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The time to join Quelab is now!

Quelab: A place to make things, a community of makers!

For new members, we are offering a one time amazing discount on annual membership.* The 2020 Bonanza Annual membership is offered at the never-before-seen price of $240. Been putting off joining Quelab?  Sign up for yourself, or get that special maker signed up to be a part of this wonderful thing that we call Quelab: Albuquerque’s volunteer-run Makerspace!

Join now at https://quelab.net/membership/

If you would like to gift a membership, simply enter the email for your giftee when asked for an email address. You’ll want to go ahead and let your giftee know right away about their wonderful and exciting Quelab membership, as they might get some emails from us. 

Questions? Contact us at info@quelab.net

* Bonanza deal in place until 1-10-2020.   New member cannot have been a member during the previous twelve months. Members must be at least 18 years of age.


November 3 Schedule + other open houses and events

Join us for our hacknight/open house at Quelab, we are at 680 Haines Ave NW, Albuquerque

Schedule of events for Sunday November 3 
3 pm Quelab Board of Directors Meeting 
5 pm Social Hour/potluck — all are welcome, please bring a food item if you are able to do so
6 pm Community Meeting — updates on current and upcoming things at Quelab!
7 pm Open House “Hacknight” — Take a tour of Quelab and learn how YOU can become a member!

Other things to come to at Quelab:
Tuesdays — open house “hacknight”, 7 pm-10 pm
Sun Nov 10 — New Mexico Radio collectors club, 1 pm-4 pm
Tues Nov 19 — Quelab Members and friends Show and Tell, 7 pm (tours after)
Sun Dec 8 — New Mexico Radio collectors club, 1 pm-4 pm

Our Hacknights are a great place to learn more about Quelab. If you are thinking of joining Quelab, or just curious to find out more, this is the time to come and get a feel for our community of makers, tour our 11,000 square foot facility, check out the equipment in detail (everything from a wood shop to laser cutter to fiber arts to welding to darkroom to 3d printers, and too many more to list). A few members will be bringing some projects to check out and hands on maker stuff to share!


Those under 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Most of our equipment is “kid unfriendly” so plan to supervise any younger children closely, though we sometimes have a child friendly activity or two available.


Absolutely free to attend! All we ask for at the door is for people to check in. Quelab is a 501(c)3 organization and if you wish to offer a donation you are welcome to do so (https://quelab.wildapricot.org/donate/), but we don’t have anyone sitting at the door asking for a “donation” to attend our free Hacknight. 


Ready to join Quelab and can’t make Hacknight? Good news, attending Hacknight isn’t required to become a member, all you have to do is pay your membership fees and attend an orientation and you too can be a part of Quelab! You do need to register in advance for orientation, do that here: https://quelab.net/membership/

If YOU have an idea for something YOU are interested bringing to Hacknight — a presentation, a project, a maker activity to share — let us know! Drop us a line anytime at info@quelab.net


Visit Quelab Sunday October 6 — open house, potluck meet and greet, meetings!

Sunday October 6 — Join us for our once a month hacknight/open house at Quelab!

Schedule of events:
3 pm Quelab Board of Directors Meeting
5 pm Social Hour/potluck — all are welcome, please bring a food item if you are able to do so
6 pm Community Meeting — updates from the area stewards and more
7 pm Open House “Hacknight” — Take a tour of Quelab and learn how YOU can become a member!

Our once a month Hacknights are a great place to learn more about Quelab. If you are thinking of joining Quelab, or just curious to find out more, this is the time to come and get a feel for our community of makers, tour our 11,000 square foot facility, check out the equipment in detail (everything from a wood shop to laser cutter to fiber arts to welding to darkroom to 3d printers, and too many more to list). A few members will be bringing some projects to check out and hands on maker stuff to share!

Those under 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Most of our equipment is “kid unfriendly” so plan to supervise any younger children closely, though we sometimes have a child friendly activity or two available.

Absolutely free to attend! All we ask for at the door is for people to check in. Quelab is a 501(c)3 organization and if you wish to offer a donation you are welcome to do so (https://quelab.wildapricot.org/donate/), but we don’t have anyone sitting at the door asking for a “donation” to attend our free Hacknight.

Ready to join Quelab and can’t make Hacknight? Good news, attending Hacknight isn’t required to become a member, all you have to do is pay your membership fees and attend an orientation and you too can be a part of Quelab! Orientation is generally the second Sunday of the month, but often there are other orientation sessions as well — you do need to register in advance for orientation, do that here: https://quelab.net/membership/

If you can’t make this one, plan for next month — Quelab holds a Hacknight open house on the first Sunday of each month.

If YOU have an idea for something YOU are interested bringing to Hacknight — a presentation, a project, a maker activity to share — let us know! Drop us a line anytime at info@quelab.net


2019 Quelab’s Fireless Fourth links and ideas!

Smokey the bear Hostile firework stand takeover.

Greetings Folks!  Here we have the ‘2019 Fireless Fourth’ Science and entertainment demos, that are selected from across the web all year, I believe ive been pushing these out to the friends of Quelab for 8 years now!  The goal is to let people learn while having fun, and letting you explore a little science while saving some money, and if you like me live in a very dry, high fire danger place, perhaps you will get a few people an alternative or a supplement to a personal fireworks display. 

Well at the bottom I will link you back to the previous years Fireless  Fourth posts. And as always please share this around! 

On to the new Links! 

Food

Bald Eagles with Oreos.  

Bomb Fizz Strawberries, 

Take a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and baking soda,  and mix, then with either freshly washed strawberries, (the tarter the better within reason)  dip the strawberries into the mix and tap to dust off the excess. Now eat them. What does it feel like in your mouth?   -invention made by Adric 

Light/Sound demos:

How to make Lightning! (simple homemade electrostatic builder)
link to learnplayimagine.com post 

Sidewalk Chalk Rockets!
https://gluesticksblog.com/sidewalk-paint-rockets/

Wax paper dye Resist, fireworks! 

Hurricane in a Jar 

Paper Poppers,  or Bangers! We did this one our first year at Quelab,  but here is a nice version with 3 types, which works best? 

https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Paper-Popper

Try this with Wristband glowsticks for your own skybloom firework simulator! 

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/leak-proof-bag/

Digital Fireworks:

Have a Hue light & android?  You can synchronize it with firework sounds. 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.ijsdesign.huefireworks

Augmented Reality fireworks, with ability to snap pictures.  (android) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Paradyme.FireshotFree 

Send fireworks,  (Iphone)

Collections:

Summer science fun for kids. 

https://lemonlimeadventures.com/must-try-summer-science-activities-for-kids/

More fun Summer science

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mallorymcinnis/we-ve-got-magic-to-do-just-for-you

Probably not a good idea:

Someone decided to scale up an elephant toothpaste experiment.   And it was amusing. 

Quelab’s Fireless 4th Links from 2018 

Quelab’s Fireless 4th Links from 2017

Quelab’s Fireless 4th Links from 2016

Quelab’s Fireless 4th Links from 2015 

Quelab’s Fireless 4th Links from 2014

Links from 2013

http://quelab.net/wordpress/9114/quelabs-collection-of-fireless-forth-ideas/

Quelab’s Fireless 4th Links from 2011

http://quelab.net/wordpress/773/non-fire-paper-popperbangercracker/

Please Share this list, anywhere you might find bored grownups or kids!   And if you have further ideas/links email me at adric at quelab.net, put “Fireless Fourth” in the subject.   


2019 Board of Directors Election

Board of Directors Election Announcement

TL;DR: mandatory Board of Directors election 2-17, nominations open now, early electronic voting, catered election party on the 17th, come have fun with us!  Send nominations & questions to ELECTIONS@quelab.net

Greetings Quelab Members!

The Quelab Board Of Directors Election will be held on Sunday February17, 2019. Of the seven person Board of Directors, there are three directors finishing out their two year terms, so you will be voting to elect three Directors.  The election party will be held at Quelab, starting at 5:00 p.m. and running until 8:00 p.m. or later, if we don’t reach the required voter turnout (per the By-laws, a quorum of voters is required, that is, 53% turnout.) Like previous years, we will be providing food (last year was Monroe’s!), and hope to have many Quelab members come out to socialize, be a part of the process &
enjoy the party at the same time.

ELECTION PROCESS AND VOTING

Per the By-Laws, the Election will be handled by Vice President John Murray with assists from other volunteers, JT Benedetto & Josh Pedersen.  We plan to again utilize OpaVote for electronic voting (https://www.opavote.com/). There will be no paper ballots.  Voting will start earlier that week, perhaps Wednesday (exact date still to be set).

MANDATORY

Per Quelab’s By-Laws, the Election “meeting” is mandatory for ALL Quelab members, and all members should vote for their choice(s) for Directors on the Board (even if that vote is “none of the above”).  Fortunately, voting electronically counts as “attendance”.  Early electronic voting simplifies things for everyone, and we encourage as many people to vote early as possible.  The election team still wants to see as many Quelab members as possible at the party. Come to Quelab  & have some fun with us!

NOMINATIONS

As was announced at Sunday’s meeting, nominations are now open. Any member can submit a nomination for the election. The nominee must be at least 18 years old, a resident of New Mexico, but does not have to be a Quelab member (but must be ~eligible~ to be a member of Quelab). Members can nominate themselves (self-nominate). Once a nominee confirms their interest in running, they will have a chance to introduce themselves and communicate their interest to the members. We hope to post a short bio to the wiki for each nominee. Send nominations to elections@quelab.net. Nominations close on Saturday, February 9, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. and barring complications,
we will send out the official list of nominees the next day, Sunday the 10th.

VOTE RANKING

When voting, everyone will be asked to rank all of the candidates that they want to vote for; they can rank as many candidates as they want. Unless they are voting for no or only one candidate, the votes must be ranked. The votes will be counted using a single transferable vote system.

Additional Links


Fundraiser at Color Wheel Toys November 6

Quelab is holding a fundraiser with Color Wheel Toys! Tuesday November 6 from 10 AM to 6 PM. Note this is at Color Wheel Toys (3418 Central SE), NOT at Quelab! Be sure to mention “Quelab” at the checkout counter (or print out a flyer and bring it with you to show when you checkout) and a portion of your purchase will benefit Quelab!

Personally I’m really excited for this fundraiser because I visited Color Wheel several times during their pop up shop last year. They specialize in “toys that require imagination” and I think it’s a store that many makers would enjoy. I found some great science and STEM/STEAM gifts for kids and adults on my list, plus some extra gifts that were just a dollar or two “in case”, and — let’s be honest here — some nifty stuff for myself too. I’d always wanted one of those marble run toys, and there’s a nice selection of glow in the dark stuff. I bought a pile of their combo pen/stylus/screwdriver/ruler/level things for myself and gifts too.

There’s one other thing I rather liked about this store that I didn’t even realize until I overheard another shopper talking with the owner. The toys aren’t divided up by gender, which is particularly nice if you are shopping for yourself — because why should I have to decide if I want girls LEGO or boys LEGO? At Color Wheel Toys there’s just one LEGO section AND it has a bulk bin where you can pick out exactly what you want.

While Color Wheel Toys will be open through the end of December, remember it’s ONLY on Tuesday November 6, 10am-6pm that you can help out Quelab while you shop — AND you need to mention Quelab at the checkout counter or show them a flyer. (Full page flyers here, 4 per page here — give some to friends!)

 

 

 

Quelab is a Nonprofit organization started as a entirely self-funded and membership-driven organization, staffed by a group of passionate volunteers who strongly believe that makerspaces can help make the world a better place. Quelab is a 501(c)3 non-profit that has been serving Albuquerque’s maker community since 2010 with a 11,000 square foot workshop. To find out more, visit quelab.net, email us at info@quelab.net, or call the Quelab message line at (505) 750-4522


Come Visit Quelab at Hacknight!

Sunday October 7 is our once a month Hacknight! Starting at 5 pm is a social hour and potluck where you can get to know Quelab members, 6 pm a community planning meeting, and 7 pm we have Hacknight (our version of an “open house”) — come to any or all!

Our once a month Hacknight is a great place to learn more about Quelab. If you are thinking of joining Quelab, or just curious to find out more, this is the time to come and get a feel for our community of makers, tour our 11,000 square foot facility, check out the equipment in detail (everything from a wood shop to laser cutter to fiber arts to welding to darkroom to 3d printer, and too many more to list). A few members will be bringing some projects to check out and hands on maker stuff to share!

Those under 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Most of our equipment is “kid unfriendly” so plan to supervise any younger children closely, though we do sometimes have a child friendly activity or two.

Absolutely free to attend! All we ask for at the door is for people to check in. Quelab is a 501(c)3 organization and we will be pleased to accept any donation you are moved to offer, but we don’t have anyone sitting at the door asking for a “donation” (awkward!) to attend our free Hacknight.

Ready to join Quelab and can’t make Hacknight? Good news, attending Hacknight isn’t required to become a member, all you have to do is pay your membership fees and attend an orientation and you too can be a part of Quelab! Orientation is generally the second Sunday of the month, but often there are other orientation sessions as well — you do need to register in advance for orientation, do that here: https://quelab.net/membership/

If you can’t make this one, plan for next month — Quelab holds a Hacknight open house on the first Sunday of each month.

If YOU have an idea for something YOU are interested bringing to Hacknight — a presentation, a project, a maker activity to share — let us know!


2018 Fireless Fourth (4th) of July Links!

Fire Danger High

Wow, is it almost July 4th again? And New Mexico is still in a horrible Drought. So we continue to bring you the 2018 list of Quelab’s Fireless Fourth Ideas.

Link here to 2017’s Fireless Fourth links

Exploding Watermelons! Who says you need fire to explode watermelon everywhere? Just some rubber bands! How many did it take if you do this?
https://youtu.be/B__lvz7zQCE

Lightning? in your kitchen?
http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2013/04/how-to-make-lightning.html?m=1

Paint and explore Rainbows
https://thepinterestedparent.com/2017/02/make-explore-paint-rainbows/How about Oilslick Rainbows, are the the same colors as storm rainbows? Did you know that the colors are due to the thickness of the layer amplifying some colors and interfering with others?

More colors more rainbows.
https://www.sciencekiddo.com/rainbow-paper-kid-color-science/

Cheap Solo Cup Ribbons or wind twirlers.
https://www.icanteachmychild.com/plastic-cup-twirlers/

Rocket launched battery operated led lights.
https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Fireless-Fireworks/

Old School Oil and water light show..
https://www.instructables.com/id/Old-School-Psychedelic-Light-Show/
Superglue explosions in hot borax water?

Shaving cream Dye? For Color Explosions., fun marbling technique.
https://youtu.be/r_vv_ymduYo

Fake/EZ Sharpie Tiedye

Wireless power? Did this with friends back in Highschool. Florescent light bulbs (even burned out ones) will glow under some high voltage power lines.

Poprocks in foam. Make poprock goop.
http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/06/pop-rock-goop.html
If you know about Adric, you know he’s been on a styrofoam recycling kick. But here is a way to get some use out of it yourself. For making prints.
https://youtu.be/O32K3BnzqT8Link here to 2017’s Fireless Fourth links

Pocket Catapult? Fun with those little paper wrapped poppers.

PVC, shock cord, and Pool Noodle Rocket Launcher.

Link here to 2017’s Fireless Fourth links which also has links back to previous years!


Inter-space (re)build: Asteroids

Long ago in a space far, far away, the Quelab crew had a means of amusement: Asteroids.

A donation from Adric, the Asteroids cabinet has seen its fair share of hands across its buttons: life at, presumably, an arcade and then later at Southwest Cyberport, it was brought to Quelab after it just didn’t have any more go in it. Never one to give up, we replaced the required parts, added a high score save kit, and pounded out more hours on it, racking up high scores in the 15,000 range. Some time later, we moved, and the cabinet stayed dormant: Nobody really wanted to play it much anymore. The buttons had been abused and left in a sorried state, dust had crept in, and the final straw came when a known issue with contact corrosion had made the board unable to boot again.

That is, until someone decided to fix it. Morgan G. (myself) and Ben L (of Black Lodge Research in Redmond, WA) decided to dig in and, over a weekend, get the thing up and going properly. Some preliminary work had gone into getting it working again.

So, what needed to happen? Just some cleanup, love, and a bit of attention. New fuses, cleaned contacts, and lots of reading schematics later made it clear what the problem was, and some new features we could add in for fun, and a beautiful, well-loved cabinet was given new life.

We left a note to anyone who opens the cabinet up in the future, as well as a copy of the manual, reproduced in true Atari form, plus some spare parts.

The root cause of the cabinet not working is a well-documented flaw in power supplies that use a sense line: the sense line needs to be really good in order for the whole thing to work, and if it isn’t, there’s a good chance the PSU will just cause problems. In an ideal world, they’re self-regulating; From an EDN article on the topic:

The remote sense function automatically increases the output voltage at the output terminals of the supply to compensate for any unwanted voltage drop in the output cables with heavy load currents. Likewise, the remote sense function decreases the output voltage of the supply when the required load current is reduced. In some applications, the power supply’s output needs to be adjusted by the user to voltage higher than its nominal (e.g. 5V nominal, adjusted to 5.5V). Always adjust the power supply’s output while measuring the voltage at the load.

The EDN article concludes saying these are only really useful in extremely high load environments (read: not the environment that Atari had been building for) and should be avoided in newer designs. Perfectly reasonable in Atari’s days, but we’ve learned new things about how the world works. It’s bad enough that bypass hardware exists for these since a bad sense line can cause insane voltages (40-80V!) when they go bad.


Memorial and Celebration of Life for Eric Lee

Eric Lee was very much a core of our community at Quelab. Please join us as we remember him in a Celebration of Life on Tuesday May 29, 6 pm. Held at Quelab, 680 Haines Ave NW, Albuquerque. Everyone who knew and cared for Mr. Lee is welcome to attend and share their stories and memories.

Additionally, we welcome you to share photos to our “online memorial” at ericleephotos@quelab.net  (you may put a title in subject line and anything else you would like to share in the body of the email). Photos will be posted on our Flickr account later on.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that a community member has left us.  Eric Lee, a man of many talents, was found deceased in his home on Friday, May 11, 2018 after members of his community and coworkers became concerned for him.

Eric was a pillar of Quelab’s community. As a master machinist, he took the time to teach anyone who asked how to use the tools which he had mastered in a safe manner, displaying his care and meticulous nature and ingraining it in those he taught. Eric explored the world through intense, deep conversations with members of the community on every topic, from his expertise in physics to conversations about culture and politics. Eric was, and will forever be remembered as an essential member in the construction and development of Quelab’s dedicated community of makers, as a tireless and selfless teacher, collaborator, and sounding board for ideas. Eric ahbored the idea that a member of his community should pay for his knowledge, instead asking only to learn something new in return at some distant point in the future.

In his professional life, Eric had many accomplishments—too many to list without missing at least half—which benefitted the world. Eric in his work at Stanford University in California and later the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque has advanced the state of the art in multiple physics disciplines, been granted innumerable patents, and been on the edge of scientific advancement for many years. Without him, our understanding of dark matter, particle physics and various other disciplines may not be where they are today. Often lauded for his talents in many fields by his cohorts, the world owes a thank you to Eric for his many years of dedicated research, ingenuity and intense passion for his work.

In his personal life, he was an avid maker of many things. Any opportunity to design and engineer a project became a means to learn a new skill, refine one he had, or a chance to teach and collaborate with another member of his community. Eric found joy in sharing what he had made as well as encouraging others to learn, share, and explore through his many hours of time at Maker Faire, in the Quelab metal shop, and numerous events which hosted Quelab in some capacity. His enduring enthusiasm brought smiles and joy to others through his love of many topics and fields.

He will be missed, but his legacy will endure through his selfless volunteering and the passion that he encouraged us to all continue.

-Quelab Board of Directors