Come along on a safari adventure tour with our driver Mark, Camera operator Nate, and Tour guide Nick as we explorer Maker Faire Detroit 2011 via the i3 safari tours
With the end in sight the interviews start.
Sneak peek at our creation.
10:40 – Mission Control standing by for last minute support as the team sweats through interviews and finding that last bolt for the warp drive.
LESS THAN 15 MINS LEFT! (UNCONFIRMED VOTE VOTE VOTE!)!
LETS WIN THIS WELDER. Hit the “LIKE” button on our team page http://t.co/eXAdMRo
11:01 – Meet up with our team at 3pm @ McCarren Park, Brooklyn for the judging of who will be the next Red Bull model…. Creation winner!!
Interviews and photo ops shall now commence
11:49 – Loaded up ready to roll. http://twitpic.com/5o5o7k
12:00 – Seems the top two liked projects were tweeted. We are one of them. “@RedBullCreation Inventions like these can be admired as of 3pm today at McCarren Park. #rbcreation yfrog.com/keifwij yfrog.com/kkhjayj
12:52 – Today at 3pm http://yfrog.com/z/kffu5zjj
3:30p – JCB: Just heard from the team, all is going very well and they’ve dubbed their creation the SquiggleTrike.
Four days, a dozen Easter eggs, and one fun challenge completed! On Friday, after the first package was lost and the second one delayed, i3Detroit’s Red Bull Creation puzzle box arrived. An impromptu team assembled itself, and over the next few evenings, revealed all the secrets contained within.
The contents of the package, a circuit board with many strange functions and features, kept us guessing and laughing. From the Konami Code to a hidden image of Rick Astley, many of the puzzles made reference to internet memes, and two gave credits to the board’s creators. Exploring the circuitry and decoding the clues tested our creativity and took a wide variety of skills and equipment, not to mention bravery! More than once, we decided to pursue avenues that could’ve smoked the board — and our chances of success — if we botched them. Ultimately, that approach paid off, and it was in the clutches of an SOIC-8 ZIF socket (pictured) that the SPI Flash chip finally divulged its last secret.
Kudos to Red Bull (and the folks behind the scenes) for coming up with such a fun challenge, and it’s just the beginning! It appears that the ballsy bovines have developed a fascination with hackerspaces, in addition to their wiiiiiings. Next up is an online challenge, after which contestants will be chosen to make their way to New York City for the final competition in July. Will i3Detroit members be among them? Stay tuned…
(And of course, stop by Saturday’s party! We’ll be celebrating our first year in Ferndale, giving tours and demos, and serving a certain energy drink…)
The class was a huge success and not only allowed the girls & parents to check out i3 but each girl walked away with a custom Silly Band and Blinky Bug which they all did by themselves.
We have another troop visiting later this month as well. Will need to work on getting some Boy Scout troops here next.
If you have recommendations for fun projects to do with the troops, please leave a comment below. Looking for good ideas.
In the spirit of DIY food, i3 hosted its first (annual?) Soup Swap on
Saturday, January 29 with six participants and seven soups!
– Italian Sausage
– Beef Bourguignon
– White Bean, Bacon & Kale
– Sweet Potato & Carrot Ginger
– Tart Onion
– Red Lentil Soup
– Black Bean Soup
If you’re wondering how a Soup Swap works, check out www.soupswap.com!
If this sounds like a tasty idea, we’re thinking our next food swap
will be the 9×13 Pan Challenge: casseroles, lasagnas, enchiladas and
the like! Summer may bring cupcakes.
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