42 Magazine LogoMakers Local 256 made the news! We were interviewed by 42 Magazine on 12/9.  They published an article on us on 12/15 in their print and online publications.

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42 Magazine (associated with the Huntsville Times) is the answer to Huntsville’s Technology questions. They are the local technology news magazine and report on technology happenings in town.

The Huntsville chapter of Engineers Without Borders invites Makers Local 256 to come to a class on appropriate technologies design.  To define, appropriate technology design is the use of technology to allow a community to become self-reliant; e.g. using local resources and skills to implement and sustainably operate a setup for basic resources and income.  Some examples are here.

The appropriate technologies design class and tour will be starting at 10am on December 3, 2011 on-site at SIFAT‘s campus at 2944 County Rd. 113, Lineville, AL 36266.  Expect it to be an all day event as it is a 3 hour drive from Huntsville (we will need to leave at 7am, some of us are planning to carpool).  If you are interested in attending please sign up on the wikipage (carpooling is being arranged therein).

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Makers Local 256 will run a booth at the local International Space Development Conference (ISDC) and will present the Makers to and advise the conference’s project incubator, the Foundry Workshop.  The conference runs from May 18-22 at the Von Braun Center. We’ll be in the Von Braun Center North Hall Lower. The workshop runs from May 19-20 at the Embassy Suites Huntsville Redstone Boardroom (2nd Floor). Come check us out!

We need volunteers to help run the Makers Local 256 Booth and present to and advise the Foundry workshop! Sign up on the wikipage.  Booth volunteers get to have FREE access to the conference!  Foundry volunteers get to access the workshop as functionaries.  They will not need to pay conference fees.

If you are attending the conference and/or workshop, but not volunteering, you must pay for conference registration and workshop tickets on the online form; ticket purchases on Section VI.

However, Makers Local 256 members can register for the conference and workshops at the ‘co-supporter’ discount rate regardless of his/her NSS membership status. In the online form, under ‘Section I’, select ‘Makers Local 256’ in the ‘ISDC Sponsor/Co-Sponsor’ field.

The conference covers several broad areas of study related to building a spacefaring civilization, including transportation to and through space, technology needed to live and work in space, and Earth-based activities to advocate for or educate others about space development. The overall theme for ISDC 2011 is “From the Ground Up,” emphasizing the tools, resources, and social activities that must be accomplished to make a spacefaring civilization a reality. Participants are encouraged not just to describe an ideal “future state,” but to think about the technical, economic, or advocacy steps that must be accomplished to achieve a specific goal.

The Foundry is a project incubator workshop. The Foundry helps participants turn good ideas into doable projects. The Foundry brings together those who are willing to work for a project of their choice and (or those who want to help), the necessary expertise, and the resources all in one place.

ISDC Brought to you by HAL5, the local Huntsville, Alabama chapter of the National Space Society

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