Team Building

Team Building

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
~ John Cleese

TEAMBUILDING ACTIVITIES

Below, you’ll find some examples of things your team can do together during Seattle Makers’ team building events.  Want to check out our space before you come?  Take a virtual tour.

We’d love to know what you want to learn or play with; we absolutely adore brainstorming around here, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-833-2-MAKE-IT or fill out this form to offer a suggestion or ask a question.  We want to serve you and your team and for you to have a blast!

Pricing:  Call us at 1-833-2-MAKE-IT or fill out this form to get a quote for your event.

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Hammer & Thread

Duration: 2 hour

Difficulty:  Easy

Description: Choose one of our designs that has been laser-etched into live-edge wood rounds, and hammer in small brad nails.  Then add layers of vibrant color with your choice of string to create a custom work of art.

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Before your event, your team will select their designs from a variety of options so we can have your wood rounds pre-etched and ready to go!

Your event will start with an introduction to the makerspace and the exciting tools and opportunities we have here.  We’ll then introduce your instructors, as well as the local non-profits we support through our team building events.

Next, we’ll hand out the pre-etched designs to each attendee and you’ll hammer away with miniature hammers and brad nails to outline your design.  You’ll select thread colors and weave your thread back and forth, in and out, and between your nails to create a totally unique, colorful and vibrant work of hand-made art.  Add nails as needed and play around with different colors and patterns.  Be inspired by examples in the space and by what your teammates are creating!  Your instructors will help with any questions and offer advice.

Finally, every attendee chooses an organization to support with a portion of your event’s proceeds.  We’ll snap some team photos of of your amazing creativity and you’re on your way!

Still have questions?  Check out our FAQs.

 

Take home: Custom yarn art

Pricing:  $950 for up to 10 participants; $95 for each additional participant

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Laser Notes

Duration:  2 hours

Difficulty:  Easy

Description:  Start with our notepad template and create a custom design.  Add a quote, logo, or hand-drawn image, and etch it into a stylish wooden notepad box. Develop beginner vector design skills in the open-source Inkscape software, learn about laser cutters, and watch your design emerge as a 90 watt laser blasts your design in to a one-of-a-kind notepad.  You’ll assemble and glue your box and take it home filled with notepad paper.

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Your event will start with an introduction to the makerspace and the exciting tools and opportunities we have here.  We’ll then introduce your instructors, as well as the local non-profits we support through our team building events.

Next, you’ll dive into a workshop (35-45 minutes) to learn basic design software on laptops provided by the space.  We’ll create a design together, and then you’ll create your own.  Use your free design time to find images online,  design something unique in the software, or draw by hand with pen and paper.  Your instructors will help with any questions and offer advice.

When your design is complete, you’ll send them to the staff-operated lasers.  You can watch your design be etched into your masterpiece in real time, and you can take video or pictures as the magic happens. To protect the notepad boxes from smoke, they are covered in masking tape which you’ll peel off once the laser is finished, revealing the pristine wood beneath. We’ll walk you through gluing your box together and provide you with a stack of notepaper to fill it.

Finally, every attendee chooses an organization to support with a portion of your event’s proceeds.  We’ll snap some team photos of of your amazing creativity and you’re on your way!

*Note: for larger teams, there may not be time to etch every design during your event.  These remaining boxes will be available for pickup (along with glue and rubber bands for you to assemble at home) at the makerspace in the days following your event.

Still have questions?  Check out our FAQs.

 

Resources: Download the notepad box design template.  Download stock vector files.

Take home:  Custom laser-etched box (4”x4”) and pencil.  Includes stack of notepaper (3.5”x3.5”).

Pricing:  $1250 for up to 10 participants; $125 for each additional participant

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Lasers & Coffee

Duration: 3 hours

Difficulty:  Easy

Description:  Design a tumbler featuring a favorite quote, image, or hand-drawn design, and etch it into a powder-coated, double-walled 16 oz coffee tumbler.  Develop beginner vector design skills in the open-source Inkscape software, learn about laser cutters, and watch your design emerge as a 90 watt laser blasts away the powder coating to reveal the shiny steel underneath.

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Your event will start with an introduction to the makerspace and the exciting tools and opportunities we have here.  We’ll then introduce your instructors, as well as the local non-profits we support through our team building events.

Next, you’ll dive into a workshop (35-45 minutes) to learn basic design software on laptops provided by the space.  We’ll create a design together, and then you’ll create your own.  Use your free design time to find images online,  design something unique in the software, or draw by hand with pen and paper.  Your instructors will help with any questions and offer advice.

When your design is complete, you’ll send them to the staff-operated lasers.  You can watch your design be etched into your masterpiece in real time, and you can take video or pictures as the magic happens. Once the laser is finished, you’ll clean up your tumbler with rubbing alcohol to make it positively shine.

Finally, every attendee chooses an organization to support with a portion of your event’s proceeds.  We’ll snap some team photos of of your amazing creativity and you’re on your way!

*Note: for larger teams, there may not be time to etch every design during your event.  These remaining tumblers will be available for pickup at the makerspace in the days following your event.

Still have questions?  Check out our FAQs.

 

Resources: Download the Miir tumbler design template.  Download stock vector files.

Take home: Custom laser-etched powder-coated coffee tumbler

Pricing:  $1350 for up to 10 participants; $135 for each additional participant

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Collaborative Artwork

Duration:  3 hours

Difficulty: Intermediate

Description:  Your team will paint the sound, sky, and Seattle Skyline as designed by renowned artist Melinda Hannah.  Each person on your team will paint a panel separately and, when finished, bring all the panels together to form a collaborative art piece. We will frame and deliver your piece, which can be produced in three size options (small, medium, and large).  See a full example below.

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Your event will start with an introduction to the makerspace and the exciting tools and opportunities we have here.  We’ll then introduce your instructors, as well as the local non-profits we support through our team building events.

Next, each attendee selects at least one panel (but possibly several depending on your team size) from the laser-etched design of the Seattle skyline.  Melinda will walk you through how to mix paint, create the colors you want, apply colors to your panel, and blend colors to create a work of art.  Collaborate with your teammates to create a cohesive art piece or have everyone decorate their panel in their own style.  Whatever you chose to do, Melinda is there to guide you to make sure your final collaborative piece is a masterpiece.

When your panels are complete, you’ll leave them with us to dry over night.  Then, every attendee chooses an organization to support with a portion of your event’s proceeds.  We’ll snap some team photos of of your amazing creativity and you’re on your way!

We’ll take your dry panels and mount them in a custom frame that will be available for pick-up at the makerspace in the days following your event.

Still have questions?  Check out our FAQs.

 

Take home: Framed and laser-etched skyline of Seattle, water color on Russian Birch (one per team).

Pricing:

  • Small (12″ x 36″) – $1650 for up to 10 participants; $165 for each additional participant
  • Medium (16″ x 48″) – $1950 for up to 10 participants; $195 for each additional participant
  • Large (20″ x 60″) – $2250 for up to 10 participants; $225 for each additional participant

Extras

Level-up your event with this add-ons.

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Marshmallow Challenge

Duration: 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Description:  Your team will warm up their creative juices with this fun and lightly competitive challenge. In 18 minutes, and using uncooked spaghetti, string, and tape, teams of 2-4 will build the tallest structure they can that will support a marshmallow at the very top. After the 18 minutes are up, we’ll do a quick debrief to look at how teams worked together, what worked, and what didn’t. Groups will also see how they measure up against every other team that has participated in this challenge. See the fun in action below.

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Alcohol

Are you interested in serving alcohol at your team building event?  We can accommodate that!  Having alcohol in our workshop requires a single-day insurance policy as well as licensed servers.  Let professionals take care of the alcohol while you and your team enjoy yourselves.

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Catering

We partner with The Collective to offer a specialized catering menu for our team building events. You may also chose any other food venue of your choice and bring it to the space. You can eat before your event at our space, after your event, or have nibbles out for people to snack on (classroom only) during the event.

TEAM BUILDING FAQs

What is the maximum group size that Seattle Makers can accommodate?
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The maximum group we can accommodate in our makerspace is 30 people.  For groups larger than 30 people, we have a partnership with The Collective, an event space across the street from the makerspace.  If you’re interested in doing an event for more than 30 people, let us know and we’ll get you pricing on larger event space.
Where are you located?
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We are at the corner of Mercer and Dexter in the old SVC (School of Visual Concepts) building, at 500 Aurora Ave N, Seattle WA 98109.  For directions to our space, go here.
Is parking available?
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The makerspace has a paid lot in front of the building.  Limited free and street parking is available nearby.  See our handy-dandy parking map to see where lot parking is.
Is the makerspace wheelchair accessible?
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There are 8 steps up to the ground level and the elevator, so the building is not wheelchair accessible.  The elevator can take folks from the ground floor up to the makerspace on the second floor, and down to the basement where the bathrooms are located.  However, there is no wheelchair-accessible bathroom stall.
Where amenities does your space have?
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The makerspace has three large rooms: classroom, main fabrication room, and woodshop.  Take a virtual tour of the space here.  The classroom has a kitchenette, projector, and numerous tables and chairs that can be rearranged as needed.  We also have a separate conference room that is available for teams to use, including a whiteboard, markers, projector, screen, and conference table.
Can we bring food and/or alcohol into the space?
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Teams are welcome to bring their own food into the makerspace, though all food will need to be kept in the classroom or conference room.  Teams can also bring alcohol with prior notice for an additional fee.  Read more about our alcohol policy here.
Do we need design or computer experience to do the team building events like Lasers & Coffee or Laser Notes?
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Nope! If you have no design background, we do a short design primer at the beginning of these events to teach you how to use Inkscape, an open-source design software.  If you’re not comfortable on computers, you can draw your design by hand and we can convert your design into the right format for you.
Do you do offsite team building events?  Can you come to us?
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We can do offsite events.  For events like Collaborative Artwork and Hammer & Thread, we can bring all the supplies to you and lead the event in your space.  For events involving lasers, we can do the design portion at your space, upload those files to our lasers remotely, and broadcast videos of the laser cutting to be viewed at your space.
Do you have lower priced options?
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The current available options are listed on this page.  We are currently developing lower priced options.  Stay tuned!

GIVING BACK

If you’re not reaching back to help anyone then you’re not building a legacy.
~ Germany Kent

We donate 5% of our revenue for each team building event we sell to one of our favorite non profits.  At your event, we’ll give you and your team a brief introduction to those non-profits, showcasing why we think they are INCREDIBLE, and you get to choose which one you want to donate the 5% to.   Through this 5% donation, we all get to partner in supporting awesome people doing awesome work to support the makers and artists in the world.  So thank YOU for buying a team building event and allowing us to give back.

We currently support the following organizations:

Image courtesy of Native Girls Code

This year-round club for young Native women provides positive role modeling through strong teachers, mentors and program partners.  Their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) curriculum emphasizes computer coding skills and expands opportunities for healthy futures.  Follow Native Girls Code (and their parent organization, the Na’ah Illahee Fund) on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Image courtesy of Key Tech Labs

Founded by brothers, Adam, Andrew, and Russell Powers, Key Tech is a non-profit mobile makerspace, bringing emerging technology to underrepresented areas.  As issues of systemic racism persist, and gaps in equality and income continue to grow in our society, the Powers brothers teach students to program by assessing everyday problems, drafting a solution and prototyping to solve issues themselves, and finally, share their solutions with the world.  Follow Key Tech Labs on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Image courtesy of ChickTech Seattle

This local chapter of a national non-profit provides opportunities and a supportive community to female-identifying students in order to broaden participation in tech and provide equitable opportunities to all.  From summer camps to our year-long high school program to our new college program, their programs provide a supportive and welcoming environment for girls and women to learn, create, and do while surrounded by mentors and friends.  Follow ChickTech Seattle on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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