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code4youth Computer Science

Learning computer science is easy, and it’s never too early to start!

By usilogong hands-on games and activities, we gently introduce the concepts of Computer Science (aka “Writing Code”) to students of Elementary/Middle school

Montrose Makerspace volunteers will be hosting self-paced Computer Science courses for students in Elementary and Middle School this summer, guiding students through the CodeStudio curriculum.

(Sorry, June courses are full. Please check back soon for our next course offering.)


  • When: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm (June 8th-30th)
  • Where: Proximity Space – 210 E Main ST in Montrose
  • Who: Students ages 6-12
  • What: Students will create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. By the end of this course, students create their very own custom game or story that they can share.logo_science
  • Required:
    • This course is for students who can read (all levels).
    • No programming or computer experience is required.
    • A laptop or tablet device is required.

Sorry, enrollment has closed. Please check back soon for our next offering

  • Cost:
    • $55/ all sessions (8 total)
    • $20/ weekly (2 sessions)
    • $15/ Daily Drop-in


Show Control with VLC and node-red


Montrose Makerspace created some custom-made show-control software (ShowDynamIX) to help the 2016 San Juan Independent Film Festival host a seamless theater production at Montrose Pavilion this year.

San Juan Independent Film Festival is a benefit for Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans, and this year it’s packed with adventure-themed films to get your adrenaline pumping!

Here’s a screenshot of our projector control dashboard:


Continue reading to learn more about our software project!

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Tech Petting Zoo – Montrose Library Kids

Montrose Library District hosted a Tech Petting Zoo in the Margaret H. Gill Children’s room, and we brought some of our favorite “Animals” to share!

The event was a huge hit, over 111 kids and parents showed up to ask questions and learn about new technology and tools that can be used for cool projects at home.

Nathan, Geoff, Chuck and Andrew had so much fun, we might have to do this again real soon!


Joystick-controlled lego magnet arm!

Remote Controlled Robot Arm
Remote Controlled Robot Arm
Building electronic circuits by stacking components.
Building electronic circuits by stacking components.

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Be a Part of the First Western Colorado Regional Startup Weekend!

Grand Junction, Mountain Village, Telluride and Montrose have teamed up to host a region-wide Startup Weekend for entrepreneurs, developers and designers in Western Colorado! This is the first regional Startup Weekend in Western Colorado, and everyone is invited. This collaboration is built upon the belief that we’re better together, and is the first of many regional events to come.

If you have an idea for a new tech startup that you’d like to see, or even if you don’t know what you’d create, but you want to be a part of something amazing, register today! We promise, this will be an event you do not want to miss. Nothing quite compares to the experience of creating a viable company—not to mention lasting relationships—in one weekend.

For more info, or to sign up, click here: Western Colorado Startup Weekend

3d-scanning for Custom Shoes!

The TechLab crew is pushing the limits of technology in hopes of bringing footwear comfort to one of our local members.
Last week Nathan helped us create a 3D computer model of a very large (Size 14, 5E width) human foot using an xBox Kinect and some special software called “Scanect”.

Our member's foot, scanned into a 3D computer model
Our member’s foot, scanned into a 3D computer model

By taking images of our subject’s feet from all angles, Nathan was able to create a 3D Model that we printed in plastic using our TAZ4 3D Printer!
3D Printed custom model of our member's foot!
3D Printed custom model of our member’s foot!

In the near future, we hope to work with Sense Of Motion Footwear (they make shoes right here in Montrose) to create a custom “last” that can be used to make custom shoes that match our members foot exactly, allowing them a level of comfort that they cannot find by ordering or buying shoes from a store!
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Announcing Montrose Makerspace TechLab!

Montrose Makerspace is pleased to announce TechLab – Opening July 2015!!!
The first in a series of collaborative high-tech spaces design to help our community materialize their ideas, TechLab will be located at 210 E Main St in downtown Montrose – within the Proximity Space Co-working environment.
Stay tuned for our official grand opening date, and feel free to contact us for more information.

Montrose MakerSpace TechLab is a membership-based space that provides the following resources at opening (with many more to come):

  • High-tech machines for rapid-prototyping and innovation projects
    • Large Format (12″ Cubed) 3D Printer
    • Small Format (6″ Cubed) 3D Printer
    • Laser Cutter & Engraver
    • Vinyl Cutting Plotter
    • (*TBD) Desktop CNC Router/Mini-Mill
  • Lounge Area for brainstorming and collaboration
  • Office, computing, and meeting resources
  • Classroom Training and Science/Technology based educational workshops
  • Consulting, Design, and Prototyping expertise, advice, and custom project/job work

Our partnership with Proximity Co-Working space allows us to provide access to entrepreneurial resources and facilities which compliment our goals of supporting collaboration, education/vocational training, talent, high-tech resources, and innovative ideas in the local community.

Montrose Makerspace TechLab is only the beginning of what Montrose Makerspace has to offer! Our long-term plans include an expansion into a larger “shop” space, to include Metalworking, Woodworking, Textiles, and many other large-scale specialized machinery. Now’s the time to get involved and start making your ideas into reality, right here in beautiful Montrose, CO!

Thank you to every one of our founders, friends, fans and gracious contributors for your support and enthusiasm! We’re looking forward to changing the way we live and work in this community, and we owe it all to you!
Montrose Makerspace Team