Computer Programming: Live the dream!

Live The Dream. Learn Programming.

It’s not scary, it’s not difficult, and it doesn’t take years to learn. I think I can prove that to you though this crash course on computer programming. It’s not going to get you a job at Google, but it will let you figure out which words are used most frequently in the book “Alice in Wonderland”, or generate a list of anagrams for your friend’s names! Isn’t technology amazing?

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Wood Shop Safety Class Saturday 10am

You probably should have paid attention in highschool shop class, but you didn’t. As a result, your fingers are at risk. In an effort to remedy this, resident expert Dave Alvarez is teaching a wood shop safety class. If you feel lost and confused in the wood shop, take this class. If you don’t feel lost and confused, you should probably attend anyways because you developed a few bad habits over the years. We said so.



Come one, Come all!

Satuday, November 19th, 10:00am


Open Shop Pumpkin Costume carving Friday 28th 7pm

Open shop Friday this week will be filled with pumpkins, sharp objects and last minute costume creations.

Come check out the space before the party this weekend and join in on the fun of decorating the space, carving/painting a pumpkin or coming up with that last piece for your costume!

I will have a few supplied pumpkins to carve but not many, so bring one along,   also we’ll save the seeds and have someone bake them up for the party!  So the more we do the more seeds we’ll have to nom on Ssaturday!!

PINEWOOD DERBY Workshop Tonight! 8-10pm


Our friends over at AIGA Detroit are hosting a pinewood derby. We are helping out by giving participants a space with tools to plan and build their derby cars. The actual race day will occur sometime in January, but there will be a series of workshops leading up to the event. Here is a little blurb from their website on the next workshop day:


Monday, October 24, 2011
October 24, 2011
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join us for our second workshop designed to help participants prepare their cars for AIGA Detroit’s Greased Up Pinewood Derby to be held this January. This workshop will focus on continued tips and how-tos so you can transform your block of wood into a speed racer or a magnificent show car. Experts will be on hand to lend advice or bounce ideas off of. Come meet fellow racers and start working on your wheels at I3 Detroit. Hand tools and supplies will be available (pens,pencils, draft paper, sand paper) but feel free to bring anything else you might need to help in the drafting of your vehicle.


I3 Detroit 1481 Wordsworth
Ferndale, MI 48220


$15 for Non-AIGA member
$10 for AIGA members


Please RSVP here if you plan to attend the workshop to ensure we have enough kits available.


*the workshop price includes a full Derby kit which contains a block of wood, axels and wheels and use of the I3 space and tools!

If you are interested in constructing a lightning-fast derby car, go ahead and hit up that eventbrite link in the post, and meet us at i3 Detroit on Oct 24th! We hope to see you there!


Two Classes, One day. Makerbot and PCB design


Makerbot-TheCupcakeCNCLives964_jpg_550x350_q85Come get your Makerbotting on. We know what you’re thinking, and yes, it’s a verb now. We said so. Come on down to learn how to print magical pieces of plastic from our makerbot. It’s free, and nutritious as long as you don’t eat the actual magic. That will probably make you sick. Eat a vitamin pill and some baby carrots instead.

Also, printed circuit board (PCB) design 101. Resident expert Roger is stepping up to the plate to cram some knowledge in your eager little heads about how to churn out PCB designs with the best of em. This class won’t cover actually fabricating the boards themselves (that’s a whole ‘nother class), but should get you well-off enough to be able to submit the design to a fab-house online or etching it yourself using some fancy chemicals (again, that’s another class).





4:00pm-5:00pm – Intro to Makerbot

5:00pm-7:00pm – Designing and Procuring PCBs