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Hacker Scouts: Biospheres!

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Yesterday marked the inaugural Open Lab for our new adventure: Hacker Scouts. We had an amazing turnout with about 40 enthusiastic kids and their supportive parents! Our featured project was Biospheres , which half the kids decided to work on, while the other half chose activities from our menu, including:

  • Learn to Solder
  • Drawdio!
  • Plushy Sewing Project
  • Using the Laser Cutter to produce original designs
  • Laser Cut Dino Puzzles
  • Kinetic Mobile Art.

There was also a fantastic Hex Bug village built. We had several mentors on hand from AMT and many parents who joined in to assist the kids with building their skills. The format we designed worked well, with the featured project and kit instructions providing enough structure, but leaving the choice of what to work on, which skills to build, and the possibilities of their imagination firmly in the hands of the kids. There was a beautiful community spirit present, which is a key point to this whole program. Making as a part of our everyday life and relationships rather than relegating it to simply a hobby. Feedback highlights from yesterday’s open lab:

“Thank you for a fun afternoon. We are totally enjoying the biosphere. We are all so grateful for what you and Chris have put together.”

“I am inspired by your efforts.”

“Awesome day today, thanks again for putting it together.”

“This is exactly what we needed!”

“I don’t know how you managed to keep 20 kids captivated about Biospheres, but you did! Amazing workshop!”

“We can’t wait to come back in two weeks!”

“We get to take this home?!!!”

To see photos from this weeks Open Lab, go to Ace Monster Toy’s photo stream.

Hacker Scouts: Open Lab

Ace Monster Toys presents

Hacker Scouts

Got a Maker kind of kid?

Traditional kind of scouting not a good fit?

Want to Build community with other maker families?

 
 

Hacker Scouts is a new program designed to acquire new skills, reinforce knowledge, provide mentoring, and build community.

Join us for Open Lab and bring your own project, or work on one provided by AMT! Earn badges and skill build through specific mentor-led workshops! Workshops planned include:soldering, sewing, circuits, programming, engineering and building, leds, dumpster diving and found art, printmaking, and more!

We know age is just a number, but AMT will be targeting projects in the 8-14 year old range.

This is not a drop-off program. Parents must stay and are welcome to participate. This is a free program, though some workshops require a materials fee, and donations to the space are always welcome. RSVP’s are helpful, though not required.

 

Hacker Scouts Open Lab

1st and 3rd Sundays of the month

2-5pm

@ Ace Monster Toys

6050 Lowell Street, Suite 214 in Oakland, California 

 

For more information and questions:

 

http://wiki.acemonstertoys.org/HackerScouts

hackerscouts@acemonstertoys.org

CNC'ing some gridbeam

Gridbeam is a life-size contrusction kit. Here's a pic of one of our members creating some new beams from some 2x2's, using our large CNC to automate the work of drilling all the holes:

Laser update

A picture's worth a thousand words:

Progress with powder printer

We're making great progress with the 3d powder printer, check out this short video capture of it actually doing stuff!

Cory Doctorow Presented with AMT Sticker at Defcon

Al was able to give Cory Doctorow an AMT sticker during this week's Defon 20 convention in Las Vegas after Cory's talk. See Al's blog post for more context.

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Open House Success!

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The open house was wonderful! We had a huge turnout full of prospective members, neighbors, and Hackerspace curious. It seemed like everyone finished the evening excited about the space the how they might want to get involved. Check out the photoset.

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