Back by popular demand, we are bringing back one of our most successful classes in i3 Detroit histroy. We are bringing back the Bob Ross Paint-Along classes and in a big way.
Not only are we doing three (3) 10-student classes but we are allowing the public to vote. There will be a vote on which epsiode will be viewed at each class. After the class, each painting will be uploaded online and the community will vote on the best one. The winner will win a free class at i3 Detroit. Don’t worry. If you are embarased, you can use a false name. Based on the ruckuss from last class, there will be many questionable paintings. We still question how dinosaurs, volcanos and UFOs ended up on the last class’s paintings.
Join us 3/20 at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm for an amazing event where you will find out if you can keep up with the legend, Bob Ross. Only $20 gets you 1 hour of fun but the mockery you will get from hanging it in your living room will last a lifetime. All materials will be provided at the class. Voting for the pictures will be posted next week.
From a webpage to a completed board, in something like six hours. Seven students built LED blinker circuits tonight, first on breadboards, then etching their own PCBs and soldering everything together. I’d call that a success! Watch this space for further electronics classes, of course.
Join us for our next class, basics of metal machining! Simon isn’t even a member, but as a regular guest he’s volunteered his years of machine-shop experience to teach us how to use a lathe and mill. That class will take place Thursday at 7pm, reserve your spot now!
Non-members and members alike have three great excuses to swing by the shop some time this weekend. Bring a friend!
Friday night is a party to celebrate the new membership structure. In addition to new dues options ($39 and $89, with special options for students, crafters and coders), we’ve improved the process so you can do the paperwork, get your orientation, and receive your key in one shot. Plus, Friday means it’s Open Shop so we’ll be teaching tools, hanging out, and working on whatever project you want to bring along! Oh, did I mention the beer, wine, pizza, and snacks? Doors will be open by 7pm…
Saturday evening, we’re hosting an open source software workshop to introduce screen and ssh, two supremely handy tools in the linux admin’s arsenal, which the rest of us can find uses for too. Briefly: SSH is the secure replacement for Telnet plus some sneaky features that’ll help you circumvent restrictive work firewalls and stuff, Screen takes your SSH experience to the next level by adding persistence and multiple windows to name just a couple features. They’re both free, and Saturday’s intro won’t require advanced sysadmin knowledge. Bring a laptop! Talk starts at 7, but doors will be open by 6 or earlier, so come hang out!
Sunday will be an electronics design day, starting with a PCB class at 3pm. You’ll learn how to lay out a circuit board in electronic design software, then how to transfer that layout and chemically etch a board with it. Materials permitting, each student may get their own board to play with, and when the etching is complete, we’ll stuff components into the boards and solder ‘em up, leaving you with a completed LED flasher circuit to take home! This is a really simple circuit and no electronics experience is required to attend. If you wish to get in on the hands-on fun, please reserve your seat. This will just be part of a new, regularly scheduled series of electronics classes we will be offering. Keep checking our site for updates on more classes!
As regular readers may know, i3Detroit has been sponsoring two FIRST Robotics teams, giving them full use of our shop and other resources. It’s been hectic, crowded, noisy, and very productive. And now it’s (almost) over.
Tonight was “ship day”, meaning that all work on the robots had to be completed before midnight, and bags and tamper-evident seals affixed. After that, there was some of the silliness that accompanies a late-night sink-or-swim deadline, and some cleanup. We made it! Two functional robots, a whole bunch of involved students, no fights, no injuries, nothing more than minor tool breakage and wear. Competition starts in two weeks. In the meantime, there’s software to work on, t-shirts to distribute, buttons to design…
Congratulations, 1216 Oak Park and 3302 Clawson! You’ve come a long way, and we’ll be rooting for you at competition!
There is always a learning curve any time you take on a new project, start a new business or experiment with something new. The same is true for our experience with getting i3 Detroit off the ground here in Metro Detroit. Originally we had 10 of us who put up the money and started i3 Detroit. All agreed to pay dues of $100 per month while meeting at the local coffee shop so we could build up our bankroll. This would hopefully lead us to eventually opening our community space. We were all pumped to get to the point of having a physical space sooner as opposed to later. Therefore, we quickly began our hunt for spaces throughout the Metro Detroit area. We had done some research on spaces that we liked. And we started to crunch the numbers to see what we could really afford. After all, our goal was to build a sustainable community.
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