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Map Reading for Beginners

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Ever get lost in the woods? ever get lost in the woods even with a map and now want to know how to read it. Here is the chance to learn the skills you need to read that map and get someplace. If you have a compass bring it. If you know what a scale is and have one bring it. If you have neither then you will know enough to go get them after the class. This class is for the novice to learn how to read a USGS 7.5 minute map and the corresponding Geologic Quadrant Map (GQ). This class is for anyone that would like to learn enough to get out into the woods and start doing a few simple hikes or understand the geology in an area.
Monday March 17th at 6:00. Free class. Will go until we run out of questions.

Do all your Christmas wrapping with plenty of space and materials

gift_wrap_stressWrap presents at LVL1! Come and use plenty of table space. BYOB / food. We’ll put on some tunes and enjoy wrapping sessions a lot more than hiding in a bedroom alone- or donate a little more and have someone else wrap for you. We have elegant, cute, shiny and other types of paper.

Make it fun and wrap your gifts before you take them home :D

Black Friday – 11 -29 2 pm – 10 pm
Sunday 12-1-2013 3 – 5:30 pm
Sunday 12-8 3- 5:30 pm
Saturday Dec 14 2 – 10 pm
Sunday 12-22 3 – 5:30 pm
Tuesday – 12-24, Christmas EVE – 6 pm – 11:30 pm – Also a great place to assemble things as there are all sorts of tools here!

You must park on the street or in the “ORI” lot behind the building. You must enter the building in the back/in the alley.

If you come, turn from Broadway onto Shelby (Shelby only goes one way – away from town) – there is an alley immediately on your left. Pass that and turn into the nextz entrance into the parking lot that says ORI. Walk from the parking lot into the alley. Turn right and take about forty steps. You should see a door on your left that says LVL1.

Due to all the equipment and tools here, you must sign a waiver of liability to enter.

Sumobot Workshop – Friday, 10/4!

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On Friday, October 4th, LVL1′s own Brian Wagner will be teaching a workshop on Sumobot Construction and programming!  Brian spent his summer vacation designing and prototyping the “BaxterBot” board, a circuitboard which drives motors, IR sensors, sonar, and many, many more, and is Arduino compatible!  For a mere $60, you get all the electronics you’ll need for a Sumobot! Chassis isn’t included, but you have full access to the LVL1 boneyard, and all the tools you could need to make your own.

Sign up here: https://lvl1sumo2013.eventbrite.com/

Only 9 seats remain as of this writing, so hurry up.

All you need to bring is a laptop and your imagination.  Don’t know how to solder? Not a problem!  This is the workshop you need to get ready for LVL1′s 4th annual SumoBot competition and Halloween party!

Raspberry Pi Roadshow Visit – August 9th – 6:00 PM

Rob Bishop from the Pi Foundation

 

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/LVL1Hackerspace/events/132132342/

LVL1 is very proud to be hosting Rob Bishop from the Raspberry Pi foundation for a visit to Louisville on August 9th, at 6 PM!

This month, Rob will be traveling through the US, taking a look at all the cool Raspberry Pi projects people are working on, talking about the Pi and the work of the Pi foundation, and doing live demos.  More information about his itinerary is right here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/4312

In case you haven’t heard of the Raspberry Pi before: The Raspberry Pi is a $35 credit-card sized computer module running Linux.  With Ethernet and USB outputs, you’ve got a very nice computer in a very small package.  People have used the Pi on projects as diverse as home entertainment PCs, Carputers, Robots, UAVs, Vending Machines, Access Control Systems, and so much more.

Come on down to LVL1 on August 9th for this completely free event! Bring your Pi and any Pi projects you’ve been working on! Show off all the cool stuff that you’ve done with your Pi, or would like to do! Tons of like-minded folks will be hanging around, fawning over Rob. Don’t have a Raspberry Pi? No problem! We’ll have Pis for sale before, during, and after the event!

If you plan to come out, please RSVP on our Meetup Page: http://www.meetup.com/LVL1Hackerspace/events/132132342/ (Not required, but it helps us gauge interest!)

LVL1 Raspberry Pi Bootcamp – July 31st, 6:30 PM

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TL;DR – Sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7404548203  Do it now, because ticket sales end on the 27th!

LVL1 is proud to host a Raspberry Pi Bootcamp on July 31st, at 6:30pm.  This workshop will go through the basics of hooking up a Raspberry Pi and getting it up and running, using the wonderful Adafruit Raspberry Pi Starter Pack.  Pick your ticket, with or without Pi, and come to LVL1 on July 31st.  You need only bring your laptop!  We’ll go through the basics of hooking up the Raspberry Pi, loading an image onto the SD card, booting the Pi for the first time, and getting it blinking.  If you’re curious about this exciting physical computing platform, this is a great excuse to pick it up!

What timing, also!  LVL1 is on the proposed route of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s American Pi Roadshow. Tentatively, they’ll be stopping by on August 9th! This will be a great kick in the pants for your latest embedded project, which you can then show off to all the Pi fanatics in the Louisville area!

Seating is limited to 15, and ticket sales will end on the 27th so we have enough time to buy the kits.  Tell all your fiends, and get ready for a slice of Pi! The evenbrite link is here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7404548203

Upcoming Workshop: Etch your own PCB, Saturday, March 16th.

Sign up now using EventBrite.  Only space for 15 attendees! http://lvl1diypcb2013.eventbrite.com/

This is the Arduino you'll be etching!

This is the Arduino you’ll be etching!

Chinese New Year got you down?  Even though its easier than ever to have your own PCBs made in China, being able to roll your own is a valuable skill to have, from simple-but-large designs, to the annual 2 week hiatus in electronics manufacturing known as “Chinese New Year.”

On Saturday, March 16th, Learn how to make your own PCBs using nothing more than some copper-clad board and dangerous household chemicals!  Walk away with yet another Arduino clone!

You’ll walk in with all the knowledge you need to perform toner-transfer PCB etching using Muriatic Acid and Hydrogen Peroxide. The process is described in more detail here: http://www.meatandnetworking.com/projects/toner-transfer-and-muriatic-acid-etchant-making-pcbs-at-lvl1/ Hone your soldering skills on a bare copper board, and blink an LED with the finest!

All you need for this workshop is yourself! If you want to test your Arduino, bring a laptop with the latest Arduino IDE installed.  If you already have an FTDI cable, buy the FTDI-less ticket.

Etched Circuit BoardOnce again, sign up now and sign up often! LVL1 Members get a discount! Sign up now using EventBrite.  Only space for 15 attendees! http://lvl1diypcb2013.eventbrite.com/

 

Make Food N̶o̶t̶ War

Team Sign ups here: http://lvl1makefoodnotwar2012.eventbrite.com/

It’s time for another 24 hour hackathon!

This October, from Saturday the 20th to Sunday the 21st, pit your building skills against 9 other teams attempting to assemble the finest food-flinging machines in the world!

Your challenge is to build a machine in 24 hours (or less) that can fling the tastiest foodstuff the longest distance with the most style.  Teams can bring in any supplies they want (up to $150 worth– We will be asking for receipts at the door!), but you can’t put anything together until the start of the competition.  From then on out, it’s a free-for-all to build your contraption using the supplies you’ve brought in alongside the supplies at the LVL1 hackerspace.

As with last time, buy only one ticket per team!  One ticket gets your entire team in the door! Try to think of a team name before you show up!

At the end of the competition, teams will judge eachother in the following categories:

  • Taste: How delicious is it, after being flung?
  • Distance: How far did you fling it?
  • Ingenuity: How well-built was your flinger? How crazy?
  • Appearance: Is your food recognizable on the other end?
Scores in each category will be averaged, and the top three teams will receive their assorted glory.

The rules:

  • $150 budget, not counting parts from the boneyard at LVL1
  • Must be built in 24 hours (nothing preassembled!)
  • Team size is unlimited (in either direction), but 3-6 is recommended
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at BradLuyster@gmail.com

Kicad Workshop, Saturday 1/21, 1pm

This Saturday, January 21st, there will be a KiCad Workshop from 1pm to 5pm.  Sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2696636713.

KiCad is a free utility for designing and laying out printed circuit boards.  Printed circuit boards connect your circuits together without the need for breadboards and jumper wires.  With circuit prototyping services cheaper than ever, it’s simple to turn your design into a real, working board.

This workshop will cover the basics of KiCad, from Schematic Capture, to Board Layout, you’ll walk out of the workshop with the knowledge necessary to take your circuit ideas from dream to reality.

If you’re already familiary with Eagle, KiCad has a number of advantages, including unlimited board size, up to 16 copper layers on your board, multiple sheets of schematic, and more.

Please install KiCad before coming to this workshop.  If you have any problems, or questions, don’t hesitate to let us know.  If you need help installing KiCad, show up early and we’ll try to help you out.

Digital electronics for Arduino Workshop.

SIGN UP HERE http://digitalarduino.eventbrite.com

We will build and program an electronic game and in the process learn LED’s, tri-color LED’s, pushbutton switches, speakers and Arduino programming.

More info here: http://wiki.lvl1.org/Digital_for_Arduino

I am teaching.  I hope you can come.  Put your Arduinos and Freeduinos to good use!

Brian

Griswold Christmas Lights Controller Workshop

Signup at EventBrite http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2562787366

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