Without a doubt, we have had an amazing year. We started with just under 100 members and ended with over 150. And that doesn’t even count our 24 maker scholars and maker mentors funded from grants! Our space went from a roughed out floor plan to a fully functional facility including an outdoor work area, […]
Decatur Makers is a welcoming, family-friendly community of inquisitive, motivated people who work together in a safe environment to discover, understand, design and create interesting things.
Build. Share. Explore.
WHAT IS A MAKERSPACE?
Imagine wood shop, metal shop, computer lab, electronics shop, arts & crafts area, and more all under one roof, with tools ranging from soldering irons and drill presses to recycled art and 3D printers. Imagine a community of experts and novices of all ages learning how to build and fix things as well as just making cool stuff!
Our DIY BIO group has several passionate, curious members who have been actively working together to begin exploring the exciting molecular world of biological making! Phillip Mitchem, one of the group’s members, shares an update below… ___________________________ Our DIY BIO group is off to a great start! If you’re curious about how organic life works, want […]
Help Us Make It Happen! Would you consider making a donation to support our End of Year campaign? No doubt about it, we are growing. We have over 150 members and scores more attend our hands-on weekly open Build Nights. Add to this our plans for bigger community involvement and student outreach, growing our cache of equipment […]
As part of the President’s Nation of Makers initiative, there was an invited conference at the White House OSTP for makerspace organizers on August 24 (videos here, check out Megan Smith’s in particular). I joined over a dozen other makers from Georgia at the event which was an exceptional showing for our state given there […]
Maker Faire Atlanta is sweetly lurking around the corner (Oct 1-2)… And we need a design for our Decatur Makers tshirts so our members and event volunteers look snappy. What better group to ask for creative ideas, amiright? THE DETAILS: Deadline for entries is Friday, August 26 at midnight. What needs to be on the […]
Join us to “Clean Up the Space” this Saturday, June 18. We’ll start at 8:00am and go until there’s no one left (sometime in the afternoon). Plus, we’re buying lunch! We plan to organize the shelves and storage inside, as well as grade and build a retaining wall on the outside (we’re definitely getting a bobcat […]
We are very excited to welcome Irm Diorio as our first paid employee! We have been operating as an all-volunteer startup non-profit for several years. Now, thanks to the generosity of our members and other foundational supporters, we are thrilled to be able to take this important step so quickly. Irm started as the part-time […]
So how DO you build an object with software and then 3D print it? We tackled this demo with some help from the founders of 3DOrchard at another family-friendly event at the High Museum. Read on for an indepth look at how this start-up company is “trying to start a movement.” ________________ 3D Printing and 3DOrchard at the High Museum […]
Dr. Steve Potter, an avid Decatur Makers’ supporter, gave his exit talk as he leaves Georgia Tech’s Dept of Biomedical Engineering to head over to Ireland in search of time to make. What better reason for a maker field trip to hear his perspective, based on an earlier sabbatical to visit makerspaces worldwide, on how the maker […]
I Just Called to Say, “I Love You” By Paulette Richards: How many times a day do you text or call your loved ones? This past Valentine’s Day the Decatur Makers participated in the Woodruff Arts Center’s Family Festival by paying homage to the father of modern telecommunications technology, Samuel Morse. Although Morse is best […]