At a recent Open Hack Night, we got a visit from Columbia’s FIRST Robotics Team 3792, aka Army Ants Robotics. This high school team, made up of students from across the area, builds and operates robots for the St. Louis Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. They were kind enough to let us poke and prod at last year’s entry and even gave us a demonstration of their ability. The 2015 competition is coming up fast, so if you are interested in robotics and are in the proper age range, be sure you check out their web site and get in contact with the Army Ants.
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This is the first aerial footage from my tricopter that I recently took to the Bahamas.
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CGW just finished first in the second annual float your boat for the food bank. We won with a time of 48 seconds. We also won the Modern Marvel award. The race was a fundraiser for the food bank and you can check out their website here: http://sharefoodbringhope.org/
Here’s some event day video of our victory.
Here are some pictures:
Brad D was there too, but he left before we could get any pictures
Now that we’re in a space, we found out we need room to put stuff! Here’s an awesome time lapse a couple members put together showing how we’re solving that problem.
We’ve found a space! CWG is in the process of moving into our very own, and Columbia’s first hackerspace!
Head over to our ABOUT page to see where it is.
Here’s our current, projected timeline for moving in:
2013-01-17: Normally-scheduled hack night at my house. Most of the night will be creating the operating rules for the space and discussing what facilities we will need to build.
2013-01-31: Hack night at Brad’s shop (assuming he’s up for it, otherwise my place again). We’ll finalize of designs created at last meeting, including required materials, and arrange to move in the larger items that CGW owns/is being donated. Last regular CGW meeting outside of the space.
2013-02-01: Move-in Day (Night, whatever). We’ll bring in the big items for CGW and get the materials for whatever benches/shelves/death rays we’ve designed. Also, we can stand around, drink beer, and talk about how cool our new space is. From this point forward, the bi-weekly hack night becomes a weekly hack night/CGW meeting on Thursdays @ 19:00.
2013-02-02: Build Weekend. A lot of woodworking will happen, I’m sure. Also, moving things around, hanging lights, setting up security cameras, and possibly starting work on building entry systems for members.
2013-02-09: Probably another build weekend. I’m betting we’ll have a lot to do. Whatever it is, we can talk about it at the first meeting in our new hackerspace two days before this!!!!!
2013-02-14: Haha, hack night on Valentine’s Day.
2013-02-15/16: Open House. At least, I’m hoping that by this point we’ll have enough of our crap together to show something to the public. Press release will include this event. We’ll have to put together a couple showcases of our awesome technology and probably provide food. I’m sure we can do it.