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Quelab’s Fireless Fourth 2020

Merry nearly Independence Day folks.  This has been an odd year!  But I have continued my now nine year tradition of collecting STEM and STEAM and Science demos, links, and craft ideas. This is for folks to have some fun during these long day time hours before the fireworks.  Or instead of the fireworks. Or really any day!  Encouraging all to think outside the box. Expand the holiday from Booms and BBQ’s. Tinkering, and Crafting, and exploring with your family and friends (where social distancing allows)

     As usual New Mexico is in drought conditions,  so if you do play with fireworks, Please Be Safe! Have a hose and a full bucket of water handy.   Wet the surrounding area.  Be mindful of weeds, trees, leaves, and litter and other burning hazards.   

     Due to the Corona virus, many events and parties are canceled, so skim over these and see if there are any good pastimes you want to try out! 

    I hope these links and the list of links for past years posts will keep you all (no matter what your age is) amused and delighted.   

Please share this link with anyone you think might enjoy it.  

-Adric

Links & Ideas:

Bomb Fizz Strawberries, 

Take a 60/40 mix of powdered sugar and baking soda,  combine in a side bowl, 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?  -by Adric 

Got a 3dprinter?  You can try printing this bottle opener and bottle cap shooting gun.


https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3915647

Firecracker goop…  poprocks, cornstarch, water, food color…  

https://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/06/pop-rock-goop.html

Paper Blooming Water Flower (or is it a firework burst?) 

Paint and paper tubes, to make a pretty good starburst pattern. 

Cute firework creatures.  Not in english.  But you get the drift.  (needs paint, straws, paper, googly eyes)

https://kreativraum24.de/monster-klecksen

Know someone with a few old rusty trailer hitch balls?   You can make a pretty big spark with 2 and some foil.   Video shows with big steel rock crushing balls.  Large ball bearings… Must have round surfaces.


https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/thermite-reaction/

DIY Kalliroscope  must say (mica shimmer powder) works well.  

How To Build A Simple Ferrocell

Make a cold tornado.  Some fans, dry ice and some hot water. 

via Gfycat


https://gfycat.com/hotspicydalmatian 

Cd+ paper pattern, plus a sunbeam = rainbow daytime fireworks. 

Neon pant,  blacklight,  jar of water.   Fun times neon fireworks.  Might be able to use the putting shaving cream trick on this for a glow under blacklight rain storm. In a jar. 

https://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2019/06/glowing-fireworks-experiment.html

Paper plate/stapler  polyhedrals.


https://allfortheboys.com/paper-plate-polyhedron/

A bunch of crayon and heatgun art ideas. (42 in 1)
http://www.cartoondistrict.com/diy-melted-crayon-art-ideas-on-canvas/

3D foil art, Paper/cardboard/canvas some glue and yarn.  Then some more glue and cover with foil.  Rub down, and paint with colored sharpies.   Looks pretty cool. 

http://ourartlately.blogspot.com/2012/02/foil-embossing.html

DIY “laser” maze.  Streamers and tape.  For a harder version, try using cheap painters tape instead of streamers.  Now you have a sticky lazer maze.  https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/diy-hallway-laser-maze-indoor-fun-for-kids.html

Super simple Glue,  Construction Paper and Salt, and food coloring firework craft.


https://www.icanteachmychild.com/salt-absorbing-fireworks/

Simple Bird kite, from paper.  Can even work with no wind.  And tire out the kids. 


http://krokotak.com/2017/06/simple-bird-kite/ 

Paper only Flexigon.  (no tape needed) great travel toy.  6 sided fidget item. 

Suncatchers, Can lid,  clear school glue,  and those flower gems, or flat marbles or whatever you call em.  The lid is just there as a backing for the glue. And is removed when the glue is dry.  

https://www.thejerseymomma.com/2016/12/easy-handmade-diy-suncatchers.html

Got a drone?  Rig up a TP dropper.  Just be sure to clean it up…. I’m guessing toilet paper won’t  be so rare by the 4th.  

Link to 2019-2011 Fireless fourth links:


https://quelab.net/19628/2019-quelabs-fireless-fourth-links-and-ideas/

https://quelab.net/19560/2018-fireless-fourth-4th-of-july-

https://quelab.net/19439/quelab-2017-fireless-fourth-link-list/

https://quelab.net/19282/2016-fireless-forth-ideas-from-quelab/


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!


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!


2016 Board Election Process

Greetings Quelab Members!

The Quelab Board Of Directors Election is coming up. There will be a period of 3 days for people to vote, ending Wednesday February 17, 2016 at 8pm during our election celebration event. During the election period, all voting members will have a chance to submit their vote electronically. At the election event, before 8pm, anyone who hasn’t voted yet can submit a paper ballot.

Nominations – Beginning now, any member can submit a nomination for the election. The nominee must be at least 18 years old but does not have to be a Quelab member. Members can nominate themselves. Once a nominee confirms that they are interested they will have a chance to introduce themselves and communicate their interest to the members. Nominees will be encouraged to create a 3-minute or less YouTube video to introduce themselves as a candidate. Send nominations to secretary@quelab.net. Nominations will close on February 12, 2016.

Counting – 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 only voting for one candidate, the votes must be ranked. The votes will be counted using a single transferable vote system. This video has a good explanation of that system:

There is a minimum quorum requirement (52%), and we want to have everyone’s input, so please vote!

If there are any questions please address them to officers@quelab.net

Sincerely
Chris Hughes
Secretary


September General Meeting & Potluck

The next Quelab community meeting is scheduled for Sunday 6 September 2015 at 4:00 PM. This is technically Labour Day, so we will be hosting a barbecue as part of the Potluck. The grill will be set up, so bring things to grill over flames. We’ll be starting the potluck at 4:00PM, and 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)


August Community Potluck

The next Quelab community meeting is scheduled for Sunday 2 August 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)


April Community Meeting

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


February Potluck & Meeting

Greetings!

The coming February potluck and general meeting will be delayed to the second Sunday of the month, in order to prevent a conflict with a major national sporting event whose name is copyrighted but is compared frequently to a Superb Owl.

We’re also moving the start time for the potluck back to 4PM to give folks more time to socialize before the meeting, so the meeting itself can properly and promptly start at 5:05PM. So please join us on 8 Feburary 2015!

A link to the meeting agenda is found here:
http://quelab.net/wiki/doku.php?id=2-8-2015_general


January 2015 Meetings

Greetings Spacers, and a preemptive Happy New Year! Quelab has had a wonderful 2014, and the time has come to finish our annual planning process to set the direction of Quelab for the coming year. Come join us on Sunday 4 January 2015 at 5:05PM to sort through all the ideas which were put on cards the at the last meeting. Potluck to precede the meeting at 4:00PM. (agenda link here)

There will also be a separate meeting for the Election for the Board of Directors on Saturday 24 January 2015 at 7:00PM. This is a quick members-only meeting, but it is important, because a quorum of 60% of members is required for the vote to count. Members who are in good standing1 as of 17 January will be emailed a proxy ballot; you can either cast your ballot in person at the election, or return the ballot physically before the meeting.
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