Events

Events held at Quelab, or which are relevant to our interests (not classes or hacknights)


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

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).


Hack ALL the Things on March 28

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Quelab is having an open house and everyone’s invited!
March 28th, 10am to 5pm. FREE

Come join us in celebrating International Open Hackerspace Day, Arduino Day 2015, and Quelab’s own March of the Robots. Quelab members will be demonstrating robots, lasers, and other projects. There will be others in the New Mexico hacker/maker community joining us. You can see M-Lab casting aluminum, CoderDojo Albuquerque will hold a drop-in hackathon for kids, and ABQ Mini Maker Faire will showcase their stuff.

This is a great chance to check out Quelab as well; we have added more tools and equipment since our grand opening, and of course we’ve been hacking more things as well. The latest arrival is our hackable smart fridge from ChillHub for participating in their Crate Hack event.

March 28th, 10am to 5pm. FREE
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Epic Pi Day – 3.14.15

Today, we at Quelab are celebrating pi and it’s most epic of confluences 3.14.15! Pi, being the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it’s diameter, is an irrational number (which repeats infinitely without any repetitions) but is best approximated to the value 3.1415926. Since it is a geometric and mathematical constant, it’s something that we use unconsciously in our daily lives. the discipline undertaken by those who are obsessed with memorizing the digits of Pi is known as Piphilology, and is a skill which rarely comes in handy, but you never know when knowing pi to the 707th digit could win you praise and plaudits.

However, it is also a day to celebrate the Raspberry Pi, a gateway to learning about computers and programming from the ground up.

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.

For the numerical in the audience, here is a playlist of YouYube videos about Pi from some incredibly geeky folks from the channel “Numberphile”. There are even some tidbits in there for the Tau-fanatics.
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Last-minute Arduino class buyers guide

[Edit: Arduino class has been rescheduled to Saturday March 21 due to shipping delays from winter superstorm Thor, if you are registered on Eventbrite you should have already received an email about this schedule change, and you are still registered to attend the event on the new day of Saturday March 21.]

 

This coming Saturday, we’re having an Arduino class! Some people don’t have an arduino though and didn’t order a kit with their ticket (or found out about it late.) For those of us who are willing to throw some money at the problem, here’s a few options! These are all available with Amazon’s 2-day prime shipping. You can get overnight shipping and, if you’re super desperate some have same-day shipping. (more…)


Discover STEM Day at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and Industry this Saturday

Quelab is delighted to announce we will be participating in Discover STEM day at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Saturday! Come on down and see us February 7, from 10 am to 3 pm. Participation fees for the event are included in museum admission, and the museum itself is open from 9 am to 5 pm.

We will be bringing a 3-D printer, one of our members is bringing a 3-D scanner app they have created, and there will have some nifty things made on our laser cutter as well. We will plenty of other fun stuff and a few surprises too!

Last time I visited the museum I was really impressed by the breadth of their exhibits. I know this is STEM day, but if you have someone in your group who prefers history they will have plenty to keep them busy!

Find out more on the about STEM day on the museum website here.


Join us for a Techmas Celebration!!!

 

Here at Quelab,

we’re pretty stoked to have

such an AMAZING group of people

all gathered together in the name of Make.

You know?

By the way, YOU make Quelab awesome and we want you to know we appreciate that.

So we decided to throw YOU a party, you Quelabber, you,

to say thank you and to celebrate maker-ness.

Please Join us for….

(an enthusiastic drum roll, please!)

TECHMAS 2014!!!!

 

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Questions? Comments? Email events@quelab.net.


November Potluck & Meeting

The next Quelab general meeting is scheduled for Sunday 2 November 2014 at 4:30 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:30PM, 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!


Upcoming Class: Chain Mail

Chain mail is an ancient technique of wire bending and weaving into metal cloth. In the class we will cover how to make the rings by wrapping the wire tightly around various rods. Each person will be cutting the individual rings and then weaving them into a simple bracelet.

Depending on each persons individual skill we will be working with aluminium, brass and even stainless steel.

The class will last at least two hours depending on people’s dedication to this time-consuming process. I recommend committing to at least an hour and half of the class.

10 dollars for members
20 dollars for non-members

Register and sign up here –
Eventbrite link