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Starting a new year with a new beginning, Tuesday Open Night will be at our new digs at 33 Kent Ave.
For more locations details, see our newly updated location page
It’s very much a work in progress—don’t think we have Internet yet—but you’ll get a sneak preview of what Kwartzlab will be in 2013.
Hacky New Year!
Ben and I just signed a lease for Kwartzlab’s new home for at least the next couple of years.
We’ve discussing the move for weeks and the board just approved the lease agreement today. We’ll be moving over the next month and a bit, with a grand opening sometime in February 2013.
The new building, 33 Kent Ave. in Kitchener, has up until recently been the home of the Pandora Press publishing company and book shop. It’s got a beautiful store front, a shop in the back with a garage door, concrete floors, ventilation and three phase power and it’s got a room upstairs which will make a fantastic clubhouse and lounge. It’s a bit smaller than we’re used to, but we’re working on ways to get all our stuff in there, along with equipment we’re planning on purchasing in the near future.
Pandora is right on the corner of Charles and Kent, steps away from the Iron Horse Trail and a couple blocks from the Ottawa Street iXpress stop. Thousands of people ride and drive by every day, and this is an amazing opportunity for Kwartzlab to become more visible and accessible to the community.
I can’t think of a better home for Kwartzlab: Phase 2.
We wouldn’t have found this place without the help and support of friends we’ve made in the community. The owner and landlord, Christian, is on the board of MT Space, and we were put in touch through through our mutual friend Gabrielle at Treehaus. We’ve also had fantastic support from the City of Kitchener scouting out potential new locations. Many thanks!
Update: I’ve uploaded some photos from our tour of the place last month.
Stay tuned for more exciting announcements in the coming days!
Hacky Halloween is back! We’ll be in the Atrium at THEMUSEUM on Saturday October 27th for another day of pumpkin carving and soldering!
Participants are supplied with a free pumpkin to carve, along with a Kwartzlab kick – a programmable electronic kit that you can learn to assemble and solder yourself. The kit is setup to flicker lights just like a candle flame!
Along with the main event, we’ll soon be announcing free workshops happening in early November for Hacky Halloween participants to come into Kwartzlab to hack their kits, brainstorm ideas and more!
Hope to see you there!
Hacky Halloween is open to all ages and is free to attend. THEMUSEUM admission rates still apply to other exhibits.
Three chipKIT “Arduino compatible” development kits and shields arrived from Microchip for the ChipKIT Platform Design Contest.
Information about the chipKIT: http://www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1406&dDocName=en559601
Information about the contest: http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en_us/promo/chipKIT/
At Tuesday Open Night tonight, we’ll have our first regular monthly talk.
Tonight’s talk will be by new member, Alex Mackinnon. Alex says:
…It’s about Arduino, Parallax’s sonic pinger and using the two to collect data and draw map of clear paths in front of the sensor head.
If you’ve ever dreamed about sonar-sensing bat robots or just want to see some cool tech and ask an expert about how it works, join us at TON tonight!
Curious about the world of needle craft? Come participate in a one-night-only embroidery workshop! As kwartzlab’s current artist-in-residence, I will teach you the basics of hand embroidery. No prior experience required!
ADDED WORKSHOP BONUS: make your own reusable heat transfer patterns using a Silhouette SD machine (its like a Cricut, but way better!). Choose from an existing library of designs, create your own with the Studio software, or bring an existing .dxf file (all objects need to be ungrouped before saving as .dxf)!
By Ben Brown
Headshots from the Heart is an online marathon where a team of four players will play through as much of Borderlands as they can in a twenty-four hour period and encourage viewers to donate to Child’s Play, a charity which provides toys and video games to children’s hospitals worldwide.
There are many marathons online which contribute to causes like this one, but what makes Headshots from the Heart unique is that viewers not only have the option to donate directly, but to pledge an amount of money to be earned by the players each time they defeat a foe with a critical hit, or “Head shot”. This will force us not merely to play for twenty-four hours straight, but to play well, in order to earn your money for charity. Children deserve our best, and we at Headshots from the Heart intend to give it to them.
On top of the gaming itself, there will be live auctions going on throughout the entire event ranging from handmade crafts (check out the Borderlands figures and the kickass Megaman afghan!) to glasses, cases and even VIP tickets to see & greet The Tea Party! All that and more is on the block, so make sure you check out the enormous auction catalog on the Headshots Loot page! There will also be a Livestream of pure headshots action, interviews with players, guests from the video game industry and more!
The Headshots game-a-thon starts 12:30pm on Saturday and wraps Sunday afternoon. Check out Headshots from the Heart website for more info on the event, Child’s Play and how to make a pledge and/or donation.
By Ben Brown
Join the artist November 8 for an informal reception and brief lecture on the symbiotic relationship between scientific and artistic endeavour including amazing facts on the new science of epigenetics and the artist’s personal experiences working at a world-leading vision research laboratory.
Geek of Nature is a retrospective show of sciency paintings highlighting selected works from the past 10 years inspired by science. Concepts addressed by the work explore topics as diverse as creation and destruction, ecology, astronomy, fractal geometry, quantum wave/particle duality and the birth of the atomic age.
For more info, check out Nik’s Website at http://nikharron.com/geek-of-nature-show/
It’s official, Kwartzlab is getting a laser cutter!
I’m pleased to announce that Kwartzlab has received a $6000 grant from
the Creative Enterprise Enabling Organization for the full cost of
buying a new laser cutter. The CEEO board liked our application: they
approved it unanimously, and said that this is the type of project
they want to fund.
We are getting an 80W laser cutter with a 24″ x 36″ work area, similar
to the one that Site3 has, except bigger. It is a very versatile tool
for arts, crafts and technical work. It can cut or engrave paper,
cardboard, foamcore, plywood, plastics, leather and textiles. It can
engrave coated metals (incl. anodized aluminum), marble and glass.
The laser is a key tool for our makerspace. It’s a powerful tool that
few people have access to, and it will attract new members to our