FamiLAB Soldering… Now Brought to You by Sparkfun! And Gadgetcat!
FamiLAB’s soldering supplies have been quickly dwindling, its soldering irons being used so much that they’re falling apart. We made it through teaching soldering at Maker Faire Orlando due to the generosity of Melbourne Makerspace (thanks for the loaned irons, guys!), but we were in sore need of supplies. In came Gadgetcat! Gadgetcat was kind enough to donate 10 brand new Weller soldering irons, which will be used exclusively for classes. Then came Sparkfun! An email exchange with Sparkfun about sponsorship ensued before MFO, the lab following up later with Sparkfun by […]
So it’s nothing new when I interrupt one project for another, but this time was a bit different. My friend Brooks over at Sunshine Labs asked me to make her a sign for her new business. She didn’t give me specifications or her ideas, just make me a sign. I couldn’t just do an ordinary sign, not for Brooks who had not one but two dresses with NeoPixels. So I took a look at her logo, and thought… it needs to stand out more and have lights (but not NeoPixels, […]
FamiLAB Visits the Intertel Annual General Assembly
On Saturday, September 20th, FamiLAB members Jamie Szafran and David Sikes went to the Intertel Southeast Region’s Annual General Assembly (held this year in Orlando) to give a talk about hackerspaces. The talk covered hackerspaces in general (definitions, characteristics, examples, history, etc.), Maker culture/the Maker movement, FamiLAB history (“the genesis of a hackerspace”), and Maker education. The talk, planned for an hour, lasted an hour and a half and spawned continued conversation with Intertel members for a further hour and a half. FamiLAB member and Central Florida Raspberry Pi User […]
Maker Faire Orlando
Come and visit FamiLAB – Greater Orlando’s hackerspace at Maker Faire Orlando! We have many members who will be showing off their creations and works in progress! We’ll be in the center of “Lowry Hall” right on the lobby floor of the Orlando Science Center. Click the logo above to head straight to the Maker Faire Orlando Website! About Maker Faire: Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people […]
FamiLAB Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Class: a Maker’s Perspective
On Friday March 28th 2014, Mike Smith ran his first version of the pcb class that is now being offered at FamiLAB. Mike showed up at 2 p.m. to prepare the classroom for his 6:30 p.m. workshop. Arriving over 4 hours early might seem like overkill, but in a makerspace, there is no telling what condition the space, or the makers, may be in at any time. Plus, he had mechanisms to assemble, parts to sort, and instructional materials to be laid out. Attendees will show up early to workshops. […]
Team with FamiLAB connections wins NASA Space Apps Challenge NYC
FamiLAB member Brooks Zurn traveled to New York City to participate in the NASA SpaceApps Challenge on April 12-13, 2014. She was a member of team “Senti8”, which addressed the challenge “Space Wearable: Fashion Designer to Astronauts”. Astronaut Doug Wheelock told Senti8 team members that the smell of the earth – trees, grass, dirt, were what he missed most during his tenure on the International Space Station. Team Senti8 decided to try to bring the smells of Earth to space and beyond by developing a wearable technology bracelet that could […]
The Tim Tracker visits FamiLAB
FamiLAB was very grateful to have Tim and Jen from the Tim Tracker YouTube channel out the other night to our monthly Open House event on April 1st. Story and links below. The Tim Tracker visits FamilLAB – YouTube FamiLAB was very grateful to have Tim and Jen from the Tim Tracker YouTube channel out the other night to our monthly Open House event on April 1st. We were glad that both Tim and Jen were able to make it out to see our space, and had a great […]
BSides Orlando 2014!
April 5th & 6th Many of our members & friends will be at the Security B-Sides conference this weekend. If you haven’t been to a Security B-Sides event, it is “a community driven event seeking to bring together anyone with a passion for making, breaking or protecting. We welcome newbies and experts and anyone in between. Even if you don’t work in information security you will be sure to find topics of interest.” Learn more about the event at the B-sides Orlando website – and make sure you check out […]