Sunday, September 25, 2016

Talk on Design and Fabrication of Adorable Robot Figures

At HeatSync Labs Hot Topics I gave a talk on designing the adorable Bartholomew Robots. There is an upcoming workshop at HeatSync to make your own. Soldering Touch Sensitive Robots $12, Tuesday October 18th from 7pm - 10pm

Monday, September 12, 2016

3 Workshops Maker Stamps, Soldering Bartholomew Robots, and Custom Stamp Making

I've schedule 3 upcoming events at HeatSync Labs.

Maker Stamp Workshop $38
Thursday September 29th from 7pm - 10pm

Soldering Touch Sensitive Robots $12
Tuesday October 18th from 7pm - 10pm

Custom Stamp Making $12
Thursday October 20th from 7pm - 10-pm

More details in the links. Here are some cool stamps.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Arduino Kit updates

I've been updating the kit I do Arduino Workshops with. This new lasercut box holds a bunch of Arduinos and breadboards in little mounted boards. I've got a bit more work ahead to get my full set of 30 kits ready to go. Looks great so far.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Robot Friend

I've finished designing and making these really cute robot figures. They will be used for soldering projects in workshops I do. The heart shaped copper tape is cut using the vinyl cutter. The white part of the robot is cut on the laser cutter. They will also be available as finished products in the idea Museum store (while in stock).

These robots are made with 2 transistors, 2 color changing LED's, 2 batteries, melamine (white board type stuff), and copper tape. The way they work is when a tiny amount of current goes through you finger it goes to the transistors. Transistors work by being closed (allowing no current) allowing no current when they aren't activated to allowing current to go through when a small amount of current is applied to the middle pin. By having 2 transistors we can make it more sensitive to a lower amount of current. This is called a Darlington Pair.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Robot art project

Today I'm busy making this robot art project for next week's Maker Education Meetup. Check out the progress so far.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

HeatSync Bread Making Event

HeatSync is having a bread making day on Saturday June 11th from 4pm-9pm. I encourage you to come out and bring your favorite jam or other spreads. If you want to do more to help make this happen; bring your bread machine, ingredients, etc please email me or visit our discussion group here and chime in;

Bread making became a thing after some online discussions about people being disruptive by not working on things (aka loafing). Many years ago someone made and posted a "NO LOAFING!" sign that was a reference to a Homestar Runner thing.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

SWMF Meetup Group and Succeeding in Maker Education

The Southwest Maker Fest has a new Meetup group and we will be hosting various monthly events in preparation for next years Maker Fest. FYI the date for Southwest Maker Fest is March 11th 2017

The first meetup is on Succeeding in Maker Education Meetup. Please share this with those you know that might benefit from this.

This will be Monday June 6th from 6pm - 8pm at CREATE at the Arizona Science Center (600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ).Robin Baskin-McNulty and Ceri Jones recently attended the Maker Education Convening hosted by We want to share what they learned as well as bring together local educators and makers to share from multiple perspectives how to excel at including making in education.