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Wow! What an amazing NOMCON we’ve had so far. We started Day 1 off with a

fantastic Keynote by Dr. Leah Hanes from Two Bit Circus Foundation, celebrated
the amazing Infy Maker Award recipients, and launched into a full day of incredible
panels, roundtables, workshops, spark sessions and fireside chats. We finished our
incredible programming for the day with a discussion of our Core Principles and how
maker organizations can begin the important work of putting them into action. And of
course, we still had a Happy Hour - our cocktail hour was a nice break to see each
other’s faces, enjoy some fun conversations (what are YOU binge watching these
days?), and to experience a little of the maker love that we all feel during in-person
NOMCON.
But, as with any event, there were also some bumps in the road - and yesterday,
that was the magical mystery of the disappearing Zoom links. In true Scooby Doo
fashion, we figured out the culprit, and we are making sure we don’t have a repeat
of that technical glitch for the remainder of our conference. We are sorry for any
inconvenience for our attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors. We are
grateful to all of you who attended yesterday - for your patience, grace, and
kindness during the technical issues, and for sticking with us in spite of them. And in
true maker fashion, many of you jumped in as last minute volunteers (with joy!),
because, well, that’s what we, as a maker community do (we fix things!) - for that,
we are especially grateful.
 
Now who’s excited for Day 2?
We are! Today’s Keynote comes from Dr. Paul Bunje from Conservation X Labs,
who will speak to us about "Empowering Everyone to End the Sixth Mass
Extinction". Don’t go the way of the dinosaurs - join us! That will be followed by even
more exciting programming including some special sessions from the Department of
Energy about their new Geothermal Prize, including how innovative uses of additive
manufacturing in geothermal could save the day! And of course, we’ll have another
cocktail hour with breakouts and fun topics to discuss (and possibly games!).
Finally, don’t forget to visit our virtual exhibit booths from XPrize, MatterHackers and
ShopBot as well as our Film Screening of Me and My Robot. There is a lot of great
information, live session info and contests, and an absolutely great movie for you to
view.
MatterHackers will be having a daily giveaway drawing for attendees that add
the MatterHatter booth to their schedule. Today’s (Thursday’s) giveaway is
a $100 MatterHackers Gift Card! Check out their booth for more
information!
XPRIZE will have a live session on Friday at 2pm ET, check out their
booth!
Attend a Film Screening at your leisure! “Me and My Robot” will be
available online every day during the conference free for all attendees. Check
out the session pinned to your schedule for link and details. Also, Alex Crooks
will be giving a presentation about the film and Q&A on Friday at 3pm Eastern
time.
Can’t wait to see you in the Zoomiverse today at NOMCON 2020!
Warmest regards,
Dorothy
 
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Hey everyone, https://meet.jit.si/AR_Tuesday  

Just an FYI: Derek has changed tonight's meeting back to the general Tuesday meeting link (if you recieved the Newsletter). 

If you would like to recieve or no longer recieve the newsletter, please email PR@archreactor.org

See you on tonight's video call Business Meeting @ 8pm.  

 

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The Face Shield Iniative STL has distributed 650 Face Shields with more on the way each day!

With a demand of over 4,000 our AR members and fellow community makers are going strong! 

Keep up the good work! We support you! 

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In response to the quick and drastic needs of our local healthcare workers, the community of St. Louis makers and makerspaces have united to help fabricate much-needed hardware for nurses, EMTs and doctors.
 
Led by maker David Cervantes, Face Shield Initiative STL is composed of volunteer community leaders from MADE Makerspace, Inventor Forge, and Arch Reactor. Together we are pooling the maker resources at hand to help the 1st responder teams, doctors, nurses, and medical staff by fabricating face shields. There is an overwhelming demand or face shields used to protect the facemasks in which medical/responder staff has a finite quantity.
 
We are responding to this demand by activating local makerspaces and individual makers with access to 3D printers to print an open-source harness made by Prusa Research. Volunteer makers with access to laser cutters or Cricuts are helping by cutting out the transparent PETG face shield film. Volunteers are also aiding by shuttling the materials required to print the harness, the film, and delivery to those in need.
 
We have now pooled over 15 printers and 6 laser cutters so we can pump out our initial goal of 300 face shields for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. We want to help as many health care workers and hospitals as we can. There has been an overwhelming request to help other medical centers and cities; we want to help as many health care workers and
hospitals as we can. The St. Louis community has already donated over $800 in funds to help supplement our material and transportation costs.
 
We are restricted by time, material resources, and budgets. This entire operation is a bootstrap effort; every volunteer has used their personal funds and resources in an uncertain economic climate to help others. We are making progress obtaining the PETG face shields, but still require a solid supply. While our maker community continues to
run their 3D printers around the clock, we will quickly run out of PETG and PLA filament, and the elastic bands used to aid securing the shields will run low.
 
We delivered the first batch of prototypes today, March 22nd, for product refinement to doctors, nurses and first responders. We plan to begin our crowd-sourced mass production efforts by the end of this week. If you’d like to participate in this call to action, please reach out the folks below.
 
Financial Donations:
 
Operations
David Cervantes, David@Cervantesdesigns.com
 
Material Donations
George Fetters, gfetters@gmail.com
 
Communications
Emily Elhoffer, eelhoffer@gmail.com
 
Fabrication
Scott Rocca, scottarocca@gmail.com
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After careful deliberation the board has decided to close Arch Reactor to classes and events effective immediately until further notice. Card access is still enabled and private use is permitted if members continue to 1) Do not come to the space if not feeling 100%. 2) Clean your space with the provided cleaning agents prior and after use. We are sorry for this inconvenience, hope further actions are not required and wish for a prompt return to normalcy. Thank you for your understanding.

-Board

 

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Decorated Eggs
Pysanky Eggs

 

Set aside some time between

March 29 and April 11, 2020 to 
learn how to decorate Pysanky 
(Ukrainian Eggs)

Multiple dates/times available if
you wish instruction or assistance, 
come to one or all sessions.  
Supplies available anytime AR is 
open if you do not need assistance.

Everything supplied but your 
creativity!  (Donations to the space 
appreciated but not required)

Due to the use of lit candles, this 
event is not suitable for small 
children.  All children require close
parental supervision.

More info at:
http://archreactor.org/pysanky

Questions to: sudduthd@gmail.com

 

 

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BE THERE!    BE THERE!    BE THERE !

Join us for this crazy unique annual fundraising event in it's 10th year with our buddies the GATEWAY BURNERS (the St. Louis local chapter of Burning Man)  

MEMBERS - you should look at this as an opportunity to fulfill your 2 hours of volunteer time in and have a great time while doing it as well as to get to know the organization a little more and make connections with your community! 

this event is our biggest money maker all year, so please help spread the word; getting friends and family in the know is important...I know it's last minute, but there is still time!!!  

hope to see you there!    

 

 

 

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Please welcome the newly elected board!
 
President    Derek S.
Vice President    Joe C.
Treasurer    Alex H.
Secretary    <EMPTY>
Sergeant at Arms    Ann J.
 
Public Relations   Kim S.
Education    Ed H.
Webmaster    Joshua F.
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Super Bowl of Destruction

Everyone is invited to come to the Arch Reactor for the Super Bowl of Destruction. We will have the football game on our big screen for everyone to watch. Not interested in football? Don’t worry, we also throw this party as something for the non-football enthusiasts. As a hackerspace, we use this time to breakdown all of the donations that are no longer usable or fixable. We have hard drives, computers, printers, server equipment, and more! Come join the mayhem and destruction! Bring a Super Bowl snack to share. We had some great food last year.

Destruction starts at 4pm on Sunday, February 2nd at Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave.

Check out our facebook event for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/ical/upcoming/?uid=100002097565473&key=birk0I3KeyMCojU7

 

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 11TH 2020, 5:00p-8:00p

Joel Leonard arrives to the Arch Reactor around 5pm continuing his current 2020 MAKER HAPPEN TOURS

He's been visiting makerspaces and hosting a fun HOLD MY BEER BRAINSTORMING SESSION to develop plans for future community projects and events.  Called Hold My Beer because the intent is to have fun and unusal activities for 2020.  He will be sharing some ideas to get started and then looking to our community members to prioritize possible projects and then hoping to flesh out  a plan of action! 

So if you have great ideas to share or want help sparking ideas or just want to attend a fun time with THE CHAMPION OF MAKERS come visit us this SATURDAY!   

PANCAKEBOT WILL BE UP AND RUNNING 3D PRINTS OF BEER SHAPED PANCAKES DURING THE SESSION

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!  

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