New Space, Funky Hours!

Pics or it didn’t happen. Oh no! We spent a couple weeks cleaning and brightening the space up. You should come check it out!

We are now looking for a few awesome people to help keep the space open to the public. If you have five hours a week you want to spend learning to use tools, rocking out the front desk, and connecting people to the space –  we want you. Click it, it’s the first step to a wonderful new place : )

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Open on Saturday, September 7th!

Remodeling work and plumbing issues have taken a little longer than expected. We will be up and running again to the public on Saturday September 7th!

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No Admittance for a Week!

All Hands Active is inaccessible to all for a week. Some long needed plumbing issues are being dealt with, but until that work is finished no one is allowed in the space. 

If this is an issue, please contact Josh Williams ( joshdont at gmail dot com ) and we’ll see about making everything wonderful.

The landlord currently believes the space will be accessible on September 4th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, it took us by surprise (but no damage done).


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Space Remodeling Week

All Hands Active will be mostly out of commission this week, and we’ll need some awesome help during this period : )

Sunday, August 25th – Saturday August 31st we will be painting, removing unused items, and organizing every section of AHA. It starts today with the Prototyping and Loud Noise Rooms.

A more detailed schedule is available:

If you have an hour or two to spare, please feel free to add your name, or just show up. We’ll be there from 12pm to 8pm every day.

Looking forward to seeing a fresh new clean AHA for the start of September!

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MakerFaire Detroit: 2013 Edition

We had an awesome time at MakerFaire Detroit! It was great to see so many hacker/makerspaces about, we managed to talk with a few from as far as the Netherlands and as close as our Maker Works neighbor across the street. We saw Ribbon Farm’s awesome QuadCopter setup, i3Detroit in full force across the entire Faire, and BeagleBone educating the masses  A quick wrap up of our involvement includes Jacob and a Banana, Power Wheels, 3D Scanning, Backyard Brains and Jango Fett:

All because of a couple dozen awesome volunteers. You ladies & gents are amazing. Also, thanks a ton to the Knockout Concepts crew for lending us their LCD during setup the day before!

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AADL Junk Bots, Backyard Brains, and Volunteers!

Join us this Sunday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm to build Junk Bots at the AADL! Learn a little bit about electronics while resurrecting parts from old broken electronics. It’s like a Wreck Lab session, but with a bit more focus on making : )

Congrats to Backyard Brains! They hit $10k with their Kickstarter, but why stop there? Let’s push the NeuroRevolution a little further!

Looking for something to do over the next couple months? All Hands Active has plenty of volunteer opportunities available. Show us how awesome you are : )

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Virtual Reality, First Aid, Fundraising and More!

First Aid for Hackerspaces! Join RN Ana Maier on Sunday the 16th for a review of your mighty skills, and go on a scavenger hunt to discover all the places we hide First Aid Kits.

Craig Albert of The Game Makers has lent us an Oculus Rift Dev Kit! Get your VR Programming on down at the shop today.

We’re also working with The Game Makers to fundraise money for both our organizations. The Game Makers seeks to promote game development, and we’re looking to sustain a place for the public to make & create! Join us on June 22nd for a day of Virtual Reality with the Oculus Rift!

Check out the events page for more awesome events!

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3D Scanning Anyone?

The Cube has been replaced with a new layout of multi-purpose workstations! (Thanks Barracuda, Zach, & Thomas) This weekend we will be running multiple workshops that teach people how to use a Kinect to create 3D Models of humans. This would not have been feasible with the previous setup.

Like most of the tools at All Hands Active, the PCs in the lab are free for general use. Blender, SketchUp, InkScape, Eclipse, Visual and much much more are available.  The next time FedEx Kinkos tries to charge you $12 p/hour to edit a PDF, consider stopping by the shop ; ).

Also, thanks to Nate Yost & i3 Detroit, we have a fully armed and operational bat… laser printer.

Check out the rest of our upcoming events. We’re playing with Conductive Ink this Thursday at Build Night, join us!

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Incoming Board Member?

How can you help? By fundraising! By working with other organizations in the community to help raise awareness and further our goals.

What are AHA’s goals? All Hands Active would like to see MORE of the following:

On projects, with other organizations, and within AHA

Talk about and post more about what we do, attend more events as “AHA”, and invite more people!

Offer more classes internal, and external (BF), more hardware workshops (tools), and more accessible / open curriculum.

More hackathon / group build nights, events that bring down more members, get people to communicate more with each other about what they are doing.

If you’re interested in becoming a Board member, please click me!

If you’re interested in reading more about our long term goals, please click me! 

If you have any more questions, email:

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Massimo Banzi, Arduino, MORE!

We have a class on Octave on Tuesday, April 9th (Think MatLab but Open Source).
Massimo Banzi (Co-founder of the Arduino) is giving a free talk on Thursday, April 11th at the Michigan Theater as a part of the Penny W. Stamps Lecture series. We will be doing impromptu Arduino lessons all night long. Come to learn, or show off your awesome Arduino Project!

We removed The Cube and built a new Command Center Computer Lab, exciting announcements about that coming soon. As a result, the place now feels twice as large and four times as amazing. We measured it. It’s true.

Board Elections! If you are knowledgeable in the ways of Community Outreach and Serious Fundraising, AHA needs you!

Make sure to check out the events page to learn about all the upcoming things that you should know about! Notacon? Penguicon? We’re going, are you?

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