A few days ago we launched (no pun intended) Hackerspaces in Space: Year 2. HSIS (as we like to refer to it) is a challenge that we extend to other hackerspaces (and like-minded groups of people) to design, build and launch a weather balloon equipped with cameras to take photos at near-space altitudes. The HSIS website has all the rules regarding the contest which you can check out if you’re interested.
Last time we ran the challenge, we had a great response from the makerspace and hackerspace community. We’re hoping to make HSIS better this year. We want to use HSIS to promote science exploration and discovery in schools. We want to take whatever best designs come out of this year’s challenge and send kits based on the winning designs to schools, so that student can launch their own balloons to near-space.
To make that happen, we’ve set up a kickstarter project. (You may have seen the banner at the top of the page.) Take a look at some of the prizes we’re offering and consider becoming a backer to this project so that we can get kits into schools!
Also, we need your help spreading the word about HSIS. Please link to the page, tweet it, facebook it, retweet, upvote it on reddit, or just post it wherever you share your information online. We can’t make this happen without your help!
The meeting tonight will be moved to next week at 7:30 pm.
We’re also going to be changing the format of our Monday night meetings a bit. There will be a board meeting at 6:30, open to full members of Workshop 88, where we’ll discuss internal business. Public meetings will be at 7:30, and will be more of an open forum to discuss projects.
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In other news, we’ve successfully transitioned from our Google Calendar setup to a nice WordPress plugin with Eventbrite integration. Have no fear though, we still have an iCal link available for those of you who use Google Calendar. The events page of the site now shows a list or calendar view of all the upcoming events we’ve posted about. The fancy Eventbrite integration now creates an event and embeds a registration box at the bottom of posts so we can keep track of planned attendance at events and classes, and also allows us to sell tickets.
On Saturday November 6, Workshop 88’s own hacker extraordinaire Kevin Roof will be hosting an “Intro to electronics” class. Come out and start learning the basics of resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes and all types of basic circuits. In this class you will build an LED throwie which conserves battery power by turning off during the day.
Date: November 6th, 2010 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop 88 (Map to Workshop)
Cost: $10.00 (which covers the cost of the materials)
On Wednesday, October 20, Workshop 88’s own president Russ Lankenau will be hosting “Revitalize your computer with linux”. Do you have an older computer at home that you don’t know what to do with? Learn how to breathe new life into your machine that you didn’t know it still had.
Date: October 20th, 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Workshop 88 (Map to Workshop)
Tuesday the 12th of October, William will teach our first Practical photography class. It will cost $10 and you’ll need to bring your own camera. The class will start at Workshop 88 at 6:30pm. We’re trying something new, if you’re not already a member and want to join the Workshop after the class we’ll discount your first month’s dues the cost of the class!
This Sunday, starting at 2pm, our own Andrew Morrison will be teaching a class on the Physics of Music. A short description:
In this class we will explore some of the basic physics which governs the behavior of musical instruments. After exploring the science of resonance, pitch and timbre we will build some simple musical instruments out of common materials. By the end of the class you should come away with your own musical instrument and the ability to invent new musical instruments of your own design.
Tickets will be $10.00 for non-members and supporting members, and free for regular members. Material costs are TBD, but should be under $20.00. All payments will be accepted at the door.
Please let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll keep you updated!
Last week D&D dominated the space with the medialab being used for the recording of the Film Yarn Podcast. And our awesome comfy leather couches were used for a vicious game of Munchkin.
This week will see the generous donation from College of DuPage of three big TVs to incorporate to the vintage video game corner (which will see a replay of the PlayStation classic Simpsons Wrestling) and perhaps to see a movie or TV show.
Come visit us and bring your games! this event is open to the public.