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Let’s Build a Fast Power Wheel!


LVL1 is entering the 2016 Power Racing League competition circuit to debut our own vehicle at the Maker Faire: Detroit.

In prior years, LVL1 has entered and won awards, accolades (and the shaking heads) of other entrants, judges and spectators.

Are you interested in learning how to hack a Power Wheel? Make it look great?  Then join us!

We meet 7:30 PM each Thursday at LVL1 to develop the plan and begin designing, building & testing.

Adults in Powerwheels you say?  YES!

Can’t join us but want to contribute? Donations help, every $10 donation helps us defray the cost of the trip & the cost of parts.  Donate today!

Previous entries have included a fully-functional fire truck, Steve the pink Mustang and Ivan Whiskey.


About the Power Racing League:

Join LVL1 in celebrating Arduino Day April 2nd 2016


The LVL1 community will be joining in on the world-wide celebration of Arduino Day on April 2nd and we’d love for you to join us.  We will be celebrating one of the ubiquitous tools of the Maker Movement that has helped so many people by running a workshop on the Arduino hosted by Nathan Armentrout, displaying Arduino-based projects, and other activities as we get this organized.

Nathan’s workshop will be from 12 to 4pm and you can sign up on the EventBrite.

Here are some of the many Arduino-based projects folks have built; many of which you can see at our space:

Many of our Sumobots are powered by Arduino.

This project converted braille to RGB light as part of a hackathon designed to make useless things.

This space monitoring station gathers various information from different sensors via an Arduino compatible chip and displays the information.

Another useless project entry; this is a 2D printer designed to self destruct when it completes a line.

One of my personal favorites; the Bad Idea Robot uses an Arduino to animate the LEDs when you press the button and it gives you a bad idea.

You can also check our Wiki for projects that use Arduino and other technologies; for example there’s the Magic 8-Ball Valentines Heart and the old-school LEGO Robotics Kit given new life via Arduino.

Of course we can’t forget a long-time favorite and fixture of the space; Butterscotch the Fire-breathing Robotic Pony of Doom:

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Raspberry Pi Workshop


Hey y’all, It’s Jared!

On Saturday, February 20th, 2016 @ 1:00 PM I will be running a Raspberry Pi Computer Workshop.

Bought a Raspberry Pi and never took it out of the box?

Bring it in early (@12:30 PM) and we’ll get you set up!

Own a Raspberry Pi and are comfortable booting?

Bring it at 1:00 PM and we’ll get started!

Don’t own a Pi and don’t want to buy one (yet)?

LVL1 has some onsite for you to use while you’re here!

Please sign up on the Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raspberry-pi-workshop-tickets-21357891027

Please bring a computer with you to use during the class.

Questions? direct them to learn@lvl1.org

Special thanks to a generous donation by V-Soft Consulting for the library of Raspberry Pi equipment:

This Raspberry Pi class made possible by a donation from V-Soft Consulting.  Based in Louisville with over 500 employees and locations across the U.S. V-Soft is transforming the landscape of IT across North America with next generation IT Solutions and Staffing for the enterprise.

Hack on!


***FREE*** ESP-01 (ESP8266) Workshop – Feb 11 7PM – 8:30PM


WiFi Serial Transceiver Module


Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/esp-01-module-esp8266-workshop-tickets-21066752223

Learn how to add WiFi to your next electronics project using the dirt cheap and popular ESP-01 module (ESP8266)!

We will be providing the ESP-01 modules, FTDI modules, and other supporting hardware to teach the class, but you will NOT be able to take these home! However, if you want, you can purchase your own module from Amazon and bring it to the workshop. Pretty much any other ESP8266 module will do including the NodeMCU, Huzzah, and ESP-xx modules. Just make sure that if your module requires soldering, please assemble your module before the workshop. We won’t be doing any soldering as part of this workshop.

This workshop will be geared toward people who are at least a little familiar with an Arduino (enough to blink and LED and modify someone else’s code). Most of the programming we’ll go over will be in the LUA programming language and some in the C programming language. Don’t worry, you will not need any familiarity with these languages. However, you will need to know how to install FTDI drivers for your computer as well as how to find your COM port. Here’s a good start if you need help: https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/how-to-install-ftdi-drivers

All you will need to do to attend this workshop is bring a laptop with the following software installed 

NodeMCU Flasher:

Esplorer (requires Java)

Arduino ESP8266 Plugin:

Also download the latest version of the NodeMCU firmware:


Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/esp-01-module-esp8266-workshop-tickets-21066752223