Now with Classes, Clubs and Projects

Ithaca Generator is now not only open (see our open times here) but we are launching our very exciting educational program. Our programming consists of classes (a series of one to eight meetings led by an instructor), clubs (ongoing meetings without structure) and projects (sporadic gatherings with a goal). A few of our classes are […]

Generator Stalwarts to Compete in Power Wheels Competition

As a makerspace, Ithaca Generator is joining a growing community of makerspaces around the world. Makerspaces regularly engage in behavior that is both high-tech and absurd. Case in point: the annual Power Wheels competition held annually at Maker Faires in several large cities. For this competition makerspaces construct small cars that race around a track. […]

Tool Collection Grows; Seeking Drill Press

Thanks to Pete Marchetto for donating his faithful bandsaw to the makerspace. Thanks to Larry Clarkberg for donating a mitre saw purchased from Fingerlakes ReUse. Thanks to Al Nolan for donating a 3D printer. And thanks to Abram Connelly for donating a CNC kit. Our tool collection is growing but we still need a few […]

Makers and Fixers Unite!

Yesterday Diane Cohen, Executive Director of Fingerlakes ReUse, gave me a tour of their facility in Triphammer Mall. It is truly a maker’s paradise. If you are looking for a used stepper motor from an old inkjet printer, an old camera lens for a robot’s eyes, or even scrap wood for your geodesic dome project […]

Teach a Class

Ithaca Generator makerspace is now accepting program proposals for January, February, and March. Programs can be social or educational, and they can be a one-time event, multi-day workshop, or 8 or 10 week class. Some requested topics include: Intro to Electronics, Computer Programming, Metalworking, Intro to Arduinos, and Game Design – but we also look […]

Students Attacked by Killer Robots

Ithaca Generator’s educational program has begun: last month we hosted an awesome NXT robotics class. A dozen students competed individually and in pairs to design robots for a variety of interesting challenges. Four mentors from the Encouraging Young Engineers and Scientists program at Cornell offered experienced guidance, from introducing programming to the beginning students, to […]

Make a Photo Mobile Holiday “Card”

Take a moment to deconstruct the concept of the “holiday card”. What exactly is its function? To share news of the year with far-flung family and friends? To send them a family photo? And to share something of beauty that you made yourself? Every year the Clarkbergs like to push the boundaries of what constitutes […]

Our Board Meetings Rock

We held our first meeting at the makerspace! As you can see it’s still under construction. Note that our board meeting minutes are now available on our website. These documents, although likely to be boring to an outsider, show that we are an inspired group of people with a wide and deep skill set. We […]

Our Cool Space in Pressbay Alley

We’ve signed a lease and it can now be revealed with certainty that Ithaca Generator is located at 116 West Green St. We have 900 square feet of space in the basement of the old Journal Building, which is next to the State Theatre. At the moment this location looks like an ordinary back alley. […]

Good to Go!

Over last weekend, Ithaca Makerspace, Inc. received a filing receipt from the Division of Corporations, letting us know we were officially a New York State Not For Profit Corporation. Today, we received two pieces of junk mail, one offering us credit card processing services, and one offering us legal/accounting assistance in filing for 501(c)(3) status. […]