Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Open Lab for Youth

The CUCFabLab Youth Council is sponsoring an open lab for young people on Saturday May 18th from 10 until noon. Come in and make something fun and interesting. If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Council, or becoming a member, come in at 9:30 and join us for our monthly council meeting. We will be discussing the website, a name for the Saturday morning group, and projects we would like to make. If you have any questions, please let me know. Jeff Howard
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CUCFL Contributes to a unique campus event

The CUC Fab Lab contributed to a special Augmented Reality installation for the University of Illinios graduation ceremonies. See the official press release and visit the site Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to see it in person. see the ‘About’ page and the student pix. This project was a collaboration of many departments at the UI, and the team included Robert McGrath and Andrew Knight of the Fab Lab. See my blog for additional comments.
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Draft White Paper about CUCFL

Following up on the HASTAC presentation mentioned here, I have posted a much longer, more throrough discussion. See the link at:… I would like to revise and improve this draft. (By the way, I couldn’t find a good “Section” for this entry.  “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”)
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CUC Fab Lab Presentation at HASTAC 2103 in Toronto

On Saturday I presented a short talk about the CUCFL at the HASTAC 2103 conference in Troronto (Abstract).  Thanks to all of you who directly or indirectly helped. I met folks from several Canadian makerspaces, and gave out our card to several of them.  Most of them were just starting out and wanted advice about how to build a successful makerspace.  I invited them to peruse our web site for tutorials, etc. and contact us. The talk and my conversations with the maker folks were well received (I’m told that someone tweeted that my talk was “inspirational”, which I didn’t see but makes me blush to imagine.)  One participant told me I had completely underminned everything she had seen at the conference because I was arguing importance of concrete physical stuff, the conference is very much about “virtual” stuff. If you are interested, here is a short blog comment about the day at the conference.
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STAR EXPO this Thursday April 25 at the Hilton Inn Garden

STAR EXPO this Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 PM – fab lab volunteers are welcome to work the table!  The event will be held at the Hilton Inn Gardens A raffle will be held.  Suggestions welcome! From the announcement: First of all, I want to thank all of you for agreeing to be a vendor at our 2013 STAR Expo and Awards Ceremony.  We are thrilled to have you be a part of this special event!  As we are just days away from the Expo, I wanted to touch base with everyone on some last minute details you may need prior to the Expo. Here are some basic reminders: 1.    The STAR Expo will be held this Thursday, April 25 from 5:30-7 pm and the STAR Awards Ceremony from 7-8;30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign.  2.    Vendors who requested electricity have been assigned a table near an outlet.  However, you are responsible for supplying your own extension cords and electronic equipment (laptop, etc.) 3.    As we stated previously, there is NO cost to participate. Vendors are encouraged to have items to giveaway and/or to have an item to raffle off at their table to help draw people to their table.  Raffle items should not consist of anything more than $10-$15 dollars. Vendors are responsible for managing their own raffles and having whatever materials they need to raffle off their item (raffle forms for people to sign up, pens, box to drop filled out raffle forms, etc). 4.    Each vendor will receive 1 table (8 foot) and 2 chairs. 5.    Vendors are required to decorate their own tables.  Table skirts will be provided this year; however, if you would like to bring your own tablecloth to drape over your table, please feel free to do so. 6.    Vendors set up starts at 4:30 pm on the day of event, and will need to be set up/ready to open by 5:15 pm. No set up will be allowed after 5 pm. 7.    No tear down will be allowed until after 7:00 pm. However, you are encouraged to stay for our STAR Awards Ceremony to see some of the wonderful things that have been happening in our community. If you would like to stay, a staff member will monitor the Expo room during the ceremony and you may tear down afterwards. However, anything of value should be taken with you as we are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
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CUCFL Youth Council Meeting

AGENDA CUCFL Youth Council Saturday April 20th, 9:30 AM  
  • Contact email for the youth council (for example CUCFLYouthCouncil(at)
  • Google group for announcements
  • Webpage
  • Set regular day for youth open labs (3rd Saturday of the month)
  • Discuss need for 2nd day for larger, ongoing projects
  • Lab projects
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Earth Day Open Lab for Youth

The CUCFL Youth Council is sponsoring an open lab for youth, 10-16 years old, on Saturday April 20th from 10 until Noon. Come to the lab and start your Earth Day celebrations early. You can make cards, stickers, or engravings and then take a plant home with you when you leave. You can also see a Raspberry Pi in action. The Raspberry Pi is a 25-35 dollar computer built around an ARM processor. It is a great tool for learning to program and has been inspiring people all around the world to make lots of fun stuff. Here is a chance to try one out before deciding if it is something you would be interested in. As if that is not enough fun, the CUCFL Youth Council will be having its first business meeting before the open lab. If you are interested in being on, or just learning more about, the Youth Council the meeting will be from 9:30 until 10 at the lab. An official announcement and agenda will be posted to the CUCFL website later today.
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Business-Operations Committee Meeting Announcement

To take place at 12:30pm on Sunday, April 7th. I. FAB LAB OPERATIONS An open discussion on operations at the fab lab, now and in the future.  All are welcome! This includes a presentation by Bryan on a proposed partnership with the School of Engineering. II. BONEYARD ART FESTIVAL The Boneyard Arts Festival is a unique 4-day exhibition of performance, literary and visual art hosted in a wide variety of venues — from private businesses to public spaces — all around Champaign County, Illinois from April 11 – 14, 2013. The festival allows artists and venues to collaborate, showcasing innovative and traditional art forms for a variety of audiences.  Jeff Ginger has agreed to host campus day of the 2013 Boneyard Arts Festival on Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at the fab lab with a group of librarians who will be demonstrating in the conference room from 12:00 on.  Perhaps the fab lab could take the opportunity to have a fund raiser? III.  STAR EXPO The STAR Awards/Expo will be held on April 25 from 5:30-7 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn. The Expo allows for an annual community education and networking opportunity. Vendors are able to showcase their latest projects, initiatives, products, services and information, followed by the STAR Awards ceremony recognizing STAR Award nominees and award recipients for their contributions to the Champaign community and its neighborhoods.
  • There is NO cost to participate. Vendors are encouraged to have items to giveaway and/or to have an item to raffle off at their table to help draw people to their table. Raffle items should not consist of anything more than $10-$15 dollars.
Volunteers for this event would be appreciated!   IV. CHARTER CUC FAB LAB YOUTH COUNCIL From our December meeting: “Whereas so many youth have been attending the fab lab during our Sunday afternoon open hours, it has become apparent that it would be a great benefit for youth to have the opportunity to organize themselves into a self governing structure within the fab lab environment.  A Youth Council would propose student projects & events to our volunteer base, who would undertake the necessary arrangements for staffing of the lab. This Youth Council would also serve as the point of contact for area youth who have questions about the fab lab, or who otherwise wish to become involved.” Jeff & Isabella have prepared the following Charter for the Youth Council for your consideration: CUCFL Youth Council Charter


Purpose: •                      To support and encourage the young people that use the CUCFL Membership: •                      This committee is composed of volunteers committed to effective lab operations •                      Membership on the committee is determined as follows: ◦                      Individuals must have attended at least two consecutivecommittee meetings as a community member, and then make an expression of interest to the Steering Committee, which will decide on membership ◦                      The aim in populating committees is to encourage broad participation, have diverse stakeholder groups represented, and still have a size that is manageable ◦                      Membership on a committee is for a one-year term, that is renewable by mutual agreement of the individual and the chair or co-chairs of the committee Meetings:  •                      The CUCFL Youth Council meets at least once a month at a consistent, standard time determined by the members and made public to the community •                      Communication between meetings should take place through electronic means   Roles and Responsibilities:  •                      Encourage young people to explore the possibilities of the CUCFL •                      Host open lab times for young people •                      Provide a contact point for youth and youth organizations that are interested in using CUCFL •                      Work with the existing Fab Lab Committee structure in developing projects and programming and community outreach •                      Provide support for young people to develop larger projects that are more time intensive Operations:  •                      This charter is reviewed once a year, with adjustments made as a appropriate •                      Representatives from this Committee report to the Steering Committee  on a monthly basis and coordinate with other Committees as appropriate •                      All committees will appoint their own chair or co-chairs and inform the Community Leadership Council •                      The committee will ensure that meetings are fun, respectful and non-bureaucratic – keeping records to a crucial minimum, including maintaining and posting: ◦                      A record of accomplishments ◦                      A record of decisions relevant to the other committeesand community •                      All meetings will be open to the community
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