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SlideshowQuelab is Albuquerque’s hackerspace.  Our mission is to foster and sustain an environment that promotes creativity, invention, and collaboration at the intersections of science, culture, art, and technology. We support people inventing, learning, tinkering, and conducting citizen science.

We host two open nights a week where we open our doors to the public for tours and tinkering, held on Sundays and Tuesdays from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. (like an open house,  but more hands-on)

 

Quelab
680 Haines Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 750-4522
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2016 Fireless Fourth Ideas From Quelab

FireBadThis 4th of July, many of us near Albuquerque are living with the fresh memory of the Dog Head Fire — 17 thousand acres just went poof! — a few miles out of town, it’s now considered 95% contained, but as hot and fierce as it burned, it’s important to continue looking for fireless ways for people to celebrate. Since 2012 I (Adric) have collected ideas for sending out to friends, and Quelab friends.

I know my mother, who supported the responsible use of fireworks to entertain us kids, hated anything that went boom or whistled. (and if it flew in the air, it was pretty much forbidden by our county firework laws) This naturally made me love and lust for anything that whistled, boomed, or flew in the air. But her lessons on knowing where to safely set up fireworks, how to set up buckets and hoses and all to make sure we could contain anything that did start to burn, and other general safety ideas did stick with me. I’m not in favor of banning personal fireworks, but i do plead that everyone who uses them please be careful and responsible!

On with the Fireless Stuff!
Some of these can be combined as entertainment before and after the fireworks (no matter if it’s a big stadium display or your own small home one).

All ages ideas:

A bazooka that does not explode — and despite the fact it sucks, it throws a pingpong ball or paper ball pretty far!
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Vacuum-cleaner-Bazooka/

Smoke ring cannon, with dry ice fog
http://www.instructables.com/id/Dry-Ice-Smoke-Ring-Cannon-No-fog-machine-necessa/

Salt paint fireworks, (might be fun to setup some blowgun targets with paintballs and see if salt will stick to the “paint”) …
http://busymommymedia.com/firework-salt-painting/

Fourth of July slime
http://www.pleasantestthing.com/4th-july-activity-make-slime

Dish brush painted fireworks
http://www.craftymorning.com/kids-fireworks-craft-using-dish-brush/

Wind twirls
http://happyhooligans.ca/patriotic-wind-twirlers-paper-towel-rolls/

Make pretty giant stars out of nothing but paperbags and glue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAYLq1k264I

Bubblewrap machine gun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76usvBPZbSk

On the food front we have:

Alton Brown’s Favorite 4th recipes
http://altonbrown.com/alton-browns-july-4th-recipes/

Stained Glass Jello
http://www.instructables.com/id/Stained-Glass-Jello/

Red White and Blue Layered Drinks for kids.
http://artsymomma.com/2013/07/red-white-blue-layered-kids-drink-4th-of-july.html

And Red White and Blue Drinks for adults.
http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g2465/boozy-4th-of-july-drinks/

Pizza Box Solar Smores!
http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/solar-oven/

#Danger# Section:

Exploding water bottle bb/blowgun/pellet targets.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rDRFFSUrPI

Liquid nitrogen can be pretty hard to get, and surely needs a little more safety, but here is a build for liquid nitrogen and water rocket launcher.
https://youtu.be/jrRmID81wrc

This one is for home made caps/exploding targets, it’s not entirely fireless, the compound does explode but there is no sustained flame.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctX3juq9Okw

#needs work section:

Glowing fountain (blacklight), this one was a bit of a failure, but i suspect the addition of some yellow highlighter marker ink, and a brighter blacklight could probably make this work. But its good to know others are also on the hunt.
https://tutorialsformyparents.com/how-to-create-the-fireless-firework-a-humbling-scientific-exploration-and-thoughtful-relfection-on-the-michelson-morley-experiment/

Link to 2015’s Fireless Fourth, which also links back 2014, 2012, 2011!
https://quelab.net/19047/quelabs-annual-fireless-4th-collection-of-links/


Freedom of Expression

The Board of Directors have been considering a statement supporting the freedom of expression at Quelab. This policy, very heavily based on the statement put out by the University of Chicago, and strongly supported by the Foundation For Individual Rights in Education (thefire.org), essentially says that Quelab won’t impinge on your First Amendment right to free speech, and won’t let others do that at Quelab either.

You can find our draft of this statement on our Wiki. It asserts people’s right to free speech, as long as they’re not threatening or harassing others, or violating others privacy or confidentiality. All educational topics can be discussed at Quelab, and we do not want to stifle that creative and investigative spark.

Please let the Board of Directors know your opinion on this proposed statement, and please give it a good reading and a dose of thought.

Thank you,
Geoff


Quelab Community Meeting Sunday May 1

Come to Quelab for our next community meeting and potluck on Sunday, May 1!  Potluck at 4 PM, meeting at 5:05 PM.

All community meetings are open to members of the public. Please bring a potluck dish if you’d like to join us at 4 PM.  You are welcome to stay for our hack night at 7 PM as well! We hope to see you there!

Agendas can be found on our wiki here. If you would like to add anything to the agenda please let an officer know.

Quelab is open to the public for hacknight every Sunday and Tuesday from 7 PM to 10 PM, this is a great time to check out Quelab, have a tour of the space, and meet some of the wonderful folks in our community of makers.

See our calendar at quelab.net


Community Meeting Sunday March 6, and a few of our upcoming events

Come to Quelab for our next community meeting and potluck on Sunday, March 6!  Potluck at 4 PM, meeting at 5:05 PM.

All community meetings are open to members of the public. Please bring a potluck dish if you’d like to join us at 4 PM.  You are welcome to stay for our hack night at 7 PM as well! We hope to see you there!

The agenda can be found on our wiki here. If you would like to add anything to the agenda please let an officer know.

Upcoming and Ongoing Events:

Quelab is open to the public for hacknight every Sunday and Tuesday from 7 PM to 10 PM, this is a great time to check out Quelab, have a tour of the space, and meet some of the wonderful folks in our community of makers.

Locksport initial meetup on Friday, March 18, 7 PM – 9 PM. Open to any level of locksmith/pick tinkering, no experience required. If there is enough interest a Toool locksport chapter here is a possibility. Free for members, $5 donation requested for nonmembers.

Join us for Arduino Wednesday on March 9 and March 23, 6 PM. Come work on your Arduino projects at Quelab!

Tabletop Game Night happens at Quelab every second and fourth Thursday, 6 PM – 10 PM. Come on down March 10 or March 24 and try a new game or bring an old favorite. New players welcome!
New Mexico Radio collectors club meets at Quelab on Sun, March 13, 1 PM. Quelab members are welcome to sit in on the meeting at no charge. More info at http://www.newmexicoradiocollectorsclub.com/

See even more events on the Quelab calendar! Have a great March and thanks for supporting Quelab!

Quelab — A Place to Make Things — A Community of Makers

2016 Annual Election Recap

Last night, we held our Election Party at Tractor Brewing Wells Park; we had a good turnout of Quelab members. Going into the party at 7PM we had 27 voters request electronic voting codes, which meant we needed only 27 voters to vote in person to make our quorum of 54 votes. We had 12 votes cast in-person, so a mad-dash to get 15 more electronic voters coincided with a convenient extension of the voting period to allow us to keep the polls open until 9PM and get a total of 58 voters through the system.

Using OpaVote to conduct a Scottish STV count, we entered in the in-person votes and ran the tally. Twelve candidates, 49 ballots, and ten rounds of vote allocation, reallocation, and candidate elimination, the final result came down to John Benedetto (JT), Don Menning (Gönner), Charel Morris, and Craig Goldsmith (Zoot) winning seats on the Board of Directors.

For those of you interested in the nitty-gritty of the breakdown, the summary is as follows:
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2016 Election Night

Quelab’s annual board election will be held on Wednesday 17 Feburary 2016, starting at 7PM at Tractor Brewing Wells Park. We will have the whole taproom to ourselves to have a celebratory end to 2015, and a welcoming of the new 2016. Bring a project to show off, and come join the community of Quelab in a party setting.

The nominations will end this coming Wednesday, and the official slate of candidates will be announced at that time on the members list. All members paid in full (or on automatic payment) will be sent a voting guide, and all the candidates will be invited to post a quick blog entry as an introduction: keep your eyes peeled.

We will have the folks from Spork The World on hand to provide food, but the taproom is welcome to any food brought in. And even though this is being held at an drinking establishment, minors are welcome with their guardians.

Electronic voting will start on Monday at 8PM, and will run until Wednesday at 8PM, so on-site and electronic voting will both be closed at that time, and we will go and tabulate the results and announce the winners of the election this evening.

So join us at Tractor Brewing Wells Park on Wednesday 17 February, from 7-10PM!

Electronic voting link here

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Thanks Everyone Who turned out!
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Community Meeting Sunday Feb 7

Quelab is holding our next community meeting and potluck on Sunday, February 7. Potluck at 4 PM, meeting at 5:05 PM.

The agenda is here. If you would like to add anything to the agenda please let an officer know.

All community meetings are open to members of the public. Please bring a potluck dish if you’d like to join us at 4 PM. You are welcome to stay for our hack night at 7 PM as well! We hope to see you there!

Upcoming and Ongoing Events:

Members be sure to vote in the Board of Directors elections, voting can be done either electronically or in person before 8 PM at the Election Night party, held Wed, February 17 at Tractor Brewing Wells Park. Nominations are accepted until February 12.

Quelab’s Basic Woodworking course is in progress. The current session is at full enrollment, and we will be offering this popular course again in the future.

Join us for Arduino Wednesday, Quelab’s Arduino Build Night. February sessions on the 10th and 24th, 6 PM.

Tabletop Game Night happens at Quelab every second and fourth Thursday, 6 PM – 10 PM. Come on down February 11 and 25 and try a new game or bring an old favorite.

There will be an offsite get together for “Women, Trans, Femme” makers on Sun, February 14, 11 AM, at The Distillery, 2921 Stanford Dr. NE, Albuquerque. If you are interested in attending, please rsvp to lissakgirlsntech AT gmail.com

New Mexico Radio collectors club meets at Quelab on Sun, February 14, 1pm – 4pm. Quelab members are welcome to sit in on the meeting at no charge. More info at http://www.newmexicoradiocollectorsclub.com/

Flytcam Academy will be teaching their sUAS (drone) 8 week ground school beginning Thursday March 3, 6 PM to 9 PM. More details on this course available soon!


CLASS – Introductory Woodworking Workshop Series

Learn woodworking at Quelab’s fully-equipped wood shop! The Basic Woodworking course is designed for the average person who would like to learn how do wood working projects and learn how to use both hand and power tools. The course will expose attendees to all facets of wood working and include planning, preparing and finishing projects. Attendees will design and build a project of their own selection.

Darrel Knutson, John “JT” Benedetto, and Gönner will be facilitating an Eight-Week Introductory Woodworking course on Mondays, 6 PM – 8 PM.

All the sessions for the course will be held in both the Core and MASTS Wood section. The class will be $100 for the whole 8 week course, and members get a 60% discount ($40 for the entire run)This course is limited to adults 18+.

We will be looking to offer a future Basic Woodworking course open to ages 14 and over accompanied by a parent/guardian, so keep an eye out!