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littleBits #BitOlympics – Welcome One and All!

Come one, come all to the #BitOlympic games! As of July 10th the Bit Olympics has begun for the month of July. What is the Bit Olympics? It is a fantastic gathering of the bit driven minds to remix, make smarter, brighter, louder and more awesomer (a word? No? it should be!) anything that has to do with an Olympic Sport.
@SIMakerSpace we gathered to put our minds to work and design cool and new ways to either recreate or improve the sport. We dived in by grabbing a basic set of bits, seeing how they work and then applying them to the Olympic Games. We even got our whiteboard session on!
Jarred demoing to people just some of the awesome power that these bits full of potential can hold!
An enthusiastic Bitster helping to brainstorm and decorate the whiteboard for the games!
Our table filled with ‘Bit-spiration’! We had a whole table setup of acto-robotics gear, arts and crafts supplies, legos, knex, electronics for the proto-module, and even lincoln logs!
Designing a new version of the javelin!
 
Keep an eye out for more littleBits classes by following us on Twitter or Facebook!

Wearables with Rogue Making!

Not sure what to do with that old t-shirt or even that new one to give it that extra level of special, but have a love of making new things?! Then you should definitely dive headfirst into wearable electronics. I attended a sewable electronics workshop lead by the one and only Linino Woman, Tenaya Hurst from Rogue Making at Staten Island Makerspace. MakerSpace had some of their awesomely designed t-shirts on hand as well as some people using their favorites to learn how to light up their shirts with sewable LEDs.

(Quickly testing my positives in parallel.)

(Completed design!)

How are they sewable? They have holes provided for the contact to be made with conductive thread. We learned about forward voltage, series vs. parallel circuits, and why some LED colors play better with others. Starting off with connecting our ‘shorties’ or jumper wires to lay out our circuit we soon got to town with sewing our designs. Check out some of the photos below and make sure to follow @TenayaHurst, @circuitsyn, and @simakerspace for more to come!

Diving in with littlebits!

Hi All,

I have recently focused my efforts back into teaching classes through inspiration from all these great makers young and old! I will be working on a new website to bring you the best content, but in the mean time please see http://www.makerspace.nyc for all the great classes I and others will be teaching. A fantastic Start to the summer!

With that said I wanted to introduce you all to a fantastic product I have started to utilize for some of my classes called LittleBits. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Lego of electronics’ this product allows people to dive into STEM with little to no working knowledge of engineering and make something wonderful. Just check out what was made at our recent family class! We had families, making their own music, a family working on a wireless robotic car, and one member already linking up legos, before I had the chance to purchase these awesome brick adapters. More to come and event classes focused on Arduino with LittleBits!

Making music notes on the fly!

Starting the foundation of a wireless car via IR or wireless trigger.
One of our students testing every bit we could throw at him

Starting out with your basic kit before we introduce all the bits with a twist.

Come join the fun! We even started a Staten Island Chapter!

Pop Up MakerFaire at SIMakerSpace

What better way to meet your fellow makers than at a pop up makerfaire hosted by SIMakerSpace and NextTopMaker. There are makers all over Staten Island and even a fantastic 3D printer distributor right here on our home turf that goes by the name of MakeA3dFactory. Government officials and the press showed up to cover this hit of an event even on a rainy day! 
SIMakerSpace has only been open a short while and is a fantastic space that is full of all sorts of great makers, tools, events, and workshops. It is a 6000 sq ft location in the up an coming area Stapleton, Staten Island, NY. Two stops on the train from the Staten Island Ferry. Their doors are almost always open and their membership is a steal! Make sure to check them out and also follow them on Facebook. I love the momentum the maker movement is gathering and we need to make sure to support and embrace this gem that is Staten Island MakerSpace!

Tech Time with Jarred

(Reindeer Dove with shawl)
An awesome new location has opened up on Staten Island called the SI MakerSpace and they have incredible workshops and a fantastic growing staff. I was fortunate enough to teach a  workshop on building electronic Christmas ornaments. We started with something as simple as cutting out wood or felt and made those suckers glow!
We either used conductive thread or soldered our circuits. Teaching people to solder was extra fun! Do check out their future workshops! I will be looking to teach more in the future as well. Always looking for suggestions too!
(Kit goodies)

(An awesome project by a young maker)
(Learning to Solder)
(Another cool ornament inspired by Minecraft)

Custom Raspberry Pi Case



Hey All,

   So with the recent rage over the Raspberry Pi I just had to have me one. Only one problem. I needed a case for when using it on the go. I could just buy one from some great places like www.adafruit.com or such, but for me I wanted to make my own. For this case I used a design that has been shared that you can find here. I chose to start with a previous design as it is a major pain to measure all the parts to spec. I downsized the case, removed an extra sheet of plastic, designed it for 1.6mm plastic, adding an extra 2 bolting areas for security/strength and trimmed the sides to make it light weight and small to better compliment the RaspPi. In addition I added a raspberry pi logo. Since I took the core of the design for my own use I wanted to do the same and share the .dxf file freely available for you all to use. You can grab it here. All the best and enjoy!