SparkFun AVC + Afterparty at SSD on June 16

On Saturday, June 16 SparkFun is having their annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition from 8:30 am – 5 pm. There is a spectator registration so they can plan accordingly, accessible through their link. The event is free to watch and registration will take you approximately 17 seconds.

Post-AVC the SSD is having an afterparty, so drop by our lovely space at 5311 Western Ave #115 for an evening of gleeful geekery and fabulous fun & potluck food. In addition to friendly banter about the AVC participants, we will also be paying homage to the influential Alan Turing who would have been 100 years old in June. The biggest reason to come, though, is to hang out with a bunch of intriguing, imaginative, and innovative people, which is undoubtedly our biggest asset.

Bring: food/drink to have & share (barbecue available), something to show and tell.

We’ll have: lots of interesting things to show and tell about and we will provide some food and drink (so no worries if you can’t bring anything, the important thing is you, just bring yourself 🙂

Our plans are to have most if not all of the following impossible things on hand to dazzle your senses:
. watch music fire dance on a Ruben’s tube
. watch music LED dance on Bryant’s Boom Cube
. play with John M’s achy-breaky gearless heart (warning, it’s pretty fragile, please be gentle)
. watch the Reprap 3D printer replicate itself and/or Yoda’s head
. turn Lizz on by playing with her fire (I mean, lightning)
. watch the plants grow in the Autoponics room
. play games with Free’s balls (from Orbotix, driven and popularized by Obama when he was in town)
. embarrass yourself trying to use one of John E’s hula hoops
. see how Rob’s 2-gear red bike works
. play games on Rob’s MAME arcade
. shock yourself with EL wire
. an impromptu cruiser bike ride is not out of the question

No RSVP needed, drop in when you can, see you then!

Arduino Class at Communikey Festival

On Friday April 27, Solid State Depot teamed up with SparkFun and the CU Hackerspace Club to offer an Intro to Arduino class as part of the Communikey Festival. The class was held at the CU-Boulder campus in the ATLAS building. About 15 students attended. Dave from SparkFun led the instruction and did a wonderful job getting everyone set up and enthusiastically programming Arduino ProtoSnaps to blink and fade LEDs, measure light with a sensor, read minds, etc. About a half dozen or so helpers from the 3 organizations assisted the students in getting set up to program and troubleshoot missing semicolons and the like in their code.

The curriculum for the class was similar to that used in the workshops we’ve put on at SSD. (We’re about due for another one of those, aren’t we? And we’ll try to give a little more advance notice next time!)

SparkFun Open House Recap

On Saturday October 22 we hosted a table at SparkFun’s Open House. Dozens of people dropped by to chat with us about our Hackerspace, projects we have going on, projects they have going on, etc.

SparkFun treated all attendees to a barbecue lunch from Top of the Hill Grill West, and entertainment included a multi-talented performer whose skills included juggling, tight-rope walking and escaping from a straight-jacket while standing on a rubber ball. There were numerous other groups showing things from illuminated art to a hacked light bulb, and a group of people from Metro State College of Denver who are taking a class on electronics focused on the Arduino. SparkFun employees also had a wealth of activities such as an ‘Ask and Engineer’ booth, a tour of the company, and circuitry made with play-doh.