The Mythbusters came to the Matthew Knight Arena last Friday March 15, 2013. The Science Factory had a table to promote themselves as well as the upcoming Eugene Mini Makerfaire (June 15, 2013). I was invited to help them out and was able to bring a few EMS fliers to put out on their table to help promote our own group.
The Science Factory brought some conductive and non-conductive play dough. Attendees were invited to build working circuits out of the play dough. The Science Factory also brought their own vacuum powered ping pong ball cannon that was quite impressive and caused a stir. For more photos and videos, check out the Eugene Mini Makerfaire website.
Tonight we're starting Open Hack Night a little early. Doors will open at 5:00 instead of 6:00.
Open Hack Night is every Tuesday and Friday night. Our address is 687 McKinley, Suite 2, Eugene, Oregon.
For Marie's birthday we made a custom pinata that closely resembled the printer from Office Space that got beatdown, if you aren't familiar with Office Space or need a reminder of the printer beatdown
The first EMS Make-O-Rama was held last Saturday, Feb 23 from 11AM to 4PM. We had a good turn out. We had a good portion of our membership turn up to help out either by showing off projects or talking with visitors. We had a ton of snacks, drinks, pizza, and good conversations. A few people were able to solder electronic components to a circuit board for the very first time, which is was exciting. Austin set up a GoPro camera to take time lapse footage of the event. You can check it out below. Clif also took some photos during the event and uploaded them to the EMS gallery. Check them out!
The Eugene Public Library hosts events for young kids on Sunday afternoons. A few months back, Eugene Maker Space was invited to host one of these events at EPL. We accepted the offer and on February 3, 2013, six members from EMS went to the library to run the event.
The age group for these events is typically ages 3-7, plus parents of course. We thought that building and launching paper rockets would be a great event for this age group. It's also relatively inexpensive for us to host since we already have two available rocket launchers and the rockets themselves are made from just computer paper and masking tape.
Eugene Maker Space Invites You to Visit
Make-O-Rama: “Tooling Up”
Our Semi-Annual Show & Tell/Open House
February 23, 2013
11:00 to 4:00
687 McKinley Street, Suite #2
www.eugenemakerspace.com for more information
Making awesome tools to make awesome stuff!
Come see what we’re building now:
Laser Cutters! Vacuum Tables! 3D Printers! Welding Booths!
Eugene Maker Space now has its name on the sign out front of the building. We are easier to find than ever before.
Open Hack Night was busy tonight. I did not catch what everyone was doing. I did catch that Michelle was gluing together a puzzle box, Ben and Kassie were installing Raspbian on their new Raspberry Pis, Celeste was prototyping an LED-illuminated yo-yo kit for girls to make, Taper was wiring up a circuit to drive some Nixie Tubes (?) from an Arduino, Austin was printing a plastic fan guard and then a special-purpose Wii holder on the MakerBot, and I was making the wiring harness for my laser cutter project.
We've been getting really good turnouts at Open Hack Night lately. It must be the lovely weather. (-:
This is a video of our cat with special dietary needs using her RFID feeder. It is made from an hacked cd-rom drive and an Arduino with a RFID reader attached. It also uses a PIR (Passive InfraRed) sensor to make sure it doesn't close on the cat. It has actually saved us considerable money as the food is very expensive and the other cats love to eat it, so both a fun and very useful project!
Austin shot this short video of James' hexapod.