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open|haus Every Tuesday, we open up our doors at 7 pm to invite in the members of the general public.

We’d love for you to come in and show off the projects you’ve been working on or if you are stuck on a project and need other people to help you brainstorm answers we are here to help you with your questions too!

Whatever the skill level, you are always welcome in our ‘Haus’. We love teaching beginners the skills they need to succeed and sharping our own skill by learning from experts who drop by.

We are located in Hamilton, Ontario at 25 Dundurn St North. Just head to the back door and when you come in you’ll see a second door to your left. We are just up the set of stairs. See you tonight @ 7pm

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March Madness

March MadnessSpring may be a couple more weeks away but the Haus has been a-buzz with new activities to assist with making things all shiny and new around here. The wiki is currently in the process of getting a complete overhaul and our servers are being upgraded.

There are a couple of new lonely word search puzzles up on the think|haus kids page but we still need your help so those puzzles can find a group of like-minded friends. Please send any STEM-related, kid focused worksheets and puzzles that you’ve created to rain at thinkhaus dot org and help us fill out that page so that it can became a valuable resource to help get kids interested in science & technology.

It is our hope that by the time spring arrives we will have our own IRC channel complete with a shiny and new chatbot up and running so everyone will be able to have a virtual place to mingle when they are unable to make it to the Haus.

Lastly, a special thank you to our new members. We wouldn’t be able to exist without your support. Kudos to you on your awesomeness!

 

 

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open|haus

OpenHaus Every Tuesday, we open up our doors at 7 pm to invite in the members of the general public. We’d love for you to come in and show off the projects you’ve been working on or if you are stuck on a project and need other people to help you brainstorm answers we are here to help you with your questions too!

Whatever the skill level,  you are always welcome in our ‘Haus’. We love teaching beginners the skills they need to succeed and sharping our own skill by learning from experts who drop by.

We are located in Hamilton, Ontario at 25 Dundurn St North. Just head to the back door and when you come in you’ll see a second door to your left. We are just up the set of stairs. See you tonight @ 7pm

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Introducing: think|haus Kids

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Greetings and salutations!

We are slowly working on a section of STEM-based wordsheets for children. (STEM stands for Science, Technology,  Engineering & Math.) If all goes according to plan, hopefully at some point in the near future you will be able to generate wordsheets online so that anyone regardless of programming skill will be able to easily donate their own crosswords, puzzles and word searches to add towards a growing database that will be able to be accessed and offered to  all the hacklabs but until that sublime day everything will have to be done the hard way….by little ol’ me…..one wordsheet at time.

If you have any puzzles you’ve made and would like to donate to this fun project, please send them in a PDF file to rain [at] thinkhaus [dot] org and I’ll get them up so we can start building a great and fun resource for kids.

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think|haus Computer Clinic

Hello Everyone!

We are proud to introduce the first think|haus Computer Clinic on February 28th, 2015.

Need help with your computer problems?  Join us from Noon to 3pm.

Admission is free to all, membership not required.

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May Workshop: Introduction to Arduino

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think|haus will be presenting a workshop on May 24th about the Arduino microcontroller and interfacing different sensors. This is a basic introduction, so no prior experience is needed. Follow-up workshops are planned for later in the summer which will delve into more advanced topics including motors and wireless networking. Details of the current workshop are below.

*Due to space constraints there are only 6 spots open. Register early as this workshop has proven to be very popular in the past*

When: Saturday May 24, 2014 10am-4pm

Where: think|haus Makerspace, 25 Dundurn St N

Cost: $30/person

Registration: thinkhaus.org/events

ARDUINO IS AN OPEN-SOURCE ELECTRONICS PROTOTYPING PLATFORM BASED ON FLEXIBLE, EASY-TO-USE HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE. IT’S INTENDED FOR ARTISTS, DESIGNERS, HOBBYISTS AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN CREATING INTERACTIVE OBJECTS OR ENVIRONMENTS.

Workshop participants will learn:

– What the Arduino community is all about
– How to interface a computer to the real world
– Simple programming for interfacing
– Really basic electronics concepts

Please Note: All the required hardware and software will be provided at the workshop but you do need to bring your own laptop with you. Mac, Windows, and Linux are all okay. Registration is open to those age 16+ only.

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Makin’ Filament…

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We’re really enjoying the wide world of 3-d printing at think|haus but we’re facing an odd reality. We’re dealing with the cost of filament and the piles of misprints that occur as a natural result of the iterative design process.

To solve this, we’re starting to make our own filament using the Filastruder that was acquired by one of our members.

The filastruder takes pelletized plastic and turns it into plastic string suitable to feed to one of our 3-d printer.

Ultimately, we’ll be building a grinder that reduces a misprint to the right consistency to be feedstock for the filastruder.

Think of all of the plastic things in your life that you could drop into the grinder and have come out as filament that goes right into the top of a 3-d printer and makes the next thing.

That’s pretty cool.

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Introduction to Arduino

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think|haus will be presenting a workshop on April 26th about the Arduino and interfacing to the real world.  It’s really just an introduction to the whole Arduino ecosystem.  Future workshops will get more into the technical details of the electronics side of Arduino interfacing.  Ultimately, it should all lead to a final set of workshops where the participants learn to design and build an entire embedded system and solder it to a custom printed circuit board.  Details of the first
workshop are below.


When: Saturday April 26, 2014 10am-4pm SECOND DATE ADDED: Sunday April 27, 2014 10am-4pm

Where: Think|Haus Makerspace, 25 Dundurn St N

Cost: $30/person

Registration: thinkhaus.org/events


ARDUINO IS AN OPEN-SOURCE ELECTRONICS PROTOTYPING PLATFORM BASED ON FLEXIBLE, EASY-TO-USE HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE. IT’S INTENDED FOR ARTISTS, DESIGNERS, HOBBYISTS AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN CREATING INTERACTIVE OBJECTS OR ENVIRONMENTS.

Workshop participants will learn:

  • What the Arduino community is all about
  • How to interface a computer to the real world
  • Simple programming for interfacing
  • Really basic electronics concepts


Please Note: All the required hardware and software will be provided at the workshop but you do need to bring your own laptop with you.  No prior knowledge of microcontrollers or electronics is assumed for this course. Its for beginners.  There will be more advanced courses coming soon.  Space is limited to 6 people, but if we receive enough interest then an additional workshop may be held on the Sunday.  Registration is open to those age 16+ only.

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MiniMakerFaire Toronto

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We had an absolute blast at MMF-TO!

We handed out approximately 850 laser cut acrylic moustaches for kids and adults alike to colour up and make uniquely their own.

We’ve got some good pictures kicking around, but in the meantime, here’s an awesome video that TVO put together.

Big thanks to Richard for the endless laser cutting, Dave for bringing the cool toys, and Amelia for her 16+ hours teaching little kids to colour moustaches.

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MiniMakerFaireToronto 2013!!!!

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We’re going to the Toronto Mini Maker Faire — September 21 and 22 at the Wychwood Barns (former TTC streetcar facility)

 

You could come too if you get a ticket :)

 

Also, there will be moustaches… lots of moustaches.

 

UPDATE: Added the link where you can buy tickets. derp.

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