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<big>''A space for sharing tools and knowledge to make stuff''</big>
 
<big>''A space for sharing tools and knowledge to make stuff''</big>
  
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 are family friendly.
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Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace (also known as a makerspace). We are a group of group of people who rent a shared workshop where we can build projects both collectively and individually. Our space is located at 1840 S. Walnut Street.  
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We are open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm and Saturdays from 1pm until 4pm. Our open hours are family friendly.
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Bloominglabs is open again for members! However, '''due to social distancing requirements, Bloominglabs has suspended all open meetings until further notice.''' Send email to contact@bloominglabs.org if you are a non-member with a need to access the space.
  
 
== 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.
* <font color=red>New!</font> We have a [http://www.bloominglabs.org/mailman/listinfo/bloominglabs-discuss discuss mailing list] now.
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* We have a public [http://www.bloominglabs.org/mailman/listinfo/bloominglabs-discuss discuss mailing list] too.
 
* 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], [[Image:Facebook icon.png]] [http://www.facebook.com/pages/BloomingLabs/123873197660062?ref=ts Facebook], and [https://plus.google.com/communities/105267599217836498217?gpinv=AMIXal-2hdMvNciF3pyRl26BurSmDyi3qZS9iewT4Sdvpx9KYt3mUlam08ovoQiCUZ_TgOc9EXsRIEBjTNKH8tYT9G2hG6yhJ2J3LlgNC0em8Aca51_xPVM&cfem=1 Google+].
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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 bloominglabs.org:6667, #hackerspace.
 
* Our IRC server is at bloominglabs.org:6667, #hackerspace.
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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]].
  
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=== Current Events ([[PastEvents]])===
 
=== Current Events ([[PastEvents]])===
*'''Public Hack Meetings!'''
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*'''Coronovirus Call to Actions'''
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** Check out our [[Coronavirus]] page for a list of things you can do to help during the current Corona virus crisis
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*'''[http://makevention.org Makevention!]'''
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** Bloomington's eighth annual maker fair has been cancelled due to COVID-19
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*'''[[Public meetings]]!'''
 
** Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
 
** Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
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** 2nd & 4th Fridays from 7pm to 10pm -->
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** Saturdays from 1pm until 4pm
 
** 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
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** Due to COVID-19, we are suspending open meetings
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** Email contact@bloominglabs.org if you need access to the space
  
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== Workshops ==
  
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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.
  
== Spring and Summer Workshops! ==
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We currently have no workshops planned.
  
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.
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== Donations ==
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* '''Arduinos and Sensors!''' This pairs with the MicroPython class
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** June 16th, 1-4pm
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** This workshop focuses on sensors and making things using Arduino microcontrollers. Cost is $25, pre-reg required. For members, cost is $15.
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** You need to bring your own laptop, preferably with Arduino software installed: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
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** No programming experience needed (but it's always nice) - this is introductory level.
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We appreciate donations! However, please bring all donations to Bloominglabs during our Public Hack Meetings (see above). That gives us a chance to decide what of your donation is useful to us. For things we can't use, we'll help you figure out other groups in Bloomington who would appreciate them or help you determine the best way to dispose of them.
  
* '''Welding Day'''
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== Current Initiatives ==
** June 23rd
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** This is a beginners workshop, come learn MIG, TIG, Arc, and torch welding, and use a plasma cutter in this half-day workshop.
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** Price is $120 for the public, pre-reg required.
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** Seats for this workshop are locked until we get further along with logistics. We will make an announcement soon! In the mean time, you can let us know about your interest by sending mail to contact at bloominglabs dot org. Thanks!
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These are things we are working on, or would like to see, to improve the space. If you are interested in any of these, feel free to work on it! If you are unsure where to start, please [[Main Page#Stay_informed|get in touch]]!
  
* '''MicroPython, IoT, & Microcontrollers'''
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* improve the tool and workspace arrangement and cleanliness
** July 17th and 24th, 6:30-8:30pm
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* purge excess junk
** Come learn how to run Python on a microcontroller! Limited to 6 seats, pre-reg required (send email to contact (]at[) bloominglabs dot o r g.).
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* vend snacks and drinks (we used to do this at the previous space, but haven't since moving)
** Topics include MicroPython fundamentals, logging data to a service and responding to that data, and standing up a web server on a $15 microcontroller and controlling devices via the web.
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* revive the asset management system, and add our new assets to it
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** The [[New Members]] page and the [[Membership Manual]] should be merged together.
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** In general, it would be great to see more participation in the wiki, especially on the [Projects] page.
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** It might be good to have a page that lists all members with their name, picture, username, email, interests, areas of the space they are familiar with, etc.
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* make the [[3D Printers]] more reliable, make the 3D printing process easier, and spread the knowledge
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* wire the CCTV system
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* wire speakers in the lounge (and maybe in the classroom)
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* '''Learn to Solder'''
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** July 30th
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** Come learn to solder! No prior experience necessary. You will assemble a fun working electronic circuit.  
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** Cost is $20 per person, class runs from 7-9pm.
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== Current Initiatives ==
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== Membership ==
 
== Membership ==
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== [[Public meetings|Meetings]] ==
 
== [[Public meetings|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.
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Currently we meet every Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm and every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm at 1840 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, Indiana. These meetings are open to the public; anyone is welcome to attend. 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.
  
 
* [[Meeting_Minutes]]
 
* [[Meeting_Minutes]]
 
* [[Bloominglabs Log]] - highlights of Bloominglabs events and news
 
* [[Bloominglabs Log]] - highlights of Bloominglabs events and news
 
  
 
== Who are we? ==
 
== Who are we? ==
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== What is a hackerspace? ==
 
== 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.
 
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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== Nearby Hackerspaces/Makerspace or initiatives: ==
 
== Nearby Hackerspaces/Makerspace or initiatives: ==
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* [http://www.themakerhive.com/ The MakerHive] (Elkhart, Indiana)
 
* [http://www.themakerhive.com/ The MakerHive] (Elkhart, Indiana)
  
== Other Cool Groups in Bloomington ==
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== Other Cool Groups in Bloomington & Monroe County ==
 
* [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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* [https://73siara.org]
 
* [http://www.iub.edu/~iumakes/index.html IU Makes]
 
* [http://www.iub.edu/~iumakes/index.html IU Makes]
 
* <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>
 
* <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>

Latest revision as of 19:35, 4 August 2020

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 rent a shared workshop where we can build projects both collectively and individually. Our space is located at 1840 S. Walnut Street.

Bloominglabs is open again for members! However, due to social distancing requirements, Bloominglabs has suspended all open meetings until further notice. Send email to contact@bloominglabs.org if you are a non-member with a need to access the space.

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)

  • Coronovirus Call to Actions
    • Check out our Coronavirus page for a list of things you can do to help during the current Corona virus crisis
  • Makevention!
    • Bloomington's eighth annual maker fair has been cancelled due to COVID-19
  • Public meetings!
    • Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
    • Saturdays from 1pm until 4pm
    • Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
    • All ages and everyone is welcome
    • Due to COVID-19, we are suspending open meetings
    • Email contact@bloominglabs.org if you need access to the space

[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.

We currently have no workshops planned.

[edit] Donations

We appreciate donations! However, please bring all donations to Bloominglabs during our Public Hack Meetings (see above). That gives us a chance to decide what of your donation is useful to us. For things we can't use, we'll help you figure out other groups in Bloomington who would appreciate them or help you determine the best way to dispose of them.

[edit] Current Initiatives

These are things we are working on, or would like to see, to improve the space. If you are interested in any of these, feel free to work on it! If you are unsure where to start, please get in touch!

  • improve the tool and workspace arrangement and cleanliness
  • purge excess junk
  • vend snacks and drinks (we used to do this at the previous space, but haven't since moving)
  • revive the asset management system, and add our new assets to it
  • make Bloominglabs's web presence friendlier
    • The page you get when people from the public go to bloominglabs.org has an overwhelming amount of information on it.
    • The New Members page and the Membership Manual should be merged together.
    • In general, it would be great to see more participation in the wiki, especially on the [Projects] page.
    • It might be good to have a page that lists all members with their name, picture, username, email, interests, areas of the space they are familiar with, etc.
  • make the 3D Printers more reliable, make the 3D printing process easier, and spread the knowledge
  • wire the CCTV system
  • wire speakers in the lounge (and maybe in the classroom)

[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 from 7pm to 10pm and every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm at 1840 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, Indiana. These meetings are open to the public; anyone is welcome to attend. 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.


[edit] Nearby Hackerspaces/Makerspace or initiatives:


[edit] Other Cool Groups in Bloomington & Monroe County

[edit] Special Wiki Pages

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