Category Archives: Event

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!

Arduino Workshop – June 9, 2106

Where: Clippinger 036, Ohio University, Athens OH.

When: 6-8PM

While this is the second week of the workshop, people who were not able to attend the first week are welcome. Much of the time will be spent on tutorials working at your own speed, and there will be plenty of people who can help you get rolling.

For those who were able to attend the first week, we will review some of the work from the first week and see what we can do to understand a little more about what was going on. There will be lots of latitude as to what you can work on, but for those who are interested, the focus will be on using the buzzers with various inputs.

As before parents are encouraged to hang around, especially for the younger kids. We will have a collection of kits, but feel free to bring your own if you have one.

Local ARDX Examples (link)

Audacity Sound Editing – July 16, 2015 (** Gordy Hall 015)

*** LOCATION: Gordy Hall (foreign languages building) Room 015, 6-8 PM (see attached map)

Nathaniel Berger (CREATE_Space) and Greg Kessler (Linguistics) will lead a workshop on Audacity, “free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.” We’ll look at the basic features of audacity, discuss some of the physics and math behind sound, and see what kind of creative editing and filtering we can do.Gordy015

Programming Workshop (Scratch) – July 9, 2015

On Thursday July 9 we’ll meet in Clippinger 036 to learn about programming in Scratch ( with Dr. Chang Liu from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This will be a great chance to get a better handle on programming through the graphical programming environment, Scratch, created by en educational technology group at the MIT Media Lab.

Open Work Night – July 2, 2015

July 2 will be an Open Work night in Clippinger 036.  We will have the Arduino Kits available as well as the Makey Makeys. We will also have a couple of tubs of K’Nex and Legos. Bring your ideas and projects, work with your friends, or just explore some more!

Makey Makey Workshop June 15, 2015

The Makey Makey is a small arduino-powered board that can emulate a keyboard or a mouse using anything that can conduct electricity. Hook it up to yourself and a banana and suddenly you’re controlling the computer using a banana keyboard! See    We will meet from 6-8PM in Clippinger 036. I will provide a variety of materials to try out ( a few bananas, some playdough, aluminum foil, etc…) but if you have things you’d like to try (within reason!), bring it in!

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Polymer Party! June 25, 2015 (date change)

Dr.  Shad Paris, the leader of last year’s Fiery Chemistry Workshop, has planned a Polymer Party for the June 25th Maker’s session! (note date change) (6-8PM) Come make nylon and a variety of other materials while you learn about polymers that are all around us! You’ll want to wear closed toe shoes and long pants, preferably. And while it’s not a huge issue, if you have reactions to strong smells, make sure you are prepared. We will be using the hoods. We will gather in Clippinger 194 for an introduction and then head down to the labs. No reservations necessary.