Signal Boost: Site 3 coLaboratory

Site3TorontoSite 3 coLaboratory is a member-run space for makers in Toronto. At their Open House every Thursday night you can get a tour of the shop and meet the makers that use it.

If it is your first time they recommend coming later in the evening, from 8pm – 9pm.

Check out their site at: site3.ca for more information about their awesome events, classes and projects.

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open|haus

open|hausEvery 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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Digitigrade Stilts nearing completion

Questions have been asked about these stilt things. They are digitigrade stilts. They change the walking motion so that it is akin to me walking on my tip toes…. but also stilts.

 

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They are based off of a design I found online. I did make the design online and the current design is Mk.2. I did not email the creator of the design online, but his old design has a factor of safety of 0.8-0.9 or so. Really dangerous. I did a bunch of CAD, structural analysis and FEA to make sure that these will take the load. Using my engineering degree for something, I guess.

FEA

FEA tests. Note: full weight on one linkage.

 

And as for why I am making it? Because it is clear cut, straight foward, and should look good at the end. Webbing, testing, refinement, and a few small machining tasks to go!

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Bring a Pie for Pi Day 2015

Image from openclipart.org

Image from openclipart.org

Pi Day is just around the corner, so come join us Saturday, March 14 to honor that special holiday of math-lovers everywhere. A celebration of the mathematical constant pi with…..pie.

And this coming Pi Day isn’t just any old Pi Day either. It is actually a once-in-a-lifetime event because on 3.14.15 at 9:26:53 the date and time will correspond to the first 10 digits of pi (π = 3.141592653) making it a “Epic Pi Day” which is an event that happens only once per century.

You don’t want to miss what is going to be the best Pi Day of this entire century! No particular variety of pie is associated with Pi Day, so feel free to buy (or make) your favorite type of pie and head over to 25 Dundurn St North in Hamilton, Ontario and go in the back door and then up the stairs to join in the celebration.

See you Saturday, March 14 @1pm

Pi Day Note just for Kids — NationalPiDay.org has many printable worksheets with activities like measuring polygons to estimate pi, word searches, jumbles, and crossword puzzles that emphasize relevant words such as circle, diameter, and circumference.

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open|haus

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

Google Map

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Introducing: think|haus Kids

Think|haus Kids

Image from Openclipart.org

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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