Arch Reactor Blog

Arch Reactor will be displaying our various projects including microprocessors, soldering, 3D printing, and beyond.  Come on by to say hi and get a chance to meet us.  Saturday 3/2/2013 from 2-4pm.

http://www.slcl.org/content/maker-open-house

 

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Soldering & Desoldering A Hands-On How-To Workshop

When: Saturday February 16, 2013 at 9:30am Where: Gateway Electronics

2220 Welsch Industrial Court – St. Louis, MO 63146

What: Participants will learn the basics of soldering and removal of surface

mount components without using costly commercial equipment.

Instructor: Jeff Jackson Materials Fee: $10.00

Class size is limited Advanced registration required Participants

must have experience with thru-hole soldering.

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2013 Election Returns are in!

If you need to contact the board of officers and directors, send mail to archboard@lists.archreactor.org.

Officers

PositionName
PresidentJohn Reskusich
Vice PresidentChris Weiss
TreasurerTravis Megee
SecretaryJoe Cathell
Sargeant at ArmsNiels Black

Directors

PositionName
Public RelationsFrank Kallal
Social AffairsTony Henley
EducationDerek Seigler
WebmasterGeorge Fetters

 

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Join us for the Fire and Ice benefit on January 19th.  This promises to be an excellent party.

* Chili competition - up to 25 kinds of chili to taste and vote for.

* Silent Auction - unusual gifts and treasures for uncommon people.

Fire and Ice Costume Constest: Come to Fire and Ice dressed in your finest Fire and Ice inspired costume attire. Prizes will be awarded based on votes that you earn from other event attendees.

*Demonstrations of liquid nitrogen, static electricity and others. 

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Beginner Arduino Workshop Continues Sunday Dec 23
 
Learn the basics of Arduino an amazing open source electronics prototyping platform
 
Class Dates:
 
December 23 - Class 2 Digital and Analog pins, Pull up resistors, Variable Resistors, Blinking LEDs

January 6      - Class 3 Controlling Motors, Stepper Motors and Servos, Ping Sensors, and IR Sensors

January 13    - Class 4 Communication with Arduino - Serial, Bluetooth, Xbee, LCD Displays
 
Each class will have a Technical Learning session for about 1 hr followed by a hands on work session for 1 to 2 hrs.
 
Please bring the following for the hands on session.
 
1. Arduino (UNO, Leonardo or other flavor) 
2. LEDs assorted
3. Shields (optional but they make life easy.  We will discuss more in the first class)
4. Sensors, Xbee, Bluetooth, LCD display (Optional there will be some to play with during class)
 
All Arduino supplies can be purchased online at 
or
Locally at Microcenter or Radioshack.
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Our third weather balloon had GPS failure shortly after launch.  Hopefully, someone will be kind enough to call the number on the payload.  Everyone cross your fingers in hope we get everything back!

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This is so awesome. Derek Sigler's project, which included a team at Arch Reactor, sent a balloon today to 100,000 ft with a few cameras and were able to locate the payload when it came back down. This is a picture he posted from 97,000 feet above the earth. This is very inspiring. It has been such a good day. Congratulations Derek and the team that launched it!!! Very impressive.

Video of the balloon burst, 42 seconds in,  is available here.

 
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Sunday November 4th we had the first Arduino for Artists class.  The class was well attended.  Derek covered many of the basics and demonstrated the versatility the Arduino platform provides.  The last hour of the session was turned into a working session where individuals were free to persue their own Arduino projects and get troubleshooting advice.  The link below is a Google Docs presentation from the beginning of the class.  Join us next Sunday for the second class in the series "Arduino for Artists".

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1cLRybNKMOnnM3M9CeivNtpusHd-T__SA_iHHlGbJI_U/edit

Sunday November 11th we will have the second session.  If you can't make it in person join the G+ hangout!

http://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cj388s3l6aa061qffpl82ppkuko

 

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Arch Reactor will have a table at ARCHCON 36!  Stop by to see us and our many gadgets on display.  Sign up for a Learn to Solder class or just go ahead and sign up to be a member - you know you always wanted to be one!

We also have a panel scheduled in Marquette B on Saturday at 11:10am to ask any question you may have of us.

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