This Saturday, April 30th, we will meet at 9pm in the shop to discuss our entry into the Power Racing Series. Its a friendly competition between hackerspaces where we modify ride on kids toys and race them at Maker Faires. We have a car that works great but is in need of TLC. We have a race in San Mateo in a few weeks time and need to get it ready. We will be discussing what needs to be done for that race and races to come. If you have experience with welding, electronics, fabrication, you are more than welcome. If you don’t have experience, come by and get some. Read the rest of this entry →
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We had a great year at Detroit Makerfaire and ran out of our kits in about 3 hours everyday. Thanks to all of the volunteers who headed out and helped teach other Makers about our noisemaker kits!
After a successful Makerfaire in Detroit, please keep in mind that the next Makerfaire is coming up quick. This is the South Side Mini Makerfaire, Saturday August 8th at the Ford City Hall. We need both donations and volunteers! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s Northside Mini Makerfaire a success! Our awesome volunteers helped everyone from little kids to adults build 100 noisemaker kits. Thanks also to the donors who helped pay for the kits. Yay awesomeness!
If you’d like to see more photos, please check out Drew Fustini’s G+ link on the mailing list. Also of note is that we are going to the Detroit Makerfaire, July 25-26th. Announcements will come soon, but email email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering for the Detroit Makerfaire.
Hey Hacky People,
The last crappy robot competition we ran (http://pumpingstationone.org/
Sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/Y0ykHvbsq8
View the official rules here:
Note that the official rules are subject to change. If you are registered for the competition, you will get notice of rule changes.
Check out http://youtu.be/46ivFpsmEVQ for inspiration! HEBOCON is what inspired us to put on our own crappy robot competition!
Justin T. Conroy
Robot at Large
You would get free entry into the Makerfaire for volunteering, and we’re just looking for people willing to volunteer a few hours; we are going to be at the booth Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM-2 PM. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the Makerfaire:)
Staying in NYC is pricey, but I have reserved a hotel room 2 mi from the Makerfaire and would be willing to split with people (so far the room is split between 2).
Please email me if you are interested in volunteering and representing PS: One at the World Makerfaire!
Pumping Station: One was at the Chicago South Side Mini Maker Faire next to the Ford City Mall this weekend teaching people how to build Noise-o-Trons.
Thanks to the volunteers who came out and helped us, and to everyone who attended the faire! It was a big success, and we couldn’t have done it without you. We hope to see everyone again next year. We had a lot of kids and adults alike come through and build circuits with us!
Special thanks also goes to the participants of our Pre-Maker Faire Poker Night!
Poker Night was a huge success! We had a great time playing, and we raised some money to help pay for the Noise-o-Tron kits we used at the Maker Faire. Congratulations to the winners of the raffle.
Some of us also stopped by the teen hackerspace Level Up inside the Ford City Mall.
They put a lot of effort into helping organize the Maker Faire, so check them out!
Update V2!: The grand prize will include a BeagleBoard.org Mesanger bag and BeagleBoard.org leather notebook (paper).
UPDATE: Prizes have been announced!
One prize will be the book Make an Arduino-Controlled Robot, part of the Make Projects book series. The grand prize will be a shiny new BeagleBone Black!
So, come on out, and try your luck! You just might be the winner of one of these amazing prizes!
You are all invited to an exciting night of gambling-free poker!
Players of all skill levels are welcome! We will be playing Texas Hold ‘Em to raise money for the Noise-o-tron kits we will be teaching people how to build at the South Side Mini Maker Faire this Saturday. We provide this demo for free to Maker Faire attendees, and we’d like to keep it that way so we can help educate as many people as possible! Food will be provided; feel free to bring your own drinks.
So how does the gambling-free part work? The entry fee for playing at a table is $10, and you’ll get a stack of chips to play with. When you are done playing, you turn in your chips for raffle tickets. Each dollar in chips that you have will convert to 1 raffle ticket. At the end of the night, we will have a raffle for 1st and 2nd prizes. Don’t worry, you do -not- have to be present at the raffle drawing to win. As long as you’ve turned in your chips, you have a chance of winning. We will notify the winners via email, and you will get your prize ASAP. What prizes do we offer? You’ll just have to wait and find out! We promise that you’ll like them.
Also: We are looking for a third dealer. Justin and I will be dealing all night, but we would really appreciate it if someone would volunteer to help us deal another table.
Rules & strategy links for Texas Hold ‘Em
We will also have printouts of the rules at each table for reference. We look forward to seeing you there!
Where: Electronics Lab
When: Friday August 1st, 19:00-24:00; the raffle drawing will happen at midnight.
On March 26th, our PR director forwarded an email to one of our mailing lists. This email detailed the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, which was to happen in a little over a month. I decided that PS:1 needed to have a presence there, and it couldn’t just be a booth with some folks sitting behind it talking about hackerspaces all day. An electronic project was very much within my skillset, but I didn’t want it to become yet another ‘how to solder’ class — they had one or two of those already. I wanted something that could be assembled quickly and offered a chance to talk about electronics if the assembler was interested. If they weren’t, they should have a fun doodad to walk away with.
I needed a project, something that would engage kids and adults. Something that was easy to assemble, cheap and offered a chance to learn a little bit about electronics (but didn’t require it!). I recalled a field trip I went on in high school. We went to an engineering firm or something, and they had us assemble little crystal radios on card stock. There were just four components that twisted together on the back, then you hooked up the crystal earset and bam! crappy radio. I settled on a crappy optical theremin – using a photoresistor to modulate the pitch of a buzzer. Thinking about it, I decided I could probably manage something pretty cool with five components or less if I used a microcontroller of some sort. I settled on the Atmel ATTiny45, which is an AVR in an 8 pin DIP package. Some clever folks have already ported the Arduino libraries to work on these small chips, so all I had to do was come up with a design and write a few lines of code. I won’t bore you with excessive details, you can check out the github repo.
I learned a lot with this project, and I think some other people did too. I had kids as young as 5 assemble these boards with guidance, some of them with surprisingly little help. Everyone seemed to like them, and I ran out of components for kits. I’m calling it a huge success, and I hope that this project is replicated and taken to other faires, expos and ‘learn electronics’ nights. –Derek
Reserve your spot to the third annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire! Tickets are FREE to the public, but by reserving early you guarantee your spot. Now you can e-sign the media release on Eventbrite and skip the line! As always, your generous donations allow those who cannot otherwise afford Maker Faire to attend for free. Recommended donations are $10/adult, and $5/child under 12.
Pumping Station: One will hopefully be there with a table. Come visit us!