Justin Atkin

Building a gene gun for less than $100

A gene gun is by far one of the most useful tools for getting DNA into an organism. But they are prohibitively expensive to buy ($35,000 new from biorad). Since we needed one for our projects we thought we’d try and build one! We managed to put ours together for less than $100 and it works great! Thanks so much to those who came to makercon this past weekend and saw us demonstrating it. To find out how to build your own gene gun, check out our new video!

Closed Due to Cooling Issues and Inclement Weather

Hi Everyone,


Due to ongoing cooling issues at the warehouse, we’ll be closed  except on request until changes have been made. If you’d like to use or see the space feel free to contact us at 206-841-0775 and we’ll be happy to open up for you. We apologize for the inconvenience, but have made this decision to make sure our members are happy and safe. We thank you for your patience while we work on resolving this issue.

Pop Art Block Party – A Great Success and a Lot of Fun

This past Friday, we hosted Pop Art Block Party and it was an absolute blast! In the short span of a week we transformed the space from a mostly bare warehouse, into a beautiful exhibition filled with science and art. With several hundred people in attendance we stayed busy the whole night. We met a lot of amazing people and look forward to seeing new faces at the meetups.

The new mural at the front of the building looks amazing!

One of our founders, Alex Borrelli doing some live torchwork. He made this cool pair of DNA goblets!

Our Electronics and Bio/Chem spaces got a makeover and some new art. Now they’re ready to host some exciting classes and workshops!

Our new pallet bar looked super cool when it was all lit up.


Even the greenspace was transformed!

Thanks again to everyone who made it out to the event, and we hope you had as great of a time as we did. We’re already starting to get ready for our next event. While this event was a lot of fun, it was also mostly aimed at adults. Our next event will be for all ages and will lean more towards the science aspects of the space, so be sure to keep an eye out for that in the near future!

Our First Instructable! Receiving Images From Weather Satellites

For anyone who’s come to one of the Meetups, you’ve seen us receive images from passing weather satellites. If you ever wanted to know how that works, we’ve already made 2 videos going through the process, but for those who prefer written instructions, we now have an Instructable to go with it! https://www.instructables.com/id/Receiving-Images-From-Passing-Weather-Satellites-N/

This instructable only covers NOAA satellites but we’re working on part 2 which will cover the details of METEOR M2 reception as well.

Our first library class

Yesterday, Wednesday June 14th we taught our first class at the Jax Public Library’s Makerspace. First off, we just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who attended. It was a great experience and one we look forward to doing again.

The class was on the topics of plants and plant biology and we talked about the plant at all scales, from leaves and roots to stomata and chloroplasts. We manage to cover an impressive amount of content in the short span of the class and everyone got lots of hands on with everything we covered. Best of all, everyone went home with their own mini greenhouse kit and seeds that they picked and planted themselves.

It was a lot of fun and hope everyone enjoyed as much as we did!

Our next Meetup and our first class!

Next week will be a busy week for us with lots of exciting things happening. To kick off the week we’ll be hosting our second Meetup at the space and all are welcome and encouraged to come on by. The Meetup starts at 6pm on Tuesday June 13th and we’ll be demoing a little bit of everything. From receiving images directly off of weather satellites, to RaspberryPi and arduino, to bacterial nanocellulose, there’s something for everyone.

The day after, June 14th, we’ll be running our first class at the Jax Public Library. The class will be focused on plants and plant biology. Everyone will go home with their own basil plant and we’ll be covering everything you’ll need to know to keep your plant happy. We’ll also be going over some plant biology so you can learn how plants work, starting at leaves and going all the way to the cellular level. The class is for everyone and anyone who’s interested and is an all ages event. So come on down! The class will start at 11:30 and run till around 1:30.

We’re hosting our first meetup!

On Tuesday May 30th, we’ll be hosting our first meetup and doing a few demos. From hobbyists to science enthusiasts there’ll be something for everyone. It’s totally free to attend and everyone is invited!

Some of the things we’ll be demoing include:

• Using an SDR and home made antenna to receive NOAA weather satellite images

• RetroPi projects

• IoT and Azure IoT

• Bacterial grown Kombucha leather

• Wood electrification

• Pallet structure building

• Vertical gardening

•  and More!

Meet the Makerspace staff, our areas of expertise, and how to become a member, and the benefits of membership.


We’re Officially Opening for Business in Jacksonville!


As of tomorrow, Friday May 5th we’re officially opening our doors for the first time! We’re based out of Mixon Studios and have three rooms: a wood shop, an electronics space, and our biology lab.

If you’ve always wanted to make something out of wood, be it a bird house or a cello, then our woodshop is the place for you. We’ve got the tools, materials and expertise to help you with whatever project you’re looking to build. If electronics are more your speed, or you want to add a sensor to your birdhouse to monitor food levels, then our electronics space is just the place. Or maybe you just want to learn about plants or microbes. In that case our biolab will have everything you need to get you started.


The day before mothers day, Saturday May 13th, we’ll be hosting our first event at the space. Behind the studio is a gorgeous greenspace where we’ll be building a big vertical farm using only salvaged materials. Plants have been generously donated by The Green Spot and we’ll have everything from delicious edible plants, to fragrant flowers, to potent medicinals. If you’re interested in sustainability, gardening, or just want to hang out and help us build things, then come on down.

Once it’s complete and it’s done growing, everyone who visits will be able to enjoy fresh herbs and vegetables.

Our woodshop is now finished being put together and it looks beautiful. Do you have something you’ve always wanted to make out of wood? Then come on down and we’ll get you set up! The electronics room and bio space are still being set up, so they won’t be available till next week, but you’ll get a taste of what they’ll be like when they’re ready.


What kind of things would you like to see at the makerspace? Let us know in the comments.