This is an update to inform Pumping Station: One members and the general public about our response to the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. Our recommendations and policies will be under continual review as the situation develops. They may need to change rapidly. We will post here when they do.
Prospective Members and General Public
Weekly open houses have been canceled indefinitely.
There will be no events open to the general public at this time.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to PS1 when the situation improves!
The Board is monitoring the policies issued by our own various workplaces, the WHO, the CDC, and the City of Chicago’s Public Health Department. Based on these sources, we are choosing to remain open for now. Members are asked to exercise caution when considering coming to the space. Individuals at greater risk of complications from COVID-19 may want to take extra precautions.
Weekly member meetings will continue to be held via teleconferencing. Look for internal communications regarding attending member meetings virtually.
Revised Guidelines for Current Members
Remaining open to members at this time is a privilege that requires a higher level of member responsibility.
- Do not come to PS1 if you are not feeling well.
- Current members may still bring guests, though we ask you to exercise discretion when doing so. As always, guests may not use any PS1 equipment that requires authorization. Do not bring guests that are not feeling well.
- To promote social distancing best practices, there will be no in-person meetings, events or new equipment authorizations held at the space.
- Informal member gatherings, such as team-based project work, should be limited to no more than ten (10) persons.
If you will be working in the space, we expect all members and guests to do the following:
- Clean and disinfect tools and surfaces before and after work. Plenty of soap exists in the shop. There are also bottles of 70% alcohol disinfectant (labeled “Novid-19”) provided throughout the space.
- Wash your hands regularly and often. Scrub for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget in between your fingers and under your fingernails.
- Do not touch your face with, or sneeze or cough into, your hands. Use a tissue or paper towel if you need to.
- Lend a hand by wiping down common human touchpoints – door knobs, levers, machines, workspaces, etc.
- Practice social distancing and avoid physical contact.
- Hold other members accountable for good hygiene.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us. Thank you for helping us take care of the space and each other!
Board of Directors, Pumping Station: One
Time: 7 – 10 PM
Location: Pumping Station: One, Lounge
bionerd23 has been a youtuber since 2007, but her science channel only became famous from 2012 on – that’s when she started visiting the radioactive exclusion zone of Chernobyl. Being on semester break in Chicago, this physics student will explain the basics of radiation and the devices that measure it to you – followed by insights into her trip to the Chernobyl zone with Ryan & Elizabeth. The three will give you personal insights on what it’s like to walk the abandoned, radioactive ghost town of Pripyat, including photos, video, and artifacts from the zone. They will give live demonstrations of radiation measuring equipment, including Geiger counters, quartz fiber and TLD dosimeters, NaI(Tl) scintillators, and gamma spectroscopy. They will also examine samples from Chernobyl under PS:One’s scanning electron microscope using secondary electron imaging and energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy.
bionerd23. Female homo sapiens sapiens (confirmed via PCR). Born in an ancient decade of mullet haired people. Resides around the radioactive wasteland of Chernobyl and frequently posts photon based imagery of her natural habitat on youtube. She recently appeared in the documentary movie “Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail” (aired on PBS on July 28 & 29 2015).
Ryan Pierce. Male homo sapiens sapiens (assumed but untested via PCR). PS:One member since 2012. Collects and repairs Geiger counters. Maintains PS:One’s SEM. Travelled to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in 2013 with someone he had never met, based on the popularity of her youtube channel. Currently serves as PS:One’s Secretary.
Elizabeth Koprucki. Female homo sapiens sapiens (PCR testing refused, leading Ryan to hypothesize she may have DNA of reptilian origin.) PS:One member since 2012. Former PS:One CNC Area Host. Currently employed as Assistant Director of Fab Lab and Design at Chicago Innovation Exchange, University of Chicago. Her first time leaving the country was her 2013 vacation to Chernobyl.
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 [email protected] 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!
Vinyl cut signage:
Dalek checking out the crappy robot contest:
Noisemakers and volunteers:
Ray’s chairs and tables:
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 protected] if you are interested in volunteering for the Detroit Makerfaire.
“Before Watergate, Wikileaks, and Edward Snowden, there was Media, Pennsylvania.”
For our next movie night we’d like to screen the documentary 1971: “On March 8, 1971 eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.”
Adam Forsyth, the son of one of the eight, who called themselves the Citizens’ Commission, will be giving a talk after the screening. The screening is open to the public and BYOB. Some snacks will be provided.
Sign up for the movie here: http://www.meetup.com/Pumping-Station-One/events/221330710/
When: Sunday April 19th, 5 PM
Where: Pumping Station: One Electronics Lab upstairs
It’s Movie Night Time! This is an Oscar-award winning documentary by Laura Poitras about her and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden as he reveals the extent of the NSA’s surveillance program in 2013.
More information about the film: https://citizenfourfilm.com/about
When: Sunday March 1st, 2015 5 PM
Feel free to BYOB. Afterwards there will be discussion. This event is open to the public.
Sign up for the meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Pumping-Station-One/events/220734479/
Where: PS1 Lounge
Reddit AMA: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2wwdep/we_are_edward_snowden_laura_poitras_and_glenn
Using a beta version of Chef Watson, which had limited versatility (but was just updated recently, so another PS: Yum Watson edition will be hosted soon), we made 4 recipes. They are listed on the wiki: https://wiki.pumpingstationone.org/PS:_Yum_Watson_Edition
We spent the first half hour choosing individual recipes. Watson generates a 100 recipes for each set of ingredients that you input, ranging from a “classic” setting to an extremely adventurous one.
Shallot burger, version b
Vietnamese shallot vegetable salad
Shallot burger, version a
Using a beta version of Chef Watson, we will attempt to create whatever wacky recipes come out of Watson’s “mind.” Come join us for some artificial-intelligence driven fun!
The way it works: you input ingredients that you have on hand into Chef Watson, which will then output a recipe for you, usually adding more ingredients. Feel free to bring your own, and we will probably be making a trip to Jewel.
Where: PS1 Kitchen
When: Tonight: Sunday November 23, 2014 at 6 PM
It’s Movie Night time! This is a documentary about the trial of the Pirate Bay founders in Sweden.
“It’s the day before the trial starts. Fredrik packs a computer into a rusty old Volvo.Along with his Pirate Bay co-founders, he faces $13 million in damage claims to Hollywood in a copyright infringement case. Fredrik is on his way to install a new computer in the secret server hall. This is where the world’s largest file sharing site is hidden…”
When: Friday September 5, 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Doors open at 7. Feel free to BYOB. Afterwards there will be discussion.
Where: PS1 Lounge
This week we have a presentation by Jason Huggins (@hugs) on Bitbeam and the Tapster robot he built with it.
Thursday, May 9th @ 7:00pm, upstairs in the electronics area
Jason will give an overview of Tapster, his open source, 3D printable, mobile app testing robot. In addition to explaining why creating a mobile testing robot is not the worst idea you’ve ever heard of, Jason will give an overview of Bitbeam, the open source building toy that he developed, which Tapster’s made out of. He’ll cover his making journey as he’s experimented with laser cutters, CNC mills, and 3D printers to make Bitbeam. For fun, the talk will also include live demos of Tapster playing Angry Birds.
Jason Huggins is CTO and co-founder of Sauce Labs, a software test infrastructure company, and is the original creator of Selenium, a popular open source web testing tool. In 2011, for an art project he was working on, Jason created Bitbeam – a 3D printable LEGO-Technic-compatible construction toy. Jason lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
Following the presentation we will break away to work on various CNC projects. The ongoing group project continues to be the mid-sized CNC Router. The machine is now fully functional under Mach3 control. We can talk about the Mach3 setup and cut a few things.