Thinqubator Zone

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Thinqubator Zone
Coordinator: Erin Lennox
Equipment List: Thinqubator Equipment
Zone Assistants: Assistants Needed


This zone provides equipment and materials to develop STEAM interests in our younger makers. It is available to those with Thinqubator or Family memberships.

Link to Wiki

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Zone Orientation: Rules and Safety

The intent of this orientation is to familiarize new members with the capabilities, safety rules, and operational procedures of the Thinqubator Zone. It is not intended to provide detailed instruction on how to use the equipment. Those who are confident in their abilities to use the equipment may use it after completing this orientation. Those who are not should seek the assistance of the Zone Coordinator, other CoG members, reference books/videos, or enroll in an instructional class offered by the CoG.

General Safety

  1. The materials in the zone are coded based on a red / yellow / green system.
    1. Green = Materials that can be used up and taken home (e.g. cardboard, felt, foam, wood
    2. Yellow = Tools and Materials that can be used by anyone in the THINQubator, but need to stay in the space (e.g. the makey makey, little bits, scissors)
    3. Red = Tools and materials that need to be used under careful adult supervision, and must stay in the space (e.g. soldering irons, exacto knives)
  2. Email zone coordinator and facilities specialist if there are any issues with the equipment.
  3. Risk of burn from soldering irons, irons, and hot glue guns. Very hot!
  4. Risk of cuts, pinching, and eye damage when using power tools. Use under supervision of adult. Wear safety glasses.
  5. Risk of burns from overheated electronics components. Use caution and only use components intended to work together

General “Be Excellent to Each Other” Knowledge

  1. Communication is important to keeping this community space functioning. Report any problems, low supplies, or comments to,, or on the whiteboard.
  2. Clean up before you leave! Throw out scraps, return materials, tools, and parts to their storage cubbies.  
  3. Use the Parking Passes to communicate with others about projects that need to be left out (glue drying, leaving something overnight to work on tomorrow, etc).
  4. Replace materials if you use up a lot of them – construction paper, markers, batteries, etc. Or leave a donation in our donation jar if you use an excess amount of supplies  

Equipment Overview

  1. Little Bits
    1. Remove/disconnect batteries after use.
    2. Put bits back in the correct place (e.g. keep the droid bits in the droid kit, and the synthesizer pieces with those kits)
    3. Place any broken bits in the bin on top of the shelves
  2. MakeyMakey
    1. Make sure all of the alligator clips (6 sets) make it back in the box with the makey makey
  3. 3D Doodler
    1. Put a piece of cardboard under your work to avoid getting plastic stuck to the table
    2. Turn off after use, and alert zone coordinator if filament is running low
  4. Lego Robotics
    1. Take apart creations and return pieces to their correct bins
  5. Soldering Irons
    1. Soldering must be done only under the supervision of an experienced adult.
    2. You must use one of the small fume extractors in your work zone
    3. You must make sure all irons and fume extractors are unplugged when you are done
  6. Craft Supplies
    1. Alert zone coordinator if any supplies are running low by emailing
    2. Put caps on markers, glue, paint, playdough and anything that can dry out
  7. Computer
    1. Shut down, or put to sleep after using
    2. Do not install any software that does not go with the tools and materials in the space
    3. Do not save personal documents on the desktop or drive
  8. Circuit Scribe
    1. Put the caps back on the conductive ink pens
    2. Alert the zone coordinator if ink is running low by emailing
  9. Perler Beads
    1. Be careful not to push too hard with the iron and melt the plastic bead templates
    2. Put away the iron after use

General clean-up procedure

  1. Return equipment and materials to storage location.
  2. Throw out scrap material.
  3. If leaving something overnight, label it with a Parking Pass.
  4. Sweep floor using broom/dustpan from kitchen closet.
  5. Wipe down the tabletop with supplied disinfecting wipes.
  6. Unplug all devices (soldering irons, glue guns) and put away once cool
  7. Send an email to the zone coordinator at [[1]] if any materials are running low, or if anything is broken.


  1. Can I use stuff in other zones?  
    1. Thinqubator members can only use the Thinqubator zone. Full and Super family members can use other zones, if the zone orientation has been completed.
  2. Can I bring stuff home?
    1. Anything with a green label is designed to be used to make something that you can bring home. Anything with a yellow or red label must stay in the space.
  3. Will I find everything I need to do a project in the space?
    1. That depends what you want to make. The supplies we have like batteries, LED lights, and microcontrollers are intended to stay in the space. If you want to make something that you can take home with you, you may need to bring in your own components. We can help you figure out what you will need, and where to get it.

Reference Information

Most of the kits and sets we have come with instruction sheets that will tell you how to get started, and can direct you to any websites you may need. Be sure to carefully read the instructions before you get started

Material Resources

  • LittleBits
    • You will need to install the LittleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor App on your phone, or launch the app from the THINQ computer to control the droid. This is a free app.
  • Websites
    • Khan Academy.
    • Code Combat
    • Scratch.
    • Code Monster.
    • Blockly.
    • Tynker.
    • CodeMoji.
    • Code.Org.

Projects for Inspiration

  • Bullet