Featured Project – Makerchests


Makerchests is a project by hackrva members and friends to bring making to local schools in bite sized chunks. Each makerchest contains several mini-kits based on a theme. The mini-kits contain individual supplies and instructions to complete a number of related projects. The first makerchest has already debuted at Varina Highschool library and has been quite a success. This chest featured bookbinding kits. The chest also received a test-run with members at hackrva during a meetup so that our members could practice with the kits and give feedback.

To learn more about makerchests go to http://makerchests.com/.

Or also read Mel’s take on the book binding development here at hackrva’s very own project blog.


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Website Workshop by Reclaim Hosting


Jim Groom from Reclaim Hosting and other parts of the web recently presented a workshop at HackRVA on creating your own digital identity. We talked about what it means to own your own domain, then demonstrated how to create a quick and dirty wordrpess site, what is and how to use c-panel, and some cool tools that can be implemented when you have your own web presence.

We’re thankful to Jim and Reclaim Hosting for putting on this workshop and getting many of us jumpstarted on creating our own online kingdoms!

Join our meetup page for event attendance: http://www.meetup.com/HackRVA-Meetup/

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HackRVA Assists in VMFA Teen Stylin’ Program

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Shellie and other HackRVA’ers have been working hard to bring some STEAM to the fashion world with the VMFA Teen Stylin’ fashionistas!

This is the laser cutting a nautilus gear brooch we’ve creating for participants in the VMFA Teen Stylin’ program. The gear set is an amalgamation of fashion and engineering meant to give a hands on familiarity in the the use of gears. The student designers will be able to decorate or mod them in unique ways.

More to come on this great pairing.

A link for the Teen Stylin’: http://vmfa.museum/teens/teen-stylin/

A link for the original laser cutting file (we modded it): http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:750024


Update: Teen Stylin’ was a great success! Way to go VMFA and fashion young aficionados!

Teen Stylin’ Program


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HackRVA Maker Pro – submodular systems


Rob of submodluar systems  sez:

“Over 2 years ago we started an odyssey that has now culminated in our first production release of submodular systems’s shadow 6u eurorack travel case. Much of the original development and conceptualization would not have been possible without the great space and friends at HackRVA. Much thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement. We are off to NAMM in LA and will send feedback.”


We’re often asked if HackRVA can be a resource for entrepreneurs. Well, simple answer, yup.

I would also like to mention that Rob has contributed to building our fablab, taught classes, and provided much maker wisdom at HackRVA. So, as with many of our best experiences in the makersphere, it’s a symbiotic win/win relationship.

Way to go Rob and good luck at NAMM!

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