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                Everyone is invited to come to the Arch Reactor for the Super Bowl of Destruction. We will have the football game on our big screen for everyone to watch. Not interested? Don’t worry, we also throw this party as something for the non-football enthusiasts.  As a hackerspace, we use this time to breakdown all of the donations that are no longer usable or fixable. We have hard drives, computers, printers, server equipment, and more! Come join the mayhem and destruction! Don't forget to bring a Super Bowl party snack to share. We had lots of good food last year.

Destruction starts 12pm on Sunday February 5th at Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave. 63103.

In addition, this year we are adding a Hack-a-thon challenge. After the destruction we will rebuild with all the donated materials in the Space.  This year the hot toy for kids was Hatchimals, similar to Tamagotchi electronic pets.

The challenge is to hack together a robotic pet of your own. Here are the rules:

  • Must indicate when the pet needs to be fed, walked, and cuddled
  • Must be built from materials donated to, resulting from destruction, or already at Arch Reactor. No new materials brought in from outside. The only exception is a storage device for code you intend to use.
  • We will start building at 2pm.
  • Building will stop at the end of the football game.
  • Free to full members. Supporting members and non-members pay a $15 entry fee since we are using materials donated to Arch Reactor.
  • Projects will be judged on Creativity, Functionality, Resemblance to a Pet, and Hack Factor.
  • Prizes:
    • First Prize Nvidia Jetson (provided by Second Robotics)
    • Second Prize $100 Gift Certificate to Microcomputer Center (provided by Arch Reactor)
    • Third Prize Robotics Main Board (provided by Second Robotics)

For more information, check our website and discussion boards at archreactor.org or contact me directly

-Morgan Miransky

mailto:directorofpublicrelations@archreactor.org

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Seven of us participated in the Dirty Santa Gift Exchange this year. It was great fun and this year there was no real gotcha gifts. The was an electric disc shooter, a quad copter, an uno kit, a intro to microcontroller kit, a Walgreens gift card, an Arch Reactor coffee mug, and a line following robot kit. Derek had to change the rules so, "he wouldn't get screwed over."

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Please bring a dish to share at our annual Hacksgiving Pot-Luck on Tuesday, November 22!

 

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The new Bridgeport Mill is here. There will be classes. This is an expensive sensitive machine so hands off until you have been trained.

Pictures Below are from the move:

 

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The Show Me Show Off! October 15, 2016 12 noon-3pm
This is our chance to show off who we are and what we do! Check out our new larger and functioning Space.

https://www.facebook.com/events/312443362445482/

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On Monday night new direct wireless internet was installed and turned on. We now have fast speed and added bandwidth.

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This picture was taken with a Canon AE-1 Program 35mm camera at 6:30-7 on 9/1/2016

Photo by Apollo Timbers 

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We have Permitted walls up at the space

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Jonathan brought in his 3d Scribble Pen Giant Marble Run to the space tonight. It was the biggest one I have seen. 

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The team of people working on the Internet of Things Microscope have won a first round prize for their work!  They are now qualified for the final round that will be decided in October!

Here is a link to the project:

https://hackaday.io/project/11429-internet-of-things-microscope

If you are interested in participating, we will be meeting Thursday nights now through the end of the competition.

http://hackaday.com/2016/07/18/hackaday-prize-20-projects-that-make-us-all-citizen-scientists/

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