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T-shirt Design: Call for Entries


lvl12016shirtcontestLVL1 is having a t-shirt design contest. We are looking for the newest LVL1 T-shirt design from you!!!  

In the past, our t-shirt designs have been submitted by members for fun and to support LVL1 and chosen by members, but this year, we are offering a $100 prize for the selected design!

How to enter:

Submit design through our secure online form below.

Deadline 4/29/2016 @ 11:59pm Eastern. 

Winner gets a free t-shirt and $100. We will also announce winner on our web site and at our weekly open house.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why Should I submit a design: Winner’s will get bragging rights to put on their resume or portfolio, and the $100 prize. The design will be celebrated and worn to promote LVL1 while the t-shirt sales will raise funds.

Where is the $100 price coming from? The winning designer will be paid $100 from a donor. No LVL1 funds will be used for this prize.

What should be on the t-shirt design? LVL1 is the name of the organization and should be incorporated. Our previous slogan was “Lvl1: Probably safe.” You can use that or create a new one. We are a tech and creative workshop so visuals related to electricity, science, technology and creativity are good graphic ideas to include.

What type of shirt will be used for screen printing?  We will be using a high quality tri-blend such as the Bella Canvas.

How many submission can I enter? Unlimited!

How is the competition judged: Immediately after submission deadline, we will create a photo gallery on our Facebook page where people can “like” their favorite image. The image with the most “likes” at the end of the voting process will win.

Who owns the winning design? All artists retain the copyright to their own images, but the winner will be granting us an irrevocable license to print and use the design without any further monies due beyond the $100 prize.

What is LVL1: LVL1 is a makerspace where you can come in and make just about anything. We have a wood shop, metal shop, workroom, sewing stations, a classroom and a lot of equipment like 3D printers and laser cutters that are free to the community to come in and use when a member is present to let them in. Members pay a monthly fee to have badges to come and go as they please.  Lvl1 is dedicated to educating others about steam and the use of the equipment, so  many of our members offer workshops or are willing to teach you how to use equipment. You can look on the event calendar at http://www.LVL1.org to see up coming workshops, and join us Tuesday nights for orientation and meet and greet.

Who is making the t-shirts: Louisville t-shirt company Meme-Tech Screen Printing will be making the t-shirts.

What will LVL1 do with the t-shirts? Lvl1 will sell the t-shirts through an order and at the Flea Off Market to raise funds for LVL1’s ongoing activities and operations.   

What will LVL1 do with the funds from t-shirts? The funds will go into LVL1’s general operating funds to help cover bills or community activities. Community activities include having booths at festivals to tell people about our resources, offering free soldering workshops to young people at Idea Festivals, or hosting workshops and resources for educators who come to visit us.

Who can vote on the winning t-shirt:  Anybody with a Facebook profile can vote.

How can I vote on a design: About April 30, 2016 we will publish the entries on our Facebook page.

How much will a t-shirt cost:A t-shirt will cost between $15-20 depending on the complexity of the design & total number of colors in the design.

How will I receive my t-shirt: You can either pick them up  at the space or pay for shipping ($7 shipping & handling fee).  Picking them up at the space will be a great way to see the space you are supporting. 

Can I return my t-shirt: Unfortunately, we do not have the capability to handle refunds or returns.

Why should I buy a t-shirt: Because you’re awesome, and so are we. We offer a lot of free services and materials at the space and when we go out to festivals and communities, and we have to find ways to help fund that. You’ll get a really cool t-shirt and be supporting a really amazing cause.

Let’s Build a Fast Power Wheel!


LVL1 is entering the 2016 Power Racing League competition circuit to debut our own vehicle at the Maker Faire: Detroit.

In prior years, LVL1 has entered and won awards, accolades (and the shaking heads) of other entrants, judges and spectators.

Are you interested in learning how to hack a Power Wheel? Make it look great?  Then join us!

We meet 7:30 PM each Thursday at LVL1 to develop the plan and begin designing, building & testing.

Adults in Powerwheels you say?  YES!

Can’t join us but want to contribute? Donations help, every $10 donation helps us defray the cost of the trip & the cost of parts.  Donate today!

Previous entries have included a fully-functional fire truck, Steve the pink Mustang and Ivan Whiskey.


About the Power Racing League:

Join LVL1 in celebrating Arduino Day April 2nd 2016


The LVL1 community will be joining in on the world-wide celebration of Arduino Day on April 2nd and we’d love for you to join us.  We will be celebrating one of the ubiquitous tools of the Maker Movement that has helped so many people by running a workshop on the Arduino hosted by Nathan Armentrout, displaying Arduino-based projects, and other activities as we get this organized.

Nathan’s workshop will be from 12 to 4pm and you can sign up on the EventBrite.

Here are some of the many Arduino-based projects folks have built; many of which you can see at our space:

Many of our Sumobots are powered by Arduino.

This project converted braille to RGB light as part of a hackathon designed to make useless things.

This space monitoring station gathers various information from different sensors via an Arduino compatible chip and displays the information.

Another useless project entry; this is a 2D printer designed to self destruct when it completes a line.

One of my personal favorites; the Bad Idea Robot uses an Arduino to animate the LEDs when you press the button and it gives you a bad idea.

You can also check our Wiki for projects that use Arduino and other technologies; for example there’s the Magic 8-Ball Valentines Heart and the old-school LEGO Robotics Kit given new life via Arduino.

Of course we can’t forget a long-time favorite and fixture of the space; Butterscotch the Fire-breathing Robotic Pony of Doom:

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Raspberry Pi Workshop


Hey y’all, It’s Jared!

On Saturday, February 20th, 2016 @ 1:00 PM I will be running a Raspberry Pi Computer Workshop.

Bought a Raspberry Pi and never took it out of the box?

Bring it in early (@12:30 PM) and we’ll get you set up!

Own a Raspberry Pi and are comfortable booting?

Bring it at 1:00 PM and we’ll get started!

Don’t own a Pi and don’t want to buy one (yet)?

LVL1 has some onsite for you to use while you’re here!

Please sign up on the Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raspberry-pi-workshop-tickets-21357891027

Please bring a computer with you to use during the class.

Questions? direct them to learn@lvl1.org

Special thanks to a generous donation by V-Soft Consulting for the library of Raspberry Pi equipment:

This Raspberry Pi class made possible by a donation from V-Soft Consulting.  Based in Louisville with over 500 employees and locations across the U.S. V-Soft is transforming the landscape of IT across North America with next generation IT Solutions and Staffing for the enterprise.

Hack on!