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Light Hacking workshop this weekend

Let there be light hacking! In conjunction with Philly Tech Week, Join us for a two-day exploration/build session/make-a-thon that explores optics, light,and interactivity. There will be a variety of projects each day for you to play with, and some for you to build and take home with you. Day 1 (Saturday): learn how the Old […]

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Rescheduled Intro to Circuits

We’ve recently re-jiggered our Intro to Circuits class, and rescheduled it for March 15. We’ll be doing it old-school style, making some lemon-cell batteries, learning how to use breadboards and multimeters, and how we interact with the basic forces of electricity every day. For those of you who were the artsy types in school and […]

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Circuit Bending Music Hack Workshop

Saturday March 1, 1-3 pm Circuit bending is an experimental and creative way to modify audio electronics and discover unique and unusual sounds and functions within the original piece of equipment. In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the basic techniques of circuit bending using an Atari Punk Console noise maker that has already been […]

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Intro to Circuits, Feb. 15, 1-4 pm

Have you been tantalized by cool costumes & projects using LEDs, Arduinos, or EL-wire? Ever wondered what’s going on inside your computer, television, or vacuum cleaner? Electricity permeates our modern existence, and learning your way around circuits is the first step in demystifying it. In this class, we’ll start with the very basics, teaching you how […]

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Program a Blink-tastic Costume, Saturday!

Here’s a story from Leslie Birch, designer of the award-winning FLORAbrella and electronic designer extraordinaire! She’s teaching our upcoming workshop, Program a Blink-tastic Costume: Intro to Lilypad, this Saturday, October 26, 10am-4pm. There’s a few spots still open, reserve yours today! I don’t think I will ever forget the first time I lit up LED’s. […]

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Sewing With Circuits, Sunday!

Abby and I wanted to take a moment to write about our plan for next Sunday’s Sewing with Circuits workshop, which kicks off October’s series of costuming events here at The Hacktory! Here’s our plan to help folks get fabulous for our Galactic Gatsby Masquerade: Light-up fashion has been spreading over the past several years, […]

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Intro to Circuits, Sept. 15, 1-4pm

To kick off our Fall series of costume hacking workshops (details coming soon), we’re reprising our Intro to Circuits class on Sunday, September 15 from 1-4pm! If you’ve been curious about what makes LEDs, Arduinos, and household appliances go, take the first step to demystify electricity & circuits. In this class, we’ll start with the […]

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Intro to Soldering, 7 August

Join us on August 7 and learn the basics of melting metal in this hands-on class. If you still haven’t picked up an iron, now’s the time! Soldering is a basic way to make durable electrical connections and opens the door to all sorts of electronics kits and projects. These skills can (sort of) be […]

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July Events Preview

School’s out and hot muggy weather stretches endlessly ahead… what better time to join us at the Hacktory for some tinker-time (and central AC)? Here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks: First: there’s no Project Night on July 4, as it’s Independence Day. But we’ll be back in […]

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Meet The Multimeter, June 23

The multimeter is the Swiss Army knife of electricity – with it, you can troubleshoot household appliances, car batteries, and electronics. Join us at The Hacktory for a hands-on workshop on how to get the most out of your multimeter, Sunday June 23, 10am-noon. We’ll talk about measuring voltage, current, resistance, and capacitance; identifying common […]

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