Our new home address at 425 Fairfield Avenue has so many interesting businesses! What’s probably my favorite is Longford’s Ice Cream.
I don’t know what it is – but they make the best I’ve ever tasted!
Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t something you eat if you’re on a diet. But these guys are 10 times better than Ben and Jerry’s – or any other well-known brand.
Most of their clients are commercial accounts – or restaurants in the area. But they do offer their products to the general public. Just visit their office at 425 Fairfield Avenue between 1 and 4 pm weekdays and you can buy a quart of their ice cream for just $6.
Sometimes, they even have sales, where you can buy 2 Quarts or $6!!! That’s what happened last weekend. I got the following:
Coconut chocolate chip (tastes like an almond joy)
They even gave me a free coffee mug!!!!
For the holiday season, they are also producing ice cream cakes and pies!!
You just have to try this stuff to understand how good it is!!!
In the very first meeting of the Box Project Club, we’ll build something that will scare the daylights out of trick-or-treaters, when they arrive on your porch this Halloween.
They’ll come to your house looking for candy, like they do every year – but they’ll get a little more than a “trick” from your pumpkin. It will work something like this, except we’ll be providing our own special “twist.”
You’ll learn how to program and wire an Arduino to accept input from a distance sensor and control a servo and a sound card.
This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to make the neighborhood bully run off into the night – scared out of his mind. Even better, you can video the whole thing and post it to Youtube!
Students should bring their own carved (and hollowed-out) pumpkin – but we’ll provide the rest.
**All proceeds will go towards supporting our mission – to bring unique STEM educational opportunities to the Stamford area. Last day to sign up is October 15th (so we can order the materials).
We had a great time meeting a whole bunch of people at the Ferguson Library MakeFest on Saturday (16th)! More than ever, the people of Stamford are electrified about what they can accomplish with their own two hands – and a little bit of brain power.
A lot of people also expressed interest in our upcoming Box Project series. My advice to you is reserve your space as soon as possible, because spaces are going to go quick.
Rippowam Labs’ very own Ron Morse led Stamford Mayoral Candidate Barry Michelson on a bike ride through the city streets last week. Ron is a huge advocate for bikers and the ride left Michelson with no choice but to experience what its like to get around Stamford on two wheels.
The event received national attention via everyone’s favorite biking blog diybiking.com.
Will Michelson’s Democratic opponent, David Martin, take a ride with Ron as well?
The perfect pants also make the perfect shorts. Ron Morse will help you convert your pair of well-loved (but possibly frayed) pants into the perfect shorts that are just the length you want. This is a simple project, so we can also show you around a sewing machine if needed. We have machines and thread to use, or you can bring your own. You may also want to bring an existing pair of shorts for length reference.
The class will take place Sunday August 27th at 1 pm at our space – 425 Fairfield Avenue in Stamford.
The Grand Opening party was a huge success! Thanks go out to so many who made the day special!!
It never gets old watching people be amazed while listening to Rick Francher share his lockpicking knowledge. More than a few times I saw jaws drop as people picked their first lock!! Thanks for sharing your time, Rick!!!
Thanks to Bill Saturno, the founder of CT Hackerspace in Watertown for attending. He runs the best makerspace in CT and we appreciate him sharing his knowledge!
And thanks to everyone who showed up: the Broecking family, Bryce Fortran and girlfirend, Anne Friedman, the incomparable Lyda Ruyter, Stamford City Rep (and Majority Leader) Elaine Mitchell and Albina.
Special thanks goes to Ron Morse and my wife Dani for pulling the party together!!!! Here are some pictures …
I would have to say that this was a personal best. During the last week, I was able to teach 27 students how to build and program an autonomous robot!
It all went down at Norwalk Community College College for Kids program in the last week of June. I had a morning class made of students ranging in age of 7 to 14. Then I taught an afternoon class of High School kids.
The sheer numbers of students was not the biggest challenge I faced. It was a late order of robot parts from Amazon that really tried my lesson plan. Just about half of my kits were not delivered on time – and I had to scramble to offer value-added info to my high school students. It actually all worked out anyway – I was able to give them a more detailed explanation of common programming constructs (loops, if-then statements, arrays, etc.) . They actually left with more skills to continue building out their bots in the future.
Here’s one of my afternoon students demonstrating his bot …
We will officially unveil our new space to the public on Sunday, July 16th at 4 pm during our official Grand Opening ceremony. Our address is 425 Fairfield Avenue (2nd floor).
We’ve been hard at work cleaning and painting and we think its finally time to open our doors to the public. We’ll have food and music and a lot of good folks.
Rumor has it that one of the members of the NYC Chapter of the Open Organisation of lockpicking will be giving a lesson on lockpicking as well. And he has some lockpicking kits for sale *$25-$30 a piece).
I took the electric skateboard out on a smooth road in Darien last night and I was really impressed at how fast it can go. The road had a 25 mph speed limit and I’m quite sure I was going at least as fast as that at some points. Here’s the video:
There are still openings in the upcoming class scheduled for July 10-14. But you better act fast, the deadline to sign up is June 30th.