Last day of Butthouse!
OK. I signed up for an online Secret Santa thing with redditgifts, and my giftee was into RC planes and such. I made this Altimeter for him, and published how I made it. Check out the Instructable: http://tinyurl.com/UAInstructable
Also, you can vote for my post (top right corner of the post) if you think it is worthy. If I win we get free stuff!
Remember when I posted this?
A gear-y cube (it doesn’t turn yet, but it will!)
I just returned to a similar design and decided to print that! The designer of this made a new version in which the pins are better designed for many different printers so they work better for everyone. Here is a video of the new and improved version:
The magpi is here! The Micro Arduino Gaming Platform Interface (magpi) has been released to Instructables, and the rest of the internet! My dad and I have been working on it for a while now – coding games, printing cases, designing hardware, etc. – and we wanted to get it out there!
You can see the instructable here: http://tinyurl.com/lu65w3r
If you’d like to take the time, you can vote for us in the Arduino contest (“Vote” button in the upper right hand corner). You will have to make an account. If we win we get free stuff!
This will be a look into my week. There will be names of some of my Kanban Board sticky notes and short explanations as to what they were and what I did. I will be doing this sometimes when there is no other big event to write a large post about.
Scale of the Universe
Looked at Scale of the Universe for about 30 min. It was very enlightening. Especially the part about the sun (haha).
Scale of the Universe is a website that ingeniously represents the biggest and smallest things in the universe. I highly recommend you take a peek at that.
Quadcopter Aerial Videos
Went outside to film houses around the land with quadcopter. At some point I will make a video of “QIVC from the air.”
Went to stream with Eric Bear and others. Found Glass Bottles and Watercress. Tightrope-walked across stream on small bent over sapling. Fell into stream. Twice. Made prototype catapult out of bent over sapling. Found old boot. It was awesome to find old stuff and to be outside for a chunk of time.
Stranger in a Strange Land Paper
Wrote paper for Lit. Class about Stranger in a Strange Land and what people think of it based on reviews. It was strange to talk about a book that many people really love, and many people really hate, and try to view it from both sides.
Looked at some cool tools on the Cool Tools blog.
Cool Tools is a blog where community members post about and recommend their favorite tools. It contains posts about awesome products such as this Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad and this Lithium-Ion Mini Screwdriver. It is extremely cool!
Fix 3D Printer
Replaced broken motor on the 3D Printer. Took Printer apart, untangled wires, unplugged old motor, plugged in new motor, re-tangled wires, put printer back together. Frustrating but a relief to have a working printer!
The October MFS trip was great. It was the first time that intend of replacing my “normal” schedule with doing other interesting things, I kept up with my other work while doing cool projects. This way, I didn’t have to scramble to catch up once I got home. These are some of the things we did. Some parents brought in a fog machine, so we got it running and filled a couple of rooms with fog. Then: Light bulb! There was a pumpkin sculpting class happening in another room, so I went over there and and told them my idea. A few minutes later we had a beautifully carved pumpkin with fog gushing out of its open mouth!
A while late (after I went off to do some other things) a few people took the fog machine and started pumping fog out of the window. At that moment, a Google Street View Car drove past the building. Maybe in a couple of months, if you look up Manhattan Free School on Google Maps, you’ll see fog pouring out our window!
Geva, an MFS parent, brought in an extremely strong laser, strong enough that we had to wear special goggles and go into a separate room. After burning and melting several things as tests…
a laser was attached to the head of the 3D printer and, using some code I wrote to control the printer from the command line, we were able to laser cut paper into shapes. Here’s a video:
There is a plan to cut cool stencils out of vinyl with this at some point.
Other things that happened included:
Destroying stuffed animals,
Skateboarding and Ripstiking in the park,
and of course, tons of Pokémon!
Today we’re back in the city at Manhattan Free School!
Douglas (an MFS student) and his dad Geva got a 3D printer for the school–in kit form. I came down to helped them set it up. It was an awesome experience. Since I got my 3D printer pre-assembled, it was great to be able to build a similar (same company, different model) printer from the ground up. I also had a great time joking around about rhinos, bicycles, superglue, nanobots, and hegemony/world dictatorship with Douglas and Geva. I’ll be going back down at least once a month. Some of the things I’ll be doing include helping set up the Makerspace there and, at some point, helping Geva run a “Make Almost Anything” class for the students and others.
A bag of parts
Setting it up to print
I’ve been doing a lot of 3D printing lately. Actually no. That’s an understatement. Here are some pictures of the things I’ve printed so far:
Little tiny Cloudhouse logos
Feather earrings for Abby (a MFS volunteer and Agile Learning Facilitator)
A gear-y cube (it doesn’t turn yet, but it will!)
A board game called Pocket Dungeons
A replacement button for one of my favorite shirts
May there be many more prints to come!
All of these designs (except the Cloudhouse logo) are not mine, but were made by someone else and put under the Creative Commons License.
Attributions: Feather earrings, Cube gears, Pocket Dungeons, Button