Monthly Archives: July 2011

Two Quelab Instructables posts, about balloons.

Despite having to fly out of the state for a week, just before our big event, I pulled off a magic trick and found time to post two small instructabiles.

One is just a simple way to make a teeny “Throwie” (LED and battery, usually also a magnet, although i skipped that), and put it in a helium balloon.

And another one just a few minutes ago, about our project to launch a camera up over our Hackerspace on a tethered balloon!

or you can skip the instructable and just watch the youtube video from the balloon.

Event: Crowdfund This! 1

Quelab is partnering up with the New Mexico Tech Council NMTC to do a little workshop/presentation on Crowdfunding. Proceeds go towards funding Quelab for future community events/talks/classes

Crowdfund This!
A Community Fundraiser for Quelab

Crowdfunding or micro funding, has become a popular – and useful – way of raising funds for projects of all sorts, from movies to games, hardware, organizations and more. But while thousands have joined sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to help take their project to the next level, the majority of projects are still not funded.

This workshop will help run the numbers and share what it takes to develop your solid project idea into a good candidate for funding from the wider community. Bringing together experienced pros from several community organizations, you’ll learn:

· Advantages and Disadvantages of different crowdfunding platforms
· Structuring the incentives your provide to your funders
· Budgeting to account for incentives, processing and other fees
· Honing your message
· Promoting your project
· …and more

Saturday August 6th
1:30 – 4:00 PM

Seating is limited reserve yours today Cash or Credit card Accepted $20
Reserve today (its pretty painless, if you want to save the fee, click on other payment options, you can pay cash or card at the door!)

Edit: The session will be at the Harwood Arts Center So we can accommodate more people!
Harwood center is at,
1114 7th Street NW (7th and Mountain), In Albuquerque NM
Basement access is on the Mountain Side

Kids in the 1930’s Didn’t have xbox. So they played with Rockets!

Lets do it again!

Hopefully to excite you about rockets(and our big event on the 30th), here is a Modern Mechanics Scan, of a article published in February 1930! Basically its about a rocket powder one could buy back then, that went into a engine tube strapped to a model airplane. (effectively a J.A.T.O./R.A.T.O)


Get busy and Make things!

Event: Air, Space, and Beyond! July 30th

spaceman Thats right, we are prepping to launch our next big event.

This one is all about the bits of science that go woosh, boom and whee! Its going to be really are exciting.

We are going to have some folks showing off some amateur rocketry(the big stuff), We will be bringing back the human powered water/air rockets(ahh so refreshing!)

We are going to be having some paper plane building/testing contests.

If weather is good we are going to try and launch a large tethered balloon with a teeny video camera on it for some aerial photography.

After dusk, we are going to try and have a few astronomy related demos, Including a member from TAAS with his 17.5″ telescope! and still more ideas yet to be worked in!

We also have numerous guests invited to show and tell. Including the Challenger Learning center of NM

$10 Adults, (all proceeds go directly to keeping the space open and towards funding our future events), kids under 12 free with adult. As always Quelab Members always get in free!

Thats at 1112 2nd street NW
Starting: 5:00pm-going until 10pm
Saturday July 30th

BTW we are now less than 10 days from the end of our IndiGoGo micro funding fundraiser. we are still less than half of our goal, if you can spare any change please donate it, if you have already then please spread the word! We need your help!

You or your kids a Space Nut?

Check this out, its conveniently themed around our month’s theme of Earth Sky and Air!
The Challenger Learning Center They are having exciting simulated space mission adventures! Right here in Albuquerque!

Give them a checkout, and then come to one or more of our Build/Hack/Make nights and help us plan some whopping fun times for our big “Earth, Sky and Air” event the last Saturday of the month!

Non fire, paper popper/banger/cracker 1

To continue the tradition of celebrating Independence day, in a safe way, but also respecting the fire danger and such we are facing in the drought parched southwest.

All you need is a nice bit of paper! And its easy to refold and use over and over again! takes a bit of arm speed so might not ve good for little kids, but then again most noisemakers/fireworks are not to be used by children under 8.

The following video has been marked as not being embedded, so I give you the simple youtube link.

Have a fun 4th of July!

Safe Non-Fire Fireworks! 1

What with a large fire danger, and all the people worried about fireworks, i wanted to share with you all one of my favorite simple science demos.

Milk color explosions!

You will need:
A plate or wide flat shallow bowl, (depth is not really needed much
Whole Milk, (it can be about to expire, heck it could probably be expired, but might smell better if not!)
Some food coloring droppers
A little dish detergent, and a toothpick (toothpick is optional)

The above video does a good job of demonstrating it, but we have found if you get a gob of detergent on the toothpick you can poke it in multiple places to create color explosions all over the place. and sometimes when it looks like the effect is diminishing, all it needs is a little fresh soap.

Try making different patterns in the milk first. also Ive found teeny drops of color are better than huge puddles.

Send us links to your photos if you (or your kids) try this!