June 22 – Maker Cart Hydraulics

Come learn about hydraulics with several posssible projects from the Maker Cart, including the ‘Judo-Bot’ pictured here (from TeacherGeek.com) and other Hydraulic Arms. Those who are interested can also look at working on previous sail and fan cars.

We meet in Clippinger 036 from 6-8PM on Thursday June 22.

You do not have to have attended any previous sessions to come.

Summer 2017 – Starting up June 8

As summer ramps up, we are looking to start AthensMakers activities on Thursday June 8 from 6-8PM in Clippinger 036. As a reminder this is available for youth from 6th grade (rising 6th graders) on up through high school and parents are encouraged to hang out and join in as well. Our plan is to meet at least every Thursday through early August. We’ve got a great group of volunteers helping with ideas, and we will be collaborating for a number of evenings with the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery as we explore some of the Discovery Pack workshops being developed through a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

We are looking to start this summer with an introduction to the new “Maker Cart” purchased by the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery through the State Farm grant. The cart is on loan to the Makers through the summer as we all (adults included!) explore a wide range of possible projects. If you want a sneak preview, you can head to https://teachergeek.com and check out the cart and project ideas. We will start by trying out the air cars, powered and unpowered, as a way of getting used to the tools and supplies.

This will be a learning experience for all of us as we try to figure out how to best handle the use of the carts for future sessions. While we are looking into some way of letting participants purchase their creations for roughly the cost of materials, we need to presume that at this point projects will stay in the lab and be recycled for parts for future projects.

PVC Marshmallow Shooters – Thursday August 4

Thursday August 4 from 6-8PM we will converge on Clippinger 036 for the last Maker Event of the summer as Larry King and I lead the group in making and modding PVC Air-powered (breath) marshmallow shooters. See the Howtoons site for the initial instructions (http://www.howtoons.com/?page_id=139).

During construction, we will use hacksaws. If your child is uncomfortable with this, we will find someone to help.

There will be target-based testing and potential “live” dodge-marshmallow testing (with safety googles!). If this is an issue, please discuss with your child ahead of time your preferences.

 

Breathing New Life into Old Computers – Saturday July 23

The folks at BCS Engineering (Brandon and Carrie Saunders – who are also nice enough to host our web site for us!) and Cardinal Computing (Kellen Murphy) will open their doors on Saturday July 23 to help people try to revive old computers and then install Linux on either those computers or other working computers. The hardware session will start at noon. The software session (Linux installation) will start at 2PM.

The hardware session will focus on getting old computers that are not functioning to work. For the best chance of success, you should bring:

  • A hard drive (any size will do)
  • A motherboard (typically already inside in the case)
  • Power Supply (also typically inside the case)
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Flat Screen Monitor (there will be a few there that can be used that day)

They have some spare parts they can help swap in to diagnose things, but for security reasons (they work with financial data), they cannot provide any old disk drives. During this time they will discuss the basic parts of a computer and how they are connected.

The software session will focus on installing Linux on an old machine. You should bring your computer, either one you built in the earlier session or one you already know works. There will also be a few old machines around just in case the hardware fixing time was not as successful as hoped. During this time they will discuss basics on operating systems, Linux, and the installation of Linux.

BCS Engineering is locate at 486 Richland Avenue just south of Huddle Tire.

Cardboard Home Design/Build/Automation Project – July 14, 21, 28

We’re going to try a larger project starting July 14. The goal is for groups so design, build and automate a small cardboard house.  Time to pull out the Arduinos, Cardboard, Hot Glue Guns, and Creativity! While participants will work in groups and this is a multi-week project, don’t stay away if you can’t make a week or two. If all goes well, we may have the chance to display the houses at the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery in August!

Disclaimer: Our houses will NOT look the one the image!

Marble Run Construction – Thursday July 7

Mr. Larry King will lead us in the creation of marble runs using cardboard and craft sticks. Once complete, the goal is to chain the runs together into one large marble run! This workshop gives us a chance to play around with design and physical making. We will be using hot glue guns, which surprisingly enough, get hot. So please be prepared to be careful!

Fuel Cell Cars – Thursday June 30

The fuel cell demonstration session will teach you to operate a hydrogen fuel cell mainly to run a small car. Fuel cell need hydrogen gas to generate power, so first by using a battery you will split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. The collected hydrogen and oxygen gas will be used to run the fuel cell. Students will have hands on experience in generating power from fuel cells and they  will compete among each other in a fuel cell car competition.

The session will be conducted by students from the Electrochemical Society Student Chapter.