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Quelab
680 Haines Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 750-4522
info@quelab.net

 

Quelab 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)

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Hi there, Im Adric. I love fireworks, Big, Small Loud/Smok!! But this year like several in the past, I have very much enjoyed collecting ideas and links for Kids and adults to do in places where fireworks are either not legal, not safe or not advisable. Some of these ideas can be used to entertain away the long hours it takes to get dark for the big shows, Or your own fireworks.

As always I don’t claim the rights to any of these ideas, (unless otherwise noted). But I do encourage people to share this post Share it on your social media, share it to your clubs and school groups. Its all a fun part of learning to DIY!

-This one is a fun color changing drink: starts off with a purple(blue) liquid, and mix in a clear (white) and you get a pink(red) right in front of your eyes. http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Color-Changing-Sports-Drink-Mocktail/

-Red, White and Blue Patriotic Parfaits
http://www.ehow.com/info_12340443_red-white-blue-patriotic-parfaits.html

Not technically a firework, but still cool, and I think some skybloom fireworks look like jellyfish, make a pseudo jellyfish!

-Or How about DIY Origami Fireworks:
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Origami-Fireworks/

Steve spangler show’s both the yeast, and the potassium iodide version of Elephant Toothpaste (in a Red White and blue motif):

-Funfetti or sprinkles to paint teeny firework paintings?
http://www.readingconfetti.com/2012/06/sprinkle-fireworks.html

-Glowsticks in old refilled water bottles, then pick your favorite ball. and night time bowling!

-15 second paper screamer.
http://www.instructables.com/id/15-Second-Paper-Screamer/

-This one requires liquid nitrogen, and there is a danger frostburn or bottle fragmentation, but i think the risk is pretty low.

-Diy stomp rockets, 2l soda bottle, and an old innertube,
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Stomp-Rockets/
-Past years collections
Quelabs 2014 Fireless 4th links
Quelabs 2013 Fireless 4th linksQuelabs
2011 Fireless forth ideas

As always if if you do play with traditional fireworks keep a garden hose handy, and one or 2 buckets of water. and if your doing fountains, you might consider launching them from a ladder or other stand to get them up off the ground. It makes the fountains look more impressive, and more of the sparks are out before they can reach dry grasses or other combustibles.

Have ideas that have not been covered? send me a note and I will add them! Or collect them for next years post! adric at quelab.net

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The next Quelab community meeting is scheduled for Sunday 5 July 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:00PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.

Hack night will begin at 7PM as usual, so bring your projects as well as a dish to share!

Meeting Agenda (wiki)

 

Celebrate National Maker Week (June 12-18) With A FREE Showing Of The Movie MAKER

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What:                            Maker is a feature-length documentary that depicts the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture, and the economy in the United States.  It will be shown free of charge to the public this Friday, June 12th, at 7pmto kick-off National Maker Week.

When/Where:              Friday, June 12 at 7:00 PM

At The Epicenter – 101 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Northwest corner of Broadway and Central Ave

 

Why:                              June 12-18 is National Maker Week.  The week will introduce the community to the importance of collaboration, entrepreneurism and STEM education to our local and national economies. People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to get involved in makerspaces and special events focused on everything from 3D printing, robots, gaming, coding, and digital art and electronic art, to crafting and design.

Local organizations participating in National Maker Week are ABQ Mini Maker Faire, Quelab, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, CNM STEMulus Center, UNM Health Sciences, Intel, Ole’, and Explora.  These organizations will be represented at the Movie viewing kick-off.

Quelab Presents: “Maker” Documentary Film Screening Friday (6/12) @Epicenter

What: 

“Maker” is a feature documentary looking into the maker movement in America reforming the economy with a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together. The “Maker Movement”, sometimes called the “Third Industrial Revolution,” subverts traditional manufacturing by building on innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding, and digital fabrication. Breaking the hobbyist movement stereotype, “Maker” delves deep into this ecosystem of design and manufacturing in the Internet era. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the Maker Movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age.

http://makerthemovie.com/

When:

Friday, June 12th from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where:

Epicenter ABQ

101 Broadway Blvd NE

Albuquerque, NM 87102

 

The closest intersection is Broadway Blvd and Central Ave. You can enter the parking lot to get to the Epicenter from Broadway Blvd NE or Tijeras Ave NE. Look for the Old Noonday Church and drive southwest through the parking lot to get the the smaller building in the back of the main church (driving toward the railroads).

 

The next Quelab community meeting is scheduled for Sunday 7 June 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:00PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.

Hack night will begin at 7PM as usual, so bring your projects as well as a dish to share!

Meeting Agenda (wiki)

 
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Come on down to Quelab tonight, Wednesday May 20, from 7 to 9 PM, for a double buildnight. Free for members, $5 donation requested for nonmembers.
There will be 5 raspberry pi 2’s (with psu, memory cards, protoboard shields). These will also be available after the buildnight for members on request.Check out what you can make with Strawbees!

The Strawbees will be available at Quelab if you miss the buildnight. There are some straws around for them, or you can bring any “standard” (which is not so standard after all) straws that are approximately 6mm or 1/4 inch in diameter.

We are asked to make 2 Instructables by the end of June for the Raspberry Pi and 2 for the Strawbees, and you have a chance to win a prize pack when you write an Instructable. Check out these links for more information:
#BUILDNIGHT #INSTRUCTABLES #RASPBERRYPI #ADAFRUIT #STRAWBEES
 

Cameron Goble has created a wonderful map of the resources and assets within a few miles of Quelab. It’s a great way to find out more about the surrounding community and the things that can be found there such as parks, community centers, restaurants, museums, and civic resources. There are also some suppliers and other useful places that may be a bit further away.

You can find out more about why this map was made, and how it can help Quelab (and you!) engage with the local community on Cameron’s blog, or watch the video below:

 

If you would like to add anything to the asset map, or find out more about making your own asset map, Cameron would like to hear from you.

 

The next Quelab community meeting is scheduled for Sunday 3 May 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:00PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda.

Hack night will begin at 7PM as usual, so bring your projects as well as a dish to share!

Meeting Agenda (wiki)

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New member Greg Crabtree will be hosting Introductory Electronics Theory for all who are interested. These lessons will focus on the basic principles and concepts (Ohms Law, etc) that make all electronic circuits work. This is to support whatever hands-on project you’re working on at Quelab.

These lessons will start as a kind of open study group, meeting every week, with both group and individual sessions. We’ll start with the basics and work up from there to whatever topic you are interested in. You do not need any electronics background to get started, members can join the study group at any time, and you don’t have to attend every session. If you already know the basics, but want to learn more about an advanced topic, please ask and we’ll dive into it with you if we can.

We’ve set up an Eventbrite event for this class, and you can register here: http://quelab-electronics-study-group.eventbrite.com

About the teacher: Greg Crabtree has a degree in Electronics (1986), another degree in Renewable Energy (2006), and has worked professionally for nearly 30 years in electronics as a TV & Radio broadcast engineer, recording studio engineer, marine electronics tech (ship radar & navigation systems), avionics technician, and solar energy systems. Greg has also been a high school teacher, a musician and music teacher, and a private pilot.

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Quelab’s open house, Hack All The Things, was last weekend. The event was as resounding success with over 250 people attending! Many people hacked lots of things!

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Greetings!

I hope everyone had a fantastic April Fool’s Day yesterday, and hopefully the internet didn’t prank you too much. The following message is not a prank!

The coming April Community Meeting is scheduled for 12 April 2015, starting at 4:00PM. We will be having a potluck (so bring something to share), and then starting at 5:05PM our community meeting will begin. We will be going over our most recent event (Hack all the Things!), review the calendar of upcoming events, and hearing back the first results from our Elections and Inclucivity policy taskforces. Once the meeting is done we’ll be phasing into our Yuri’s Night celebration and a space-themed Hack night.

A link to the meeting agenda is found on our wiki. If there is anything you would like to discuss, please let an officer know and they will put it on the list.

Yuri's Night

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