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What is Hacktivus?  Hacktivus is a holiday that I made up this morning and is now the official open source secular winter-time gift exchanging celebration of Arch Reactor, as well as any other Hackerspace or Makerspace that wishes to copy it.  It's allegedly the perfect holiday where trying to get a group of techies, tinkerers, and free thinkers to show up at a specific time and place for any kind of holiday party is more difficult than herding cats.

Celebrating Hacktivus with the traditional Hacktivus Gift Exchange:

- To sign up to participate in the Hacktivus Gift Exchange, fill out the Google Form by December 31st. (Coming Soon!)
- Everyone that signs up will eventually get an email with the name of another random member that also signed up for the gift exchange.  Keep it a secret though, that's part of the fun!  Oh, and I promise not to just pair everyone up with my name!
- Make, hack, re-gift, or purchase a gift for the member who's name you were given.  Try to keep the spending limit at around $20.
- Wrap the gift to the best of your gift-wrapping capabilities and label it with the member's name that you were given.
- Deliver the wrapped gift at Arch Reactor and place it by the customarily decorated Hacktivus Robot.  It will vigilantly protect your gift until the gift's intended recipient can come by and pick it up.
- Once you've delivered your gift, please respond to the email you received so the organizers can notify the gift's recipient that their gift is waiting for them.
- Now wait anxiously for the notification email informing you when a Hacktivus gift has been delivered for you!
 
 

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Thank you to everyone who helped make our 10th Anniversary--Don't Try This at Home event a success!

We are interested in your feedback about how the event went.

An e-mail was sent out, but if you did not get on the list, here is the link to let us know what you thought about the event.

 

https://forms.gle/5yRsHfvGKViDC9rr5

 

Thanks for participating!

-Morgan Miransky

Director of Public Relations

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Hello Arch Reactor Friend,

Our 10th Anniversary is coming up! We are having a big party to celebrate our birthday. You're invited! Click https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arch-reactor-10th-anniversary-party-dont-try-this-at-home-tickets-71224545533 to get free tickets!

We will have molten aluminum casting, blacksmithing, high-voltage wood burning, 3d printing, laser cutting, and many other demonstrations!

There will be custom Arch Reactor food like laser engraved cookies and liquid nitrogen ice cream!

Beverages available for adults and children!

 

 

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Joel Leonard visits the Arch Reactor with his 50lb Thorminator and viking hat; dropping his MAKER MOTIVATOR STYLE on us!


The Maker's Maker with his Viking Hat and Thorminator - Maker Motivator Style!

(sorry to those of you that were here and we didn't think about a group picture until the very end) 

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This Sunday 8/11/19 around 1:30pm ARCH REACTOR and MEMBERS are going to be graced by

the JOHNNY APPLESEED of Makerspaces, JOEL LEONARD and his THORMINATOR!!! 

As Joel works with members of the space to make a Cotton Candy Machine to be used at the 10th Anniversary Party October 12th, 2019, we will have a chance to pick this mans brain and at 5:30-6:30pm an informal Q&A moderated by our PR Officer Morgan Miransky will be video taped by Gene Jordan.  For those that are not able to attend, be sure to check back as we will post the video to the website at a later time.  If you have any questions you would like answered please send to directorofpublicrelations@archreactor.org or Secretary@Archreactor.org before 3pm on Sunday and title of email: JOEL Q&A 

We are super excited to have him visit and will be having a members dinner afterward at 7pm (members are asked to bring a side dish - as BBQ Pork and Brisket from Pappy's will be provided).  

In the meantime, here's a few links to the press that Joel's been receiving!  SAFE TRAVELS JOEL and LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING YOU!     

https://anchor.fm/practical-reliability/episodes/Interview-with-Joel-Leonard-e4r456?fbclid=IwAR11OXVuuXCS2G2c3GiQpsGOkauVUUX0VV5rvWtfGQG5csX6-7XzdnFGzjs

https://omny.fm/shows/wwj-plus/joel-leonard-brings-his-hammer-to-maker-faire?fbclid=IwAR2kcWbkHa4yXrpso3km39qmvshF5bxc9K4t17SMmeRfJ4WeR7rtwcNOxbo

http://www.elon.edu/e-net/Article/131761?fbclid=IwAR3Ca1CIFNWf1_9jk8Ivl0hi3aNJJU4Ssb0ya_YjFgxSkIzEiFVQcnrEu7k

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July's Sheet Metal Bending Class!

Kim bending metal!

In July's sheet metal bending class, we walked through using tools in the space to bend and form sheet metal.  The work was based on a template for making cell phone holders!  Thanks Victor for sharing your knowledge!

 

Look for a write up of the class notes in the near future!

Derek twisting metal to his will!

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Join us as Arch Reactor goes to the https://kansascity.makerfaire.com/

 

The Kansas City Maker Faire at KC's Union Station is a huge, fun-filled extravaganza filled with Makers of all Types.

Arch Reactor will have a large space consisting of:

  • An overview of our space with demonstrations brought by our attending members
  • A demonstration and examples of cardweaving including our Giant Paracord Loom
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  • Earn your Robot Drivers License by successfully navigating the robot through an obstacle course
  • Robot Drivers License - Robot
    Robot Drivers License - Robot

 

Look for the large AR Banner in the Grand Plaza and prepare to be Amazed!

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Pysanky Egg - Butterfly
Butterfly Egg

Thanks to everyone who came to decorate Pysanky during Arch Reactor's 2019 Egg Party!   

 

So Many Beautiful and Creative Eggs! Check out our Amazing Results in the Photo Album:   https://archreactor.org/photos/pysanky-2019   

 

If you don't see your photo in the album, please Add It!

 

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Pysanky
Pysanky!

Please join  Arch Reactor on:

Sunday, April 7 

Tuesday, April 9 

Saturday, April 13 <-- added!

Sunday, April 14 

Tuesday, April 16 

Starting around 6:30pm on Sundays and Tuesdays.

Starting at 10am on Saturday the 13th

Plan on at least 3 hours (can work across multiple visits)

Beginners welcome

All supplies supplied (donations to the space accepted)

Children must be supervised

May not be suitable for young or exciteable children as this activity requires patience and attention

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Please welcome the newly elected board!

 

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