Bringing women together in hands-on, workshops to power their careers & lives.
At SheSays Boulder we want to see more women thriving and rising in work they love. We want you to define your future. That’s why we’re proud sponsor of ShesBOLDER and their event series The Morning Fix. OUR MUTUAL GOAL: Get an amazing group of women together, add coffee & a kick-ass leader/facilitator (who’s been in the trenches and has lots to share), and power through hands-on, workshop sessions. It’s the skills you need… TO GO.
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An intro to Maker Spaces & Tools, from laser cutters to smart, wearable tech -let’s build things.
One of our favorite books is “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.” It shares how new technology (computers, 3D printers, Laser cutters) and easier access to them is changing how the world, business, and innovation happen. It’s an exciting time and easier than ever to create what you dream and build amazing things even on a small budget!
We want to see more women building things – from furnishings and outdoor gear, to robots and tech/smart clothing, to art and interactive experiences… we can now ideate faster, cheaper & easer. AND, in Boulder we have several MAKER SPACES to help kids & adults get hands-on maker time.
Join us for an intro into some of the cool facilities and tools that are at our fingertips. Let’s get your inner maker out so you can play.
Using the BLDG 61 laser cutters, we will design and engrave customized wooden badges together.
What message do you want to send those around you? Think of the badge as a prompt to invite critical conversation around a prominent issue (political, natural, socio-economic, gender, science, or other). Consider designs, quotes, or images that carry meaning to you.
The Space: BLDG 61
BLDG 61 is an all-ages public workshop located in the 1961 portion of the Main Library dedicated to hands-on learning and cultivating valuable experiences in the community through making. We support analog and digital processes to making, from weaving and sewing to laser cutting, 3D printing, woodworking and more. All programs are available to the community at no cost.
Janet Hollingsworth is a structural engineer-turned-furniture-maker-turned-librarian who co-founded BLDG 61, the all-ages makerspace at the Boulder Public Library.
As a creative technologist, she curates and facilitates maker programs at BLDG 61 including: fiber arts, screen printing, woodworking, laser cutting, machining, robotics, 3D printing, digital fabrication, book binding, and more. She has also developed special apprenticeship programs for at-risk Latina youth and individuals experiencing homelessness.
She was featured as one of the top 3 female makers in Colorado by Make Magazine in 2017.
Don’t you hate it when a plant you love is dying from thirst or just plain sad looking? Have no fear…we have a project for you: The Internet of Plants, an IoT solution for keeping your plants happy and healthy.
In this workshop, we will be monitoring the soil moisture level of your plant as well as the ambient light within your plant’s immediate environment. We will be leveraging My Devices’ IFFT channel called Cayenne to push, store and react to data. If the soil moisture is too low, you will receive a text or email telling you to water your dry green friend. Cayenne also graphically displays your plant’s data so you can view, over time, how much light is required for optimal growth. When you leave this workshop you will have gained hardware as well as software skills.
Pretty freaking cool…and your plants will thank you.
The Space: SPARKFUN
Since 2003, SparkFun has been committed to helping the world achieve electronics literacy. No matter your vision or skill level, our products and resources are designed to make electronics more accessible.
In addition to over 2,000 open source components and widgets, SparkFun offers curriculum, training and online tutorials designed to demystify the wonderful world of embedded electronics. We’re here to help you start something.
Mary West is an Electrical Engineer at SparkFun Electronics specialized in analog electronics design. Her passion for MakerEd has led her to create the curriculum for “Made by Girls”, a STEM education summer camp, around the LilyPad Sewable Electronics line. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Dean’s Honors.
As a digital devout, she is committed to Maker culture and expresses this through thoughtful product ideation and design, content creation, tutorials, and sharing projects and technical knowledge.
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