Club125

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Club125
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Status planned
Country United States of America

State or District

Maryland

City Greenbelt

Date of founding

2012/09/08

Last Updated 2014-03-08
Website http://club125.com/

Wiki

http://club125.com/wiki/Main_Page

Phone

301-310-3224

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/Club125

Twitter

https://twitter.com/MyClub125

E-mail

mailto:club125.greenbelt@gmail.com

Snail mail

125 Centerway
Maryland-20770 Greenbelt
United States of America

Number of members

175

Membership fee

Membership is free. We are open to the public six days a week.

Size of rooms

1200 ft²

Members
Location 39° 0' 3.24", -76° 52' 33.96"
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Club125 is a new community clubhouse being designed to support educational programs for both kids and adults, social events, and makerspace activities. We plan to have after-school tutoring in writing and science, and workshops on a wide variety of topics. We will be open at all hours for Build, Craft, Hack, Play, Make activities, and social gatherings featuring music, wine tastings, trivia, and other games.

We anticipate moving in to our space on Dec 1, 2012 and starting our first project, the demolition and conversion of the old dry cleaning store. We are actively raising funds to cover the costs of plans and permits, and recruiting members for opening the facility by Jan 25, 2013.

We missed our opening date by about four months (we were way too optimistic about building permits), which means we're coming up on our one year anniversary on May 6, 2014. What have we accomplished? Well, we started out with a $25/month membership model and we did well until we hit about 60 members. At that point we were close to sustainability, but far short of our target goal. So at the start of the year we switched to a "sustaining membership" model, i.e. we're open free to the public, and we've just hit 175 members!

We have classes or workshops two or three times a week, and have had some cool events with many more planned this year. We have a regular Repair Café day where we invite the community to bring in their slightly broken stuff, to instill the reduce, reuse, REPAIR, recycle. We're exhibiting at 5 major sci/tech shows, including the massive USA Science and Engineering Festival (April 25-27).

Most exciting, we're hosting the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire on April 5! Wish us luck with the weather, and we'll push it out two weeks next year. :-)

We have nice labs and programs in Computer Science, Robotics, and MicroElectronics. On the soft side, we have knitters, a big screen TV with TiVo locked on to sports, err, educational shows, a wine and beer fridge, and Friday night games. If you're in the DC area, stop in and say hi. We're easy to find, at the intersection of the beltway and the B-W parkway.

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