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Join us for the Fire and Ice benefit on January 19th.  This promises to be an excellent party.

* Chili competition - up to 25 kinds of chili to taste and vote for.

* Silent Auction - unusual gifts and treasures for uncommon people.

Fire and Ice Costume Constest: Come to Fire and Ice dressed in your finest Fire and Ice inspired costume attire. Prizes will be awarded based on votes that you earn from other event attendees.

*Demonstrations of liquid nitrogen, static electricity and others. 

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Beginner Arduino Workshop Continues Sunday Dec 23
 
Learn the basics of Arduino an amazing open source electronics prototyping platform
 
Class Dates:
 
December 23 - Class 2 Digital and Analog pins, Pull up resistors, Variable Resistors, Blinking LEDs

January 6      - Class 3 Controlling Motors, Stepper Motors and Servos, Ping Sensors, and IR Sensors

January 13    - Class 4 Communication with Arduino - Serial, Bluetooth, Xbee, LCD Displays
 
Each class will have a Technical Learning session for about 1 hr followed by a hands on work session for 1 to 2 hrs.
 
Please bring the following for the hands on session.
 
1. Arduino (UNO, Leonardo or other flavor) 
2. LEDs assorted
3. Shields (optional but they make life easy.  We will discuss more in the first class)
4. Sensors, Xbee, Bluetooth, LCD display (Optional there will be some to play with during class)
 
All Arduino supplies can be purchased online at 
or
Locally at Microcenter or Radioshack.
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Our third weather balloon had GPS failure shortly after launch.  Hopefully, someone will be kind enough to call the number on the payload.  Everyone cross your fingers in hope we get everything back!

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This is so awesome. Derek Sigler's project, which included a team at Arch Reactor, sent a balloon today to 100,000 ft with a few cameras and were able to locate the payload when it came back down. This is a picture he posted from 97,000 feet above the earth. This is very inspiring. It has been such a good day. Congratulations Derek and the team that launched it!!! Very impressive.

Video of the balloon burst, 42 seconds in,  is available here.

 
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Sunday November 4th we had the first Arduino for Artists class.  The class was well attended.  Derek covered many of the basics and demonstrated the versatility the Arduino platform provides.  The last hour of the session was turned into a working session where individuals were free to persue their own Arduino projects and get troubleshooting advice.  The link below is a Google Docs presentation from the beginning of the class.  Join us next Sunday for the second class in the series "Arduino for Artists".

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1cLRybNKMOnnM3M9CeivNtpusHd-T__SA_iHHlGbJI_U/edit

Sunday November 11th we will have the second session.  If you can't make it in person join the G+ hangout!

http://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cj388s3l6aa061qffpl82ppkuko

 

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Arch Reactor will have a table at ARCHCON 36!  Stop by to see us and our many gadgets on display.  Sign up for a Learn to Solder class or just go ahead and sign up to be a member - you know you always wanted to be one!

We also have a panel scheduled in Marquette B on Saturday at 11:10am to ask any question you may have of us.

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Signup on the facebook event page: http://m.facebook.com/events/280767972034885/ or directly on our forum topic: Google Groups: Learn To Solder

The class will go over the basics of soldering and make sure you come out of the class with working knowledge of soldering, a cool gizmo and a neat badge to show off.

Kits we are looking to order are the tv begone, mini pov, and the drawdio.

http://www.ladyada.net/make/tvbgone/

http://www.ladyada.net/make/minipov3/

http://www.ladyada.net/make/drawdio/

 

Class is scheduled the 21st of October from 2-5pm.

The kit and class fee will be $25 and to attend, you must RSVP by the 16th so that kits can be ordered.  Please say which kit you want on the facebook RSVP.  We appreciate early pre-pay, so please stop by our ARCHON table, or come by any event listed on the calendar to reserve your spot.  All funds will go to improving Arch Reactor facilities and awareness.  We appreciate your support!

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The Geek Garage Sale is an opportunity for AR to clean our our techy stuff that's been sitting around too long and give other geeks a chance to do something with it. AR will have it's own table, selling off our cool junk, with all the proceeds going into the AR general fund (for rent and the such). 

Also, you (yes you!) are welcome to join in the fun. 

Date: Sunday June 10th, 9am - 4pm
Location: Arch Reactor,  2400 S. Jefferson Ave, 63104, outside in the parking Lot.

AR Members (supporting or full) can get a table to sell your own geeky things (or things from a geek, however) for a $10 table fee. Non-Members can also have a table for a $15 fee. If you bring your own table, we'll knock $5 off your fee (so that's $5 per table for Members and $10 per table for Non-Members).

Note: It's acceptable to have a little stuff around your table on the ground, but please don't try to buy one table and spread another two tables worth of stuff on the ground. :) 

If you want to sign up for a table, use this form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDJsWVBHMXVrc210cnZGWURLTEpSOHc6MQ
and pay us on the day of the sale. 

In addition to the Geek Sale, we'll also have RNA Worldwide Recycling on hand to take any of your old electronics off your hands for free! That includes CRTs! So, don't toss it, bring your old stuff to be recycled! RNA will be here from 9am to 1pm

This is going to be a lot of fun, so bring your friends and your family and your friends family! We'll also do tours of the space over the course of the day, so it's a great time to show your friends where you spend all your time!

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If you didn't get enough excitement at the Open House 3.0 or didn't get a chance to come, swing by our potluck Tuesday for the Bacon and Rum extravaganza! Our doors are open at 7:00pm, and we'll be having fun for a few hours at least.

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This coming Saturday, Marth 10th, is Arch Reactor's third open house. Admission is free and all are welcome! If you've been waiting to check us out, this weekend is a great time--we'll have lots of projects on display and great member turnout.

WhatOpen House 3.0
Where

Arch Reactor Hackerspace
2400 South Jefferson Avenue
St. Louis, MO

WhenSaturday, March 10th from 3:00pm to midnight

We'll have child-friendly presentations 3:00pm to 6:00pm, and the bar will open at 6:00pm.

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