Quelab Strategic Planning and Community Meeting and Potluck – Sunday, December 6

You’re invited to our next community meeting and potluck on Sunday, December 6! Potluck at 4 PM, meeting at 5:05 PM.

This meeting includes our annual strategic planning session where you can share your ideas for next year! Please join us, we would love to hear your ideas. The focus of this meeting is what Quelab will be in 2016!

It’s your chance to share your plans for what you want to make for your personal projects in the next year as well as what you want to make for Quelab!

See an officer if you would like to add anything to the meeting agenda.

All community meetings are open to members of the public. Please bring a potluck dish. You are welcome to stay for our hack night at 7 PM as well! We hope to see you there!


Quelab approved for 501(c)3 nonprofit status!

 

Quelab is proud to announce that the IRS has approved 501(c)3 nonprofit status for us!

Quelab has been a New Mexico nonprofit, partnered with School Factory as our fiscal sponsor, for the last four years. We very much appreciate their ongoing support and assistance as we prepare for our transition to becoming our own 501(c)3 nonprofit.  Having our own 501(c)3 means that we are now a federally tax-exempt non-profit on our own, and we are very excited about the new possibilities for Quelab!

We still have much to do as we prepare for this new phase of our growth, but we wanted to go ahead and share the news with all of our supporters so you can share the excitement with us! Thank you so much to all of our members, friends, event attendees, partner organizations, and YOU!


Quelab a finalist for the Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship!

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Quelab is one of the finalists for the Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship! We are pleased to be considered along with 10 other wonderful organizations in Albuquerque. Congratulations to all the finalists!

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We have already accomplished so much since Quelab’s founding in 2010, and it is an honor to be recognized for what we have done so far by reaching the finalist level for the Mayor’s Prize.

It is wonderful to see people finding their inspiration to become “makers” of things, taking small steps like learning to solder, turning wood on a lathe, or 3D printing an object can inspire so much more! At Quelab you might see a child learning to code, a professional artist learning to use a laser cutter, or an entrepreneur connecting with other makers to figure out how to build a product.
Quelab is more than just a place to make things, it’s also a community of makers. We hold formal classes and we also learn from each other via informal connections that bring new ideas to life. More than a dozen entrepreneurial businesses make use of the tools, equipment, and community at our Albuquerque makerspace for diverse needs from meeting and classroom space, to prototyping new products, and even manufacturing final goods. The strength of our community is why MAKE Magazine selected Quelab as one of their Most Interesting Makerspaces in America.


Gizmo Dojo Kickstarter — SUCCESS

Greetings hackers!

Our fellow hackers in Broomfield, CO (near Denver) are looking to finally get their hackerspace off the ground and into a physical space. They’re using kickstarter to get themselves out of one of the officer’s garage, and into a space of their own.

Check out their Kickstarter here and consider throwing them some dosh!

Hackerspaces unite!

EDIT: They successfully raised $18,669, which exceeded their original goal, but fell short of their first stretch goal.


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


Time for Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire!

Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire

It’s the 2015 Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire!

Come on down and check out the faire from Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm, at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE 87113

There’s going to be all kinds of fun and interesting things for adults and kids of all ages: drone racing, model rockets, building and decorating the Go VanGo art car, propane flame effects, virtual and hands-on welding, interactive projects from Intel, learn to solder. Let your creativity, invention, and resourcefulness out to play!

Quelab will be there with 3D printers, a giant spirograph, a wood lathe, CNC machines, a solar hot air balloon, and too many other things to list. Look for the giant white tent on the North side of the museum.

Tickets $10 for adults and $5 for kids/seniors/military, at the door or online


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)


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