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Arduino Afternoon (to be rescheduled!)

This class has been Postponed!

Eventbrite - Arduino Afternoon w/ the Adafruit Learning System

Have you wanted to break into the world of programmable microcontrollers and hobby electronics? Do you want to get your feet under you with the help of fellow hobbists? Then join Quelab for an afternoon of Arduino learning, utilizing the Adafruit Learning System! Reservations close the Wednesday before, so we can have the Arduinos here in time.

This class will come with an Arduino learning pack from Adafruit (containing LEDs, Jumper Cables, a breadboard, resistors, a USB cable, and an Arduino), and participants are asked to bring a laptop with the Arduino IDE installed (as of this writing, v1.0.6) available for Mac, Linux, and Windows here. (We will have a limited number of loaner laptops available for those who need them).

What is Arduino?
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects. You can tell your Arduino what to do by writing code in the Arduino programming language and using the Arduino development environment.
http://arduino.cc/

What is the Adafruit Learning System?
Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Adafruit has grown to over 50 employees in the heart of NYC with a 15,000+ sq ft. factory. Adafruit has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics that Limor personally selects, tests and approves before going in to the Adafruit store. Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine and was recently awarded Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the year. The learning system is her online collection of tutorials on how to use the products she sells in any manner of different projects
https://learn.adafruit.com/category/learn-arduino

Eventbrite - Arduino Afternoon w/ the Adafruit Learning System


Upcoming Class: Chain Mail

Chain mail is an ancient technique of wire bending and weaving into metal cloth. In the class we will cover how to make the rings by wrapping the wire tightly around various rods. Each person will be cutting the individual rings and then weaving them into a simple bracelet.

Depending on each persons individual skill we will be working with aluminium, brass and even stainless steel.

The class will last at least two hours depending on people’s dedication to this time-consuming process. I recommend committing to at least an hour and half of the class.

10 dollars for members
20 dollars for non-members

Register and sign up here –
Eventbrite link


Weekday Literati 1

Taking the initiative to being more of an educational group, we’ve decided that Wednesday is now class day here at Quelab. Here on out, we want to have a class every Wednesday night after Co-Working.

So, to start it out I will be hosting a class on glass etching this coming Wednesday, starting at 7PM, and running until about 10PM, or until everyone is done with their project. It’ll be a simple class, with a $15 per-person fee, and I can teach up to ten people how to etch their own pint glass (or glass object brought).

Register Here

And we’re going to keep having classes every Wednesday, all taught by community members about subjects which interest them… and hopefully you too. Here’s a quick schedule:

Date Subject Capacity Register
15 Aug Glass Etching
22 Aug Pre-Empted this week by Ignite NM 13 B
29 Aug Solar Jars 6
5 Sep Spray Painting Space Scenes 5-15
12 Sep Long exposure, Pinhole Camera making/developing 10
19 Sep How to Change your Oil like a Tech 10
26 Sep TBA — Sign up to teach here

And we intend on continuing this through September and October and beyond! If there is any subject you want to teach about, or you know someone who is passionate about what it is they do and they want to teach others, let them know, and we’ll see if we can fit them in. We’ve got tentative classes lined up all the way to December!

EDIT (17 Aug): More registration links for Classes added.


Calling All Musicians! 3

bottlecap contact microphones

Circuit-Bending Hackerspace Rock Band, CMKT 4, is doing a workshop Wednesday, May 9th, 7-9:PM building contact microphones in conjunction with Quelab. These microphones are powerful enough to do whatever you want, and accessible enough for all skill levels. Plus, they’re made out of bottle caps, which is just awesome. It’s a DIY electronics project that leaves you ready to do other projects, too. Register at any hacknight or through Eventbrite.

Workshop attendees will learn how to solder/improve existing soldering skills, work with recycled materials, and develop a basic understanding of piezoelectricity. The process involves a 45 minute dry-time, during which CMK4 will entertain the workshop attendees with a live performance. Additional kits and microphones will be available for purchase, as well.

There will be a separate members-only event later in May. If you’re interested, please contact us about details!

See them in action on YouTube.

 

Photos from the workshop can be seen here, And Wookie (Ready handed Media) took some video.)
http://www.flickr.com/search/groups/?w=1645712%40N24&m=pool&q=CMKT


Protect Your Privacy 2

These days, online privacy is hard to come by.  Thieves try to steal your information to sell on the black market and corporations track everything you do online for the sake of targeting their advertising.  Come to our Protect Your Privacy workshop and learn how to fight back!  We’ll teach you how to protect yourself from thieves and how to go online anonymously.  $5 for non-members.
Location: Quelab, 1112 2nd street NW
Time 7-9pm Tuesday, August 23rd

Crowd Fund This Event Recap

First off , thank you to everyone who presented or attended the “Crowd Fund This” event last Saturday!  We loved hearing about some of the projects people are working on and enjoyed sharing our real world experiences.

As for the workshop itself, we covered the All or Nothing vs Winner Take All models of crowdfunding and went over common sense strategies that are universal, such as having a good plan, building your networks,  pricing it right,  beating the bushes, and following up.  We are glad to see there was interest in the sharing of this type of information.

R. Hunter Gough’s slides for the 1st half of the workshop can be seen here. Includes a great handy dandy table!

Eric Renz-Whitmore’s slides for the 2nd half of the workshop can be seen here (includes the handout of links).

We look forward to our future classes and would also love to hear about any of the attendees’ crowdfunding campaigns!  As always, you can contact us at board@quelab.net, or leave a comment below!