Attendees arrived ready to go with Python already loaded on their laptops. They worked their way through the hands-on overview of the general structure and features of the language. Then they got down to some serious coding with the help of ylab’s Pythonista volunteers. The participants got over the biggest hurdles, figuring out how to load additional libraries and get all the necessary pieces together. In the three hours available, they got the hang of it, and many were up to the challenges of retrieving data from web sites and reading and writing database records. There was a lot of surprise that in Python, these tasks are as easy – if not easier! – that writing to files in other languages. Big thanks to ylab volunteers Arjun, Craig, Michael and Pek for mentoring, setting up the servers for the class, and preparing the challenges; and to Simon’s Coffee and Code York Region Meetup Group for helping to get the word out. An extra special thanks to Markham Public Library for hosting the event and going the extra mile in allowing us to stay for a hour after closing.Programmers came out on October 7 2015 for ylab’s Python Constricted – a crash course in the Python Language for people who already know how to program.
last week’s Arduino class, so Ramy has somehow agreed to again let is in to Logics Academy for this first event. You’ve seen Ross’ and other volunteers’ creations at our Kick-Off event and at the Maker Festival. Registration is open on Eventbrite and space is limited. Come out and join us for fun, a chance to share and gain experience, and hopefully not too much mayhem.Robot Ross (known to humans as Ross Lunan) is breaking out the high-voltage cables and jump starting Ylab’s first regular monthly meeting – the Ylab Robotycs group. First meeting is Wednesday September 30th from 7 PM to 10 PM, and every 4th Wednesday of the month starting in October. Apparently we didn’t do enough damage at
Facebook or Twitter) So what’s next? Watch this space for the announcements – we’re working on some new amazing events and updates! They’ll be up soon we promise. In the meantime I bet you’re wondering what we’ve learned in our first month?At Wednesday’s Arduino class, YLab regulars were talking about how hard it is to believe that it’s only been a month since our Kick-Off event. That was way back on July 25, and the Arduino class was on August 26. OK, a month and a day. It’s been a challenge, an inspiration, and most of all, a whole lot of fun for the growing group of volunteers, makers, techies, geeks and just plain enthusiastic people who’ve been showing up. All ages. All skill levels. All having a great time. Our planning is best described as “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead”. Much to our amazement, it all worked out. We’ve been growing in numbers as more and more York Region makers are discovering us. We’re always happy for those curious to check us out or contact us on social media if you have any questions at all (
Top 10 Things Learned in YLab’s First Month:
And the number one thing we learned:Thanks to Pek, Markham Library, and Uncle D for the pictures.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/y-lab-car-hack-night-obd-iican-readers-for-auto-diagnostics-and-fun-tickets-17904881984 Wed Aug 19, 2015, 8PM-11PMEvent: Old Tech Meets New Tech at David Dunlap Observatory Where: The David Dunlap Observatory Cost: $15 ($12 before Aug 10) Ticket: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ylab-makers-at-the-david-dunlap-observatory-old-tech-meets-new-tech-tickets-17902894038 Wed Aug 26, 2015, 7PM-10PMEvent: Getting Started with Wiring and Arduino (no kids) Where: Logics Academy Cost: $85 with Arduino ($60 bring your own Arduino) Ticket: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ylab-getting-started-with-wiring-and-arduino-18-event-tickets-17930294995We are happy to announce that our first three events are open for registration. Hurry up and get your tickets. Seats are limited so book soon. Wed Aug 12, 2015, 7PM-9PMEvent: Car Hack: OBD-II/CAN Readers for diagnostics and fun Where: Markham Public Library’s Thornhill Community Centre Cost: Donation Ticket:
HERE for details A Toronto Maker Festival Satellite EventJuly 25 2015, 12PM – 3 PM Click