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The Gateway Burners and Arch Reactor are teaming up for the fifth year in a row to present Fire and Ice. The event is for ages 21 and up. Each group will be present to host correlative activities and entertainment as well as provide information about their organizations. The event will be $10 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door.
The purpose of Fire and Ice is to raise money for Gateway Art Support (GAS), a subsector of the Gateway Burners which provides art grants and funding for the annual Gateway Burn, as well as funding for Arch Reactor's upcoming projects, classes, and innovations. This unusual event is a collaboration of Burner culture and creative technical artistry that promises to be an exciting and welcome reprieve from the frigid Midwest winter.

The Hosts will sponsor a Slow Cooker Cook-off, a costume contest based on the Fire and Ice theme, and an Art and Technology silent auction at the event. Members of both organization will also have art, science, and technology displays and demonstrations for your viewing pleasure and entertainment.

Gateway Burners is a Saint Louis based organization that was created in 2006 to foster radical self expression through art and participation and encourage civic responsibility and sustainable community through it's yearly events. Arch Reactor is a Saint Louis based DIY/Maker/Hackerspace created in 2009 that utilizes technology, programming and ingenuity to foster the spirit of community in the creation of their many projects and inventions. The proceeds of the "Fire and Ice" event will mutually benefit and support the progress of both of these organizations.

Credit cards will be accepted at the event for admission, silent auction, and other items available for purchase.

Fire and Ice:
http://fireandicestl.org/

Gateway Burners:
https://www.facebook.com/GatewayBurners
https://www.facebook.com/groups/115522076743/

Arch Reactor:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/174858366876/

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Diane has created a handy cheat sheet for laser engraving into wood.  

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It's somewhat effective...

One of the members at the space was working on some circuit boards, but they were taking a long time to etch because there was no agitator (being just a tupperware bowl and some muratic acid rather than a proper etching tank). He was walking over to the bowl every few minutes and giving it a swirl. Deech came up with a unique solution.

Deech noticed our faithful little brush bot. (This guy: http://www.amazon.com/Toysmith-4574-4M-Brush-Robot/dp/B002EWYEHW)

He was a toy that a well meaning relative gave Deech for a small gift, which was put together and left at the space for giggles.

Turns out, without the brush, he hooked perfectly over the rim and happily ran around the edge, setting up nice standing waves in the bowl and causing the board to rotate slowly. In short, he worked like he was designed for it. Plus, googly eyes.

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  • Fastest Lap - George with a 20 second time
  • First to cross finish line (all racing at once) - George
  • Endurance (Most Laps) - Niels won with 10+ laps and he most likely could have gone further but we stopped it.
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Ben Nuttall of the Raspberry Pi Foundation will be visiting Arch Reactor as he continues on his journey from NYC to Salt Lake City!  Ben is visiting various hackerspaces, schools, and other community spaces for his 2014 US Tour.  Bring your Pi projects to show off and learn more about the Raspberry Pi.

Come join us Friday, Aug 15th for a night of Pi and cookies.

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Chris has completed our new Shapeoko and run a few test jobs.  On July 29th we will have a Shapeoko Workshop night where we will do training.  That night we will teach you how to use design software like Easel to produce a simple bottle opener.

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Photo by: Sarah Darby/Missouri Business Alert

Missouri Business Alert has published a great article discussing the Bright Ideas Expo and Arch Reactor's involvment.

http://missouribusinessalert.com/industry/45489/2014/06/24/educators-use-maker-movement-to-spark-student-interest-in-stem-careers/

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Instructables and Dremel have selected Arch Reactor as one of its locations to host a build night to learn how to use Dremel tools and create awesome things!

We will be Dremel-ing and writing up our projects for others to learn via doing through the power of sharing knowledge. After a 15 minute safety demonstration, we will have five Dremel rotary tools with accessory kits and three Dremel reciprocating tools to make a mountain of awesome projects! We have a lot of things at Arch Reactor that could serve as the foundation for projects, but we want your ideas, your participation, and your projects to shine here. Bring any materials you may have and transform them into science, art, or something unique.

All are welcome. Check the Arch Reactor Calendar in July for the event datea and start time. There will be a mandatory 15 minute safety demonstration at the start of the build night.
Update: Tuesday, July 15th is the date. Show up as early as 7 pm to get started. If you can't make it until later, show up when you can. We have plenty of Dremel Tools to share.

Come out and build things with Dremel tools and learn how to make your projects a reality fast!  See you there!

Update 6/22/2014: Below is a photo of the package of tools and accessories that have arrived for the Build Night.

                                    

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Inventables is giving Arch Reactor a Shapeoko CNC mill kit!  The parts have arrived, and we'll be scheduling an assembly event soon.  

Inventables is also providing materials for us to host a workshop on how to use their Easel design system.  When we get a firm date on when those materials will arrive, we'll schedule that workshop.

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The next Arduino class has been scheduled!  It will be Sundays from 7/13 to 8/3 at 7PM
 
No microcontroller, programming or electronics experience needed. 
If you have an Arduino (or some clone) bring it, otherwise come and learn which would be best for you. Free, but please RSVP to directorofeducation@archreactor.org . Questions can also be sent to that address. There is no cost for the class.
 
  • July 13th Intro, flashing LEDs, serial communication
  • July 20th LCDs, third party ICs, I2c and SPI protocols
  • July 27st Multiple voltages, wireless communication, controlling AC, DC motors
  • Aug. 3rd Free day for catch up or topic of participant's interest

If you attended the workshop at the Bright Idea Expo, you can find the powerpoint and code on our github repository

 

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