Our next general meeting will be next Saturday on September 7th. This is open to everyone, so if you haven’t made a meeting in the past, now is the perfect time to meet everyone and get involved! Rick has secured a new meeting area in Shelby Hall on the campus of the University of South Alabama. This is another great step towards collaboration between our group and the university.
The first topic of discussion will be about our first Build Day. Build Days are centered around a specific project that we will all build together. For our first build day we will be creating a vacuum former. Have you ever wanted to make your own stormtrooper or Iron Man outfit? Well now you can! At the meeting on the 7th we will be deciding on a plan and assigning project responsibilities. If you are interested in this awesome project, you will definitely want to be there!
The next topic we will be going over our goals over the next 6 months, year, and two year marks. Fundraising ideas and what we want to do with those funds will also be discussed. We also want to hear from our members! What do you want and expect from the group? What other types of workshops would you like to see?
Well, it has been one epic month for the Mobile Makerspace. Our Google Plus membership stands at 92 members as of this morning. This is great news and shows how interested the people of Mobile are in our group. This has also been reflected in our physical meetings. Each time we meet we have more and more people and its great to see new faces each time.
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We have also attended several events this month including the LoDa Artwalk and Jagfest. We met a lot of great people who showed a lot of interest in what we are doing. One thing we did differently at this artwalk than in the past, was we had the kids make the LED throwies instead of just passing them out. I think they liked that better and it is more in line with our desire to teach people about science and technology. Dana Spisak’s LED sensor board drew a lot of attention and kids couldn’t resist playing with it. Brent Quigley brought by some prints from his Ultimaker 3D printer to display. The quality this printer produces consistently impresses me. Thank you to everyone that came down and participated!
Jagfest was also a huge success and we got a lot of people to sign up for updates and notifications. We had a lot of computer science and engineering students drop by the table. Most of our senior leadership are all University of South Alabama alumni, so we hope to work more closely with the university in the future.
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Last, but certainly not least, we completed our first workshop! We had over 20 people attend our Arduino Bootstrap Workshop this Saturday @ Ashland Gallery. Since it was our first workshop, it was a little crazy and we learned a lot, but I think everyone had a lot of fun. We finished a little early (We will plan for more content next time!) and some people began to show off some of their creations. Dana impressed everyone with his drawing machine. It was based on an Arduino Mega with a motor shield. It was a perfect compliment to the workshop since it showed everyone what can be done once you begin to create more complex projects. Some other participants had a foam cutter that they demonstrated. Its really exciting to see all of these talented people getting together to meet and exchange ideas. I had a lot of great conversations and I feel really good about the direction the group is going. At the end of the workshop Dana provided some door prizes and we raffled off some 3D printed objects, a coffee cup, and some prints from the drawing board.
Stay tuned we will have updated meeting and events scheduled soon!
First I would like to thank Ashland Gallery for hosting us this weekend! It was a great meeting and a lot of fun.
Dana had his IR sensor LED table on display and it was pretty amazing. The colors are bright and vivid and the project case is really well done. This is going to be a great hit at LoDa Artwalk for sure 🙂
Patrick Davis had his drone setup and demonstrated the wireless telemetry feature. He and several other members discussed a project to fly an unmanned drone over Mobile Bay, so stay tuned for updates!
Rick Green brought several boards and discussed the applications of each with new members. One board of interest was the Beagle Bone Black. This little board packs a huge punch and is great for applications where processing power is paramount. He also spoke about the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino.
That’s right, we are planning a workshop on August 24th from 2pm – 4pm. This will focus on getting you familiar with the Arduino board and the programming environment. No prior knowledge with electronics or programming will be necessary. We will keep you posted with more information as it becomes available. If you, or someone you know is interested, let us know!
Just an update to let everyone know what’s been happening lately…
- We are official! Rick Green has been hard at work getting all of the paperwork filled out to become incorporated and to register as a non-profit organization. Earlier this week he took to Google+ to let us all know this has been completed!
- BBQ! Somehow Rick also found time to compete and place 4th in the “Big Flame BBQ” competition last weekend.
- Pretty Lights! Dana Spisak has been hard at work on a project for next weeks Artwalk event. If anyone else is working on anything and wants us to post it send Patrick Davis some pictures and a description.
- Banner has arrived! Johnathan R. did a great job on designing the logo for the organization. Today he let us know that we will have an official banner for our table at Artwalk. He will also have the banner at the meeting this Saturday so we can check it out.
We have a general meeting this Saturday @ the Ashland Gallery. This meeting is open to the public, so if you are interested in the group please feel free to stop by and say hello.
We will also be setting up a table for Artwalk on the 9th in Cathedral Square. Drop by and check out some projects!
These little guys are really easy to make and were a big hit at our booth at LoDa Artwalk last friday. Kids and adults were curious about how we made them and what they were for. So what is an LED throwie? It’s a battery powered LED that is magnetic. You can throw them against any magnetic surface and they will stick! Best of all, they are really easy to make.
Begin by sliding the LED over the battery. Make sure to match the negative and positive ends of the LED to the corresponding terminal on the battery. The longer wire protruding from the LED is the positive side. Don’t worry if you plug it in backwards as this will not damage the LED, it just won’t light up. Once the LED is lit, wrap the tape once around the battery and the LED.
Next, place the magnet against the battery and wrap the tape one more time. Congratulations! You have made your first LED throwie!