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MacBook Update

Sorry, all the Pros are gone. But we have a dozen of the white MacBooks all refurbished and cleaned up so they sparkle! And more to come! $250 and it’s yours. You can swing by the space Sunday from 1-5 or email us at We were asked for specs several times, and they are […]

Upcoming Events

We have a full class schedule coming up over the next few months! All events are at 1731 Grand Avenue and free to the public unless otherwise noted. February 6th: Girls in Science 10am-4pm at SCI Intro to Blender 1-3pm – watch the calendar for additional CAD classes! February 13th: Intro to Soldering 2-4pm – […]

Learn a Programming Language Party

We are joining up with Gravitate to host a PLIBMTTBHGATY:┬áprogramming languages I’ve been meaning to try but haven’t gotten around to yet. It’s a lightly-structured party where people get together and work on a project in a new programming language, either with or just near each other. Refreshments will be on hand, plenty of people […]

Clock Build Night October 14th!

Recently, a high school student was arrested for having an electronic clock. That’s absurd. Help us teach the public that wires and circuitry are cool and awesome tools, not a sign of a terrorist act! Join Area515 for an electronic clock building workshop to learn how to build your own electronic clock. Kids more than […]

Area515 Promo Video

The Science Center of Iowa did a great job of helping us tell our story. This film ran in their Maker’s Studio exhibit this summer, and now it’s available for everyone to see!   SCI Iowa Maker’s Studio: Area 515 from DEFT on Vimeo.

May First Friday Recap

In case you missed it, here’s the video from May’s First Friday with C and S Brew Supply! Sorry, you don’t get to try tasty home brew samples via video….   Our next First Friday is bike themed with Ichi Bike! This Friday, June 5th at 7pm!

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March First Friday Followup

Jeff Reiland of Abundant Design came and talked to us about a variety of backyard garden projects. He started with a beginners’ garden you can’t mess up and then covered compost bins, pallet planters, rain gardens and rain catching systems. Very grateful for the timely wisdom as the growing season kicks off! Here is the […]


First First Friday Followup

We had our first ever First Friday event this last week. Nate Cline was brave enough to take the first speakers’ slot and showed us some of his awesome art, jewelry, and lights he made out of discarded technology. He also shared some of the techniques and methods he uses to create his pieces. It […]

Some news and upcoming elections

Some news and upcoming elections

501c3 We received our 501c3 tax exempt status last week! This has taken a long time and a lot of work, but it puts us in a unique position that few other makerspaces are currently in, and should help tremendously in reaching our goals. FYI – as we filed our application within the 27 month […]


Maker Faire Recap

We started getting busy working on our next big event (watch our page for the announcement!) but a recap of the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire is better late than never! We just wanted to say thank you to the Science Center of Iowa for hosting an amazing inaugural event. We had over 2600 people […]