Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire Nov. 5th, 6th

Couldn’t make it out to the Greater Hartford area Maker Faire back in October? If you’ve got a Barnes & Noble bookstore somewhere near you they’re hosting a smaller version of the Maker Faire in every one of their locations!

NESIT’s own Katie Jackson will be at the West Hartford Center Barnes & Noble running a wood-working workshop. Please check back if you would like the specific time and date.

These events include a smaller number of your local makers and organizations along with B&N hosted content. There’s a website set up for the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire if you’d like to check if your there’s an event near you.

Website Creation with Drupal Wednesday October 26th

Ever wonder what a CMS is or how you can get an entire website running without having to program it yourself? Drupal is one of your options!

On 10/26/2016 at 7PM NESIT member Andrew is running a workshop starting with an introduction to the software and proceeding through setting it up and getting a functioning website running.

The public is welcome! Please sign up here on (if possible) if you plan to attend.

Tanned Leatherworking Workshop October 19th

Join us at NESIT on October 19th from 7:00-10:00 PM for an introduction to the world of leather crafting. The workshop’s focus will be on learning how to hand tool designs on plain vegetable tanned leather which can be tooled and dyed, stained, or painted.

Once this skill is learned it can be used to make a large range of projects such as wallets, purses, belts, bolsters, and notebook covers. Tools and a practice piece of leather will be supplied for the lesson at no charge.

This instructional workshop will be lead by Kevin of Solofalcon Leather. Stop by NESIT Makerspace and learn how to create objects of art out of leather.

Make Your Costume Glow! Monday October 17th

Have you ever wanted to experiment with lighting up a costume? NESIT will be helping you make your costume glow next week on 10/17/16.

Neopixels, EL wire, and old fashioned dumb LEDs hooked into an ATmega driven Arduino are great ways to make your costuming light up and we’ll have a supply of each. Drop by and check out all the lighting mayhem just in time for Halloween.

Please sign up on our Meetup event (if possible) if you’re planning to attend.

Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire Featuring NESIT Makerspace

NESIT will be attending the second annual Mini Maker Faire in Farmington Connecticut on the campus of Tunxis Community College this Sunday, October 8th 2016! NESIT member Kevin will be showing folks how to work leather and Chris will be running a 3D printer expo and how-to.

Each year Maker Faires help expose people both young and old to a wild combination of crafts and technology. From edible spaghetti art to high school robotics teams there’s bound to be something to peak your interest.

Maker Monday: Sledgehammers and Pegboards

Pictures from the open house Maker Monday that was 10/03/2016.

As it turns out old sledgehammer heads can be re-made with new fiberglass handles and a bit of elbow grease. The public computer workstations are well underway. And pegboard organization is looking better thanks to the Deltabot printer which can print PLA sturdily enough to create pegboard holders.


Meriden’s Green Opening Featuring NESIT

The city of Meriden is excited to finally be opening the city’s green space park, appropriately re-labeled the Meriden Green, on the 10th of September. Which (as this is written) is this upcoming Saturday!

NESIT will be running a solar panel charging booth created by one of our members as a service to the public to help commemorate this event.

We’ll also have members stopping by at various points during the day to chat about 3D printing, leather working, systems security, metal smithing, electronical engineering, or whatever else it is they’ve been getting up to. Please stop by and say hello or to find out more about the NESIT Makerspace from the folks who make it. We’ll see you there!