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Makerspaces are meant to be places to explore one's own interests, to create and innovate something out of nothing and expand the "maker mindset". Our Makerspace Open Time is intended to be girl-led, non-facilitated exploratory time. You don’t need a plan! Below are the activities that are available at our Georgetown Makerspace. Find what you are interested in and explore ideas on what you could create!

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3D Printing

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  • At the Seattle Makerspace, we have two Ultimaker 2-Go 3D printers! Come in and create a design on one of our laptops and watch it print before your eyes!

    (Both printers have a maximum print size of 120 x 120 x 115 mm (4.7 x 4.7 x 4.5 inches).)

What to Expect at Open Time:

Come in and get started by using one of our laptops to create designs using TinkerCAD! Our facilitators are happy to show you how to use the design software and guide you through the design process.

Expect 3D printing to take time! It can take anywhere from thirty minutes to several hours to print your design, even if it is small. All designs are printed on a first-finished basis. But, if your print won’t be done before our Open Time session ends, we will print it for you (as best we can) and send it to you in the mail!

If you want to be sure that you will have enough time to print your design, you can come to Open Time with one prepared. TinkerCAD (www.TinkerCAD.com) is a free web-based design tool that you can play on from any computer. Start or complete your design before the session and you’ll be first in line to print during Open Time! There are pre-made designs online but it’s the Girl Scout way to make or edit a unique design. Use Open Time to learn how to use the design software and build your skills!

Can’t get enough 3D printing? We also offer facilitated 3D Printing Workshops!

Project Ideas

Below are a few things you could make in a two-hour session:

  • Personalized keychain/backpack tag
  • Lapel/sash Pin
  • Small charm
  • Most items smaller than 2x2 inches
3D Printing Resources

Current Available PLA* Filament Colors

  • Translucent/clear (not pictured)
  • Frosted orange
  • Gray/silver metallic
  • Glow in the dark
  • "Girl Scout Green”
  • *Thermo color change* purple to pink
  • Aqua/turquoise

You can leave your 3D object in its filament color or paint it any color you like!

*What is PLA? Polylactic Acid (PLA) is a type of biodegradable thermoplastic made from cornstarch. This material is compostable & biodegradable. PLA has also been found to be safe regarding fumes and particulates.

Laser Cutting

  • Laser-cutter
  • What we have:

    • A VLS3.50 Desktop Universal brand laser cutter with a 12 x 24 inch cutting bed
    • Filtration system and air compressed flame suppression
    • Laptop with Corel Draw and Universal laser software
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What to Expect at Open Time:

Come in and print a design on our laser cutter! Laser cutting, depending on the design, is faster than 3D printing. This means that usually during every Open Time, everyone can complete a simple laser cutting project. We have tons of templates that you can customize to get familiar with design software and the laser cutter itself.

CorelDraw is the software that we have available for designing projects. To help you get comfortable with the software, there are several beginner walkthrough instructions available for starter projects. Our facilitators will be happy to show you the design manipulation process and help you get familiar with the software!

To make sure everyone has an equal experience, and that we use our resources wisely, we do limit one laser cutter project per maker.

If you have a specific project in mind and have any questions, feel free to contact us at makerspace@girlscoutsww.org.

We also offer facilitated laser cutting workshops for all age levels. visit www.GirlScoutsWW.org/events to view upcoming options.

What Materials We Usually Have:
  • Paper & cardstock in assorted colors
  • 2mm craft foam in assorted colors
  • 2mm chipboard
  • 3mm unfinished birch plywood
  • 2mm clear acrylic
  • 3mm neon green & pink/orange translucent acrylic
  • 3mm opaque acrylic in assorted colors

Participants are welcome to bring in their own materials to be cut/engraved!

Open Time Project Ideas:
  • Keychain or backpack tag
  • Nameplate or name badge
  • Magnet
  • Pin
  • Necklace or bracelet "charm"
  • Ornament
  • A small hinged wooden box
  • A small light-up LED edge-lit acrylic art
What Can Be Cut/Engraved:

What Materials Can Be Cut/Engraved?

  • Paper (copier, construction, scrapbook, cardstock, textured, foiled, tissue, velum, etc.)
  • Cardboard
  • Chipboard
  • Foamcore
  • Wood (the laser cutter can cut wood that is less than 1/4 inch thick--thicker wood will turn out engraved)
  • Acrylic
  • Glass
  • Fabric (non-vinyl)
  • Felt
  • Craft Foam
  • Ceramic

CAN'T be cut?

  • Vinyl/PVC plastic-based materials
  • Metal (some coated types of metal can be engraved)
How To Be Best Prepared

Come ready to create something awesome! If you want to get a head start, you can have the design picked out and ready to go. The best image files for engraving are high resolution black and white images in an illustration style (with clear, defined lines).

Save your design as an image file and bring it on a flash drive or email it to us at makerspace@girlscoutsww.org

Sewing

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  • Sewing is often not thought of as a STEM field, but it is engineering with fabric! Measurements, pattern making, construction, material choice, and machine use are all key skills of mechanical engineering.

What to Expect During Open Time:

Get ready to sew! Open Time is a great time to learn and practice hand sewing or embroidery/cross-stitching or to practice on the sewing machines. 

In our Seattle Makerspace, there are two sewing machines available. During a two-hour Open Time, several sewers will have time to use the machines. 

Sewing Tools
  • Janome Sewing Machines (x2)
  • Needles (various sizes) (hand, embroidery, yarn, plastic, dull)
  • Needle threaders
  • Thimbles
  • Embroidery hoops (small, medium)
  • Safety pins
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric scissors
  • Tailor measuring tapes (x2)
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Fabric paint pens (various colors)
  • Fabric & tacky glue
  • Knitting needles & crochet hooks (various)
  • Butcher paper for patterning
  • Iron
Sewing Notions
  • Buttons (various sizes, colors)
  • Sew-able snaps
  • Thread (various colors)
  • Embroidery floss (various colors)
  • Yarn (various types, colors)
  • Elastic thread/cording
  • Ribbons (various)
  • Cotton Fabric (small selection of fat quarters, various patterns)
  • Felt 8x11 sheets (various colors)
  • Felt scrap bin
  • Other misc fabric remnants
  • Poly stuffing
  • Cotton batting
  • Plastic canvas/cross stitch sheets (small and large hole size)

For large, specific, or group/troop projects it's best to bring your own fabric!

See all of our Makerspace materials here.

Electronics

  • Electronics
  • Create something with energy! During our Open Time, Girl Scouts are welcome to use the tools and supplies listed below to complete self-guided projects. 

    We also offer facilitated electronics workshops where attendees learn the basics of electronic circuits and complete their own take-home project.

     

What to Expect at Open Time:

During Open Time, facilitators will be on-hand to help you find the tools you need. But for electronics projects, we recommend that Girl Scouts work at their own skill level or come with an enthusiastic adult who wants to help them make something awesome!

Not sure what electronics projects you can make? Take a look at our Pinterest for some ideas!

Lots of beginner projects can be completed by Daisies and an adult chaperone with no electronic experience! 

Electronics Tools
  • Soldering kits (x5)
  • "Helping hands/magnifier" tools (x5)
  • Finger guards & gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers (various)
  • Snips
  • Wire strippers
  • Alligator clips (small, medium, large)
  • Multimeters
  • Fume fan
  • Heat shrink "gun"
Electronics Materials
  • LEDs (3mm & 5mm, various colors, color shift)
  • Coin cell batteries & housings
  • AA batteries & housings
  • 9V batteries & housings
  • Switches (various)
  • DC motors
  • Cell phone vibration motors
  • Resistors (10-1 million Ohm)
  • Wire (uncoated)
  • Wire (insulated, several colors)
  • Holiday lights (clipped & stripped)
  • Holiday lights (string)
  • Copper tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Heat shrink

We Also Have:

  • "Breaker Space" bin with various electronic toys and devices (remote control cars, calculators, game controllers, etc.) that can be taken apart to explore the inner workings.
  • Makey Makey, an electronic circuit learning toy.
  • Circuit Blocks, which can be connected with alligator clips to complete a circuit. Use them to test adding components such as switches and test different conductor materials.
Electronics Projects

Beginner projects that can be done in a two-hour session:

  • Doodle bot
  • Paper circuits
  • LED projects
  • DC motor projects

Visit our Pinterest page for tons of project and activity ideas!

 

LEGOs & GoldiBlox

Legos and Goldi Blox

LEGOs & GoldiBlox are intended for use in the Makerspace and are not to be taken home.*

*Rare exceptions on a case-by-case basis and if a few basic abundant pieces are needed for the functionality of a take-home project.

  • Basic LEGOs
    Basic Legos
    • We have a large selection of miscellaneous size shape and color LEGO bricks, plates, pieces, and minifigs.
    • There are several large 14x14 "base plates" available to house creations.
    • We also have LEGO "Challenge Kits" which are bins with LEGOs and cards with challenge ideas to stimulate the imagination. For example, "build something with only yellow bricks" or "build an animal".
    LEGO Robotics
    LEGO Robotics
    • LEGO NXT Programmable Robot Bricks, motors, and sensors.
    • LEGO EV-3 Programmable Robot Bricks, motors, and sensors.
    • LEGO We-DO Programmable Robot Bricks, motors, and sensors.
  • Technic/Mindstorms LEGOs
    Technic Mindstorms LEGOs
    • A large selection of LEGO Technic/Mindstorms pieces, beams, connectors, gears, wheels, etc. are available.
    Goldi Blox
    Goldi Blox
    • Dunk Tank kit with doll
    • Movie Machine kit
    • Zip-Line kit
    • Parade Float Kit
    • Making Things Zoom kit
    • Large selection of miscellaneous GoldiBlox building pieces

    *For GoldiBlox kits related to the new STEM Engineering badges, please contact your nearest Girl Scout office Equipment Depot for check out.

Girl Scout Projects

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    • SWAPS
    • Troop banner/flag
    • Money Earning Projects
    • Service (donation) projects
    • Holiday/celebration gifts
    • Volunteer thank you gifts
    • Cookie Sale decor/signage/items
    • Highest Awards Project components

Badge & Patch Activities

The following list is just a selection of some of the Badge Activities that could possibly be done in the Makerspace. Lots of other badges may have specific steps that could also be completed in the Makerspace, and don't forget about all the fun patch activities you could do!*

(Always refer to the Badge Activity Requirements for specific details about each badge.)

*The Makerspace does not provide specific badge or patch activities, but adults are encouraged to find them!

  • Daisy
    • Board Game Design Challenge
    • Model Car Design Challenge
    • Roller Coaster Design Challenge
    Junior
    • Drawing
    • Jeweler
    • Playing the Past
    • Product Designer
    • Designing Robots
    • Programming Robots
    • Showcasing Robots
    Senior
    • Collage Artist
    • Textile Artist
    • Website Designer
  • Brownie
    • Computer Expert
    • Designing Robots
    • Fling Flyer Design Challenge
    • Inventor
    • Leap Bot Design Challenge
    • Painting
    • Programming Robots
    • Race Car Design Challenge
    Cadette
    • Book Artist
    • Comic Artist
    • Woodworker
    • Silver Award project components
    Ambassador
    • Gold Award project components

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