Quelab was approached last month to open some outreach talks with a representative of the local Air Force Research Laboratory(AFRL) and their Maker Hub, (A Makerspace on Kirtland Air Force Base). After talks and a tour of our space, we arranged for a small group tour to be escorted onto the base and see some of the AFRL’s space tech lab space, and then through the Maker Hub, which is a very nicely outfitted small Makerspace right in Western KAFB, which turns out to be open and free for people with base access. (details in a link below)
The fourth of July is nearly upon us! So in preparation I bring you my collection of fireless ideas for entertaining kids and adults alike on this holiday! At the end will be links to the 2013-2016. If you celebrate with fireworks or without, some of these may help you out! pass the time and have fun, and if you celebrate with fireworks, please do it responsibly, keep a hose handy, a bucket of water to quench the deads, and common sense.
Well here is this years list!
500 drones with lights?? Substitute for skyblooms?
Here are a bunch(15) of things to try out!
5 minute cheap and mostly color related science experiments safe for kids and adults (bunches of ideas here!!!)
I think there has been basically this idea in every one of my Fireless Fourth, posts since 2011 or so, but each year i find slightly better versions, painted firework blooms
Stained glass picture frames, (make still life window fireworks)
Easy Starburst Wall Art.
Here is a simple toy, to amuse, says toddlers, i’m pretty sure i know enough adults who would play too….
Overnight crystal garden. Red White and Blue!
Not sky blooms, but it gives you the option to make colorful blooms!
Exploding Sidewalk chalk!
Rainbow bubble snake maker!
Train your kids to be ninja superheros.
A quick selection of fireless amusements from Steve Spangler
So simple a photo can explain it.
Another single photo idea (well it’s a composite, but who’s counting?!?)
Quelab past fireless fourth links.
All links and ideas are rights of the perspective creators, i just collected most of these not responsible for misuse or damage or danger caused by any of these.
This 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!
Smoke ring cannon, with dry ice fog
Salt paint fireworks, (might be fun to setup some blowgun targets with paintballs and see if salt will stick to the “paint”) …
Fourth of July slime
Dish brush painted fireworks
Make pretty giant stars out of nothing but paperbags and glue
Bubblewrap machine gun
On the food front we have:
Alton Brown’s Favorite 4th recipes
Stained Glass Jello
Red White and Blue Layered Drinks for kids.
And Red White and Blue Drinks for adults.
Pizza Box Solar Smores!
Exploding water bottle bb/blowgun/pellet targets.
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.
This one is for home made caps/exploding targets, it’s not entirely fireless, the compound does explode but there is no sustained flame.
#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.
Link to 2015’s Fireless Fourth, which also links back 2014, 2012, 2011!
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.
-Red, White and Blue Patriotic Parfaits
-OOPS, this is a repeat from last year! sorry, but its still fun! 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:
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?
-Glowsticks in old refilled water bottles, then pick your favorite ball. and night time bowling!
-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.
-Smoke ring launcher (on the subject of cold stuff, this can be done with dry ice)
-Diy stomp rockets, 2l soda bottle, and an old innertube,
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
The Daily Lobo ran a “geek edition”, and there is an article about Quelab! Read all about it here.
From their article:
For all those people who took apart their Nintendos and put them back together as kids, for those who build things with wood or steel or circuits or wool — there is a place for you in Albuquerque.
Enter the nonprofit “hackerspace” Quelab, a literal warehouse full of tools and supplies of every kind, from sewing machines and soldering irons to 3D printers and high-tech laser engraving machines. For a small monthly fee, members have access to the building and everything in it 24 hours a day, including the vibrant community of makers and hackers that have built the space.
[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…)
Previously on this blog, I linked to the campaign to purchase Nikolai Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory. Thanks to the support of people from more than 108 countries they raised raised over $1.37 million in 45 days (surpassing the original goal of $850,000). This run allowed the Tesla Science Center to purchase the site. After a number of clean-up days, the unfortunate news has come out… the building is falling apart rapidly. Many of its historic features require immediate attention in order to be preserved.
To this end, and in honor of Tesla’s 157th birthday this year, they are staring the next phase in the race to restore Tesla’s laboratory and preserve his legacy.
Spread the word far and wide, and help us #ReviveWardenclyffe.
New Mexico and much of the west is a huge tinderbox. The city, County and state have various firework bans going.
So here is a few passtimes you can do without fire or atleast with a very minimal chance of bigger fire.
-How about something that can be done in the kitchen, Food coloring falling explosions!
Just need a tall jar, vegetable oil water and food coloring instructions can be found here. http://chemistry.about.com/od/4thofjulychemistry/a/waterfireworks.htm Some little LED flashlights can be fun for lighting up individual drops.
-Two years ago we brought you the link for another Kitchen idea, involving whole milk, food coloring and a little dish soap http://quelab.net/wordpress/767/safe-non-fire-fireworks/
-Or last year, the Folded paper banger. http://quelab.net/wordpress/773/non-fire-paper-popperbangercracker/
-Firecracker likesound? how about a bomb bag? http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Bomb-Bag/
-How about Mentos and Diet coke? http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/diet-coke-and-mentos-minimyth.htm
Or Even how about a mentos and coke rocket? http://wtwii.files.wordpress.com/2006/08/mentosrocket.jpg
-Popsicle Stick bombs? http://www.instructables.com/id/Popsicle-Stick-Bomb/
Or even more on stick bombs, including how to make very long Domino type chain reactions. http://www.lunatim.com/kinart/stickhistory.htm
-Sad you cant write your name in the air with a sparkler? how about setting up a camera for some Light painting? (Quelab has done one workshop on this, hopefully in our next space we will have more room to do this type of thing! http://petapixel.com/2013/05/28/how-to-put-together-a-beginners-light-painting-kit/
-Fireworks in your mouth? You ever had poprocks? Its a little tricky to make candy with liquid co2 at home, but you can make a very similar confection! http://www.instructables.com/id/Pop-Rocks/
Crazy Russian Hacker, and Household hacker teamed up to show you how to make elephant toothpaste or a kind of form of silly string. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OvHkBBpQXo
From the random file i have,
-Glowsticks! They are awesome on their own, but for science abuse, not bright enough? try microwaving them for 5 seconds (careful if you do it too long they can melt or leak), if its no brighter after 5, give it another 5, but no more than 15 seconds total!
-bubblewrap! who needs firecrackers if you can pop or jump on or runover with a bike bubblewrap!
-Sprinklers or Slipnslide fun!
What are your ideas?
Please share this around! These are just a few of the many ways Quelab wants you to be creative and have fun!
Quelab just compiled most of these links the credit goes directly to the people who made these for coming up with great posts on these subjects!
Happy 4th of July for you all!
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