November2014


Winter 2014: “Fab Lab ICC” sneak peek!

Posted on November 13th, by admin in Magazine, People, Places. No Comments

Fab Lab ICC
Turning ideas into creative solutions, one project at a time

Of all things, Wes Koschke needed to make a hand. And a fully functional one, at that – for 13-year-old Kara Marr, who was born with a condition called symbrachydactyly, leaving her right palm with no fingers.

Koschke didn’t have $42,000 to purchase Marr, the daughter of a family friend, a prosthetic hand – and he also didn’t have access to a 3-D printer (going rate: $3,000) to print his own.

The solution? Enter Fab Lab ICC, a new creative space on the Independence Community College campus that provides access to cutting-edge tools for design, experimentation and problem-solving, both for students and members of the community and region.

Its mission statement: “to realize that anyone, anywhere can make (almost) anything.” No one knows that better now than Koschke…

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Winter 2014: “Men of Brutus” sneak peek!

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Men of Brutus
New film highlights men who operated, preserve Big Brutus

What makes a filmmaker from Brooklyn – who just wrapped working on a new Chris Rock movie, no less – suddenly take interest in West Mineral, Kansas?

It’s this little thing – or, rather, massive thing – called Big Brutus.

Southeast Kansans know the coal shovel-turned landmark well; the rest of the country, not so much. Nick Houy is determined to change that.

“I was always taking road trips around the country, and I happened upon a flyer for Big Brutus at a road stop in Wichita (in around 2009),” says Houy from his New York home, more than 1,200 miles away from Southeast Kansas. “It looked pretty amazing, and when I went down there I was very blown away – obviously by the shovel itself, but also by the people.”

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