The Yankees are coming! The Yankees are coming!!

fairfieldYankeesLogoJoin us on July 21 (5:30 pm) at 34 Custer Street in Stamford, where the National Champion Fairfield Yankees Mens Rugby Club will be conducting a rugby clinic for neighborhood kids.

We at Rippowam Labs are normally into all things technology but it’s Summer and kids should be playing outside! And what better way to get some exercise than to learn the greatest sport in the world from the stars of Fairfield RFC!!

Rumor has it they will be showing up with their championship medals and maybe even the Championship Trophy! There is also a rumor that legendary coach David Lyme may make an appearance.

We wanted to introduce rugby to the kids because success in this sport is the product of hard work and determination. And in rugby, your success can take you to places you never thought you’d go.

We suggest bringing shorts, sneakers and cleats. But if you don’t have any of those, show up anyway and we’ll have a bunch of fun!

This will be the latest in a series of events we’ve had for the kids on Custer St. The first was Ron Morse’s bike maintenance event in May. Then it was a container gardening event in June.

Bike to Work 2016!!

Make sure to take part in Bike to Work Day 2016!!!!!!


And if you’re cellphone is out of juice, ask me to charge it up using my new DIY bike-powered USB Phone Charger!!


Custer Street Container Garden Party

tomatoplantJoin us at the Custer Street Community Center in Stamford on Friday May 20th at 5 pm. We’ll be starting work on our new Container Garden. Children of all ages are needed for this project!!! The more people helping us with this, the more bountiful our harvest will be!!! (There will be a movie playing afterwards, so this is going to be a big night!!)

Stamford STEMfest

stemfestWe’ll have a booth at Stamford STEMfest again this year on Saturday May 14th in Mill River Park. Come on down to see our latest projects. Stamford Academy students will be there showing off the bots they built. Also, rumors are swirling that members of the Open Organization of Lockpickers ( will be there giving demonstrations and lessons. Thousands attended this event last year. don’t miss out!!!

The kids on Custer Street are mobile again – thanks to Ron Morse!

IMG_0760When we arrived at the Community Center on Thursday night, we didn’t know if anyone was going to show up. Jeffrey Watt, the Resident Services Coordinator, had put the word out that Ron Morse was going to give a class on bike maintenance – but we couldn’t be sure.

But as the night progressed, people started trickling in with bikes that had broken seats, flat tires, wobbly wheels and creeky cranks. But Ron got out his toolbox and, in short order,  got each one of them  pedalling around the complex with big smiles.

The coolest part was when Ron noticed that one of the kids had what appeared to be a dent in his rim. With a few turns of Ron’s spoke wrench, the wheel was true and the kid was back in business!

We all thank Ron for his time and energy!!! We’ll be doing this again in a few weeks, so stay tuned.

**PS  A special thanks goes out to the people at Danny’s Cycles, who donated a couple of seat clamps to the kids!!


Bike Maintenance for Kids – April 14th

We’ll be conducting a bike maintenance class for kids at 32 Custer Street in Stamford on April 14th at 6 pm. Bring tools if you got ’em (wrench, allen wrenches, screwdriver, plyers). Otherwise, we’ll have some to borrow. You’ll be learning from the Master – Ron Morse (the creator of the SpeakerBike)!!!

bike maintenance

Robotics at the Domus School

DomusRobotsWe had a great time building robots at the Domus School in March with Stefan, Zach and Jay (left to right in picture above). These young men picked up soldering, microcontrollers and computer programming with ease – and we are already planning ways to take our autonomous bots to the next level.

Look out for us at the upcoming Stamford STEMfest, where we’ll be showing off our bots – and much more!!!!!

Bluetooth-controlled robot

I always thought that creating something that could think for itself (like my autonomous robot) would be the coolest thing. But, when someone asked me to create a bot that could be controlled by a cell phone (via bluetooth), I can’t honestly say now what’s cooler.

The really really cool part about this is that I can be literally on the other side of the house and the robot is still responsive as ever.

I’m hooked on this bluetooth-control stuff. Expect more on this from me.

One-Day Robot Camp at Darien Library was a BLAST!!

robotclassatdarienlibraryWe all had a great time at the Darien Library yesterday.  With little knowledge in computer programming, microcontrollers or soldering, every student walked away with a working robot.

I think everyone’s favorite part of the day was coding the bot to behave the way they wanted. Here is an innovative pattern that Arpita programmed her bot to execute …

But here is an example of the autonomous  version of the bot in action …

I was so impressed with everything about the Darien Library. Not that the Stamford Library and Norwalk libraries are bad or anything. It’s just that Darien does everything so incredibly well! They are everything a modern library should be in our modern age. We want to thank Mallory Arents, the head of Adult Programming, for her foresight and wisdom for organizing these and other types of tech activities there.

Thanks go to the students as well. This was a bright and enthusiastic class. It was so great to meet so many interesting people!

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