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Projects which the members have shared


October General Meeting and Community Potluck

The next Quelab community meeting is scheduled for Sunday October 4th 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4:00PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 5:05 PM. 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 7:00 PM as usual, so bring your projects as well as a dish to share!

October Community Meeting Agenda


Quelab’s Annual Fireless 4th Craft and Science (Links)

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.
http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Color-Changing-Sports-Drink-Mocktail/

-Red, White and Blue Patriotic Parfaits
http://www.ehow.com/info_12340443_red-white-blue-patriotic-parfaits.html

-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:
http://www.instructables.com/id/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?
http://www.readingconfetti.com/2012/06/sprinkle-fireworks.html

-Glowsticks in old refilled water bottles, then pick your favorite ball. and night time bowling!

-15 second paper screamer.
http://www.instructables.com/id/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)
http://www.instructables.com/id/Dry-Ice-Smoke-Ring-Cannon-No-fog-machine-necessa/

-Diy stomp rockets, 2l soda bottle, and an old innertube,
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Stomp-Rockets/

-Past years collections
Quelabs 2014 Fireless 4th links
Quelabs 2013 Fireless 4th links
Quelabs 2011 Fireless forth ideas

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


Buildnight with Strawbees and Raspberry Pi

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Come on down to Quelab tonight, Wednesday May 20, from 7 to 9 PM, for a double buildnight. Free for members, $5 donation requested for nonmembers.
There will be 5 raspberry pi 2’s (with psu, memory cards, protoboard shields). These will also be available after the buildnight for members on request.Check out what you can make with Strawbees!

The Strawbees will be available at Quelab if you miss the buildnight. There are some straws around for them, or you can bring any “standard” (which is not so standard after all) straws that are approximately 6mm or 1/4 inch in diameter.

We are asked to make 2 Instructables by the end of June for the Raspberry Pi and 2 for the Strawbees, and you have a chance to win a prize pack when you write an Instructable. Check out these links for more information:
#BUILDNIGHT #INSTRUCTABLES #RASPBERRYPI #ADAFRUIT #STRAWBEES

Quelab and the Community Around Us

Cameron Goble has created a wonderful map of the resources and assets within a few miles of Quelab. It’s a great way to find out more about the surrounding community and the things that can be found there such as parks, community centers, restaurants, museums, and civic resources. There are also some suppliers and other useful places that may be a bit further away.

You can find out more about why this map was made, and how it can help Quelab (and you!) engage with the local community on Cameron’s blog, or watch the video below:

 

If you would like to add anything to the asset map, or find out more about making your own asset map, Cameron would like to hear from you.


Hack ALL the Things on March 28

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Click on the poster for a larger version.

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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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…)