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Area 515 Face Shield COVID-19 FAQ

We have made over 4,235 face shields for Iowa Medical Workers!!! We will reach our goal of 5,000 but we’re also starting to wind down our face shield operation. We believe local manufacturers can now fill the PPE gap much more efficiently than we can. We are no longer...
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DSM among best maker cities

Do you ever Google your name just to see what comes up? We found we’d missed an awesome shout-out from last year. Popular Mechanics posted a list of the best maker cities in the US, and Des Moines is hanging out at #15 with a reference to Area515. We...
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Celebrate Snow Day 2019!

It’s our 4th Annual Snow Day! Come check out the shop and make some festive winter decorations in this come and go as you please project festival. Come laser cut, 3D print, or solder your own snow flakes and snowmen! This year we also have leather and woodworking projects...
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Website maintenance

Yeah I know, we hate these notifications too. I guess if you’re seeing this, it means our website is up! Our website host is performing some upgrades, and the site might go down this evening sometime between 5 – 8pm. As always, the workshop is still open for members....
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Support Area 515 This Giving Tuesday

Tomorrow, November 27th, is Giving Tuesday. This is a national movement for individuals to show their support for important organizations. Area 515 would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to participate during this year’s season of charity and giving. As a place of unbridled creativity and collaborative...
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Celebrate Snow Day 2018!

It’s our 3rd Annual Snow Day! And our first at our new 108 Jefferson location. Come laser cut, 3D print, or solder your own snow flakes and snowmen! This year we also have leatherworking and woodworking projects. Projects willl take 10-30 minutes to complete, but there may be a...
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Artists in Residence Showcase

On October 18th, the moody lighting and rustic decor of the Decades Event Center in West Des Moines hosted a showcase for the Area 515 Artists in Residence program.  This program was sponsored Prairie Meadows and Bravo! Greater Des Moines. It provided memberships to the Des Moines Maker Space...
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Prairie Meadows Donates $4,058 to Area515 – Des Moines Maker Space

Community Betterment Grants will help fund Artist Residency and MakerEd programs at the Maker Space Prairie Meadows recently awarded Area515 two Community Betterment Grants totaling $4,058 to fund arts and education programs in 2018. Prairie Meadows is a nonprofit business dedicated to lessening the burden of government by promoting...
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IoT Challenge with DSM WebGeeks

We’re partnering with the Des Moines Web Geeks and LadyDev to put on an IoT Challenge! Sign up here! Learn how to program your ESP8266 at LadyDev’s PLIBMTTBHGATY event on April 14th at Pillar Technologies. Learn how to create a basic web page or service with WebGeeks on May...
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One Day Left! Help us meet our $500 match!

There’s only one day left for us to meet the GiveIowa.org matching challenge! The Greater Iowa Credit Union is giving us $500 and covering all GiveIowa transaction fees. They are challenging you to match that $500. Please help us get there!...
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