San Jose Open Lab #3 Sunday August 11 ** 2 Sessions**

Hello Hacker Families!!!!  It's that time again! Here are the links to purchase your projects and reserve your space.

  • Open Lab Sunday August 11, 2013
  • Where: Tech Shop San Jose 

    300 S 2nd St 
    San Jose, CA 

Purchase your tickets and projects here

Session 1 (1:30p- 3:00p) - http://openlab3session1.eventbrite.com/

Session 2 ( 3:30p- 5:00p)- http://openlab3session2.eventbrite.com/

 

As a reminder, we must respect that Tech Shop is open for business during these times. The lobby is to remain clear for Tech Shop members and their visitors.  Children cannot run around, lie down or play on the displayed artwork in the lobby. This is not a drop off program, the adult is to remain within a reasonable distance of their children. Mentors and leaders cannot babysit or watch over your children. They are extremely busy working with the kids on projects. Please review these expectations with your family so there is a clear understanding. And thank you for your on going support. 

 

Menu of projects

 

  Brush Bots $3.00 Materials Donation 

Teach kids about making, working with basic electronics, and thinking outside the box in minimalist "robot" design with the MAKE BrushBot Kit. Inspired by the original Bristlebot how-to from our friends at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, the BrushBot uses the head of a toothbrush as its body and the bristles as its legs. The hundreds of nylon hairs twitch and vibrate to make the "bot" bounce along like a nervous little insect. A tiny pager motor and coin cell battery provide the get up and go. The kit comes with the parts you need to build 4 of your own BrushBots. They're easy to make, fun to personalize, and good, goofy fun to race. 

 

Air Rocket

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  Compressed Air Rockets $3.00Materials Donation 

 

These are super popular and fun! We thought we would bring them back, since we haven't done them in a while and the forecast is clear!Build simple and personalized paper rockets that we will take outside and launch high into the air!

 

 

Firefly Jar $19.00Materials Donation 

Are you looking for a fun and simple e-textiles project? The Firefly Jar Kit is a great project for anyone from beginners to experienced e-textile hackers.

The Firefly Jar Kit uses our LilyTwinkle board with a handful of sewable LilyPad LEDs, all on a ProtoSnap board, to fill a felt jar with shining, twinkling fireflies (or lightning bugs... whatever you call them)

 

 

Soldering Kits $10.00- $25.00Materials Donation 

 

 

 

 

 

San Jose Open Lab July 13 ** 2 Sessions**

In order to facilitate a smoother open lab experience for all we have chosen to offer Pre pay sign ups for 2 sessions.  Please review the information carefully then select the link for the sign up time chosen. We ask that you only sign up for 1 session to allow others the opportunity to attend. 

Session 1 will run from 1:30p- 3p  -- http://hacker-scoutsguild002.eventbrite.com

Session 2 will run from 3:30p- 5p --  http://guild002hacker-scouts.eventbrite.com

 

We have decided to use Eventbrite for our ticketing/paying system. We have priced the material fees as a donation to allow you to lessen the extra fees. I have posted the menu, amount available and material fee on Eventbrite. Please note there are no refunds once paid for. Sessions will start and end on time. We suggest you show at least 10 minutes before start time to fill out waivers. 

As a reminder I would like to add that we will be choosing the guild members in August. We still need leaders to step up for Guild 002 and leaders to support additional guilds as our list of children is large and we will have a wait list.Things cannot progress without your  help.

Hacker Scouts San Jose Guild 002 will host its second Open Lab at Tech Shop on Saturday July13.  There are 2 sessions offered. This is session #1. Please refrain from signing up for both sessions to allow other families to experience Open Lab. There are NO REFUNDS and the full donation amount is expected. Our menu will be as follows

 

Featrued Project #1 Sewing with LED and conductive thread $12.00 Materials Donation

Description- Choose your own design or a template from our selection and hack the fabric with LED's, conductive thread and paint. Your imagination is in control. Use your creation later by sewing it onto a bag, hoodie or backpack!

 

 

Featured Project #2  Mousetrap Racers $5.00 Materials Donation

Description- Foucusing on design and aerodynamics, build a racer out of simple parts and compete in our Hacker Scouts Open Road Derby. Learn what makes a racer faster and go farther and why! Winner is based on distance traveled and will get a prize!

 

 

 

Weevil Eye Beginning Soldering Kit $10.00 Materials Donation

Description: The WeevilEye is a through-hole soldering kit designed for the beginner. It has a low parts count so even young kids can easily complete it. Once it's put together the red LED "eyes" light up brighter or darker according to how much light is getting to the photosensor.

 

 

 

Larson Scanner  $14.00 Materials Donation

 

Description: This easy-to-solder kit incorporates 9 large diffused LEDs and an ATtiny2313 microcontroller to create that awesome sweeping light effect from your favorite sci-fi shows. The microcontroller is pre-programmed, so you don't need to code or program anything if you don't want to! If you do want to do some hacking, though, the source code is available as well as all of the design files.

This is a great kit to get started with soldering because there are no surface mount components, it's also a great way to add blinkiness to

your Halloween costume... or, like, you're favorite tie.

 

 

Simon Says  $25.00 Materials Donation

 

 

Description: This is the latest version of our popular through-hole Simon Says Kit. We've made some changes to the board that should make it easier than ever for the beginner to build! All components are through-hole, making this kit a great place to start when you're learning to solder. When building this kit, you'll have a chance to solder a 28-pin microprocessor, LEDs, battery clips and more.

After you have successfully assembled the kit, you will have a greater knowledge of through-hole soldering and the tools, techniques, and terminology required to populate your own PCB prototype. You will have a development platform with 5 outputs (LEDs and buzzer), 5 inputs (buttons), and serial for debugging. And, of course, you'll have your very own Simon game!

 

 

TV B Gone  $16.00 Materials Donation

Description- Tired of all those LCD TVs everywhere? Want a break from advertisements while you're trying to eat?

Want to zap screens from across the street? The TV-B-Gone kit is what you need! This ultra-high-power, open source kit version of the popular TV-B-Gone is fun to make and even more fun to use. This version can be used in both "North American/Asia" as well as "Europe/UK" areas (basically, the whole world)!This kit comes unassembled with all parts necessary. This is a very simple kit and great for people who have never soldered anything before.

 

 

Firefly Jar  $18.00 Materials Donation

 

Description: Are you looking for a fun and simple e-textiles project? The Firefly Jar Kit is a great project for anyone from beginners to experienced e-textile hackers. The Firefly Jar Kit uses our LilyTwinkle board with a handful of sewable LilyPad LEDs, all on a ProtoSnap board, to fill a felt jar with shining, twinkling fireflies (or lightning bugs... whatever you call them)Note: A portion of this sale is given back to Dr. Leah Buechley for continued development and education of e-textiles and also to Arduino LLC to help fund continued development of new tools and new IDE features.

 

 

Eventbrite links

Session 1 -  http://hacker-scoutsguild002.eventbrite.com

Session 2- http://guild002hacker-scouts.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

SouthBay and Peninsula has lots of interest

What a beautiful problem to have. Over 80 kids on our interest list want to become Hacker Scouts. Without leaders and mentors this program cannot function. Please consider leading a guild to alleviate some of the wait list. If you joined us on Sunday you saw firsthand how many people want to be a part of this amazing program. 

Yes, it requires time but the pay off is huge....

 

If you are interested please email us directly at [email protected]

 

 

 

It was a raging SUCCESS!!!!!!! South Bay Represent!

Does it get any better??? I think not!

 

It was a sunny perfect day on Downtown San Jose. We arrived around 12:30 to get set up, our fearless mentors showed up with their families at 1:30. At 1:45 the place was swarmed with families, curious, anxious and dying to get through the line to choose their projects. Wait a minute... we don't open until 2pm!!!!! I had a line that ran out the door from 1:45 to 4:15p. It was madness in the most perfect way.

This was our test. This was a crap shoot. We ordered in hopes of 20 to 30 families but ended with around 60-70. It is clear to us that SouthBay is ready for what we want to bring. There is an overwhelming need/desire for Hacker Scouts. I witnessed some of the most beautiful "Ah Ha" moments from both children and adults. 

You see, I have been asked over and over lately "Why are you doing this with your already packed schedule."

I came from a household who

1. didn't have the income to support my dreams of digging deeper into Science, Art and Technology. 

2. My parents were either too overwhelmed to handle the commitment or saw sports as the only real outlet to "success"

 

To make this short, I want to ensure that other kids get the opportunities that I didn't have. I want children to dream and be a vessel to make those dreams come true. 

Who will be our next Steve Jobs, Einstein, Tesla or Gates?

I'll tell you who... these kids.  Why, because of you all. Those of you who gave up your day to mentor. Those of you who gave up your day to bring your kids to explore.

The air was thick with Solder fumes and creativity.... My goodness it was spectacular.

 

We took notes on things we can do differently next time, we are trying to perfect the unknown so please know that we thank you for your support and we are working around the clock to make things better each time. Our next Open lab will be July 13, Saturday. We are trying to see which day (Sat or Sun) works best for the  San Jose community. 

 

Until next time... How can you hack your world to make change????

Mel<3

I can't speak for Kandy but I am sure she feels the exact same way.  

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
Isaac Asimov 
 

 

South Bay Guild 002 Open Lab at TechShop San Jose 6/9/13

 

Hacker Scouts San Jose would like to invite you to our first Open Lab at Tech Shop San Jose on Sunday June 9,2013 from 2pm-5pm.

We will accept cash,check or credit card($0.25 processing fee).  

Open Lab is an all ages program based on how children learn through various developmental and educational theories as well as a desire we see in the Maker culture for community and family inclusiveness.

 

 

 

Featured Project: #1 Compressed Air Rockets

These are super popular and fun! We thought we would bring them back, since we haven't done them in a while and the forecast is clear!

 Build simple and personalized paper rockets that we will take outside and launch high into the air!

($3 Materials fee)

 

 

      Featured Project: #2 Origami Polyhedra

Come explore three-dimensional space!  Folded paper origami is great for building beautiful polyhedra.  We'll show you how to fold simple modules and then assemble them into cool shapes.  We'll talk about how these shapes which inspired ancient mathematicians are important in geometry, chemistry, architecture, art, and design.  ($3.00 Materials fee)

 

 

 

 

 

6 Assorted  Soldering Kits will be available  as well

Projects vary in difficulty. Kits range from $10- $25

 

 

 

 

Date and Time: June 9,2013 2pm-5pm

Address: 300 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113

Phone:(408) 916-4144

Parking: When parking in the TechShop Lot  you must ask the front desk for a Parking Permit or risk being towed.

 

 

Guild 002 South Bay Upcoming Events!

Please join us for these exciting upcoming events at our new partner and host space, Tech Shop San Jose!

Information Night for Guild 002 is Thursday, May 2nd at 7pm
TechShop San Jose - Conference Room
300 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113
(corner of 2nd St. and San Carlos St.)
 

 We greatly encourage you to attend Information Night where we will be detailing the San Jose Guild's plan, expectations and goals. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet face-to-face, ask questions, and get to know the variety of skills everyone has. This will help us firm up a guild unique to San Jose. Information Night also helps those who are on the fence to decide whether the Guild commitment is suited for their family. Also, we get to find out those who are interested in Guild leader roles. Keep in mind that if you decide Guild isn't a good fit for your family, you can still choose to volunteer, mentor and/or help promote San Jose Open Lab. We've set goals to complete some fundraising events, have Guild members identified, have Guild leaders identified, and begin holding weekly Guild meetings by September.

Next up...Open Lab!

Open Lab is Sunday, June 9 from 2pm-5pm
TechShop San Jose - Conference Room
300 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113
(corner of 2nd St. and San Carlos St.)

Open Lab is an all ages program based on how children learn through various developmental and educational theories as well as a desire we see in the Maker culture for community and family inclusiveness. Open Lab is open to the general public and will help with the San Jose Guild's fundraising efforts. Hacker Scouts is looking for mentors and volunteers to support the activities we will be offering. If you're interested in helping us get the word out about Open Lab, let us know and you can help us with email blasts, posters/flyers, and social media posts. Also, if you haven't tried Oakland's Open Lab, it is worth a visit. (http://hacker-scouts.org/openlab)

If you have any questions, let us know.