be covered at a much lower level.
- Course material can be found at AVR_Class
- Advance registration required and seats are limited
- Cost is $20 for the entire course
- Email contact at bloominglabs dot org to register or for more information
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 incredibly important component. Having people to bounce ideas off of and discuss your projects with when you get stuck is a great thing.
We are accepting memberships! Please see the Membership Manual 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.
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
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- Collexion (Lexington Kentucky)
- Pumping Station: One (Chicago)
- Dayton Diode
- Detroit Facility
- i3 Detroit