It’s a light week this week:
- On Tuesday, at 7pm, we’re having our weekly Open Meeting. As a note, this meeting includes our monthly board meeting, so it’s not a bad idea to come at 7:30pm unless you have business for the membership, or want to see the monthly meeting.
- On Sunday at 2pm, we have Personal Digital Fabrication.
- On Sunday, at 6:30pm, we have Software Project Night.
The latest 3D printing project to come out of Splatspace is this set of volume and tone knobs for a 10-year-old’s Fender electric guitar.
As the 10-year-old’s father (and creator of the knobs) says:
This is the true purpose of home 3D printing technology: to make children’s heads explode. (And to make them practice their guitar without complaining.)
This past Saturday, members of Splatspace joined with other volunteers to mentor kids during Efland-Cheeks Elementary’s fifth Robot camp. Efland-Cheeks is a Title I school in rural Orange county, and has been integrating robotics into its fifth grade class program since receiving a Toyota Tapestry grant in 2010.
Robot camp is one part of that program, where over the course of the day fifth grade students design, program, and build Lego Mindstorms robots for a sumo-like “battlebots” style competition.
Robot camp is entirely free to the students, and as such is reliant on volunteer support. As part of continuing mission to help with STEM education and bring maker ideas to classrooms, Splatspace regularly assists with volunteers for the event. It’s hugely important to these kids, and really rewarding for volunteers.
And now, on to the robots!
As with previous times, Robot Camp was a blast for everyone, and we’re really hoping to see these kids do great things with the inspiration from the day.
This Saturday we’re doing something very special: Splatspace is teaming up with Atomic Empire!
We’re going to be there from 1pm to 4pm, showing off all sorts of cool things in the intersection of games and hackerspaces and makers, like improving your games with 3D printed parts, some original 3D printed games, and improved ways to prototype new games if you’re interested in game design.
If you’re interested, there are more details on meetup, where you can also RSVP if you’re coming. We look forwards to seeing you!
Yesterday I posted that Techshop was going to be doing a Raspberry Pi workshop. In fact, it will be a talk. All the same information, but there won’t be the workshop component as at the TriLUG event and the hack day at the Space.
My apologies for the confusion.
Here’s this week’s schedule.
- On Tuesday we have our weekly Open Meeting starting at 7pm.
- On Thursday, we have Libre Thursday, from 6pm to 7:30pm.
- On Saturday, we’re hanging out at Atomic Empire from 1pm to 4pm. We’ll be there to show off how the maker movement intersects with board games, in terms of prototyping, fixing games, and original games for 3D printers.
- Closing the week on Sunday we have Software Project Night, starting at 6pm.
If you missed the TriLUG Raspberry Pi talk and the Raspberry Pi dat at Splatspace, you’ve got another opportunity!
Pete Soper of Splatspace is giving an introduction to the Raspberry Pi talk at Techshop, on March 9th. He’ll be covering much the same material he covered at TriLUG–the history of the device, a description of its capabilities, and development examples and resources.
The event is free to members of Techshop (not of Splatspace) and $5.00 for non-members. It’s a great opportunity to check this material out if you missed the earlier events.
If you’re following along on our meetup, you already know this, but Digital Fabrication tonight was cancelled because of schedule conflicts for the hosts. Digital Fabrication is semi regular, so keep an eye on our meetup page and here to find out when the next one is.
This past weekend members of Splatspace joined Cory Doctorow at Flyleaf Books. Doctorow was here for his book tour, and was doing a great talk on internet freedom, attempts at balkanizing the internet, and the legal issues surrounding use of the internet. He also, of course, said a few words about his friend, the recently departed Aaron Swartz. As part of his presentation, he points out that hackerspaces have an important role to play in joining a community that will help fix our digitial infrastructure, both technologically and legally.
Because of that role, Doctorow has been inviting hackerspaces to join him along his tour–it was in that capacity that he gave us a few minutes before his talk to talk about the space.
The entire event was a blast. We presented one of Jeff Crew’s 3D printers (Big Red, the sibling of the printer in the space, Big Blue) and the Pirate Box with a new acrylic case. We also talked about Splatspace and it’s ongoing efforts with schools and libraries. We printed a variety of small trinkets as handouts and demonstrations, and had a variety of CC licensed media on the piratebox, along with installers for Tor and Truecrypt for all platforms.
We met a lot of new people at the event, and got a lot of interest in the space and our projects. If you’re one of the new faces we met, we hope to see you at the space soon!
It’s a bit late, but here’s this week’s schedule:
- Tuesday night (tonight), we’re having our weekly Open Meeting, starting at 7pm.
- Wednesday night the personal fab folks are hosting Personal Digital Fabrication Night from 7pm.
- Thursday night is Libre Thursday, from 6pm to 7:30pm.
- Saturday, starting at 3pm, Carl Knapp is hosting a Blender 3D Workshop.
- Closing out the week on Sunday at 6pm is Software Project Night.
We hope to see you at one of our events this week!