Fireside chat for April

Posted: May 8, 2014 8:16 am

Grandad used to say “been so busy I dunno if I lost a horse or gained a rope.” April has been that. I’d like to apologize for my reckless rickroll on April Fool’s day – I didn’t want the day to go unnoticed. We had an outstanding intro to programming class, that we plan to do again. And of course we have been seeing many new faces at the open hack nights.

One project finished it’s first iteration. The EL Wire sign is complete, and has been seen not only outside our door, but at some events too. The bus project programmed their way into success this month, and as the song goes, “the wheels on the bus go round and round.” The current plan is for the bus to be in the Riverfest parade! There is a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on as we prepare for Riverfest, and the Art and book fair on Mother’s Day. May has already proven busy. Last week we were at McLean STEM and Reading Family Night teaching kids how to make paper rockets with paper and straws! The Art and Book Fair is going on soon, as well as the Maize HS Technology show (of course we are throwing a few things into that!) and the Riverfest starts at the end of the month! I’m thinking there is a class on repairing bicycles sometime this month or early next. Keep an eye on the calender for that.

One new group that is forming that I’m excited about is the Powerwheels racing group. We are going to the KC Makerfair, and a group of us has decided to enter into the Powerwheels racing competition. If you’re interested hook up with them and see what this fun sport is all about. There is more than just the race at the KC Makerfair. We are looking for projects to take up there. I am assured we have a booth and I’m excited to take projects from our community to show off! If there isn’t a thread on our google group for the Powerwheels, projects that want to go, or anything else you want to know.. start one.

Lastly, the MakeICT Annual Meeting is coming June 21st. As it is election year, with a heavy heart we will pass the torch on to fresh ideas, and see where this ship takes us. Look for details coming soon.

Well, back to work! See you at open hack nights! Happy Hacking!