Guild 004 (Seattle, WA)

Spooky Soft Circuits

Hope everyone had a happy Halloween!   

A big "thank you!" to Fay from bitwise E-textiles for leading our Halloween-themed Open Lab.  The project was a fun a way to learn about circuits, and practice hand sewing skills as well!  you can see pictures of the event here, on the bitwise Facebook page.


Open Lab and Newsletter


Greetings Hacker Scout Families,

Now that everyone has survived back-to-school week, it’s time for Open Lab, and also time to check in with our community and find out who is interested in taking the next steps in joining and mentoring in the Hacker Scout Guild Program. We are about to get busy, so there's a lot of information in this newsletter.  

Open Labs this Month are Sunday, 9/15, and Sunday 9/29

at Metrix Create:Space1:00-4:00 pm
623A Broadway East, Seattle, WA 98102  

Self-Sustaining Table-Top Biospheres at Open Lab this Sunday
We’ll have supplies, but if you would like to bring a special container, shell, or other decorations, please feel free to get creative.  Hopefully our little friends will last a good long while!  See the Eventbrite link for additional information and project details.  
To reserve a spot, please sign up on Eventbrite here.  

You can pay for materials and make donations on the invite.  As always, if material fees are hardship for anyone this month, just let us know.  We want to make sure everyone who wants to come can be there, and we usually have enough donations to cover a few kits.  

Kids are also welcome to bring any projects they would like to work on and/or get some help with.   

Save the Date!  
We are planning on holding more soldering classes for the Open Lab on 9/29.  The plan may change, but we'd like to give the new kids a chance to learn to solder, and give the other kids more practice time.  

Exciting news!
Hacker Scouts Headquarters is holding a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their dedicated space, and develop new programs.  If you have been curious what Hacker Scouts is all about and where things are headed, take a look at the video and you can see what these awesome folks have in store for the organization. 

Are you interested in becoming a Hacker Scout mentor or leading a
Hacker Scout or Sparks Guild in your area?  

The Hacker Scout HQ in Oakland is holding a training session for leaders and mentors this month in Oakland on the weekend of 9/29 and 9/29  If you’re interested, please email Samantha Cooke at [email protected].

We are always looking for volunteers to help out with Open Labs and will need some extra help and dedicated people to help get the Guild program off the ground.  If you can help, please reply to this email and let us know what you would like to help with, or if you have any special skills you'd like to share with the group.  

We will also be holding informational meetings for families who are interested in joining the more structured Guild Program.  Dates and location coming soon!

Looking ahead to October, the Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl competition 
in Everett is coming up.  We think it would be great fun to get a group of Hacker Scouts to do a recon field trip on Saturday and check out the trebuchets and other pumpkin tossers.  Trebuchets were such a big hit at Open Lab--perhaps we Hacker Scouts can enter the competition next year.  It is a fun time, with activities for kids of all ages.  More information about the event can be found here.  If enough people are interested, we can figure out a plan for meeting up.  

Thanks to everyone for the support and enthusiasm.  We appreciate everyone’s efforts in creating the Guild 004 Hacker Scouts community and look forward to an exciting season of Hacker Scouting!  

All the best,

Pierce & Catherine Nichols

Open Lab for Sunday 8/24 Trebuchets

We will be making Trebuchets at Open Lab tomorrow, and also bringing the Compressed Air rocket launcher along and making paper rockets to launch.  


Sunday 8/24, !:00 - 4:00 

Metrix Create:Space 

623A Broadway East

Seattle, WA 98102



The material Fee for Trebuchets is $28, and the Rockets are FREE (although donations to cover the cost of the space is appreciated). 


As always, you are also welcome to bring your own projects to work on.


***  Reserve a spot on Eventbrite:


FYI:  Membership is not required to attend Open Labs.  We are in still in the process of organizing the formal Hacker Scouts and Sparks Guilds and will be holding informational meetings next month for interested families.  


Looking forward to seeing you there!




Soft Circuits at Open Lab and Guild Update

Happy Summer Hacker Scout Families!  


On the Open Lab Menu for this Sunday--Soft Circuits

Fay Shaw of bitwise e-Textiles has graciously volunteered to teach e-textiles at this month's second Hacker Scouts Open Lab.

Sew your very first circuit!  In this workshop, participants sew a simple circuit with conductive thread to connect an LED to a coin cell battery.  First, they draw the circuit on the felt and bend the LEDs so they can be sewn into.  Then they stitch along the lines to reach the battery.  This workshop teaches the concept of positive and negative that is present in every electrical circuit. 

Note: This is *NOT* a drop-off event -- you must remain and participate with your child.

We are asking for a suggested donation of $10/per kid to help cover the cost of the space. Donations over $10 welcome, and will help cover expenses for families who are unable to afford it. 

Pre-registration recommended.  Register here:

Hacker Scouts Open Lab meets the 2nd and 4th Sundays every month at Metrix Create:Space in Seattle.

We are planning on holding informational meetings about setting up the formal weekly Hacker Scouts and Sparks (for ages 4-8) guilds in September. 

We have many families interested in setting up a guild on the East Side, but so far no one has stepped up to lead it.  If you're willing ornanize it, or can host a meetup for interested families, please let us know so we can help to get that going.  

Ways to stay in touch:

Main Hacker Scouts site--Guild 004 blog:

Facebook Group:

Google Group will be up and going soon.


Back to the Lab!

We are back at Metrix Create:Space  for Open Labs the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. 

This Sunday, July 14th at 1:00pm, we'll be working on a group project--a compressed air rocket launcher.  If you were at the Seattle Maker Faire, you may have seen one firing off paper rockets outside the venue.  It looked so cool, we decided to build one of our own.  Come on down to Metrix and lend a hand, and/or build your own rocket.  If all goes well, we'll be trekking over to a local park to launch our rockets later in the afternoon. 

More info and reservations on the Eventbrite Invite.  The Open Lab is free, but there's a suggested donation of $10 to cover expenses.  Reservations will guarantee you a spot in case Metrix gets mobbed (again). 

Hope to see you there! 



Low-Tide Beach Walk and Pot-Luck Picnic

A warm welcome to the 152 new families who signed up on our newsletter list at Maker Faire!

In case you missed the news, there is NO OPEN LAB AT METRIX THIS WEEK, because the sun is shining, (we hope) and we are having a…


June 23rd, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Golden Gardens Park

8498 Seaview Pl NW, 98117 

The Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists will be on hand for beach interpretation, and have offered to give our group an informal talk about Salmon Habitat in the local area. This is a casual event and opportunity for us to meet and get to know each other.

To find us, park in the most Northerly parking spot you can find, and head north, towards the wetlands trail at the very end of the parking lot. Once you cross over, there is long stretch of beach that is excellent for viewing low-tide animals, and it’s much less crowded than the main beach. We won’t be using the picnic facilities at the park.

We will be gathering around 10:30 and will have a Hacker Scouts banner and a table to put food and snacks on. We are planning to meet up with the naturalist around noon for the salmon talk.

You can see a layout of the park and trails here:


Things to bring:

· Food to share (or bring your own lunch—that’s fine too!)

· Sunscreen

· A camera

· Waterproof shoes, boots or sandals if you like them

· Blanket or towels to sit on, camp chairs, etc.

· A pen or pencil to keep track of the critters you find on the beach-life scavenger hunt

Things to Leave at Home:

· Your dog—dogs can wreck havoc on fragile creatures and sea grass during low tide, so please leave your furry people at home—thanks!

The event will go on, rain or shine. The forecast is calling for a high of 73°F, and partly cloudy.

We hope to see you there!



Seattle Mini Maker Faire

We will be having two off-site events in June, so there will be no Open Labs at Metrix next month. 

We'll be having a booth at the Mini Maker Faire on June 8th and 9th, and a Low-Tide Beach Picnic at Golden Gardens Sunday, June 23rd (more details TBA). 

We are looking for families to help out with a hands-on project, and show off what they have made at the Maker Faire booth.  Kids who participate will receive a goodie bag from the Seattle Mini Maker Faire.   If you are interested, please sign up here.

The Mini Maker Faire is free for kids 16 and under.  You can get advance tickets here.




No Open Lab in Seattle Sunday 5/12

There will be no Open Lab in Seattle on Sunday May 12th, Mother's Day.  Hope all the Moms and Mom-like people have a wonderful day!  We'll be back the 2nd Sunday, May 26th. 


Open Lab #3 4/28 Menu of Activities

Soldering-- Laser-Cut Tool Box--Banana Tattoos 

Our third Open Lab at Metrix is this Sunday, April 28th at the same times as the last one. We are doing two sessions, and you can reserve a place ahead of time. Session One is from 1:00 - 2:30. Session Two is from 2:30-4:00.

We have some new projects for this lab, including Jeff Baylor's laser cut parts box and the Joule Thief kit.

As always, Open Labs are free to attend, and there are material fees for soldering and laser-cut projects.

For our free craft project, we'll be tattooing bananas and photographing them to preserve the awesomeness and have a hands-on mini art lesson on shading techniques used ink drawings: stippling, hatching and cross hatching.

You are also welcome to bring your own projects to work on. Donations are greatly appreciated, and will go towards the cost of using the space and tools at Metrix. $10 per child is approximately what it costs us to run it. If you can’t afford it right now--no worries! And if you can afford to donate more, it is much appreciated and will help us cover costs.

We’re now handling sign ups and donations through Eventbrite. Please sign up for the session you and your child would like to attend through one of the following links.

Session One:
Sesson Two: