Beginning this month, Drake Community Library will host a monthly gathering for those interested in the maker movement. The Grinnell Makers will meet on the second Saturday of every month from 2-4pm at the library. The first meeting will be Saturday, January 14th.
Area individuals of all ages are encouraged to come together to explore ideas, share expertise and get involved in the maker movement. “Makers” are people who are interested in do-it-yourself projects and a “maker space” is a physical location where people can come together to make.
Grinnell Makers is a collaboration between the library and Imagine Grinnell. Leading the group will be Rich Dana and Craig Shore. Rich Dana serves as the Director of Imagine Grinnell, but is a jack-of-all-trades. He has been a studio artist, a building contractor, an organic farmer, a solar installer, and an environmental advocate. He was a founding member of the Cedar Rapids and Fairfield Iowa “Makerspaces,” and is an avid woodworker, 3D printer fanboy and dumpster-diver. Craig Shore has dabbled in a little bit of everything over the years and can provide insight and assistance with mechanical systems, electronics, microcontrollers, composites, computer aided design, 3D printing, just to name a few. An innovation intermediary consultant, he’s especially interested in open platforms and the ways they encourage collaboration to advance ideas and technologies.
Grinnell Makers has grown out of a Captain Planet grant received by Imagine Grinnell last year. The grant provided funds to purchase Arduino microcontroller kits for use in a series of DIY water monitoring programs offered by Imagine Grinnell. The Arduino kits will be used by the Grinnell Makers, with options for participants to borrow the kits for home exploration between meetings. The library will support the program through hosting activities and purchase of materials as possible to support the projects.
Anyone interested in exploring more is encouraged to come to the library from 2-4pm on Jan. 14th. The gathering will be an informal collaboration time. Everyone is encouraged to bring projects they want to share or discuss, but there will also be time for brainstorming about potential projects, as well as learn a skill/share a skill type interactions.