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Vector Space

The building of a nonprofit makerspace and STEAM education center in Lynchburg, VA.
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Adam Spontarelli

on 12 June 2015

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Transcript of Vector Space

Vector Space
A makerspace building the future of Lynchburg
Mission
Our mission is to build an open and collaborative community that fosters innovation, creativity, and the pursuit of knowledge through making.
Vision
By implementing a science-based approach to learning, Vector Space will have a lasting impact on education in Lynchburg. Our focus on making the connection between personal interests and classroom learning of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics will result in learning that's engaging and powerful.
The Community
Vector Space will build a community centered on collaboration and innovation, inviting people interested in the fields of art, science, and technology to build the things that interest them.
Grade School
Vector Space will fill the gaps in traditional high school and middle school education, offering a unique opportunity for students to engage directly with the tech, scientific, and entrepreneurial communities.
The Space
Vector Space contains rooms and workshops necessary for individual and group work, large gatherings and events, messy and loud power tool operation, and quiet and focused meetings and work sessions.

Vector Space Overview
Individuals
College
Local colleges and universities will encourage students to participate in Vector Space as members, exposing them to mentoring opportunities and application of academic learning.
Individuals (14 and up) can join Vector Space to work on their projects, their business, and their ideas.
Hobbyists
Professionals
Inventors
Entrepreneurs
Students
Meetups
Community groups focused on various topics can meet on a regular basis.
Computer programmers
Woodworker's Guild
Knitting club
ANS/ASME
Amateur radio
Startups
Startup teams and business will use Vector Space, its resources, and its community to develop their model, find talent, and get started.
Local Businesses
Vector Space will welcome local businesses who will use the space for team building and as an employee benefit.
Local Organizations
Nonprofits, community associations, educational organizations and local government will find value in partnering with Vector Space as we tailor our programs to meet the needs of the community.
Membership
Membership provides 24/7 access to the space, equipment, and materials.
Instruction
Vector Space provides a range of courses relevant to the various disciplines and skill sets of our members, always focusing on hands-on application.
Classes
Classes are a longer format than workshops and will require a fee. A typical schedule is four weeks long with two meetings per week.
Python 101
Woodworking Basics
Learn to Weld
Photography
Projects
Projects are long-term collaborative endeavors, some lasting 6-12 weeks.
Space Balloon
Quadcopter
Radar Gun
Numbatron
Spout Bots
Robots
Sponsorship
Why sponsor?
Corporations and teams struggle to recruit, engage, and retain top talent. Sponsorship gives corporations and teams the opportunity to embed their talent in the epicenter of Lynchburg's technical, entrepreneurial, and creative hub, increasing engagement and exposure.
Bronze
Website logo placement
5 memberships
$5,000/yr
Silver
Website logo placement
25 memberships
3x6 banner logo placement (Tradeshows and Events)
1 company sign in community space at Vector Space
1 recruiting event
$25,000/yr
Gold
Website logo placement
25 memberships
3x6 banner logo placement (Tradeshows and Events)
3 company signs in community space at Vector Space
Community space table placecards
2 recruiting events
$50,000/yr
Grade School - $30/mo
Middle and High school students will be offered a reduced rate for participation, and will be required to volunteer weekly.
Requirements:
1 Teacher reference
Meet review board for membership acceptance
Grade improvement incentive
1 hour of volunteering per week
College - $30/mo
Vector Space will offer college students membership. Students will be offered a reduced rate for participation, and will have to contribute to the community by showing their work and contributions on regular intervals.
Requirements:
1 teacher reference
Show and tell once per quarter
Adults - $60/mo
Individual adults can join Vector Space and use it as their workspace and community hub. Potential members can include entrepreneurs, developers, creative makers, hardware/software designers, hobbyists, and everything in between.
Requirements:
Standard background check
Technology
Arduino
Raspberry Pi
Linux
Python, C++, Perl, Lisp, Haskell
Git
Open Source Projects
HTML/CSS/Javascript
Networking/Security
Art and Design
Sewing
Screen printing
Adobe CS
Basics of Design
Photography
Stop Animation
Engineering
CAD
CFD
Robotics
Turbomachinery
Rockets
Circuits
IPython Notebooks
LaTeX
Math
Cryptography
Numerical Methods
Computer Algebra Systems
Analog Computers
Fourier analysis of music
Project Euler
Science
Mass spectrometry
GPS
Measuring the Earth
Plasma Arc Speaker
Foundry
Heat Transfer
Smartphone Microscope
Photometer
Radiation Detection
Workshops
Workshops take place in a single meeting and can range between 1-3 hours long.
Learn to Solder
Intro to the Command Line
Version Control Software
Topics
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