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Welcome to LVL1!


  • Outgoing Board Members
  • Everyone for being here
  • Tiffany for being awesome


  • T-Shirts are on sale after the meeting!!!! see Tiffany

The Tim VanSant Makership LVL1's Makership Program

Note: This program is funded completely through donations and NOT through our membership dues.

  • We currently have enough funds to offer a Makership. Please submit an application to become a member of LVL1! See our treasurer, make a donation.
  • Members: please talk up the Makership to potential new members. Makerships are a good way to interest minorities and women in LVL1. Emphasize the experience and the opportunity. Getting a project done is less important.
  • Makership Application Deadline is the last day of each month @ 11:59 PM.
  • Submit your project for a chance to win 3 months of LVL1 membership and a $100 reimbursement toward your project expenses.
  • Apply at www.lvl1.org/makership. Also, send any questions about how to submit a successful application to www.lvl1.org/makership. We want to award a Makership!
  • If your application is not approved, PLEASE revise and resubmit next month.
  • If you would like to donate ($5/mo) to this worthy cause, see one of the directors and we can set you up!

Broken/Equipment Report

Email Say Something to Someone Broken@lvl1.org

Please make sure that you review the instructions and manual and ask for the training prior to using the equipment.

    • If something is broken or needs to be replaced, please send an email to broken@lvl1.org.
    • Please supply as much information as possible; links to websites or items are GREATLY appreciated. Consumables can be time-consuming to find; broken is not a mind reader!
    • If your project doesn't fit on your shelf, please take it offsite. The boneyard is not your own personal storage shed.

Member's Responsibilities

    • Member hosts are responsible for the space and non-member guests
    • Please make sure guests sign the waiver
    • Member hosts are empowered to ask visitors who do not conduct themselves according to LVL1's policies and community standards to leave.
    • Always leave equipment at least as safe as you found it
    • Do not leave equipment running unattended
    • More details on the Members' List
    • Questions? Please contact a board member

Everybody's Responsibilities

    • If you see something say something
    • If you see something that is wrong, say something! Handle the situation in a calm orderly way.
    • If something is broken, email Broken@lvl1.org
    • Please respect other people's knowledge and expertise.
    • Always leave equipment at least as safe as you found it
    • Do not leave equipment running unattended
    • Do not block access to storage or exits

First Time Visitor Info

'Are there any 1st time Visitors? There will be a tour at the end of the Meeting -- Please sign the waiver of liability

    • Hacker-centric! We Are a Makerspace, Hacking and Making is expected..."
    • Prime Directive Be Excellent to Each other
    • We recommended following CDC guidelines about health and safety
    • Minors must be attended by Parent/Guardian!

LVL1 Means of Communication

    • Our website / calendar is www.lvl1.org
    • Meeting Minutes, equipment information, and projects on our wiki: wiki.lvl1.org
    • Sign up for our Google Group discussion list https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/lvl1
    • Google Hangout https://hangouts.google.com/group/KrvEvKVKapRzznlh2
    • Facebook, Twitter, Meetup
    • learn@lvl1.org - Want to learn something new, get some equipment training, or host a workshop? Want to help facilitate any of these things?
    • broken@lvl1.org - Something broken? Does something need to be restocked?
    • upgrades@lvl1.org - ideas for space upgrades? Send them here! or just do it!
    • directors@lvl1.org - Need to contact those who are ostensibly "in charge"?

Culture of Cleanliness

  • Please clean up your mess and keep the space usable for your fellow hackers!!!
  • Please do not take the furniture outside!
  • Get a FREE Clorox Wipe! Clean all the surfaces!
  • We have an Amazon Smile account. PLEASE USE! Shop at smile.amazon.com and tell them we are your favorite non-profit! LVL1 gets .05% back from each purchase at no extra cost to you!

Upcoming Events

Nominations for officers and directors are now open and will run through January 10, 2023

Annual Meeting/Elections January 17, 2023

2023 Budget =

Learn the basics of Micropython on the Pi Pico

  • Basics will be covered over the course of four activities that culminate in making a reaction time game.
  • Cost is $10, tickets available here:
  • Pi Pico w/Micropython 101 Tickets, Sat, Jan 21, 2023 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite
  • Kit will be available for purchase after the workshop for $15 or $20 (depends on cost of sourcing). Includes: Pi pico, neopixel ring, .96" OLED screen, breadboard, and misc components.

Want to host an event? We'll make it happen!

See the Hosting Guide on our website: http://www.lvl1.org/hosting-guide/ Need help or materials for a project?

Build a NEC-v20 based retro computer

  • It's capable of running CPM 2/3 (in virtual 8080 mode), CPM-86, and MS-DOS 2.11.
  • Workshop lasts as long as it takes to build it, step by step. Basic through hole soldering skills recommended. I have three already built, so if you totally botch it you won't leave empty handed.
  • V20-MBC: a V20 (8088 + 8080) CPU homebrew computer | Hackaday.io
  • Cost is $80, and includes a kit for the v20mbc in the minimum 512kb configuration, and everything needed to use it - including SD card, sd breakout board, and cp2102 based UART.
  • Note about MS-DOS - this will not run all software for the IBM PC, it is not PC compatible. Compilers work great though.
  • Only four seats available - reply or contact me privately to arrange to attend.
  • I also have the hard to source component (the CMOS version of the nec-v20) and the board available if you'd like to purchase one and source the rest of the components yourself, for $12.

Regular Weekly Meetups


  • If you would like to host a regular meetup, see one of the directors and we can get you set up!


  • Annual Meeting
  • LVL1 Open Meeting

The 3rd Tuesday of every month is the -Directors Meeting -

 Director's Meeting and it is open to the public!
 9:00 pm, in the classroom and on zoom    
 The next one is January 17th, 2023 This is the Annual Meeting!!!!




  • Irregular Movie and Open Build Night - this is happening in the space. C'mon in and be safe. The best night to be in the space to meet folks and learn something.