We have an upcoming opportunity this Saturday December 1 from 9-2 pm, to help with an activity for Girl Scouts wanting to earn badges. Our activity is a variation on our Recycled Electronic Jewelry class, which we’ve done for about 15 people, but this time we’re offering it to about 100 Girl Scouts. The badges will be for making jewelry, but this activity is a great way to become familiar with common electrical components. We could use some extra hands at the hot glue station, and to generally help make sure everyone has the parts they need. It’s fine to come for just an hour or two. The event will be at Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street, on Penn’s Campus. If you’re interested, email email@example.com.
Need some inspiration before our Intro to Arduino class starts this Wednesday? Check out the Arduino Playground, a “publicly-editable wiki about Arduino.” It’s packed with tips and tutorials, a list of Arduino-related books, project ideas, and my favorite feature: links to people all over the world who are playing with Arduinos. Browse this site until you’re hooked — then sign up for Intro to Arduino, starting this Wednesday!
The National Center for Women & Information Technology has a nation-wide award for high-school age girls called the Award for Aspirations in Computing, and they need help reviewing the applications. You don’t need technical knowledge to review them, there are detailed instructions provided, and most reviewers spend only 2-5 hours at their own pace. More info on being a reviewer here. As the website says, “Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local “affiliate” competitions to generate support and visibility for women’s participation in communities nationwide.” We think encouraging students of any gender in their interest in science and technology is important, but this award aims to support girls at a critical age when they are most likely to downplay their interest in these topics due to social and cultural pressure, which makes it a great cause in our eyes.
Here’s a great reason to finally plan that trip to Latvia you’ve been putting off. The group RIXC, The Centre for New Media Culture will hold their Media Art Histories 2013: RENEW conference in conjunction with the ”Art+Communication” festival in Riga, Latvia October 8-11, 2013. RIXC is new media artists collective, events producer and publisher that puts out the journal Acoustic Space. “By focusing on networked media arts, the Renew conference will cover a broad range of topics to include early communication art (mail, fax, radio, satellite, etc.), net.art and net.radio, open source and network culture, locative media and wireless communities, hybrid networks and electromagnetic art, and last but not least – artistic investigations in sustainability, and future visions of art within the convergence of information and energy technologies.” Read more about the call here, and see the website from the festival that just passed here (video above). Deadline for abstracts is January 25.
This is an awesome opportunity to get more women working in open source. The graphic above gives the basic outline, but there are many more details on the info page here. It’s an opportunity to get more women working on Free and Open Source Software. Numerous companies working in this field recognize the talent and passion women bring to these projects, but also understand that many women may not know how to get their foot in the door. These internships provide a great (paid) first step, and were inspired by Google’s Summer of Code and how few women applied for it in the past. To get started, all you have to do is contribute to a project through one of the organizations like Tor, Mozilla, Wikimedia, or one of the others by Dec. 3rd. You can use skills you already have in marketing, documentation, design or programming to contribute. The organizations will work to redirect talented applicants that they can’t hire too. We’re happy to do what we can to help spread the word about this great opportunity.
Curious what you’ll be building during this month’s Intro to Arduino class? Your instructor Brigid demonstrates the circuit you’ll learn to wire up to your microcontroller — an array of 6 LEDs, controlled by a potentiometer, with a buzzer that you can program to play any little ditty you like!
In case you need some more convincing… check out this car.
The class will be held on Wednesdays 11/28, 12/5, and 12/12 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street.
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games, but it also plays high-definition video. At a low price of $35, it’s a real hackers platform.
Thanks again to everyone who made it out to our Ghost in the Machine Halloween. We have a few winners from our photo costume contest, with the first place going to the Ravin’ Raven hand-made by Kathryn Sclavi! Congrats! Kathryn will get to choose from our prizes of Read More »
At The Hacktory’s soldering class this Wednesday, November 14, you won’t just be learning a valuable skill that can save you time and money when your old electronics need a connection re-soldered. You’ll also be building your own neat-o gadget to take home, all materials included in the $30 price tag! We’ll have three projects to choose from, all from Lady Ada.
The first option is a super handy portable USB charger housed in an Altoids tin. The AdaFruitflickr group has tons of photos of completed projects — here’s an example of the MintyBoost.
MintyBoost project by flickr user ifrpilot999
Option #2 is a programmable persistence of vision kit. Here’s jpstanley’s Halloween-themed MiniPOV:
MiniPOV project by flickr user jpstanley
And your last option is the Drawdio — that’s Draw + Audio — a musical pencil!
Here’s Lady Ada herself with a quick demo:
And here’s a less finished version that requires an extra finger to complete the circuit — but the music is so good!
To make one of these projects on your own, join us this Wednesday from 6pm – 9pm at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street.