DDO Re-Opening Wrap Up

June 12, 2018

No posts for a while because we were busier than expected with the planning for the Town of Richmond Hill’s David Dunlap Observatory  re-opening on Saturday June 9. It was a mad scramble after the two-week closure of the DDO facility for a movie/series shoot.

Ylab members and volunteers were there with an info booth outside and all our gear and creations up and running during tours of our maker space in the basement of the administration building.

In a weird twist of fate… everything worked. Nothing broke. That’s not supposed to happen during demos.

The sparks were flying. Reliably.

Even the 3D printers co-operated. We cranked out about 10 miniature telescope domes.

It’s big. It’s slow. But its 3D print quality is excellent.

Big thanks to Craig for the electric chair; Ross and Jack for the robots; Pek for her light sabre and keeping the 3D printers going all day; Lucian for the AI demo; Art for running tours; Peter and non-members Connie and Chhing for coming out to help in so many ways spending all that time at our info booth outside. Many hands made the work light… especially at startup and teardown time. 

Our helpful members and volunteers at the info booth.

@myRichmondHill staff did a stupendous job getting the site spruced up and set up with everything needed to handle a large crowd. Life is a lot easier when tours are managed, pop-ups with tables and chairs are ready and waiting for you and so many other things are taken care of. We got to see some of the advanced preparation work. A monumental effort.

Electric chair for senior Richmond Hill staff nothing compared to the torture of planning this event .

Our next post – coming Real Soon Now – our first ylab open houses since the re-opening.

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