BIO: Sally Byers sewed her first dress at age ten, and never stopped sewing. A few years ago an afternoon workshop with Lynne Bruning on e-textiles added a new and exciting dimension to clothes, and she has been lighting up clothing and hats, both handmade and salvaged, ever since.
WORKSHOP: In this workshop, participants will be learn how to light up an LED using conductive thread instead of wire for the circuit. They will sew a simple circuit (shape of their choice) with a battery at one end and an LED somewhere in it, and use sticky tape to fasten the battery to the conductive leads. Troubleshooting supplied if the LED doesn't light up; everyone who wants to light up an LED should be able to do so before they leave. Please Note: Participants need to be able to thread a needle and sew a simple line, or have someone with them who can do so. Experience more of Sally Byers at www.threadwitch.com/.
Art Institute of Washington
See the "DC DEMOBOTS" from the Art Institute of Washington created in their "Intro to Animatronics" class. Visual Effects Prof. Stefan Prosky will have a couple of his sound/music toys and simple art robots to try out. Sooo come by and play with our ART! See some of the students work here, here, here and here. Check out some of Prof. Stefan's work here.
At Club 125 Explore and interact with the microelectronic and robotic creations of the engineers from Club125, the Greenbelt Community Makerspace.
Can you solve a Rubik's cube faster than our robot?
Want to learn how to create a pirate radio?
Stop and ask how you can create a Makerspace in your community.
St. Philip Neri Technology Club
The St. Philip Neri Technology Club will be demonstrating their autonomous Robot Sumo Wrestling. These students in 4th-8th grade have completed projects in digital photography, digital music, movie making, and Lego NXT Robotics. These robots are NOT remote controlled. Once the students hit go, its every robot for themselves... itself... well you get it...! Sponsored by St. Philip Neri Catholic School (Linthicum, MD).
Harrison Instruments designs quality theremins using a variety of technologies, and fabricates prototypes for both consumer-direct and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) requirements. The theremin, named for its inventor, Leon Theremin, was introduced in the 1920s as one of the first electronic musical instruments. The owner of the company, Arthur Harrison, oversees the design and production of all Harrison Instruments theremins to provide the highest performance for cost, meeting his personal criteria for rugged, reliable and playable instruments.
Lego Combat Robots - Creghton Kinney
Creghton will be showing the Lego NXT battle bots using Wii remote Control! These robots use bluetooth technology to communicate with a laptop computer. Come by and drive these robots! Also see a interactive hacking simulation.
HacDC is DC's hackerspace - a tech/arts/engineering nonprofit collective. HacDC members improve the world by creatively rethinking technology. We break, build, and occasionally abuse technology in the pursuit of greater knowledge about how it works and repurposing it to build new things. HacDC will be exhibiting projects created by their members, including a DIY CNC machine. For more information go hacdc.org.
Jess is a 3D Modeler and designer completing a BFA degree in Interdisciplinary Object Design at Towson University. She has interned as a designer with The Object Lab of Towson University where she’s worked closely with a family of 3D printers(and even built her own). Her internships have placed her on projects such as award design, signage fabrication and a collaboration with the Corcoran College of Art. Computer aided design programs help her explore the narrative elements in her work that she draws from her personal experiences. When Jess is not working, she enjoys visiting hackerspaces and dancing in her car.
Check out her website: here.
Baltimore's Harford Hackerspace is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization whose members teach each other through group and individual projects. Each of our members have their own skills but we all share one thing in common and that is our love for science and technology. We operate out of Baltimore County in Rosedale. For more information on becoming a member, check out www.harfordhackerspace.org.
R/C Combat Tanks
The R/C Tank Combat hobby is dedicated to the battling of radio-controlled large-scale models of tanks, armored cars and artillery. All combat is waged using standard, readily available paintball equipment, allowing realistic and safe tactical battles.
The Baltimore Node is a member-run hackerspace where people can hack, craft, and make interesting things in a supportive and collaborative environment. This year we're bringing back the popular compressed air rocket launcher to shoot paper cardboard tube rockets and nerf darts. We'll also bring a 3D printer makerbot and also a stormtrooper. The Node sponsors regular workshops and events on a broad range of topics. Come find us at 120 W North Avenue in Baltimore or online at baltimorenode.org.
R2 DC Builders Club
R2DC is the Washington D.C. (MD, DC, PA, VA) sub group of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club. We exist to share information and techniques on how to build the famous Astromech droids as seen in the Star Wars movie saga. These robots are accurate replicas of the movie props, featuring sound, lights and radio control for a realistic experience. There are twelve members participating locally who have built several droids (as well as other non-Star Wars robots) that visit conventions and charity events. Our robots are made from a variety of materials and most are radio controlled. Some of our builders have been experimenting with other means of operation i.e. microcontroller, Arduino and wi-fi. The robots range from fairly simple operation (rolling, head spin and sound) to more complex functions like changing from three-legged mode to two-legged mode or having doors open and close and objects popping in and out. Our club incorporates members from all levels of expertise from novice to engineers. We enjoy sharing our experiences and learning from each other. For more information about R2DC, please visit us at www.r2dc.com.
We will be showing the latest in RepRap technology, including a working MakerBot- come see how DIY 3D printing works for yourself. RepRap is a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap can print those parts, RepRap can be considered a self-replicating machine - one that anyone can build given time and materials. It also means that - if you've got a RepRap - you can print lots of useful stuff, and you can print another RepRap for a friend. For more information visit our wiki page.
Salt Dough Circuitry
ClassicPlay brought to you by the childish minds at Ellie Bellie Kids! For kids ages 4-9, join us and use playdoh to design Squishy circuits like these! Come see the robot dolls, bags and other products!
Classic Plastic Bricks
Classic Plastic Bricks....Where your Lego dreams come alive. Stop by our booth Robot Fest to build some of your own Lego creations. We will have over a 100 pounds of Lego to build with. Also at our booth: - learn Lego building techniques . - Use a Rainbow Lego loom to make bracelets - See our Lego battle bots. - Learn how to organize your Legos - See custom Lego creations And much much more make sure to stop by and see us. Visit us on the web here.
First Lego League
FIRST LEGO League team will have a demo of a FLL competition game table with current missions. Learn how you can get involved with FLL programs in your school.
The Baltimore SDIY Group
Electronic Music & sound effects provided by Logan Mitchell Sr, Dave Vosh, Keith Sinzinger, Art Harrison, Mike Jeffries & Frank Vanaman of the Baltimore SDIY Group: The Baltimore SDIY Group.
The Numbers Lady
As a festival character Rebecca will be telling wandering stories of numbers---I will be in costume. Visit us at The Numbers Lady
Blinky Tape is a very special LED strip. It has what we like to call an integrated light processor-- that means you don’t have to source your own microcontroller, power supply or connectors. Instead, you simply need to plug in to a wall charger or the included USB battery pack, and you’re good to blink.
BlinkyTape has 60 independently controllable full-color RGB LEDs, all wrapped up in a weather-resistant silicone case. All this is powered by that integrated light processor which has a standard micro-USB connector. This means you can connect it to the battery or another power supply to run on its own, or it can talk to a computer for interactive installations. When you first plug in your BlinkyTape, you’ll be greeted by a colorful rainbow pattern. But the fun doesn’t stop there: the BlinkyTape comes with a full set of companion software to make it easy for you to make the patterns and effects you want. You can graphically draw patterns and animations the LED strip using PatternPaint. If dynamic lighting is more your style, check out our website. www.blinkinlabs.com
DC Robotics Group
Come join a growing group of engineers, hackers, researchers, artists, and entrepreneurs with a passion for robotics and robot technologies. Modeled on similar groups in Silicon Valley and Pittsburgh, we're aiming to kick-start a community for robotics and robotics/hardware startups in the D.C. metro area. Whether you're looking to build your first robot or you're a veteran roboticist seeking collaborators, come share your knowledge, learn from others, and network.
Robodyssey Systems will show its line of robust educational robots. Robodyssey believes that robotics is a rich context for teaching math and science because building and programming robots is fun! It is like creating unique life forms and builders learn by playing as they complete each simple, incremental task. Robodyssey takes an empirical approach to learning electronics - each concept is observed by the builder and becomes a solid building block for creating ever more complex systems.
AMRAD is the Amateur Radio Research and Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation. For over 30 years they have been on the cutting edge of amateur radio technologies, including the packet radio AX25 industry standard, the AO-27 small satellite and work on low frequency radio communications. Our current efforts include the Charleston radio and the capacity to design and built it using surface mount technology. Stop by and see the receiver design and what it takes to build this design. In addition, we have uncovered a number of UHF transceiver modules that can be used to remotely control systems using amateur radio or license free radio channels.
"Building Dreams 1 Layer at a Time"
Max Corbin will be demonstrating 3D Printing projects that he has designed using 3D "open source" modeling software.
International R/C Warship Combat Club
Founded in 1978, the International R/C Warship Combat Club, Inc. (IRCWCC) is the original organization dedicated exclusively to promoting safety, good sportsmanship and fun in the hobby of radio controlled semi-scale model warship competition. Battery operated 1/144 scale models of warships which operated between 1905 and 1946 are constructed by members. They are equipped with CO2 gas powered cannons and maneuver in mock battles as they attempt to damage or sink their opponents.
Fab Lab Baltimore
Fab Lab Baltimore is part of the International Fab Lab Network, an outreach project through MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. We provide public access to digital design and fabrication technologies. Fab Labs can be used to design and create anything from electronics and small scale working prototypes, to architectural components, and almost everything in between.
Angie, Wes & Nathanael Wortman Family Makers
We are a family of Makers. At our booth, you will see the mom with her Husquvarna Viking Topaz 20 Embroidery Machine that makes fashion paper dolls; the son with his Afinia 3D printer, which will be making a Robot Whistle army; and the electronics enthusiast dad with his microcontroller robots and blinking LED projects.
DC Area Drone User Group
This is a group for amateur and professional drone users committed to promoting the use of flying robots for recreational, humanitarian, and artistic purposes. www.dcdrone.org
Nova Labs is a nonprofit MakerSpace located in Reston, Virginia. We provide the space and tools to grow a community where enthusiastic collaborators of any skill level can converge to make things. Our vision is to empower everyone to rediscover the joy of making things. http://www.nova-labs.org
Don't forget to visit us! We will be more than happy to tell you about the exciting things we do! The Unallocated Space will have a variety of friendly demonstrations and FREE projects for all ages! We will also be raffling an exciting kid friendly Electronic Project Kit for $1 donation per ticket. All proceeds will be split with the National Electronics Museum and Unallocated Space.