Category Archives: Field Trips

Science Hack Day SF

I will be at Science Hack Day SF giving a lightning talk on Creative Off-Label Tool Use featuring some of the cool and unusual ways people are using AxiDraw and other tools we make. I’ll also have an AxiDraw in the hardware hacking area to play with.

Science Hack Day is October 27-28 and is free, so register now!

P.S. If you’re doing something interesting and science or research related with your AxiDraw, please let me know!

Fall Open House

Evil Mad Scientist Sign

You’re invited to our annual open house!

When: Saturday, November 10, 4 pm to 8 pm
Where: Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
1285 Forgewood Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

You can see the MOnSter 6502 in action, check out an AxiDraw demonstration, maybe meet Zener the cat (she’s not fond of parties), do some shopping if the mood strikes, and share in food and conversation.

Maker Faire New York 2018 Photos

We’re back from Maker Faire New York, where we had an amazing time and took a bunch of pictures. Here are a few highlights:

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A wonderful Audrey II puppet.

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Flexible Arduino compatible “board”.

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The latest in maker materials experimentation.

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Digital apples.

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And musical robots.

There was so much more, and you can explore more pictures are in our flickr album!

Maker Faire NY Panel: Ask a Maker!

Jimmy DiResta, Sophy Wong, Lenore Edman, Matt Stultz

I’m excited to be hosting an “Ask a Maker!” panel at Maker Faire New York. The panel will be on Saturday, September 22 at 3:30 pm on the Make: Frontiers stage. My guests will include Jimmy DiResta, Sophy Wong, and Matt Stultz.

I’ll be accepting audience questions for these amazing makers with a broad range of skills and experiences. If you have questions but aren’t going to be at Maker Faire NY, you can submit them in the comments here, or send them to me by email. Questions about aspects of making including processes, tools, inspiration, sourcing, design, and techniques are all welcome. I’ll accept questions about genres of making including electronics, woodworking, sewing, digital fabrication, papercraft, writing, video making, cooking and more.

The rest of the schedule of performances and talks looks amazing, and there is a great group of makers showing their projects as well. Hope to see you there!

Electronics Flea Market: Now in Sunnyvale

Pile o' instruments

We’ve written about the Silicon Valley Electronics Flea Market many times before. Make that many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many times before. It’s a great source of inspiration, beautiful objects and interesting conversations.

We’re writing about it now because it has moved locations! The April 14th flea market will be at the parking lot of the Sunnyvale Fry’s. We’ll hope to see you all there this weekend!

Presidents Day @ The Tech

On Monday, February 19, we’ll be celebrating Presidents Day at The Tech Museum in San Jose.

Spend your Presidents Day with us! We’re bringing you even more hands-on science fun than usual. You’ll build straw rockets and design colorful climbing robots. We’re also teaming up with Kickstarter to give you a sneak peek at some new tech.

The hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and we’ll be bringing the MOnSter 6502 and demonstrating how microprocessors work with our giant version of the classic MOS 6502.

MOnSter 6502 and Digi-Comp II at Vintage Computer Festival PNW

We’re bringing the MOnSter 6502 and the Digi-Comp II to the Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest February 10-11 at the Living Computers: Museum+Labs in Seattle, Washington.

Living Computers: Museum+Labs is an incredible museum! Bring your camera, bring your children, and enjoy all that LC:ML and VCF have to offer.

Check out the exhibitor list and the speaker lineup for more information.

Maker Faire New York 2017 Highlights

Maker Faire New York was wonderful, the MOnSter 6502 got an editor’s choice ribbon, and we took a few pictures that give a taste of the faire.

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In perhaps the most perfect Maker Faire spirit, the Fixers Collective brought broken things for people to fix. Broken 3D printer, anyone?

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Sam Zeloof brought examples of his homemade integrated circuits along with documentation of his processes. He even made a small demo vacuum chamber to bring to the faire since the one he made and uses at home was heavier than he wanted to lug to the faire.

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This great display project by Taezoo Park in front of the great hall utilized vintage portable televisions.

There are more photos up in our flickr album and there were many more wonderful things we didn’t get pictures of.

MOnSter 6502 at Maker Faire NY

We’re excited to be bringing the MOnSter 6502 out to Maker Faire New York for its east coast debut. Maker Faire is September 23 and 24 at the New York Hall of Science.

See how microcontrollers and computers work at the most basic level! We built a functional transistor-scale model of the famous 6502 microprocessor. In this larger than life model, you can visualize internal states and the flow of data.

So dust off your BASIC skills, or visit the Vintage Computer Federation’s BASIC classroom at Maker Faire and then come try it out on the MOnSter 6502.