Sector67 went down to compete in the Power Racing Series in Kansas City June 29 and 30! This our third year of attendance.
The goal of the race is “to create a working electric vehicle for less than $500 using open source tools and tech.”
Kansas City Union Station and skyline.
Working on the Fauxrrari before the race.
The Lameborghini got pushed to the limit and fried!
The Sector67 home base.
The track before the race.
Karen drove the car for the moxie race, which judged the crowd reaction to each car.
Some of the competition. The other teams in the race hailed from all over, including Pittsburgh, Milwaukee as well as local teams from Kansas City.
There were two other races, a 30 lap circuit race and a 75 minute endurance race.
Chris races in nothing less than true style.
Sector67 took 1st place in both the circuit and endurance races!
Thanks to our team, organizers of PPPRS and the competition.
Alisa and Andrew of FeLion studios and American Skillet Company are launching a Kickstarter to fund their new project, a large scale production of a New York-shaped skillet!
This is the rough, prototype version of the skillet, without the various improvements and modifications that will be made in the commercial model:
The idea originally came from Alisa’s art piece, which she made with the help of Sector67 people and tools. Alisa used our CNC-modified HH Roberts mill to make 28 of the states for her art piece, “Made in America.”
They have been making skillets in the shape of Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota for a couple years now:
The skillets made by Alisa and Andrew have been featured on the Martha Stewart Show, Huffington Post, Gizmodo and many more awesome places.
So anyways, their Kickstarter went live today! If you want to support the entrepreneurial endeavors of a local artist, you can do so here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/felion/american-skillet-company-new-york-state-shaped-ski?ref=recently_launched
Here they are launching their Kickstarter at Sector67:
The Makership Program kicked off on Tuesday, June 25th. The Makership Program will pair students (the makers) in primary education with knowledgable Sector67 members, who will serve as their mentors.
The makers will work with together with a mentor, bringing a maker’s (highly) original idea to fruition.
The makers workshopped their ideas with each mentor.
Afterwards, Scott gave everyone a tour of Sector67.
Stay tuned for upcoming meetings!
Chris gave an Arduino programming lesson on Thursday, June 20th.
According to its website, “Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.” Microcontrollers are used in everyday objects, from watches, to calculators to greeting cards.
Chris demonstrated a novel, DIY use of a microcontroller, for bikers to clearly signal when they make a turn.
Everybody was given a kit containing wires, potentiometers, servo motors, switches, resistors, LEDs, a speaker and a breadboard.
Class participants then set about programming their microcontrollers to operate each different component in their kit.
We are proud to announce that Sector67 has offered our Makership award to 11 area youth (under 18).
A Makership award comes with a free summer membership to Sector67, a $100 stipend for materials/resources and facilitated access to our mentor network that will aid in accomplishing their creative endeavors.
Here’s sneak peek of a few of the projects that have been accepted to our Makership program for the summer:
1. A creative short animation.
2. An improvement for a coxswain
3. A plant-watering robot
4. A water quality monitor
5. Musical instrument and amplifier
This opportunity would be impossible without the support of our wonderful sponsors, who we thank wholeheartedly:
An anonymous local foundation
Justin Beck at PerBlue software (through the Madison Media Institute):
An anonymous Sector67 member
And Hawks Quindel, S.C. – Attorneys at Law
We’re fully funded for 2013 – thank you to our generous sponsors!
If you are interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim built a wood-fired pizza oven, and shaped the pizza using a FeLion iron cast.
A pizza in the FeLion iron cast.
The pizza going in the oven.
Tim based the design of the oven off a guy from California called the Pizza Hacker.
The oven gets up to 900 degrees.
Time to eat.
Sector67 visited the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship in Mineral Point, on Saturday, April 27th.
The Sector67 booth.
Alisa and Andrew from FeLion had a booth as well.
Chris and Mary performed an aluminum casting.
The mold, with an aluminum bar to hold down the core.
Mary and Chris taking the crucible out of the kiln and getting ready to pour.
Starting the pour.
Waiting for it to cool.
A rough version of the cast.
The aluminum cast will be used as a mold for glass blowing.
You can watch a video of the pour here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqTrp-IAw-s
Tim worked on some forging with interested people from the neighborhood.
Trying out the forge for the first time
The forge up close
Forging the heated bar
Stoking the fire with the blower
Arranging the coals to increase the temperature