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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Painting Eggs with Robots!

1) You might want to mute the audio : )

2) We are doing Eggbot Workshops (this thing you’re watching) on Saturday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

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Study material for our Students!

This weekend we got a care package from one of our sponsors, O’Reilly Media stuffed with books to give away to students in our Arduino and Electronics courses! In case you were unaware, O’Reilly’s user group program is totally awesome, and they love learning just as much as we do!

So, come down to one of our classes and learn some new skills or show off what you know, and you might end up going home with a totally rad book courtesy of O’Reilly!

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Newsletter time! — March 2013 Edition

Hello to all you lovely makers out there! It’s been a bit too quiet here for a while, so I decided to make some noise. AHA is off to a pretty good start in 2013, and we’ve got some cool stuff in store for the coming months. But first some financials!

The Financials
What we have in the bank as of the beginning of the February:
Bank: $1,965.14
PayPal: $713.34
CashBox: $100.00

This currently leaves us with about $800 in surplus cash for the month, which is before paying our wonderful Bright Futures staff, so we will end up with a bit less in the end; but the good news is that we’ve seen more money coming in from gaming and classes this month! Thanks to all our loyal members! We’re not in the clear just yet and still working to make ends meet; so if you want to help out, consider upgrading your $20 membership… Or maybe make a donation over there via the button on the right side of the page? :)

You can also view all of our 2012 financial data (compiled for our upcoming 501c3 application) here.

Speaking of classes…
…we’ve run some pretty neat ones in the past few weeks, with — in addition to our regular Arduino, soldering, 3D printer, laser cutter and CNC router classes — topics spanning Git, Linux command-line, to Atari Punk Circuits with the AADL, to Laser workshops with a Valentine’s Day twist. We’re in the process of organizing more classes and ideas for late March and beyond. Check out our current events listing here. If you want to teach a class, get in touch with us by replying here, or send a message to the AHA Shop mailinglist to float your idea!

It’s almost Con Season!
AHA plans on running another mini-hackerspace at Penguicon this year. We will be running a number of workshops, including soldering, cardboard crossbows, and more throughout the con; and we will be teaching classes on programming, Arduino, etc.. Let us know in the comments here/mailinglist if you want to help out (but do it soon, time is running out)! We can get you a discount on your Penguicon badge if you’re willing to put in a few hours of work for us. ;) Otherwise, do stop by and check it out. Penguicon 2013 will be running April 26-28 at the Marriott Centerpoint in Auburn Hills, MI.

Also, anyone interested in checking out Notacon this year? It would be great to send an AHA crew out there.

Board meetings:
As a reminder, the Board of Directors meets 7:00PM on the second Wednesday of the month at AHA. Meetings are open to the public, so come meet the board and ask questions and offer feedback. We really do like to hear from everyone who uses the space on how we can make it better!

Previous board meeting minutes may be found on the AHA Wiki here.

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Another Short Update With Raspberry Pi(e) and a Pair of Arduino Wings

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