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The Saint Louis Science Center opened a new Makerspace in June and has asked members of Arch Reactor members to contribute as periodic Maker In Residence.   Today Frank Kallel and Diane Sudduth showed off Laser Cutting!    We restricted ourselves to cardstock so that we could make a lot of things to give away.   We made Science Center Logos, "inspirationsl "makey words" (Create, Make, Innovate, Question, etc) and Frank made a wonderful SLSC bookmark.   It was a fun day showing folks how lasers work and showing a bit of the design process!

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Arch Reactor is happy to announce that we have received a grant from the Boeing Employee Community Fund.

“One of the largest employee-owned and managed funds of its kind in the world, the Employees Community Fund (ECF) of The Boeing Company has been empowering employees to make greater impact by pooling their tax-deductible donations for more than 60 years. Employee advisory boards provide combined employee donations to nonprofits in their community through ECF grants. Boeing pays all administrative costs so 100 percent of every employee dollar helps strengthen local communities.”

This grant will be used to purchase a presentation microphone system, standardized laptops, and multifunction robots to improve the quality of our programming classes. Again we thank the employees at Boeing for their generous support of our mission to increase STEM education. Check back soon to learn about classes in programming and robotics to be offered with these amazing tools.

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We recently attended the Bright Ideas Expo at the Saint Louis Science Center. The expo was for highlighting St. Louis makers -- their amazing work and the creative process each maker takes along the way. The expo was to provide an inside look at the work of local game developers, visual artists, crafters, tech visionaries and other makers. Arch Reactor had a large display. Derek had info about High Altitude Ballooning (HAB). Gene and Jennifer were showcasing the Little Bits. Morgan was printing braclets with our new Griffin 3d Printer. Apollo was showing off his Jetson bot. Chris was showing off the Teleprescence robot and teaching processing classes. Ryan, Lloyd, and Keith were helping eveyone with their demos. Di was showing off her card weaving. Tom was showing off the Pixybots. We gave three workshops for Processing an open souce programing language.

Expo will highlight St. Louis makers -- their amazing work and the creative process each maker takes along the way. You can get an inside look at the work of local game developers, visual artists, crafters, tech visionaries and other makers. You will also have a chance to join in on the fun of making! - See more at: http://www.slsc.org/Bright-Ideas-Expo#sthash.UqwcUAaZ.dpuf
Expo will highlight St. Louis makers -- their amazing work and the creative process each maker takes along the way. You can get an inside look at the work of local game developers, visual artists, crafters, tech visionaries and other makers. You will also have a chance to join in on the fun of making! - See more at: http://www.slsc.org/Bright-Ideas-Expo#sthash.UqwcUAaZ.dpuf
Expo will highlight St. Louis makers -- their amazing work and the creative process each maker takes along the way. You can get an inside look at the work of local game developers, visual artists, crafters, tech visionaries and other makers. You will also have a chance to join in on the fun of making! - See more at: http://www.slsc.org/Bright-Ideas-Expo#sthash.UqwcUAaZ.dpuf
Expo will highlight St. Louis makers -- their amazing work and the creative process each maker takes along the way. You can get an inside look at the work of local game developers, visual artists, crafters, tech visionaries and other makers. You will also have a chance to join in on the fun of making! - See more at: http://www.slsc.org/Bright-Ideas-Expo#sthash.UqwcUAaZ.dpuf
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We had a reallly fun time at the Kansas City Maker Faire. I talked with at least 10 people that either live in St. Louis or wanted to send somebody they know to visit us. We had the telepresence robot, The NVidia Jetson robot, the pixy bots, face dectection bot, 3 different LED Matrices, and Diane's Paracord Card Weaving on display. We just had 1 table although we had requested 2. It was a tight squeeze so we occasionally moved to open areas with the bots. We had steady streams of people throughout each day.

On Saturday Night we went as a group to Char-Bar. We ate some nice although slowly served BBQ before heading over to Hammerspace the for profit Hackerspace in KC. The had a huge shop with Vaccum ports every 3 feet on the work benches with a on off switch as well. They had modified a dead Lithum Ion battery for use with their low voltage system. With that battery installed it was not a portable but a working drill none the less. It could still be cordless with a charged battery but a corded one when that flexiablity was needed. In the clean room area of the shop they had about 6 differnet 3d printers available for use. Ultimaker's and Oni were the kinds they had. There were no deltas on hand. They had 6 Laser Cutters - 2 epilog, 2 half beams, and 2 full beam lasers. The epilogs where roughly the same size as ours maybe a little smaller, The half beam ones were big enough that I could just about lay in them like a single bed, and the full beam one was big enough for two of me. My favorite part was the google fiber connection. While they had no open wifi they did however leave a running logged in computer alone in the space on which I quickly jumped on and ran a speedtest. 352.46 Mbps Down and 325.28 Mbps Up was their Google Fibre Speed. There was at least 5 other computers in use so they might have been downloading at the time to lower those numbers some.

There where 3 Predators, a Cylon, Iron Man, War Machine, Groot, and a Stan Lee look-a-like walking around the Faire. I saw steam punk costuming, motorized deck chair, power wheels, a powered uni-cycle - Solowheel, an Oxboard - like a Segway without the handle bar, Low-Riders, and a rock wall. There was a Dunk tank that instead of water they shot fire into. It was called the Dunk Tank Flambe'. Click to see Rob's nice Slo-mode video. Here is a video of some of the highlights of the faire in which Arch Reactor demos appear.

 

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Join us in Kansas City today at the 6th anual KC maker Faire!  We're booth 45, and Griffin 3D printing is across the isle from us.  

http://www.makerfairekc.com/

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Our letter is now mounted at the Science Center!  Guess which one it is...

Image from the Science Center's Facebook page

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Ok not really.  We had a server crash and database corruption, an old backup was quickest to restore, we hope to have more soon.

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Tonight we learned about relays, 555 timers, op-amps, diodes in circuits.

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By my quick count at least 17 were in attendance, to learn about oscilloscopes. I learned about PMW pins on the arduino. I learned how they can help give more life and torque to my robotics. We learned how the oscilloscopes differ from multimeters.

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Thanks to Alix for her class on Sunday, March 29 on Silk Dyed Eggs!     What lovely patterns from thrift-store silk neckties.

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