One of our members, Steven Sagerian, has a passion for astronomy and astronomy education and outreach. He has been working on building an observing site outside of the Chicago suburbs in a dark location – and now he has a GoFundMe set up to make this a reality!
Steve also has designed a solar panel system for charging batteries to run the observatory. You can see the solar cells in the photo on the GoFundMe site, and he also has a page dedicated to the design and construction of it.
Solar panels for charging power supply at observatory.
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Knife with mustard packet before the etching.
We’ve been playing with the etching of metals with our laser cutter at Workshop 88. One of our members discovered a mustard-etching method and tested it out last night during the weekly open house.
Reapplying mustard between passes.
Finished etched knife after cleaning.
The results are pretty great for a first attempt! Expect more detail to come in future posts – but if you want to know more, please come to our open house meetings every Thursday night!
New member Gail Jo made a version of her Telephone Draw game using the Workshop 88 colors and logo. Next time you’re at Workshop 88, check it out – or get a group together and try playing. Rules for the game are on her Etsy page, where you can buy your own version of the game.
Workshop 88 member Anna Gillespie created a series of animatronic owls for an event at the public library where she works. The owls were controlled with arduinos using servo motors and a wav shield for the sound of the owl hoot. Some of the owls turned their heads and some of them flapped their wings in addition to hooting. This was a great project to watch from start to finish; thanks, Anna, for sharing with us!
Another great open house night at Workshop 88! Ray got some assistance with his robot project from some young makers.
(from Workshop 88’s facebook page)
Last Thursday evening we had the pleasure of having a group from the Society Of Women Engineers tour our makerspace and ask questions on the many aspects of being a maker and what we were working on. They were a mix of female Engineers from different fields of engineering; chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers,and civil engineers. Really great night having them here with us. Are you, or do you have a group of people interested in makerspaces or hackerspaces? Come visit us on any Thursday evenings from 7-10 pm @ workshop88.
from Workshop 88’s Facebook page
Want to make your own case for your Raspberry Pi Zero at Workshop 88? One of our members has left his design available for anyone who wants to make one on the laser cutter laptop. Let us know if you want to make one and what you are using your Pi Zero for.