Arch Reactor Blog

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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On February the 27, Nine Network visited Arch Reactor and aired a publication on March 25th.  Below is the video. 

  • "A visit to the Arch Reactor Hackerspace, a workshop on South Jefferson for technology enthusiasts, inventors, and tinkerers. Many say this is the kind of place needed by cities that want to nurture an innovative culture and economy."
  • "Griffin 3D is a local startup that making desktop 3D printers in South St. Louis. Its two partners met at the Arch Reactor Hackerspace."
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Diane S. lead us in the creation of the eggs along with her friend Jen.

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Game On First Friday at The Science Center was well attended by Arch Reactor Members with Bob S., Sam H., John, Lloyd L., Chris W.,  Morgan M.and Tom B. working the Arch Reactor table. Di S., and Gene J. were in attendance but working at other tables. We had a working 5 button Close Encounters SIMON Game, Bob's Dr. Who Chess Set, and Sam brought his Griffin 3D Printer variant. Lloyd had attention grabbing Neo-Pixel strips on display and the Arch Reactor's Mointor was running the slide show. Sam printed six rounds of 11 mini Octopi that were handed out. Tom played 4 rounds of Dr. Who Chess. and the last record I heard was 11 rounds of SIMON.

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Here are the results from last night's elections:

President    Deech Mestel
Vice President    Bob Satchell
Treasurer    Michael Kuba
Secretary    Joe Cathell
Sergeant at Arms    Ryan Williams

Public Relations    Gene Jordan
Education    Niels Black
Webmaster    Travis Megee

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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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