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RMM Online

Current Listservs

Maker discussion list. Use for general discussion, requests for the membership, questions and group annoucements.
Members discussion list. Use for stuff related to the running of the space.
Board discussion list. Use for governance issues and stuff related to the running of the space that requires some privacy.
Ham radio interest group list
Teacher's discussion list focusing on Maker activities in education

Old Listservs

The google-group that served as our initial mailing list bhamhackerspace[at}googlegroupsdotcom.

maker resources

  • Nation of Makers resources page. This resource is new, as of 2019, will be updated on a regular basis. It should be used as a primary source for finding lesson plans, teaching methods, shop safety, and makerspace best practices.

3d printing


materials and tools

Electronic Components

  • Ham Radio oriented list maintained by the Birmingham Amateur Radio Club
  • All About Circuits an extremely active electrical engineering online community that provides both interesting content and useful resources for Electrical Engineers.
  • Octopart search many sources for availability, pricing, datasheets by part number
  • Mouser Recommended by Rick Curl. Is excellent for straight up electronics. The search function there is absolutely fantastic. Always check spec sheets because occasionally the "product page" info is wrong.
  • Digikey is similar. (recommended by Rick Curl - "They carry several million different products. They always have most everything in stock, and ship within minutes of placing the order. You can order as late as 8pm and have the item delivered the next morning. Their website is second to none. I use it for selecting devices to use in my designs.")
  • Electronics Goldmine has a lot of mixed packs of things.
  • All-Electronics Similar to the Goldmine better organization. Lots of closeout electronic stuff
  • Jameco more pricey than Mouser or Digikey but can find some things considered obsolete by the others. Also has good kits and tutorials.
  • Online Components Electronic Components Distributor like Digi-key and Mouser.
  • Memotronics More like Electronics Goldmine.

Suppliers recommended by Rick Curl

  • Circuit Specialists Good selection of tools & test equipment. Great prices. Most equipment is a knock-off of American products.
  • Marlin P. Jones & Associates]. Low prices on power supplies, prototyping stuff, Arduino & Raspberry pi clones.
  • Precision Products. Amazingly low prices on Chinese hand tools & magnifiers. They are in Rainbow city- not too far from the space.
  • Servocity. Lots of motors, gears, brackets- general robotic stuff.
  • Pololu. Lots of motors, gears, brackets- general robotic stuff.
  • Jameco]. Like Digi-key, but smaller and aimed more at the hobbyist.
  • Sparkfun Kind of hard to define this one. Best to have a look.
  • Sciplus. If you don’t need it, they’ve got it. Descriptions are a hoot!
  • Halted. Surplus stuff.
  • SDP-SI. Precision mechanical components.
  • Oshpark does small batch manufacturing of circuitboards.
  • I Take Pictures of Electronic Parts. Anything in the suppliers list here.

Additional supplies


  • Adafruit and Sparkfruit are great for people who are starting out or who are intermediate. They have great information, helpful suggestions and great support forums. They have a lot of eletronic stuff, as well as soft circuitry and some other hobbyist things (like arduino boards) that your average elctronics supply place would not have. But their selection as far as general electronics (resistors, leds, battery holders, batteries, switches, etc.) is somewhat limited to the types of things you would need for certain projects... and the small stuff is usually a little more "retail" priced through them.
  • Snap Circuits - snap together electronics components suitable for teaching introductory electronics


Open source robotics list.

large equipment

Machinio - new 'Craig's List' for industrial equipment sales and purchases.

CNC equipment


Moved off to the Fiber Lab/Resources page


Flammables storage cabinets, local Birmingham suppliers


Video Tutorials


Webopedia - a useful compendium of software, internet and hardware concepts, terms and explanations.


Professional certifications



Instruction and tutorials


  • Dash documentation framework for multiple programming languages, frameworks, code references. Integrates with other programming environments and tools. Velochicdunord recommends
  • DevDocs] - on and off line language documentation tool.



  • Over The Wire - games and challenges for learning about code and online security


List moved to software packages page.
Capterra software evaluation and rating site.


Makerspace Operations

Makerspace Business Models

Finetuning the business model


How to start a makerspace

Sample Business Plans

The importance of tracking volunteer time

The importance of tracking volunteer time

How to find additional volunteer help

Types of Commercial Leases

Alabama Standards of Excellence

How to Start a Nonprofit

Hardcore stuff
Checklist of steps required to complete a non-profit set-up
Small Business Administration look-up page for business licenses required by ZIP code
Our results as a general business (not a no-profit - there was no non-profit option

Alabama and Birmingham Licenses Required

Do we need to apply for state business license? Reference - The Everything NonProfit Toolkit, page 109.
From Small Business Administration page - Alabama Zip Code 35212
Step 1: Tax Registration

City of Birmingham business license

Notes moved to Business License page.

City Zoning

City of BIrmingham zoning ordinances

Organizational Tools

BoardSource - information on best practices - membership required.

Bigger Better Meeting Space (when needed)

Doozer Software's meeting room



Grant sources has been moved off to it's own page


Moved to Non-profit application page.

Goods for Nonprofits

Local Venture Assistance

Makerspace Media Coverage

Growing the community

Specific Interest Code Groups

Kids's Programming, Coding and Engineering interest and development groups

Black Girls Code
Change the Equation
CoderDojo - Chris's friend works with the Seattle group
Computer Clubhouse
Curiosity Hacked. National nonprofit STEAM program, merely needs leadership to bring to Birmingham. Runs in the form of local guilds.
FOSS Outreachy
Girls Develop It
Girls Teaching Girls to Code
Girls Who Code
Google Made With Code
Girl's instructional materials and activities
List at Tech Girls - more focus on wearable tech, games, web development.

Women's Programming, Coding and Engineering interest and development groups

A list of women in technology interest groups
the Ada Initiative
Amazon Women in Engineering (AWE)
the Anita Borg Institute
Change the Equation
Dames Making Games
Digital Sisters
FOSS Outreachy
Girl Geek Dinners
the Google Anita Borg scholarships
Google Made With Code
the Grace Hopper Celebration
the Hackbright Academy
HP Helion OpenStack Scholarship
Ladies Learning Code
Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship
Palantir Scholarships for Women in Engineering
PyLadies; Red Hat Women in Open Source Award
FEM Inc.
She’s Geeky
the Society of Women Engineers
Tech Lady Mafia
Tools For Change in STEM
Women 2.0
Women in Games
Women in Technology
Women Who Code
Women Who Tech

Hacker Resources and Groups

Publications and websites
FLOSS manuals - open source manuals that you didn't know you needed to get up to speed on open source software.

The Hacker's Choice
Free Code Camp - there is a lot of introductory material. If you have the time, this is a structured step-by-step learning path that will get you up to speed over the course of six months to a two years.

Community facilities

Classroom, gym and auditorium use at Birmingham City Schools