History

Roxy, Richard, and Shawn – The Founders

Back in 2013 three friends got together to discuss the local hacker/maker meetups and spaces about what they liked and what was lacking. These initial conversations between Shawn, Roxy, and Richard lead to the formation of TheLab.ms as a new non-profit organization with a mission to foster collaborations between science, art, culture, and technology. The idea was to bring many groups with different interests all together into a single space where their ideas and interests could intersect and spawn new ideas and interests to the benefit of all involved.

What is the best way to determine the initial leadership structure for a non-profit created by friends?   A few rounds of Rock Paper Scissors, of course.  That is how the initial officer positions were determined and it worked out well.  Throughout 2013 this core group of friends flushed out the initial Bylaws and a business plan and filed with the IRS for non-profit status which was approved in 2014.

For more than a year TheLab.ms was a nomadic entity with no space and meetings at various locations in Plano.  During this time, fundraising events and our initial paying members allowed us to raise enough money to open our own space in mid 2015.  Without the communities support and our plankholders willingness to start paying for membership in a space that didn’t yet exist TheLab.ms would not have been able to form and grow into what it is today.


Plano Magazine wrote a great article about us at the time we opened our space.  You can read it here:  http://planomagazine.com/thelab-ms/

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Meetup Feed

  • Python Programming for Everyone 2018-10-21 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM TheLab.ms - Plano's Makerspace (1915 N Central Expy Ste 370, Plano, TX) • What we'll do:Do you have an interest in learning to program in one of the easiest and most prolific languages of our time? Come and join as as we journey into collaboratively learning Python from scratch. This will be a series of discussion groups that aims to teach everyone the basics of programming computers…
  • Weekly Open House! 2018-10-23 at 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM TheLab.ms - Plano's Makerspace (1915 N Central Expy Ste 370, Plano, TX) Come see the space and see what we do! Our facility is equipped with: • an electronics lab • a drone / quadcopter repair station • a 3D printing facility with three FDM 3D printers • an 80 watt laser cutter • a vinyl cutter • a 16 seat classroom • a meeting room /…
  • Intro to 3D Printing 2018-10-24 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM TheLab.ms - Plano's Makerspace (1915 N Central Expy Ste 370, Plano, TX) What is 3D printing? How does it work? What does this button do? Why are there so many acronyms?! Has 3D printing always sounded really cool, but you have no idea how to get started? This class is designed to give you a roadmap for navigating the world of 3D printing in a low-key, relaxed…

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