Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Kids to Invade the Fab Lab

In a recent blog post Maggie Thrash wrote “A common misconception is that hacking=accessing other people’s computers (see: any movie or news story about “hacking”). But the true meaning of hacking is much broader– it’s about problem-solving, rejecting limits set by outside forces, curiousity, and a true DIY spirit. In tech terms, it includes reverse engineering (taking stuff apart to learn how it works) and modifying electronics to suit your own needs and to answer your own questions. I like this video of Limor Fried (one of the most influential electrical engineers in the world) where she describes a hacker as ‘not somebody who breaks into something, but somebody who breaks out of something.'” If you are between the ages of 10 and 16, grab an adult and join us at the CUCFL on Saturday Dec. 8th from 10 until noon where you can take that first step towards making your electronic devices do what you want them to do. We will be doing a simple soldering project to introduce everyone to the electronics area of the Fab Lab. Since there are a limited number of soldering stations, we will also be exploring how to make a 3D object using 2D pieces cut on the epilog laser engraver by cutting and assembling the Pteranodon kit. There is also an excellent tutorial for making a press fit box available here if you do not want to make a dinosaur. There will be a $3 charge for the soldering kit, and the pressboard for the Pteranodon kit is 50 cents. If you are going to try a press fit box you can purchase the necessary materials at the lab for a very reasonable cost. Please remeber that space is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please contact me at jeff.howard0@gmail.com.
Jeff Ginger

Jeff Ginger

Director of the Community Fab Lab // Adjunct Faculty in the Illinois Informatics Institute // PhD, Graduate School of Library and Information Science 2015