We celebrated 
the maker spirit 
with the IRC!

Summer is here which means more youth visiting to make things in our Outreach events! This past month, through our partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Clarkston, we hosted some inspiring youth for the third year in a row to get them hands-on with soldering electronics in our e-shop, building wooden catapults in our woodshop, and telling stories with button making. But we also helped them build a Little Free Library for their community! So many smiles and so many maker skills realized.

One of the group leaders had this to say from a conversation with a teen refugee after the event:

"She has been struggling with English and feeling very defeated, but she said of her time at Decatur Makers (with a huge grin on her face), “I can do everything there! I like everything and I am good at it. These are the things I want to do.” We talked about how everyone has different skills, and recognized her strong skills of creativity, working with her hands, and problem-solving. She has recently decided to persevere to graduate high school, then attend technical college. Thanks for creating a space where realizations and confidence-building like this can happen!"

Woot woot! We love seeing the positive impact of making on our youth!

Big, huge, special thanks to all our volunteers who help us do what we do! Want to join the volunteer fun? Please click the link below and we'll help you get started.

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What We're Making

Chris Goode, Decatur Makers Founding Member and current Board Member and resident member who loves to build things that make noise, has finished his first whole Telecaster electric guitar including the 3D design, woodworking and electronics! Hoping we get to hear him play it very soon :) Rock on, Dr. G!

Member Nate S incorporated a video camera into his birdhouse and is live-streaming a Bluebird mama! Check out his YouTube live stream each morning until the chicks leave the nest in about 2 weeks; Two of the eggs hatched on July 8, and another is due any time.

One of our new young members had huge success with his first 3D printing project after using our full-body scanner! Can't wait to see what he makes next...

What We're Sharing

We had an exciting Saturday morning at the Decatur Library hosting a Family Maker Challenge where families had to build a simple machine to knock down a tower of cups! So many creative solutions as kids and their adults worked together to compete. This program was funded in part by the DeKalb Library Foundation.
We love when Summer camps come to us for a hands-on maker experience! A group from a local church visited to design and build robots that help solve a problem in their community. Using recycled materials and our foam cutter and scroll saw, these kids made robots that cleaned, helped grab items from high shelves, and opened doors. #makerkidsrock #stemeducation
Our monthly Family Build Night sees lots of curious elementary school aged kids and their families getting hands-on with tools they wouldn't normally use to build interesting things. This past gathering saw kids using paper circuits to light up paper helicopters, power drills and a scroll saw to make stand-up wooden frames, and did some online coding with Scratch.

What's Coming Up

We have lots of classes and workshops to help people get hands-on and learn new things. And we share our stories at lots of local events. To keep up with what we have going down, follow us on MeetUp or check out our website Events page.
July 10:  6-7:00 Decatur Makers 101: New Member Orientation

July 10: 7-8:00 Decatur Makers Annual Members Meeting

July 11: 7-9:00 Glowforge 101: How to Use a Lasercutter

July 12: 7-9:00 Woodshop 201: Dimensioning Lumber

July 13: 7-9:00 DNA Barcoding workshop for 11-18 year olds

July 13: 2-5:00 Intro to 3D Printing

July 14: 4-7:00 Youth Welding Project Class

July 15: 6-9:00 Bio Mondays: GMO Testing

July 16: 7-10:00 Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts (ALE) Meeting

July 17: 7-9:00 Open Build Night (come for a tour!)

July 18: 3-5:00 Intro to Stop Motion Video for Middle Schoolers

July 18: 7-9:00 Welding Machine Basics

July 19: 7-9:00 Woodshop 201: Dimensioning Lumber

July 20: 7-9:00 DNA Barcoding workshop for 11-18 year olds

July 20: 6-9:00 Board Gaming MeetUp

July 21: 1-3:00 Monthly Clean Up The Space!

July 22: 7-9:00 Glowforge 101: How to Use a Lasercutter

July 23: 7-9:00 Woodshop 101

July 24: 7-9:00 Open Build Night (come for a tour!)

July 25: 7-9:00 Woodshop 101

July 26: 5-7:00 Family Build Night (for our littlest makers!)

July 26: 7-9:00 Open Build Night (come for a tour!)
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