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(with at least 10 minutes to go before midnight PST, whew!)   "Feltronics"   Teachers today are facing a difficult problem with far-reaching   consequences for all levels of education.  One of the world’s most   required skillsets is not only difficult to teach, but conceptually   difficult and hard to develop a passion for.  With FELTRONICS,  electronics theory and design can be presented to  any age with hands-on  experim ...
  a student makes a FELTRONICS circuit with an LED and a buzzer ...
Today we met with Cathy from the Charlotte Community School for Girls to  demonstrate our Fuzzy Logic (Feltronics) circuits. She gave us a lot of  positive feedback. She said she thought the concept was "really cool"  for both demonstrating circuits in front of a class and having students  build their own circuits in small groups. They typically teach  electricity and magnetism to 10-year-old children in North Carolina, so  we demonstrated a simple circuit (a batter ...
Hello from week three!   You'll have to excuse the tardiness a little bit.  We do an open house event called Hacker Friday on the first Friday of every month, so that took a bit.  We also try to do a science-y door game, and this month was the rerun of Dry Ice Jenga.   As promised, I actually took and have some pictures this time.  We're also making huge progress in locking down our materials to use, some initial components that are going to go in our set, and so ...
Check out Acklen's brief discussion of unconventional flow and how it affects our project here: http://www.element-14.com/community/videos/2111 ...
Week Two, and with many thanks to element14 for sending the funding over, we had a design session last night and settled out on some materials.   <todo: put pictures in when i get them>   The idea is a pretty simple one.  Growing up as technically minded people, the more awesome parents among us would provide the magic of the best gift ever: the 100 in 1 Spring Electronics Lab.  Complete with the booklet, a large assortment of discrete components, and sproing! n ...
We'll be returning to Great Global Hackerspace Contest content later this evening with a dissertation on our design, but you might be interested in this article from our local paper, the Charlotte Observer, which covers one of the other project we have been working on; rebuilding salvage laptops for use in Haitian schools.   http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/03/27/2169270/hackers-reach-out-to-help-haitian.html ...
Hi all, click this blue link to go to this awesome new video sharing site called Youtubes for our introduction, a brief tour, and some high-level info on our Element14 Great Global Hackerspace Challenge.   Also, the wort is cooling nicely. ...
Carbon and non-carbon based lifeforms, hello from Hackerspace Charlotte.  We are forty members strong, located in Charlotte, North Carolina.  You may know Charlotte as the home of NASCAR, the home of western Carolina BBQ, and as the home of the reigning NFL champion Carolina Panthers.  One of those isn't right.   Charlotte is also a surprisingly strong tech city.  There is a close-knit culture of technology, innovation, and technological innovation through the Queen Cit ...