Bombs Away! Watermelon Drop Recap

An after-school program group for teens from the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs Center (MCWS) came by i3Detroit for a special event. We wanted to do an event that involved a team challenge, brainstorming, designing, and building. A lot of schools and organizations do egg drop contests. The goal would be to design some mechanism to protect and egg falling from a 10ft or higher. We wanted to amp it up to something a little more bigger and badder — a watermelon drop contest.

The group divided up into 3 teams. Each team had a coach from i3Detroit to assist with some of the more dangerous fabrication.

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Painting, Mask Making, Paperclips

What’s been happening at i3 lately? A bunch of things. But, here are some highlights.

Karriane G. taught a few classes on leather mask making. It was perfect timing right before halloween. Students learned the basics of forming with leather, and were able to follow through creating their own design,  adding hardware such as studs and grommets, and finally painting their creation. They’re all set for a masquerade!

Leather Mask Making

Kevin F. has been busy teaching oil painting classes. These have been insanely popular, often filling up within a day. It’s so amazing to see people come in and learn new techniques. Most of the students came with little-to-none painting experience, but all left with smiles on their faces.

Oil Painting Collage

Matt O. has been working on his halloween costume. Can you guess what it’s going to be? Here’s a hint: “It looks like you’re trying to write a letter!”

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Of course making a giant paperclip out of metal would be insanely heavy, so it’s actually that universal crafting material, the grown-up version of popsicle sticks: Schedule 40 PVC! Bent and formed by a combination of hot air, teamwork, carefully placed screws, and minor burns.

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Public Class – Laser Cutting and Etching 101

Laser Cutter

Public Class
i3Detroit is dedicated to bringing DIY skills to the Detroit Metro community. One of the ways we do this is by holding classes specifically designed for the public.
Have you heard about laser cutters and wonder what they do?  This class will show you how to use a large 150 watt laser cutter to cut and etch acrylic plexiglass.
The course will deal with the concept of line cutting and area etching,  how to load a drawing into the laser cutter workstation, and how to move the design into the laser cutter and do final cutting and etching.
Each student will get to cut and etch their own small jewelry box from designs provided.  Students will take this box home with them.

When: Thursday, September 26, 2013 7-9PM
Where: i3Detroit in Ferndale, MI
Course Duration:  2 hours.
Prerequisites:  None.
Price: $29 limited seating
Sign Up: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7893956035

Materials will be provided.  Bring sunglasses.
Students 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult/guardian also taking the course.

Friday Robot Fight Night (Beta)

Robot Knife Fight is ready for some player testers.  Ted and I will be at the  shop this Friday (2013-06-28) starting at 8pm to help people get up to speed in how to compete and run a game.  Bring your laptop with the Arduino IDE already installed.  If you want to help improve the arena’s python code, clone the git repo. If scheduling permits we will be doing this every Friday until Detroit Maker Faire 2013.