We had an nice opportunity to design and build a sculpture for the Decatur Wine Festival this year. Thanks to The Imperial (soon to be open at 726 West College) and the Decatur Arts Alliance for supplying the materials. It was a popular photo opportunity, and everyone really loved it.
A BIG thanks to our team of makers who pitched in on the design, build, setup, and cleanup. We had a lot of unexpected “help” on cleanup when the wine festival participants decided to help themselves to the large inflated bottles. One person even climbed up on the sculpture to cut down the 13 foot high top bottle. We didn’t design it for people to climb on, but luckily, it held.
The Atlanta Mini Maker Faire is a free, family-friendly, annual gathering of makers, hackers, geeks, artists, robots, scientists, and people who just enjoy hanging out with them. It’s a perfect opportunity to engage with makerspaces and creative communities around the southeast. There over 100 makers showing off dozens of cool, hands-on projects and activities.
Decatur Makers will debut our non-newtonian liquid hopscotch and we’ll also have flexagons to make (including the fascinating 3D ones). In addition, you can cut a wine bottle and grab a giveaway from our theramin-enhanced skeleton!
We still need volunteers so please sign up for a shift at http://vols.pt/HaBmW
Stop by and say hello on Saturday October 26, at Georgia Tech, from 10 – 5 PM !
Free tickets to the Faire are available in advance (since they’re trying to track attendance).
Decatur Makers will be at the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire, and we need some help from you to get ready. We’ll have two adjacent tents and host 4 different activities:
- Origami flexagons
- 3D flexagons with wire and straws
- Oobleck Hopscotch (8 ft long, full of bizzarre non-newtonian fluid)
- Bottle cutter (see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFXngPx3w3M starting at 3m:38s)
There is still work to do to get ready, so our October meetup will be to test out the activities above, to make sure everything works smoothly at the Faire.
We have plenty of empty wine bottles thanks to the Decatur Education Foundation‘s Low Country Boil. Whether or not you can make the October meetup, we REALLY need your help at the Faire. Please volunteer for one or more 2 hour shifts using this volunteerspot link http://vols.pt/HaBmW
We’re going to be making 3D flexagons at the Turner Mini Maker Faire tomorrow. We have reduced the project to one which only uses standard paperclips and cocktail straws.
Download the instructions here and let us know how it works for you!
Here is a short movie showing a flexing Flexagon
Monday (9/16/13) we will meet to
a) Finalize the deisgn and build a prototype square of our nonnewtonian hopscotch board. We need a small team to take on the details of making this project a reality for AMMF ’13. We have most of the materials and tools we need to get started.
b) Plan for our Decatur Makers booth at the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire (Saturday October 26 at GT). We need some folks to act as a small planning committee to organize volunteers, activities, giveaways, setup, cleanup, etc. for our booth at the Maker Faire.
If you’re interested in either or both of these activities, I hope to see you at the meetup http://www.meetup.com/Decatur-Makers/events/140327632/. If you can’t make it but are still interested, email us at email@example.com and we’ll loop you in the email thread for future meetings.
Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 PM at the Decatur Rec Center will be the next meeting of Decatur Makers. http://www.meetup.com/Decatur-Makers/ After a short status update, we’ll divide up into interest groups. Currently we’re thinking of these 6 groups as a starting point:
• Electronics (e.g. Arduino, soldering)
• Digital fabrication (e.g. 3D printing and CNC)
• Arts and crafts
• Programming/computers (e.g. Linux, Raspberry Pi, software)
• Robotics (which actually cuts across several others).
Each interest group will be asked to discuss and generate a wish list of equipment & space they think would be needed for (a) minimal entry level, (b) reasonable working set, (c) dream workshop. We’ll ask for approximate budgets and other details, too since that will help in our planning.
We’ll meet this Monday August 19 at the Decatur Recreation Center. The meeting will feature a Show and Tell along with a short business meeting with updates on space, finances, etc.
Please bring something you’ve made (or ideas for a project you want to pursue) and share! Or just come take a peek at what other people are up to. This will be a great warm up for the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire in October.
The 3D flexagon shown here is a cool toy you can make with things you have around the house, and we’ll show you how.
Afterwards, people can socialize in downtown Decatur. Free parking at the Decatur Library next door.
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We are happy to announce our first official board of directors:
- Lew Lefton – president
- Garrett Goebel – president-elect
- Marc Wisniewski – treasurer
- Caitlin Dooley – secretary
- Gail Rothman – board member at large (DEF rep)
They were appointed in accordance with our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. Minutes of our first board meeting are posted in the new documents area of our website. Most of the DM activity going forward will be executed through committees. We hope you will step up to volunteer when they are announced.
We also want to thank the pre-board members for committing their time and resources at the earliest stages of our project to help get us to this point:
- Anita Corbett
- Garrett Goebel
- Bob Herndon
- Russell Kaye
- Lew Lefton
- Gail Rothman
- David Smith