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Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

Hello!  Our good friends at Vocademy in the Inland Empire will be hosting a Mini Maker Faire Saturday October 4, 2014. 

They are looking for Makers, Attendees, Vendors and Volunteers!  Please check out the Inland Empire Mini Make Faire website for up to date information!

The OCMMF team will be there volunteering and having fun.  Hope to see you there!

~The OC Mini Maker Faire Team

Please check out Make:OC for upcoming Maker events in OC.

Make:OC Smoker Build

One pleasantly sunny Saturday in Southern California a group of people got together, their mission: to hack, modify and re-purpose a few items and create a portable smoker. OC Mini Maker Faire Team Members Chris Reyes and James Howarth organized this project with design advice from advanced Smoker Maker, Barry Bates. Barry’s  Mini Weber Smokey Mountain Grill is “an easy modification creating a competition tested, portable, compact smoker that can be used as an introduction to the world of home-built smoking”. If you’d like to have a go at building this smoker at home here’s the parts list.
Parts ready to be made into a smoker.

Our venue was provided by Steve Trinidad who invited us to hold our Meet-up at his new makerspace facility, Urban Workshop.  More about Urban Workshop in a later post.

James and Chris brought their smokers and cooked some food to give attendees a taste of what they were in for. Two chickens, corn and biscuits made a fine smoked meal along with an assortment of chips, bread, brownies and beverages.

Delicious moist, tender chicken stuffed with apples, onions, lemon and rosemary.

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Seventeen intrepid Makers showed up and three completed smokers went home.

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Richard Platts took his home and gave it a coat of paint.

Join our Make:OC Meet-up group where you can join group projects, go on field trips or suggest your own field trip or project.

Until next time, keep on making!

 

 

Arduino Holiday Star

This year at work there was a contest to make the best ornament for the Christmas tree.  We, the IT Department, almost never participate in these activities.  Well, this year we did.  At work I was shown a star cut from a computer motherboard by Robert.  Amanda asked, “Hey, can you put lights on this?”  I said “Yes, I can use an Arduino”.  I took the star home to made a prototype.

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The prototype took a couple hours to cobble together and program.  The program makes the lights dim, get brighter and blink using an Arduino UNO some LEDs and resisters. I brought this back to work and everyone liked it.  A few more holes were drilled and given back to me with a CPU glued into the socket.

Below it he back of the ornament I ended up with…

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The finished ornament!  There was no hole for the LED on the leg with the power plug, so I brought the LED around to the front of the star.

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My workstation on the kitchen table with a $5 soldering iron.

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The ornament did not win the contest at work. 

Arduino Laboratory Workshop

Arduino Laboratory Workshop is coming to

OC Mini Maker Fair!

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What is an Arduino?  It’s not the latest shoe from Italy.  But it is a cool very inexpensive Single board computer designed in Italy.  This is digital technology that everyone can afford and use for both practical and far out projects.

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Come learn how everyday people are taking control of the digital revolution.  Arduno’s are used in all kinds of projects: robotics, flying things, musical instruments, movie props, Halloween decorations and anything you can dream of.

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There is a large ecosystem of suppliers that can sell add-ons to make them do or react to all manner of interesting things.  

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The development Environment is free and simple to use. At this workshop you will actually build an Arduino project.  Learn how to make techno cool gadgets Italian Style! 

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Arduino Workshop

AliveIn the workshop you will be able to purchase a kit with everything you need: parts, software and plans to construct your own Arduino projects.  Technical expert with infinite patience will be on hand to assist!  We will do our best to help.  You will be able to select projects of varying complexity. There is a craft element to these kits.  The physical part of the project will mostly be foam board.  Some assembly required.  For extra credit apply your own graphics. We will have a PC with the necessary Arduino software.  But if you bring your own laptop you will have more time to play. This can be a team sport.  Having a lab partner can be fun.  Things to bring to the workshop if you can:

A laptop*.

A #2 pencil*.  Or similar with a large eraser.

A sense of adventure and creativity.

Coloring outside the lines is encouraged.

* Laptop not required to participate.

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 Check out my page for more info:

 arduinolaboratory.com

Edtric: Crash Course Electronics with Soldering Skills at the OCMMF

Would you like to build your own robot army to take over the world?  Everybody’s gotta start somewhere and you can get started on your first robot with Edtric at the OC Mini Maker Faire at UCI on August 17th, 2013!

Edtric’s Crash Course Electronics with Soldering Skills workshop will teach you some of the basics of electronics and soldering and at the end you’ll have your very own working robot.

To get an idea of what the workshop entails and to get a preliminary lesson in electronics, watch this video from Edtric:

At edtrication our purpose is to bring you affordable engineering hardware that allows the exploration of vast engineering and science applications. We like to think of our hardware as dynamic supplements going beyond the static pages of textbooks, theoretical problem solving, and the cubicle.

You explore new concepts. You experience new things.

Plus, you develop hands-on understanding. Our solutions are intended to remind you that even the largest and most complex systems start with simple concepts.

We hope you will find our hardware and accompanying lesson plans thought-provoking and motivating … able to ignite your ideas, excite your creativity, and inspire your imagination.

Let us nurture your inner engineer.

http://www.edtrication.com/

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Paper Bag Books

Here’s a fun reuse project to do with, or for, kids!  You will need:

  • Four paper lunch bags
  • glue (school glue or glue stick will work, just something sticky)

That’s it!  That’s the basics anyway, you can also have materials on hand for creating a cover if you want like felt or sheets of craft foam or decorative paper or what ever material you want.

So, start with four paper lunch bags:

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First, keeping them folded, glue the flap that is the bottom of the bag down.

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Then fold the bags so that the bottom is on the outside.

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Next, you want to glue the bottom panel of one bag to the top part of another bag, do this with all the bags.

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Make sure to cover the bag well with glue, especially along the edges.

And there you have the basic book!

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Now you can get fancy and make a cover!  The black book is covered with felt and there is a fan of colored foam with sticky backs to make it easy.

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Our resident teen artist covered her book with white craft foam then used puffy stickers and paint on it.

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They can also be decorated for a holiday and given as gifts or extra fancy cards.  (This one is drying after having hearts applied with Mod Podge.)

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We were gifted one of these fun little books with prompts on each page to help encourage them to be used.

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And since the open end of the bag is facing out they can be used as secret pockets to keep treasures in!  How about using one as a recipe book.  Recipes can be clipped out of magazines and kept in the pockets while others can be written on the pages.  White lunch bags can be used as well.  Play with it and make it your own!

Lemonade Game

You may have been hearing about this thing called Arduino lately and wondering what it is, well, here’s an introduction from MAKE that’s a good place to start getting an idea.

Now, if that’s got you excited and you want to learn more here’s an opportunity to get in there and do some hands-on learning!

Trish Tsoiasue, through her Lemonade Game Project, has arranged for Sparkfun to come to Long Beach on October 15th & 16th and offer Arduino classes at the  Long Beach Sea Scout base,  5875 Appian Way, Long Beach, CA 90803.

Oct. 15th, 2012 ~ 1:00pm – 5:00pm ~ $35.00 or $70.00

Halloween LED Light Up / SparkFun Electronics

Sessions on the use of the LilyPad Arduino. It provides the capability to add lights and more to your sewing  projects. This is an introduction to artists, sewing inclined, home costumers.  It involves learning about sewable electronics components and the LilyPad.

Ideal For

  • Middle and High School science educators interested in learning how to use sensors, do basic programming with a microcontroller, and find many resources to take classrooms in different directions.
  • Programmers who want an introduction to the Arduino.
  • Artists who have some technical ability and want to make their art move.
  • College students in Engineering and the Arts.

OCT. 16TH, 2012 ~ 9:00AM – 6:00PM ~ $145.00

TOOLS FOR MAKING THINGS MOVE/TAKE HOME ELECTRONICS/SPARKFUN  SESSIONS #1 & 2

This is an introduction to the Arduino for the technically inclined.  Some small exposure to programming is preferred, but not required.  In the event of low registrations, Session #2 will be folded into Session #1.

Session #1 - No soldering will be performed. Session #2 – Soldering will be performed in this session.

Take Home equipment value $125. A SparkFun Inventor’s Kit, Additional Arduino compatible dev board.

Space is limited.                                                                                                                              For more information or to sign up for a session visit Trish’s blog                  Handmade Penguin.

A little more about trish and the lemonade game

Trish Tsoiasue is working to grow the Maker Ohana in Long Beach as creative Handmade Penguin.
She has a degree in Computer Science and has worked in a technical field for over 30 years. She is committed to community, and is a co-founder of 501c3 non-profit Shared Science which works to bring engineering and technology programming to youth with current focus in the Long Beach area.
Trish attended the San Mateo MakerFaire in 2012 as an Education Day volunteer, a MakerCorps volunteer and as media.  She has continued in her quest to bring Making to Long Beach as a Blogger for the Belmont Shore Patch.  Since June 25, she has been blogging daily about Makers and Creatives in Long Beach in a game she has created called The Community Lemonade Game.

Her current phase of her mission to bring Making to Long Beach is to find multiple spaces interested in collaborating on setting up makerspaces in Long Beach.  So far, so good…
Trish also volunteers heavily with the BSA Long Beach Area Council.
Trish invites everyone to make Lemonade with her.  If you’d like to catch up on Trish’s scavenger hunt through Long Beach, follow her game from day 1.  It’s a lot of following, so if you’d just like to pick and choose, follow her blog directly.

Saturday’s Schedule!

We are all supper excited about the first ever Orange County Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.  Attached to this post is the schedule.

Enjoy the schedule!

We can’t wait to see you there!

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