The local make-o-sphere broadens–Hacky Halloween

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Having spent a good chunk of the afternoon over at DIYDAY on Saturday, I had to haul ass down to THEMUSEUM to just catch the tail end of Hacky Halloween 2013.  Delightfully, this event has expanded beyond its creators, the ever-makin’ kwartzlab, and included Hackademy, Brick Works Academy, Maker Club.

When we dreamt up kwartzlab back in 2009, a question we occasionally got was “What happens if a bunch of other maker spaces pop up?”  Our answer: “AWESOME!  That’s the idea!  More!”  Four years later, there are more, and happily, there are more efforts focussed on engaging and supporting *kids* in making.  If ever there was a noble cause and a smart investment in the future, it is shoring up and extending kids’ natural maker instincts.

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Had a good chat with David Goodfellow from Brick Works Academy about his work in the Lego robotics space.  Demo bots on scene including this beastie.

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Saw some folks from Maker Club, but they were packing up so I didn’t get a chance to speak with them.  I heard they had a bunch of old toys on site and kids were ripping them apart and rebuilding new cooler things.  I can identify with that.

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A ha!  The kwartzlab crew…

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guttin’ and carvin’ pumpkins here, and…

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learning to solder and build the microcontroller/LED/blinky board over here to light up the pumpkins.  Every time a kid learns to solder, an angel gets its wings.

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Maker extraordinaire, Agnes Niewiadomski, of, can always be counted on for a cool, and in this case LED-lit, costume.

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Pillar of kwartzlab, Mr. James Bastow, likely saying “apply the heat to the part first, and *then* the solder”.  Good to catch up with Cedric Puddy and Doug Moen from the lab, too.

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Siftin’ for seeds.  Oh, the humanity!

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Happy that Sean Yo (at left) introduced himself.  Sean represents Hive Waterloo, which I understand to be a Mozilla-powered initiative that “brings together a community of civic and cultural organizations to hold events where youth can explore their interests in technology.”

I can get behind that.

Happy making,

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