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A support group for the Kamloops Makerspace classroom, and educational endeavours

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  • RE: Things that blow my mind!!!

    Raycasting sounds way cooler though, even if it isn’t…

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  • RE: Things that blow my mind!!!

    Binary space partitioning. Whoa.

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  • Maker monday mission: revive the roaring windtunnel!

    Okay. So, we need to start having guided activities at hack nights to keep the promoscience tap on.

    One often discussed piece o’ kit for STEAM demos is the wind tunnel, but alas, it is some time since her fair winds have blown. I’m hoping to get it up and running before Wednesday, so we can advertise it as our first guided activity under the program, and get the ball rolling.

    I’m teaching at Skeetch tomorrow, and may need time when I get back to finalize and email the Community Gaming Grant documents in, but straight after that i’ll head to the space and work on it. Any maker Maker Monday maniacs, or even mild mannered morally-supportive Marvins would be much, much appreciated!

    And @pierre, if you have any spare parts from the former assembly kicking around that may be of use, it would be great to have them.

    posted in General Discussion
  • Make STEAM!

    Program announcement

    Okay, it is official, the first $9k from BIG Little Science Centre (BLSC) / National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is in the bank! If we can deliver on the MOU we have signed, there will be another $10k in monthly instalments over the rest of the year, and the potential to increase the total by an order of magnitude in the near future (possibly more).

    The name Make STEAM! is what is on our BCLC Community Gaming Grant application (total ask $73,750.00), I will have a full copy of the application for review at the meeting, and it will get entered into the minutes as an appendix and posted on the forum.

    What in means, in brief

    We have to have one guided activity to promote some STEAM something (with a tangential STEM highlight for the arts). The good new is we have money to do this with, the bad news is, we have to be organized enough to report on how we spent the money. These will be our two key deliverables for the program:

    1. Weekly guided activities at h4ck night
    2. Reporting on h4ck nights, and other outreach events

    Please start using this form

    Any time you volunteer, attend an event, or do anything related to the space that could help anyone anywhere engage with STEAM, and want to call it a personal contribution to the program, please use THIS FORM!

    For comments on the form please contact me.

    Program description, in brief

    In short, Make STEAM! is defined as the outreach activities we already do (i.e. host hack nights, and host or attend other public events). All we are really committing to here, is to keep doing that. In order to prove the money has helped us to this end, it will be essential to TRACK AND REPORT on how many people we reach.

    The monies from BLSC/NSERC is attached to improving our hands-on guided activities at h4ck nights, our road show/kit shop, and getting the Makerbus on the road and attending events. The monies from BCLC/Community Gaming is attached to improving our capacity to deliver services for our members, and the general public at hack night (plus a couple other pots for subsidizing membership dues for those in need, training volunteers, etc.). The main point here being, while the funds are supporting the same program, we are not double dipping on any items. Detailed budgets, and approval procedures are required to ensure compliance here. For more details on this aspect, please attend the meeting on Tuesday, or see the minutes once posted.

    For more info

    If you want more details on what hoops we need to jump through to spend it (both internal and external), please come to the members meeting on Tuesday, we will make brief mention of it during the meeting, and have plenty of time for discussion/questions following the meeting.

    posted in Announcements
  • Volunteers needed!

    Hey all, I should have posted about this a while ago, but I’ve been so busy that it slipped my mind.

    The BIG Little Science Centre has an event tomorrow (Mining Day, 10-3 at their location—655 Holt St), and the Kamloops Makerspace is going to be there. I’ll be around from about 9:30 until the end. This afternoon I will be at the Space working on getting the wind tunnel and/or blender-bike dialled in. BLSC will have a ton of their own interactives as its at the Centre, so it should be a really fun one.

    Help would be welcome for tonight (not really sure what i’m doing with either contraption, yet), and the event tomorrow as well. Even if you can’t help man the booth, it would be great to see some Maker’s there with their families!

    Please contact me if you can help either this afternoon/evening or tomorrow.

    posted in General Discussion
  • Culture Days planning session

    We got an email to the info box inviting us to participate in a planning meeting (Wednesday, June 6) for the next Culture Days (event is at the end of September).

    I’m booked for the planning meeting with another commitment. If anyone else could attend, I think it would be valuable for the space. For the last culture days we hosted an open house and did the clayspace opening, which was very successful.

    Please see the flyer below for more info

    0_1525993383911_2018 Culture Days.pdf

    posted in General Discussion
  • Holy kit! Ron_ron strikes again

    So I just found this website from a video @Ron_Ron posted a couple days ago. It looks like you can get 10 10cmX10cm custom PCBs for $2!

    Can this be true?

    Please list your kit ideas below!

    posted in General Discussion
  • RE: Members Meeting Tuesday May 15th, 2017 - 7:00PM Lounge

    The formatting is pretty close to the final versions for web/print, the only change will be where you see " ^[ text ] " will get converted to a numbered margin note (final guidelines will be hosted as HTML and PDFs from main page, and kept in the building as print)

    posted in Announcements
  • RE: Members Meeting Tuesday May 15th, 2017 - 7:00PM Lounge

    @kile pdf with wonky formatting (which is not representative of final document—text review purposes only)

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  • RE: Members Meeting Tuesday May 15th, 2017 - 7:00PM Lounge

    Safe space guideline text:

    DRAFT 8 May 2018

    Intent statement

    This guideline is intended to support the purposes of the society^[Constitution] by ensuring a safe, enjoyable, and hassle-free experience at the space; and, at off-site events either hosted, or attended by the society. In order to accomplish this, the guideline outlines the requirements around member conduct, as well as some practical considerations & best-practices.

    The importance of mental health

    Mental Health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.”

               —World Health Organization {cite}

    Throughout their lifetime, over one in five Canadians will be diagnosed with a mental disorder, and almost all will experience a mental health problem,^[A mental health problem is a broad term that includes both mental disorders and symptoms which may not be severe enough to warrant the diagnosis of a mental disorder. Like a mental disorder, a mental health problem can cause major changes in a person’s thinking, emotional state and behaviour, and can disrupt the person’s ability to work and carry on their usual personal relationships.] to some degree.

    By being attuned to the impacts that our words and actions have on our own mental health, and the mental health of those around us, and by using this understanding to direct our behaviour, we can ensure that the space remains a safe and productive environment for all to enjoy.

    Practical considerations & best practices

    Thinking distortions ^[also known as cognitive distortions] are unhelpful thought patterns, which are frequently irrational and often pervasive, unless are recognized and addressed. By recognizing these thought patterns when they are expressed by ourselves or others, and drawing the appropriate awareness to them, we can strengthen the mental health of our entire community. The following list outlines some of these distortions:^[reproduced from \cite{MH1stAid, 6.9-6.10}]

    1. All-or-Nothing (Black & White) Thinking: A person uses terms like ‘always’, ‘never’, or ‘forever in situations that are grey areas and not absolute. If performance is not to perfection, it is a failure.^[For example, bob did not get the promotion he applied for, and now he will NEVER get a promotion and will have to stay in his current position FOREVER.]

    2. Overgeneralization: A negative event is seen as a never-ending pattern of failure.^[Jill is very lonely bus she once went to a function and did not meet any people. Her friends want her to go out and meet new people. She does not want to go out because she feels it is useless. Nobody really likes her and people are just mean and do not want new friends.]

    3. Mental filter (Selective thinking): All a person remembers is the negative events that have occurred. Even though their day may have been filled with positive experiences, they focus on the one or two negative events.^[While driving to work John was cut off in traffic. When he arrives home for the evening, all he can remember about his day (even though many things went well) was the rude driver who cut him off.]

    4. Disqualifying the positive (Converting positives into negatives): A person takes a positive event or comment and turns it into a negative. A person will make excuses when given a compliment. The person may feel that they “don’t deserve” the positive feedback.^[For example, Susan just had a painting made of herself by a local artist. Her mom tells her she looks lovely in the picture. She brushes it off and says that the artist just made her look nice so wouldn’t feel bad. In real life she is ugly.]

    5. Jumping to negative conclusions: A person comes to a negative conclusion even though there is no substantial evidence to support it.^[For example, Janet is waiting for her boss, who is 20 minutes late for lunch. She is convinced that the reason her boss is late is that he doesn’t like her or she has done something wrong. On the other side of town, her boss is actually stuck in traffic.]

    6. Emotional reasoning (Mistaking feelings for facts): A person lets negative feelings dictate how they see themselves or the world.^[For example Mary was upset and scolded her child for moving the table. She feels horrible for yelling; therefore, she must be a horrible parent.]

    7. Setting unrealistic expectations: A person tries to motivate themselves by using statements such as “should,” “shouldn’t,” “must,” or “ought to.” The statements are unrealistic and often set the person up for failure.^[For example, Joe says that he should be a perfect parent. Jen says that she must lose 30 kgs by the end of next month. When the goals are not met, they each consider themselves a failure.

    8. *Labeling and mislabeling (Making a mountain out of a mole hill): A person will negatively overgeneralize a situation and make negative comments about themselves.^[Jack made a mistake and had a cheque returned for non-sufficient funds. Once he realized what had happened, he called himself an idiot and loser for making such a mistake.]

    9. Catastrophizing: The importance of events or comments are magnified and made into life and death issues. It is taking labeling and mislabeling to the extreme.^[Joan has a sore throat; therefore, she has throat cancer.]

    10. Personalization: A person will see themselves as the cause of negative things that are happening, even though they are not the cause.^[For example, Joanne’s 25-year-old son was fired from his job at a local restaurant. Joanne feels that if only she had been a better parent he would not have been fired.]

    Member Conduct

    Harassment,^[a form of discrimination involving unwanted physical or verbal behaviour that offends or humiliates you ( )] bullying,^[i.e. unwanted, aggressive behaviour that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, and which is, or has the potential to be repeated, over time( )] discrimination^[ an action or a decision that treats a person or a group badly for reasons such as their ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender, or ability (grounds protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act;], and criminality^[behaviour that is contrary to or forbidden by criminal law] are not acceptable or tolerated in the space; or at any time a member may reasonably be viewed as representing the society (including, but not limited to, events attended by the society, online activity connected to the society, etc).

    All members will treat each other in a fair and respectful manner, and should assist others in doing so, where they see the opportunity for improvement.


    @kile—May9—Added draft date to heading

    posted in Announcements