Spring BBQ and Spruce-Up This Past Saturday

This past Saturday over a dozen members and guests gave some well-needed TLC to our our space and enjoyed a late lunch of tasty grilled burgers and brats.

While not exactly a tradition, we have these combination bbq / clean-up / build events at least a couple times a year. For example, last fall one of the center tables in the main room of the space was built, and last spring several members built the built-in wall-side table that is also in the main room.

In addition to grilling up the meats and vegs that were enjoyed by all, Dan straightened up the Admin room and Electronics room.

Meanwhile in the wood shop, Ted and friends removed excess scrap wood, did some general cleaning up, and rearranged the tools for better access.

The entryway and Snackerspace are all sparkly now, courtesy of Specter and son.

A few of the other many accomplishments included: Brandon tackled the floors in the metal shop and beyond, Jay transferred items cluttering up common areas to the member and other storage shelves, Nick got the mask glowing again, and Liz guided several additions to our bios webpage.

Remember to stay tuned to our Meetup page to keep posted on future events!

Fall Fixin’ Stuff BBQ

This past weekend, about a dozen or so of our members spent part of Sunday afternoon spiffing up the space and enjoying a tasty BBQ. 20161023_192001
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We had a crew working magic in the electronics room (behold the new ‘wall of resistance’), and another group that built a sturdy (and mobile!) base for one of our main room center tables.

A few more of us spent some time clearing the dust in the wood shop and doing some general straightening up in other parts of the space. And we couldn’t have asked for a nicer fall afternoon to open the doors and enjoy each other’s company while munching on burgers, brats, veggies, potato salad, fruit and cookies!

We had a similar event at the end of June, which resulted in a new wall-mounted table being built for the main room (seen in the background of the middle photo above). The dedication of our members is immeasurable and paramount to creating and recreating our useful and fun space. A warm and hearty thank you to all who participated in these events!

Denver Mini Maker Faire 2016 recap in pictures

SSD members turned out in force the the mini maker fair held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the crowd was fantastic.

Jim’s Drawbot was a huge draw — one girl adored it and was thrilled when he gave her the drawing it had just made!

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Terry’s soccer scoring system got the most interest and kids loved rolling tennis balls through the goalposts and watching it mark their point.  Pictured behind is the mini version of John English’s Soundpuddle, set up by Tijlon.

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Jennifer’s automatic dog play system also entertains kids pretty well!

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Dan’s remote car had lots of kids mugging for its camera.

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I had lots of fun walking around with my video T-shirt and explaining how it worked.  Mostly though, kids just stared at it, mesmerized.

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Turnout was excellent for other booths, with the return of many popular exhibits and new ones, too.

One of my all-time favorites is a group that deconstructs old pinball machine mechanisms and explain how they work. Very hands-on, it’s much easier to see how a mechanical score counter works than an electronic one.

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Denhac had a lockpicking workshop, where kids could try to escape from handcuffs. They also had some great lights in the darker area of the Faire

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Zoe Doubleday’s Haptika series of therapy gloves were a hit —

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I didn’t get the guy who made these beautiful electronic quilts — he was one of many participants who also did amazing things:

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Human foosball, of course!

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I fell in love with these hacked furby skeletons!

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Looking forward to future Mini Maker Faires!