Monthly Archives: September 2012

Intro to Circuits class on Oct. 13

Have you been tantalized by neat projects using LEDs, Arduinos, or EL-wire? Ever wondered what’s going on inside your computer, television, or vacuum cleaner? Electricity permeates our modern existence, and learning your way around circuits is the first step in demystifying it. In this class, we’ll start with the very basics, teaching you how to […]

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Hacking the Gender Gap in DC today

We’re heading down to DC today to present our Hacking the Gender Gap activity with HacDC. We’ll be giving a short presentation and then collecting more stories of people’s experiences with technology – the good and the bad – to see what we can learn from the group about where the gender gap arises. Read […]

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Nerd it Up

Do you believe that nerdy skills are superpowers? The folks over at Nerdkicks podcast sure do (and of course we do at The Hacktory, duh). Former volunteer at The Hacktory Mindy Holahan kindly invited me on her podcast this week to talk about The Hacktory, hackerspaces, making things, soft circuits, and lots more! Check out […]

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Announcing Science Per Forms this October

We’re very excited to announce the dates for an amazing collaboration we’ve been working on all summer. The Hacktory has been working with Carbon Dance Theatre, and students and faculty from UPenn’s Immersive Kinematics program on a dance performance that explores humans, robots and cyborgs. Yep, cyborgs, as in Donna Haraway’s manifesto about how all of us are […]

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Got a Makerbot? Submit a Photo for this Coffee Table Book

Here’s a quick call for photo submissions from David Neff, who’s been making a coffee table book featuring photos of people with their Makerbots. (Makerbots are a brand of 3-D printers). David did a tour of hackerspaces and people’s workshops this spring to collect photos, but would still like more photos of individuals: I would […]

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Mark your calendars for Nerd Nite

Hey folks, just so you know, I (Georgia, Director of The Hacktory) have been invited to present at Nerd Nite Philly in October. In case you aren’t familiar with Nerd Nite, it’s a monthly event happening at Frankford Hall where a few speakers talk about a range of nerdy topics each time. If you’ve never […]

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Sparkly New Arduino Class!

Have you ever been interested in programming but didn’t know where to start? Do you love robots like Wall-E, Johnny5 and Curiosity and wish you could make your own? Do you have an idea for a cool new tech tool but aren’t sure how to begin prototyping? If you are drooling at your computer and […]

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130-in-one Electronic Project Lab

A friend of mine recently picked up this little treasure: I’ve always had a thing for vintage educational kits, and this one is a real delight. Back in the days when RadioShack still cared about electronics that weren’t cell phones, it actually sold some pretty cool stuff. (Note the striking visual similarity between the Earth […]

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