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Come one, Come All to Quelab’s Virtual 10th Anniversary and Show and Tell Night!

Come one, Come All to Quelab’s Virtual 10th Anniversary and Show and Tell Night! Tuesday 6pm-9pm, July 21 on Zoom. 

Adric, Quelab founder who has been around since the beginning, will start this off with about a 10 minute slideshow and a bit of discussion about the first 10 years of Quelab then open to memories or questions, and then we will open it up for anyone in the audience to do a small 10-20 minute max show and tell.  This does not need to be a finished project or even a new project.  if you have a cool jig, hack, or tool, or garden, sewing or drawing or … whatnot you are willing to share with the creative community! This will be hosted by Adric. 

Quelabbers are welcome to invite friends.  Feel free to invite friends and share this info! The cake is a lie..  But the Show and tell is not if you show up and if you tell folks! 

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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/


#nmMakesMasks — Sew Fabric Masks for Albuquerque Emergency Operations Center

(Post courtesy of #nmMakesMasks — I’ll keep this page updated with the latest info -Rebecca)

Thank you to all our sewists who have already dropped off masks! The Albuquerque Journal has an article about our efforts as well as those of other local projects. I’m so proud of our local sewing community!

Drop off masks at local fabric store Hip Stitch 2320 Wisconsin St NE, Albuquerque, 9 am-5 pm Mon-Sat. (or if you need to drop off at other times contact rebecca@quelab.net to get directions to a dropbox at a private home) No personal contact needed, there will be a box outside for you to drop off your masks. The box is next to their building in their private parking lot where the Hip Stitch crew can keep an eye on it during their workday and taken inside when the rest of the time. Be sure to use the box marked “EOC”/”Emergency Operations Center”. These masks are going to the Albuquerque Emergency Operations Center, they will see that the masks are washed after they receive them and distribute the masks to our first responders and essential city employees.

The Albuquerque Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is picking up on Tuesday and Friday afternoons so we can get these masks into the hands and onto the faces of our local essential city employees ASAP — to that end, we especially encourage drop offs before 1 pm on TUESDAY and FRIDAY

Example of a mask
My pleats aren’t perfect and yours don’t have to be either, you can do this! -Rebecca

Patterns — after testing, current preferred pattern is the Missouri Star Quilt Co Fabric Face Mask. Generally people are using “option 2” with ties, as elastic is as hard to find these days.

Fabric and other materials for pick up — all pick up is now happening via Hip Stitch, last I have heard there are more materials on order and will arrive soon, check the Hip Stitch website AND Hip Stitch facebook (scroll down until you find the post about masks) — I highly recommend you check both of these to save yourself an unnecessary trip!


COVID-19 Update

All public events are suspended at Quelab for now. 

“The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

You can expect that there will be public events again at an as-yet unknown point in the future. Quelab continues to look for ways we can be a resource to the maker community at this time. More info will be coming on various ways the maker community can help from home. In the meantime, here’s something you can do right now to help with COVID-19 research efforts — sign up with Folding@home to donate time on your computer to research.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ― Anne Frank

Quelab members, any special information for you will be on the member list.


Visit Quelab Tonight! Sale ends Friday!

Are you still thinking about taking advantage of our special Bonanza sale pricing on annual memberships for 24/7 access to Albuquerque’s community makerspace, but want to see Quelab in person first? Tonight, Tuesday Feb 4, is the last Quelab Open House Hacknight before the sale ends on Friday February 7! Members have 24 hour a day, 7 days a week access to Quelab’s 10,000 square feet of equipment and enjoy being part of our community of makers, sharing exciting ideas and learning new skills.

Click here for a map to Quelab
​680 Haines Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Get a Quelab annual membership for the low price of just $240 during our Bonanza membership drive! That’s a savings of 60% off our monthly rate! Join now

Can’t make it tonight? Check out our video tour!


Special Price — 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 [EDIT — sale extended to February 7, 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.   


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