Space Apps Challenge Prizes

New prizes for the Space Apps Challenge are arriving daily. Now's the time to sign up at Here's what we have so far:

Sparkfun Inventor's Kit - An arduino along with a breadboard and a collection of sensors and output devices.
Barometric Pressure sensor - breadboard mounted.
Digital Watch Kit
Redboard Starter Kit
ProtoSnap - a LilyPad development kit. LilyPad is the Arduino developed to be incorporated into clothing.
Gift certificates from Inventables - The hardware shop for Makers.
A family membership in the Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee
A gift package from Looney Labs

and more on the way.

Space Apps Challenge Sponsorship

Wow! We are doing well with sponsorship for the NASA International Space Apps Challenge at Making Awesome.

Food sponsors include:
Tijuana Flats
Cabot Cheese

Prize sponsors include:
The Challenger Learning Center
Looney Labs

Swag sponsors include:
The Challenger Learning Center
Tallahassee Community College Workforce Development

Making Awesome at FSU's Stacking Layers

Tuesday, Feb. 25th and Wednesday, Feb. 26th, FSU is holding a two day symposium on 3D printing technologies. Making Awesome will be there showing off our printers and encouraging membership in the space. If you are attending the symposium, please stop by our exhibit and say hello.

Space Gambit Portable Makerspace Contest

Space Gambit is a DARPA funded organization that is funding space related projects in makerspaces. It's coordinated by Jerry Isdale, the founder of Maui Makers. Like many makerspaces, Maui Makers has a continual problem finding enough space for all the tools they want to have. They actually have their main shop in a 40 foot shipping container. In the spirit of bringing the space to the public, Jerry has organized a makerspace contest to develop portable maker workstations.

Making Awesome takes to the skies

Last night Making Awesome hosted a meetup and demo night for local UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) enthusiasts. Mike McHargue kicked things off with a presentation covering the different types of UAVs, the technology required to get them into the air and back to the ground safely, and the legal issues involved with owning your own flying robot. Several people brought in their own UAVs to show off ranging from systems large enough to carry photo/video equipment to a mini flyer weighing in at just 48 grams. There was even one homebuilt UAV constructed from 3D printed parts!

Octo-Pi-Rates High School Robotics Team Brainstorms Plan

Written by Miriam Gurniak
Written by Miriam Gurniak

“Kickoff, prototypes, our first shots, consensus on a design, starting CAD, realizing the gearbox we need is out of stock and trying to develop our own,” reported JaSun Burdick, lead mentor for the FIRST (FCR) high school robotics team, the “Octo-Pi-Rates” when asked to describe the first week of the 2014 six-week build season.

At the Jan. 4, kickoff, the Octo-Pi-Rates learned that they have 45 days to design and build a robot which will move a 24 inch exercise ball across a 54 foot field, earning extra points for passing to other robots, clearing a 5 foot high bridge, entering the taller goal rather than the simple floor-high one, and independently scoring in highlighted goals without assistance from student robot drivers.

UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) meetup and demonstration

Update: Date changed. Due to weather this event will now take place on Feb 5th.

Upcoming event alert!!! Please join us at Making Awesome for a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) meetup and demonstration. Local drone flyer, Mike McHargue, will discuss his experiences and there will be an outdoor demonstration. If you're building or flying quadcopters, octocoptors, fixed wing, etc., bring-em-if-you-got-em. The event will take place on Wednesday, January 29th at 6:30 PM.