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Fab Lab Makers

At the Youth Council meeting on Saturday the 18th, it was decided to call the group of young people's Saturday morning open lab "Fab Lab Makers". A Google group with this name has been created to allow people to subscribe to announcements and information about these open labs. If you are interested in joining the group send us an email at cucflyc@gmail.com and we will send you an invitation to the group.

Online Library of High Resolution Scans

Possibly of interest:  An NSF sponsored collection of high quality scanned specimens (skeltons and fossils).  The datasets are availalbe in a number of formats, some of them are available in STL, intended for 3D printing.

The Digital Morphology library is a dynamic archive of information on digital morphology and high-resolution X-ray computed tomography of biological specimens.

Open Lab for Youth

The CUCFabLab Youth Council is sponsoring an open lab for young people on Saturday May 18th from 10 until noon. Come in and make something fun and interesting.

If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Council, or becoming a member, come in at 9:30 and join us for our monthly council meeting. We will be discussing the website, a name for the Saturday morning group, and projects we would like to make.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Jeff Howard 

CUCFL Contributes to a unique campus event

The CUC Fab Lab contributed to a special Augmented Reality installation for the University of Illinios graduation ceremonies.

See the official press release and visit the site Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to see it in person. see the 'About' page and the student pix.

This project was a collaboration of many departments at the UI, and the team included Robert McGrath and Andrew Knight of the Fab Lab.

Draft White Paper about CUCFL

Following up on the HASTAC presentation mentioned here, I have posted a much longer, more throrough discussion.

See the link at: http://robertmcgrath.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/draft-white-paper-communit...

I would like to revise and improve this draft.

(By the way, I couldn't find a good "Section" for this entry.  "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.")

CUC Fab Lab Presentation at HASTAC 2103 in Toronto

On Saturday I presented a short talk about the CUCFL at the HASTAC 2103 conference in Troronto (Abstract).  Thanks to all of you who directly or indirectly helped.

I met folks from several Canadian makerspaces, and gave out our card to several of them.  Most of them were just starting out and wanted advice about how to build a successful makerspace.  I invited them to peruse our web site for tutorials, etc. and contact us.

STAR EXPO this Thursday April 25 at the Hilton Inn Garden

STAR EXPO this Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 PM - fab lab volunteers are welcome to work the table!  The event will be held at the Hilton Inn Gardens

A raffle will be held.  Suggestions welcome!

From the announcement:

First of all, I want to thank all of you for agreeing to be a vendor at our 2013 STAR Expo and Awards Ceremony.  We are thrilled to have you be a part of this special event!  As we are just days away from the Expo, I wanted to touch base with everyone on some last minute details you may need prior to the Expo.

CUCFL Youth Council Meeting

AGENDA

CUCFL Youth Council

Saturday April 20th, 9:30 AM

 

  1. REVIEW CHARTER

 

  1. COMMUNICATIONS

  • Contact email for the youth council (for example CUCFLYouthCouncil(at)gmail.com)

  • Google group for announcements

  • Webpage

Earth Day Open Lab for Youth

The CUCFL Youth Council is sponsoring an open lab for youth, 10-16 years old, on Saturday April 20th from 10 until Noon. Come to the lab and start your Earth Day celebrations early. You can make cards, stickers, or engravings and then take a plant home with you when you leave.

You can also see a Raspberry Pi in action. The Raspberry Pi is a 25-35 dollar computer built around an ARM processor. It is a great tool for learning to program and has been inspiring people all around the world to make lots of fun stuff. Here is a chance to try one out before deciding if it is something you would be interested in.

Introducing Color Printing and Paper

We now have an additional scanner-printer available at the lab for color printing and color paper. Ask at the desk, we ask for 50 cents a sheet.

Disruption Department in St. Louis blog series about Makerspaces

disruption department logo
A tip from Sharon Irish - the Disruption Department has launched a blog series about a makerspace in an arts school in St. Louis.
This post has some great ideas: http://thedisruptiondepartment.org/news/

'RingU': networked friendship rings

Possibly of interest: a project from the Mixed Reality Lab at Keio University.  From this description, we could probably replicate it--though I don't know if we would want to.  :-)

See their web page for an explanation:

http://ringu.mixedrealitylab.org/

Saturday for Young People

The CUCFL Youth Council is sponsoring another open lab for people between the ages of 10 and 16 on Saturday the 16th from 10 until noon. If you misses our soldering day, we still have badges available for soldering at 3 dollars a piece. If you don't have a project you want to work on, come in anyway and we will help you think of something to make. If you are able to make it please let me know at jeffhoward0@gmail.com as soon as you can.

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