I've come to a couple Familab open houses over the years but the distance (45 minutes from DeLand) has kept me from joining in the past. These days I am getting much more seriously into the maker stuff so it is time to just suck it up and make the commute.
I'm a life long tinkerer in everything from woodworking to computers and electronics to movie making and old cars.
Last year I opened a maker space at Stetson University: Innovation House
). It's going really well. We have a lot of projects started and are regular participants at the Orlando Makerfaires. I am in the process of turning the management of Innovation House over the students, which frees me up to extend my skills.
I just started a personal educational project that I could use some collaborators on. The $50 robot
) project is designed to teach basic skills in fabrication. soldering, and programming. There are a bunch of small wheeled robots on the market but in an effort to sell into the schools they don't require soldering and fabricating. I think this is missing the point as those are basic skills that aspiring makers need. At any rate I am burning through prototypes at this point and looking for people who want to help out in various aspects of the development of this project. The first public showing will be at Makercon in Tampa in April.
So I want to join Familab to learn from the some of the people who have been down the road I am starting on. See you soon.