4Ps of the Media Lab

Last week Jenn C and I went to the Scratch Conference at MIT Media Lab. Scratch is a visual programming language developed by folks in the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard. The goal of the project is to help kids (and adults) transform themselves from “consumers of stuff” […]

GERLS Camp – Encouraging Young Women in STEM

Last week, Ithaca Generator (IG) partnered with Xraise, the outreach program at the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education, to host a week-long GERLS Camp for middle school girls. GERLS is an acronym developed by the program’s leaders Lora Hine, director of outreach at Xraise, and Claire Fox, education coordinator at IG. The acronym […]

Handmade in America Fest

On Saturday, July 5th we participated in a “Made in America Fest” in Press Bay Alley. Pressbay Alley, for those who haven’t seen it yet, is a new micro-retail spot on Green Street just west of Cayuga in Ithaca NY. We were thrilled to be included because we see makerspaces playing an important role in the “Handmade in America” […]

A Game Promoting Full-Group Participation

 image: Paul and Vic passing a virtual ball, a light, using IR transmitters and receivers A handful of us at IG are developing a game for Ithaca Festival.  The project started with the question “What makes us feel like we matter?” One of the answers we agreed on was “listening and being heard.” So we […]

Gifts for Geeks – Holiday Make Sale on Dec 6

On Friday 6 December we’re hosting a Holiday Make Sale from 5-8pm in concert with the First Friday Gallery night. The pictures above are of a few items we’ll have at the sale – all made by IG members! This is a great night to come out and find gifts you can’t find anywhere else. […]

October Gallery Night and Apple Harvest Festival

This past weekend we had fun sharing some of our work with our fellow Ithacans. On First Friday Gallery Night, we hosted a temporary installation by Xanthe and Ken that included interactive projection, paper textiles with programmed LEDs,  laser cut woodwork, and a web based spin on the game telephone. Following that, we set up […]

Sugru and the Art of Repair

Last night we hosted another Instructables Build Night, this time with the material Sugru. Sugru is an air drying rubber invented by Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh. It can be used to repair, modify, or mash-up existing products. Dhulchaointigh grew up on a farm where there was a DIY spirit and ethos of repair. She was in […]

Art in the Alley

IG participated in First Friday Gallery Night on the 5th of July. Above are a few pics of the projects we shared. Thanks to those who came down to visit! BONUS: cool video here, here, and here

Instructables Build Nights

Ithaca Generator has been invited by the project-sharing platform, Instructables, to participate in their monthly build night program. Each month Instructables chooses a specific material or process to focus on for the build and provides participating makerspaces with  free stuff. In June the featured process was 3D printing. We started off the event with a […]

Trash 2 Toys with GIAC and Xraise

For the past 10 weeks we’ve been collaborating with Xraise Lab for Science Outreach and Make Better Stuff to offer “Trash 2 Toys” workshops for kindergardeners and 1st graders in the GIAC After School Program. The kids have been making toys with found materials and learning all kinds of cool stuff like how to make simple […]