Outreach Gaggle

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Welcome to the Outreach Committee, Community Gaggle.

The Out reach committee is led by Daryl Goad (daryl.goad@makeict.org)

From Daryl<

This is a new position for me. I am asking the membership, new and old, to help me as I take on the roles and responsibilities of this committee. My goal is to expand our outreach and our "inreach." That is: I hope to get more members involved with community interaction.

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Committee Meeting. A Survey Monkey form will be going out to the members of the committee to determine the best date and time to meet. As soon as a consensus date is reached the meeting will be announced to the general membership. The goals of the first committee meeting will be:

1. Meet and greet everyone 2. Begin work on a master document that includes:

    a. Our committee goals.
    b. An inventory of our available resources.

3. Plan some activities for the near therm as we map out a strategic plan for interfacing with the many communities within the Wichita area. 4. Set up a minimum of a monthly committee meeting 5. Determine the standard agenda we should adopt for running and recording our meetings. 6. Open discussion

Points to ponder:

1. Where is our outreach currently focused? 2. Putting on a mini-Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts fair. 3. Merit based scholarships to cover 1 year of MakeICT membership. 4. Outreach to aging citizens / retirees. 5. Brainstorming on what affects, and what effects we can have in our neighborhood.

If you have ideas, suggestions, critiques, or if you want to help, please email daryl.goad@makeict.org

Below you will find an excellent outline for outreach activities. We need to flush-out the outline, and create activity specific pages and kits, So any member or group of members will have the requisite information to conduct activities.

Upcoming events

Planning on putting a hyperlink to the MakeICT calendar here--------

Field Trip Notes

Taking a look at what other makerspaces do, other organizations that run cool demos or classes, or STEM related summer camps. We intend to gather ideas and techniques to use or improve in our own outreach.

Cosmosphere/Hutch Makerspace

Coming Soon! Planning on Google Groups at the moment.


Listing of all the activities that have been brainstormed, planned, or executed.

What Each Activity Needs

There are four basic things that each activity page needs to be complete. (consider having students who need service learning credit develop parts of the programs) Design is important to making a program successful.

  1. Materials and Equipment List. This should indicate whether an item is consumable in the case of make'n'take activities, just need a couple (think: wire cutters for brushbots), or are permanent resources that may need review/prep (like the Mindstorms robots)
  2. Preparation instructions. Details on how to put together kits, including how to prep each part.
  3. Presentation instructions. How do you put together a brushbot? A high powered rocket?
  4. STEM application. What's the science and math motivating this activity?

Backpack Kits

These will be small kit projects for make'n'take at fairs or expos, and demonstrations less than 20 minutes. Includes an inventory sheet and instruction sheet (laminated). Stocked with parts to do a number or students. Also consider selling project kits to schools and organizations. This could be something service learning students could help with.

Title Make'n'Take Duration(Minutes) Grade Level
3D Printer Demo No - Any
Brush Bots Yes 5 K-2
Marker Bots Yes 5 K-2
Jacobs Ladder Demo
Hyperbaric Chamber Demo
Gyroscope Bike Wheel Demo
Styrofoam Build-its
Dr. Goddard's Lab Stuff
Straw Rockets

One-Off Classes

These are activites that need a dedicated classroom space, whether it is at a school, a camp, or right at MakeICT. These can probably be put together as a kit, but they will teach a single, self contained topic or project from start to finish.

Title Make'n'Take Duration(Hours) Grade Level
Intro to Soldering Yes 120 Any
Scratch Programming Event No Day Any
Pom-Pom Shooters Yes 60 K-4
Potato Gun Yes 180 4-8
High Powered Rockets Yes 60 2-8
Processing Event
Little Bits Build
Styrofoam Kinetic Sculpture
Squishy Circuits
Stomp Rocket
Water Rocket
Lego Mindstorm


These will be anything that will span multiple days, whether that is a single weekend like a summer camp, or one day a week for several weeks. Each day will build on knowledge and skills from the previous days. These probably won't lend themselves well to "kits" and will likely require a skilled instructor. It's a given that these will require dedicated classroom space. Also consider involving parents or having classes that teach parents.

Title Make'n'Take Duration(Days) Grade Level
Scratch Programming Course No Day Any


Documenting the implementation and outcome of these events is important to show the contribution MakeICT is making to the community and raise funding. We should also be sure to brand our materials.