The new Sparkfun Shapeoko CNC Deluxe Kit:
Stay tuned for build pix.
In the second session of a family rocket day, one family built and shot off rockets in the Discovery Lab at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library. Using the rest of the Estes Gnome rockets, three youngsters and their mother built three rockets. We then went outside to launch said rockets.
The Gnome rocket makes a good first-time project as they are easy to build and can be launched soon after completing.
I enjoy presenting these programs as it is a joy to see the little ones’ eyes light up when the rocket they’ve made launches.
Today 5 families built and launched rockets. I chose the Gnome rocket from Estes. The Gnome is small and easy to build; it took about 20 minutes to complete the kits, and the rockets were ready for launch. The Gnome rocket uses a streamer for recovery (as opposed to a parachute).
Each family got to launch their rocket two times. The rockets went up about 800 feet and tumbled to the ground after the engine ejected the nose cone and streamer. The orange streamer made for an easy recovery.
And as a bonus, I got to launch my rocket (orange one below, from a previous rocket program) once.
A good time was had by all.
There is another family rocket program on September 24, 2016 @ 10am in the Discovery Lab.
Using Sparkfun Weevil Eye kits (my go-to kit) I taught 10 people the basics of soldering during PLA. While most had no experience with soldering, a few had soldered in the past and were able to pick it up again. Everybody did a great job (all the kits worked!) and I was able to meet some cool folks from other libraries around the country.
Another fun-filled morning of soldering at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library.
Today, 8 participants successfully completed the Sparkfun Weevil Eye kit. It is a great starter kit for beginners on which to learn the basics of soldering. As always each participant used the trusty Hakko FX888D temperature controlled soldering station.
First I gave a short lecture on the basics of soldering, which covered equipment, safety and soldering technique which was followed by the participants completing their Sparkfun kits.
This class was a follow up to a previous class. The first one was so popular that it filled up quickly. Soon after the wait list filled up. So another class was in order.
Today I taught a soldering class at the library. Using Hakko soldering stations to put together a Sparkfun Weevil Eye kit, the class learned the basics of electronics soldering by building a printed circuit board (PCB) kit. They were a good group of people and quick learners. Everybody’s kit worked the first time! A fun time was had by all.