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Another successful teen robot class at the Ferguson Library

The mission of our latest set of teen robot classes at the Ferguson Library was to create a robot that could think for itself. We attached distance sensors to our bots and wrote code that told the robot to avoid collisions. Here’s a video of our start pupil’s bot in action.  http://youtu.be/kNuS77N7XCI

Stay tuned … more robotics programs are in the planning stages.

In the meantime, Daniel and I will be preparing our bots for an ultimate showdown.

 

 

Coding Study Groups Forming Now!!

Check out our upcoming series of Intro-to-Coding classes. We’ll be offering classes in Python, C++, HTML/CSS, WordPress, Android as well as PHP and MySQL, The idea of these classes is to provide a learning opportunity for those who’ve never learned – or those who never learned a particular language. We will be encouraging study groups to form – and they are all welcome to meet at our makerspace.

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WOW!! What a day!!!

Our Grand Opening was a HUGE success yesterday!  We had an opportunity to see old friends again – and to make new ones as well.

Huge thanks go to our presenters yesterday Nick Danger  and Tantric Francher. I hadn’t seen Nick in quite some time and it was good to see he had modded his traffic light project for the Raspberry Pi. This project has been through several revs and each one has been at the forefront of the DIY scene at that particular moment in time. We didn’t get to see any pictures from his Land Rover project but we hope to real soon!

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It’s always a pleasure to see Tantric Francher, the NYC Chapter President of The Open Organisation of Lockpicers (toool.us). He’s a great guy and gives a great presentation. As usual, he was a hit and people loved playing with the tools he left for us to experiment with. I think a couple of people are hooked!

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And thanks to Bill Saturno of CT Hackerspace for coming out. Bill easily has the best makerspace in the state and his words of encouragement are valuable to a growing group like ours.

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And thanks to all who attended! It was great meeting all of you. Our calendar is starting to fill up.  So stay tuned to the Web site to see when the next event is.

 

 

 

Grand Opening set for Sunday 11/23 at 3 PM

Our new makerspace at 482 Summer Street in Stamford will be open to the public on Sunday 11/23 at 3pm. This is the day of Stamford’s holiday parade (an extra 100,000 people will be in town), so maybe leave a little earlier to get there.

There will be lockpicking demonstrations from members of toool.us. Tantric Francher has taught many newbies how to pick locks and you’ll learn that you can do it too.

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Also on hand will be UNIX Admin Extraordinaire Nick Danger. He will give a presentation on his latest Raspberry Pi project. Hopefully he’ll also have time to talk about his Range Rover, a car he brought back from the deal with his own two hands.

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We’ll also have more information on future classes.

The parade actually goes right past our building, so feel free to come early and bring the kids.

 

 

Mini FM Transmitter

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We were having some trouble with one of the Mini FM Transmitters we created in a little class. After a little troubleshooting, we discovered we had the polarity of electret microphone reversed. These two guys (Corey and Bob) were key in troubleshooting all possible issues before discovering the real problem.