Arduino 101

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.

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Makership Program Projects

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:

IEEE Madison


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

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We’re fully funded for 2013 – thank you to our generous sponsors!

If you are interested, please contact us at


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High-Altitude Balloon

In May, we launched a high-altitude balloon, the fourth one in a series for the Apollo67 project.
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Read about the rest of flight, look at pictures from the balloon’s camera, preparation, recovery and more in a fantastic write-up by Bob:


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Wood-fired Pizza Oven

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.


Getting wood-fired.

The oven gets up to 900 degrees.




Time to eat.


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Grilled Cheese Competition

Sector67 visited the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship in Mineral Point, on Saturday, April 27th.


The competition.


The Sector67 booth.




FeLion booth.

Alisa and Andrew from FeLion had a booth as well.


Heather competing.


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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:

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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


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Revisiting April’s Monthly Meeting

The Sector67 April monthly meeting was on Tuesday, April 2nd.


The crowd.


1. Chris demonstrated how to expand and shrink a peep using a vacuum.


A peep.


A peep in a vacuum.

You can find a video of the same process in action here.


2. Jay talked about DIY biohacking.


Jay talking about DIYBIO.


A confluence of 3D printing and bacteria.

Jay discussed the merging of biotechnology and 3D printing.


3. Josh showed off the mushroom he carved using a chainsaw.


Josh’s wooden mushroom.


A mushroom carved from a single stump.

The mushroom was carved from a single stump.


4. Joe presented a vinyl cutter.


Joe and the vinyl cutter.


5.  Dave came with his Aluminatus 3D printer.


Aluminatus 3D printer.


Dave talking about his Aluminatus 3D printer.

You can read more about the Aluminatus 3D printer here.


6. Trent gave a presentation about the Madison Public Library implementing animation workshop labs.



You can read more about the MPL animation labs here.

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Vote to Get Us Money So We Can Teach Kids Cool Stuff


We submitted a proposal to the Project:Connect Summer Youth Programming project –  Project:Connect promotes connected learning and a more equitable, social and participatory web.  We want to help kids learn how to be responsible Minecraft citizens, and make and share 3D designs on Thingiverse, and how to build animations and games with Scratch.  You can be a part of that by checking out and VOTING FOR our entry here:

If you want to see Sector67 presenting great free summer workshops this summer GO VOTE RIGHT NOW and SPREAD THE WORD!  Voting ends June 15th.Thank you!

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June’s Monthly Meeting

The Sector67 monthly meeting was on Tuesday, June 4th.




1. Tom, a professor at MATC, brought with him a drone built by he and his students in a collaborative effort.


Tom’s drone.

Tom's drone.

Tom’s drone.


The hardware and software of the drone is entirely open source. It has 8 propellors, can carry about 40 oz., weighs roughly four lbs. and can fly for 8-10 minutes.


2. Larry gave a presentation about two Maker Spaces he visited while in Manchester, England.


Larry giving his presentation.

The first one he visited was called MadLab, and the other, Hackspace Manchester (HacMan).


3. Eric, a radio control (RC) car enthusiast who is a member of the Madison Area Radio Control Car Association (MARCCA), designed front brakes for one of his cars.


Eric explaining the RC car’s brake system.

RC cars of the size he used traditionally employ back brakes-only, and a combination of back and front brakes make the car stop about a foot and a half shorter than back or front brakes only.

Eric designed and created the brakes using one of the 3D printers here.


4. Kemper, inspired by research published in an academic article from the Royal Society journal and subsequent media attention, created a motion-sensitive visual display.


Kemper’s motion-sensitive visuals.

He used a Processing script in tandem with a Kinect device to make it work.

An online version substituting a computer mouse with physical movement can be found here:


5. Caroline, a UW-Madison cartography student specializing in bathymetric (the topographic study of lake and ocean floors) features, designed and created a book that is a scale 3D model of Crater Lake in Oregon.


Bathymetric representation of Crater Lake.

Bathymetric representation of Crater Lake.

Bathymetric representation of Crater Lake.

Caroline made her book by hand with an exacto-knife, but plans on using a Sector67 laser cutter for the rest of her copies. One page made by the laser cutter took about 20 seconds.


6. Marty and Robin, a brother and sister team, showed off some electronics-inspired blinking jewelry.

Marty and Robin's jewelry.

Marty and Robin’s jewelry.

The blinking lights are solar powered.


7. Bob showed off his handmade scoreboards, called Portable Scores.


A Portable Score.

The casing of the scoreboard, made of ABS (the same material used in Legos), was cut using the laser cutter. The buttons are 3D printed and made of silicon. There are 125 LED lights on each Portable Score.


8. Alex presented an old JCPenny model moped he discovered in a barn. He completely restored the bike, paint job and all.

Alex's moped.

Alex’s moped.

The moped has a 49cc 2-stroke engine , and can get up to 35 mph.


9. Brian created a fully functioning 3D printer from scratch. No pre-made kit was involved, and many of parts themselves were made in a 3D printer.


Ryan’s 3D printer.

The design blueprints will be posted on


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Gruesome Playground Injuries

Theatre in All the Wrong Places, one of Madison’s newest theatre companies, put on a performance of their original production Gruesome Playground Injuries at Sector67.

As their mission statement notes, one of the troupe’s primary goals is to “explore non-traditional performance venues,” a characteristic that the space here at Sector67 certainly  possesses.

The eight-part play chronicled the life-long friendship of its two characters, Kayleen and Doug, who suffer various emotional and physical injuries throughout their relationship.

The set-up before the show.

The set-up before the show.


Applying makeup.

Ready to take tickets!

Ready to take tickets!

The anticipatory audience.

The anticipatory audience.

A shot from the performance.

A shot from the performance.


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Sherman Arcade Extravaganza


The Extravaganza.

Sector67 is proud to have collaborated with Sherman Middle School, iona and wuntusk to create the first ever Sherman Arcade Extravaganza.

Over 100 Sherman Middle School students participated, spending months on their arcade game creations made of string, cardboard and a wide array of different materials. Students displayed their games to family and peers, which took place in the Sherman gymnasium.

The inspiration for the event came from the short documentary film Caine’s Arcade, which tells the story of Caine Monroy, a nine-year-old who cleverly crafted a working arcade out of cardboard boxes and everyday materials. The film accumulated seven million hits in five days, prompting organizations and groups all over the world, like Sherman Middle School, to create their own DIY arcades.

Sherman Middle School Principal Michael Hernandez was thoroughly impressed by the creativity and initiative shown by his students.

“I’ve received video from from parents showing the amazing things their kids have built at home, literally taking over their living rooms. The ingenuity our kids have displayed is an inspiration to all of us,” Hernandez said.

The event took place on April 11th.


A student’s invention.

Wuntusk founder Monty Schmidt put together a video of the event, found here.

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