Quick announcement, everyone! Holidays are coming up, so our regular Wednesday night Learn to Code with Us events will be slightly more sporadic. (If you’ve never been to Learn to Code with Us, you can learn more about it by clicking here.)
We know you love to learn to code with us
Here are the dates when we will not be meeting:
- Nov 27th
- Dec 18th
- Dec 25th
- Jan 1st
This means that if you’d like to come on by and Learn to Code with Us every again in 2013, Dec 4th and Dec 11th are your last chances! After that, we won’t meet again until Jan 8th.
Sweet sweet memories of 2013
See you soon!
Michelle Leonhart (under the blue robot poster) leads young ladies in writing their first hand-written program
Yesterday, the LA Makerspace teamed up with our bestest friends at Crashspace to put on Coding Workshop for Young Girls (Ages 7 – 13). Many of the young ladies had prior experience with Scratch (a language that allows students to drag and drop visual snippets of code), and were able to apply that experience to their first day of written programming at this workshop.
Photo Credit: Mashable
This was made as a gift for my friend Heidi, who has a very particular need. As you can see above, Heidi is a professional painter who lately has been touring the earth with her boyfriend Robert DeLong, painting the faces of everyone in the crowd at his shows with blacklight-reactive paint. Heidi’s responsible for the look of Robbie’s shows (and created the inspiration for his X logo). You can see tons of crazy examples of her work here.
So Heidi came up with an idea, and asked if I could make it for her. She’s often on tour, and has to paint faces in a variety of places that may or may not have what she needs to set up shop. Sometimes there aren’t even outlets available. So it would perfect if she could have a wearable piece of electronic clothing that could (a) emit mild UV light when she’s working with blacklight-reactive paint on participants’ faces, and (b) emit very bright regular light when she needs to either set up or take down her station.
And thus, the Blacklight LED Collar (which can switch easily between UV and normal light) was born. View instructions on how to make your own here on Instructables.
Check out this super sweet LED sign I made with Adafruit’s new NeoMatrix library:
Adafruit hasn’t released any official tutorials yet, so I wrote a quick instructable to get your started… Just in case you’re as impatient as I am and can’t wait.
Today I got my membership welcome packet from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF is a 501(c)3 org that fights for our rights to free, open communication. I’ve been following them on twitter for a while now, but after the NSA leaks began, I decided it was time to actually start participating in funding their efforts. A huge worry of mine is that, for all the I read in an attempt to stay informed, there’s very little I feel I can really do. As you can see on the EFF “Work” page, they take the money they raise to pitch legal battles against the powers that are trying to take our rights away. You can see one of their recent successes here.
Aside from their regular twitter account, I’ve also found their @EFFLIVE account to be really informative. They live-tweet what they see during court hearings, congressional meetings, etc. With so much happening in secret, it’s another step forward for transparency.
Starting June 3rd, I’ll be running a weekly meetup on Mondays from 8pm – 10pm at the LA Makerspace. The goal is to get together with other interested folks and learn Python. Bringing snacks is encouraged!
Skill range: All. Total n00bs to professional developers.
Ages: All. Children are welcome, but under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Access: Open to the Public.
Some resources to use to get on your feet:
How to keep in touch with the group:
Some great articles on Computer Science, Programming, and the “real world” of being a Software Engineer:
Well, you should. And you should vote for us! Because we’re awesome. And we’re actively trying to make more awesome every day, by enabling people with awesome goals to do awesome things in an awesome community.
We’ve already done so much: we’ve obtained an amazing space in downtown Los Angeles, and since then we’ve taught programming, 3D printing, puppetry, Hollywood makeup effects, film making, electronics, robotics, wearables, arduino, chemistry, 3D modeling, woodworking… and we’ve only been open for a few months, and only on the weekends!
Imagine what we could do if we had the budget to keep the space open 24/7. Imagine the talent we could bring in to share and teach. Imagine the equipment we could offer to Los Angeles.
If you think Los Angeles should have these things, please vote for our LA2050 submission to re-imagine eduation: Central Educational Network Based On The Apprenticeship Model!
Make-To-Learn is a new thematic initiative of the DML Research Hub. This month, DML is partnering with Instructables.com to host the Make-to-Learn Youth Contest where kids can share their creations, talk about what their building experience, and learn from the process of others who share as well.
I’m on the judging panel for the contest, and have been watching the first projects begin to roll in. There is some serious talent out there in kidville! Think your project is awesome enough? Know a youth who makes crazy things? Submit projects HERE! The contest is open until April 15th, and we invite all sorts of makes – digital, physical, electronic, gastronomic, whatever! Just as long as a youth made it.
All throughout 2012, we’ve been making kits, holding workshops, running classes, and building friendships. Now, the moment we’ve been so anxious about has finally come: We’ve released our KickStarter for the LA Makerspace into the wild!
It’s been a crazy and amazing year. We’ve had literally hundreds of children and adults learning with us at our events. And now that we have our new home in the LA Mart, we’re ready for the next step: filling it with awesome tools, awesome people, and awesome projects! Help us create a new generation of nerdlings, and FUND OUR KICKSTARTER!