Frequently Asked Questions
What is a MakerSpace? What is a Maker
Makerspaces (A.K.A hackerspaces, hackspaces, fablabs) encourage people to learn to create via personal and group projects. To complete a project, participants learn new things from many different disciplines: Crafts, Robotics, Soldering, Electronics, Programming. Almost every project will involve all aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Learning is informal, demand-driven, person-to-person, where people teach what they know, and learn what they don’t.
Makerspaces are usually open 24x7 so members can work on projects during their spare time. Makerspaces fund rent and equipment via member fees, classes, and donations. This equipment and space attracts members. Makerspaces also have “open house” nights where the community can come to learn and get advice. (This also serves as marketing to find new members.)
Makers are a community of people sharing and learning in the context of building things. When people build things for themselves, plucked out of their imaginations, they are more receptive to learning new skills to accomplish their goals. Most projects have an artistic and creative side, but also technical aspects. Every project involves skills in multiple disciplines (electronics, materials, crafting, robotics, soldering, 3d printing, programming, etc).
Anyone can be a maker: engineers, kids, artists, students, entrepreneurs, housewives, etc. All it takes is a drive to turn your ideas into real things. When a Maker gets stuck, the Maker community helps out: They an be a source of ideas, creative work-arounds and resources for learning or getting something done. Makers constantly share what they know and encourage learning and teaching in both formal and informal settings.
What happens at meetings?
Whatever you want. Some people come to work on their projects. Some people come to meet interesting people doing interesting projects. Some people bring their technical challenges, hoping that others have ideas. Because of the diverse background of our members, you can usually get advice about any type of project.
When are the meetings?
We meet every Thursday from 7-9PM. It may be open at other times for classes and other special events.
What equipment do you have?
We have a few 3D printers, an Oscillicope and some electronics. We will have more when we get a space to put them.
Can I bring my kids?
Yes! But keep in mind that we are not a daycare. Only bring you kids if they are interested in becoming a maker.
What areas does CVMake serve?
The Conejo Vally includes Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Oak Park and Agoura Hills. But we serve the US-101 Tech Corridor, in easy reach for Calabasas, Simi Valley, Camirillo, etc.
Why does Conejo Valley need a Makerspace?
Conejo Valley has lots of engineers and lots of artistic talent spilling over from LA. When people get together and share their talents, great things happen.
Where can I learn more?
On our Learn page.
Image credit: Dan.