Category:Multipurpose Room

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Multipurpose room
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What's in the room?

Lots of different things hang out in the classroom. Here's a short list; most of them will be covered in more detail below.


  • Tea, coffee and related beverages and accessories are member-stocked in MPR1.
  • Anything you leave out in the kitchen area will be considered common, including your dishes.
  • Treat this space like a shared kitchen with lots of roommates: it is expected that you clean your dishes immediately.
  • In general, eating should be confined to the small square tables near the kitchenette.


You are responsible for washing any dishes you use. We do not have a maid service. You may leave them in the drying rack, preferably after first emptying the rack of already-dry dishes so it doesn't simply fill up. Please do not leave messes on any table when you're done.

Fridge Etiquette

We have two refrigerators in the Multipurpose Room 1. It is up to you to put your name and the date on your food (including frozen food).

  • Unlabeled, super old or stinky food will be thrown away without abandon or possibly turned into artwork.
  • If it’s unlabeled and looks delicious it might be considered fair game.

Trash and Recycling

  • With over 500 members, 150 spaces, and 168 hours a week we generate a lot of waste. In order for the system to work, all members need to be involved!
  • The Waste_disposal page has detailed information
  • Trash Map

Janitorial Closet

  • Need soap, paper goods, trash liners, cleaning supplies, a mop?
  • Pro-tip: Try Inmates friend - mix of Borax, sawdust and water. Already mixed in a bin - great for sweeping up the concrete floors! Really shines them up. Please re-fill when empty.

General guidelines for instructors

You should expect to arrive a bit early for your class in order to set up the room. Because it is so heavily used, tables, desks, and chairs could be in almost any configuration. If your class uses messy materials or computers, you should allocate extra time to cover surfaces carefully or set up the computer/sewing desks and boot computers. Budget extra time to get a laptop hooked up to the projector, and if you have a Mac, please bring the necessary adaptor, since not every adaptor is one we're likely to have. Please also read about the projector.

You are expected to clean up the room after class. This includes stowing materials, removing coverings, stowing computers, etc.

If you are intending to teach a computer-based class, you should skim this page so you know how to treat the room and what else happens in it, and you should also read the Computer Lab page carefully.

What can and can't you do in the room?

Allowed activities

  • You may eat in the kitchenette half of the room.
  • You may teach or hold meetings in the classroom half of the room.
  • You may use liquids and powders in your classes, subject to the rules below.

Disallowed activities

  • You may not do anything that generates significant quantities of fumes. The classroom has zero ventilation; that's what the paint room is for.
  • You may not paint, even if it doesn't generate fumes. It's almost impossible to clean up paint; that's what the paint room is for.
  • You may not use spray mold-release agents anywhere in the room, especially ones for silicone. You risk destroying the hard drives in the computers.
  • You may not hammer on the computer/sewing desks at any time for any reason. You risk destroying the hard drives in the computers.
  • You may not put open-top beverage containers---including bottles---or any food, on the computer/sewing desks. That's what the dining tables are for.
  • You may not remove extension cords or outlet strips from the room, even if they're not currently plugged into anything. The classroom is not your private stockroom.
  • You may not put anything that isn't food in any kitchen appliance; see below.
  • You may not cut directly on any surface without a cutting mat or other suitable protection.
  • You may not use any of the computer hardware in the room to test other hardware. Ask us for hardware that is more expendable. See here for why not.

Eating in the kitchenette versus materials in the classroom

The classroom is also shared with our kitchenette. This means that diners need to be careful that their food doesn't wind up in where it shouldn't in the classroom, and that potentially-messy classroom activities don't wind up where the food is.

Please see our kitchenette instructions for where food should be and how to treat the kitchenette right.

Use of materials

The term "material" here means "anything that is used in some sort of craft project that isn't food". In the past, this has included:

  • Solid foams (polystyrene, polyurethane, etc)
  • Liquids that are mixed to produce foams, or which can be used to coat foams
  • Moldmaking liquids (urethane, silicone, alginate, etc) and release agents
  • Plaster and waxes
  • Adhesives
  • Various liquid chemicals not mentioned above
  • Anything else that can leave a residue of dust, liquid, or vapor

Because the room is used for many things besides teaching classes that involve materials, but because we have no viable other location to put materials-heavy classes in, we require that those using materials follow several rules to minimize their impact on other users. Instructors or other users who fail to abide by these rules will face consequences.


There are two sinks in the room:

There is also one sink very nearby:

Kitchenette sink

This is the sink on the counter, and is the place you should be washing dishes, your hands, etc. You may also pour small amounts of nonhazardous materials down this sink; please don't splash. (Note that you should, if at all possible, use the slopsink instead, or the screenprinting sink.)

Do not pour hazardous materials down the sink! Use either the slopsink, which is located in the closet, or the screenprinting sink, which is inside the darkroom that's just outside the kitchen door.


This "sink" is located in the closet, and consists of a faucet at chest-height and drain in the floor. This is an excellent place to dispose of materials that are not safe near food areas. Note that such materials must still be ones that are both safe and legal to pour down a drain! Anything corrosive, hazmat, etc must be handled appropriately.


With prior arrangement, certain materials may be stored in the room between classes. We do this with foam blocks and so forth for classes in foam fabrication. However, it's a poor idea to count on storing any liquid materials across sessions, because the chances of accidental spills are high.


You can hook the projector to one of the classroom machines, or to your own laptop. If you're planning to use your own machine, please drop by well before your presentation and ensure that your laptop and the projector will get along. In particular, many Mac laptops require special converters, and you can't just assume that we'll have the right one, or that it hasn't wandered off. Please bring your own, and please test in advance. Nothing kills a presentation faster than watching someone struggle with a projector.

Electrical circuits

The back and side walls of the classroom side of the room have a string of quad-box outlets on them. Every pair of quads is a separate circuit. (In other words, there are 8 outlets per circuit.)


The closet near the door has a number of things you may find useful:

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