Greased Up Pinewood Derby


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!

Fourth Tuesday, time for Android meetup!

Do you pipe up with advice whenever a friend has a phone question? Or are you the one doing the asking? Do terms like Nandroid and CWM roll off your tongue, or have you not rooted your phone yet? Do you live for QR codes? (Have you scanned the one on our front door?)

Regardless of experience level, you’re welcome at our regular Android meetups! Learn about your phone (or tablet), share what you know, break something, fix something, and most importantly, meet other enthusiasts!

I promise to have the doors open by 7pm, but earlier is probably fine if you’re in the area.

Get your pickin’ on.

Lock pickin’ that is.

This is an open locksport meetup. An experienced member of the Toool group will be there to give a presentation to introduce beginners to lock picking!

If you show up late, we will lock you out and you will have to pick your way in.

Wednesday, Sept 21. 7:00 pm


(okay, just kidding about that last bit)


Water Rocket Meet-Up – 6/8 @ 7p

i3 Detroit is never one to back down from a challenge and one has been issued.  Our friends at Air Command Water Rockets released a series Four-Square-esque challenges for the art of building water rockets.  WE ARE IN.

To take on these challenges, we are going to explore a weekly meet-up for brainstorming and testing the challenges over the summer.

The first one will be this Wednesday at 7p.  It’s a bit short notice because we were also asked by a local magazine to write up a family friendly craft and we are going to do small water rockets for it.  Photos due ASAP.

Come join us for the fun and lets get some of those challenges marked off.  For other hackerspaces reading this, we would love to have some other challengers and make this really big for Air Command.

Full List of Challenges –