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Sparkly New Arduino Class!

Have you ever been interested in programming but didn’t know where to start? Do you love robots like Wall-E, Johnny5 and Curiosity and wish you could make your own? Do you have an idea for a cool new tech tool but aren’t sure how to begin prototyping? If you are drooling at your computer and […]

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130-in-one Electronic Project Lab

A friend of mine recently picked up this little treasure: I’ve always had a thing for vintage educational kits, and this one is a real delight. Back in the days when RadioShack still cared about electronics that weren’t cell phones, it actually sold some pretty cool stuff. (Note the striking visual similarity between the Earth […]

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Moving to 3711 Market Street

Tomorrow, Monday 6 August, the Hacktory will be moving out of our 15th & Brandywine home. We’re grateful to Nonprofit Technology Resources for providing us space and support for the last 5 years. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to put on the great events and offer the exciting classes that we have. We’re […]

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Hack Manhattan’s MANIC display

A couple of weeks ago while in New York, I stopped by Hack Manhattan to see what everyone was working on. The crew had recently returned from FIGMENT on Governor’s Island, where they had set up a giant game of mind vs. machine LED pong. The last time I visited the hackerspace, I got to […]

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A New Industrial Revolution

The Economist recently took note of the “maker” movement. In this recent article they describe the scene at the last Makerfaire NYC as currently in the realm of hobbyists, but that the larger movement is starting to have a notable impact. The article provides a good overview of the hardware makers are familiar with (the […]

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State of STEM in Technically Philly

Did you read Technically Philly’s State of STEM Report last week? It’s a comprehensive 4-part series that covers the gaps in curriculum, how those gaps jeopardize Philly’s workforce and industry, out of school opportunities to address these gaps, and citizens who are helping out. If this topic makes you want to go out and buy […]

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11 To-Do’s for Women In Tech

I’m at the venerable LISA (Large Installation System Administration) Conference in Boston this week. I just left a panel on Women in Tech. This rap session/problem-solving brainstorm was a great way to wrap up an exhilarating and encouraging year for women in IT. I was reminded of two of my favorite works on why the […]

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Successful STEM Education

Several months ago I attended the National Science Foundation’s Conference on Lessons Learned from SMART Schools teaching STEM Education. It’s come to our attention that many parents may be looking for more information on STEM education, so I thought it was a good time to post about it. STEM education stands for curriculum that emphasizes […]

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Monday Microcontroller Madness Starts at Hive76 Tonight

Tonight Hive76 is kicking off a new monthly workshop focusing on microcontrollers (Arduino is one variety), or little computers you can program yourself to perform a variety of simple tasks. The event is free from 7-10 pm, there will be a small amount of parts available for purchase and knowledgeable hackers who are happy to […]

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The Hacktory mentioned on French news media!

Recently at the awesome international CCCamp in rural Germany, hacker ambassador Mitch Altman was interviewed by French News Media and mentioned The Hacktory as one of the hackerspaces that made a good impression on him. Mitch taught a successful Brain Machine workshop at The Hacktory awhile back, and co-founded Noisebridge –San Francisco’s premier hackerspace. Thousands […]

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