‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the DDOme, Not a creature was stirring in the maker’s new home; The basement room floor has been painted with care, In hopes that equipment soon would be there;
The paperwork done, agreements written and read, As plans for new robots danced in their heads;Maker nights on break, ’til the old year is done, But working new projects, new ideas, new fun.
Just in case you were not able to make it through that horrible verse…
We’re taking a break from maker nights for the rest of the year, and we’ll be off and running in 2016 starting on Monday January 4 with member-only nights (Mondays, and another weeknight TBD), and weekly open house for visitors on Wednesdays.
Until then, there’s lots happening behind the scenes. Now that so much of the administrative stuff for getting the space started is done, we’re putting some effort back into planning new events and projects.
Some of the things in the works:
- A ham radio class, to be run jointly with the DDO and the York Region Amateur Radio Club.
- Light sabre making project and classes. Our first 3D printing class will include the option of designing your own light sabre hilt.
- Our first ylab corporate event, featuring some great tech company leaders from the area. Hint: keep your calendar free for the evening of Monday, January 25.
- Our Robotycs team is looking for a group project.
- Getting a team together to work with the DDO on more cool stuff for their 2016 Halloween Haunted House. Hear that, Robotycs people?
Lots more possibilities, so please give us your feedback… and preferably by joining the discussion on our meetup.com group.
On that note… and to all a good night.
Great memberships!Top of the list, of course, are memberships in the Ylab Maker Space or Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Toronto Centre! The two organisations are separate… but there’s lots to do with both groups at the David Dunlap Observatory. We’ve peeked at Santa’s delivery list, so we know that several ylab regulars have both memberships.
Amateur radio stuffIf you enjoyed the Ham Radio night, our friend John from the York Region Amateur Radio Club gave us this list of items to get into amateur radio for under $100. All of the links are to suppliers that YRARC members have used in the past and recommend. These are the fun items they talked about and demonstrated in the presentation. The first one is the USB-based software-defined radio receiver. No license required, since it’s not a transmitter. The page is a little tricky, since it doesn’t link directly to the item. Get the full $24.95 set with the two antennas. The rest of the items can transmit, so they require a ham radio license to use. We’ll be announcing a plan to help with that in early 2016. So you will of course need this Ham radio Basic Qualification Study Guide, which includes unlimited on-line practice tests. Again, the link doesn’t go directly to the item. It’s the first one on the page.This two-way handheld HAM radio is a great deal. And finally, if you want to add radio to a project, this low-power transceiver project board runs on a 9V battery.
Light saber update: the elves have been slackingFinally, like any kids who’s passed the age of 12, ask for money. Ylab elves are busy in their workshop designing and building a next-generation light sabre control circuit. Details are still secret, because tests are still ongoing, and we have to get final quotes for production. This is going to be a level or two up in features from Jay’s light sabres that you’ve seen at the ylab events. Start saving those pennies. Stay tuned for announcements in 2016 where we’ll be doing great things with all of this stuff.
- Class A / Full Membership, available on an annual basis
- Class B/ Associate Membership, available on a 3-month basis
- A University/College Associate Membership, available on 4-month school term basis
Membership has its privileges… and problems.Pre-announcing membership fees and models is just not smart until we have all the details in place. We’re making progress, with mandatory things like codes of conduct and liability waivers – you know, those things to prevent us from getting sued. We’re fortunate to have other maker spaces leading the way and providing us great examples. Stay tuned. We want to have everything in place by Jan 1 (yes, 2016) – with a deal for people participating during December.
- Our Robotycs discussion forum
- It’s where we store our design and tutorial documents
- Accepting payment for our events, without the service charge you get on Eventbrite.
- Rebranding to be less Markham-specific. After all, our space at the DDO is in Richmond Hill!