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Hackforge Hits Maker Faire 2014

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Last weekend, Maker Faire Detroit brought together over 400 makers, showcasing their work at the Henry Ford Museum. Hackforge couldn’t miss the opportunity to check it out! Many of our members made the trek across the border to check out what kindred spirits were up to.

Hackforger Terry McAlinden reported: “From watching a two-ton safe get dropped on a car (life-sized Mousetrap game) to an endless stream of Arduino enabled projects, to robots playing basketball, to artists and craftsmen hand making art that ranged from recycled tin kitchen appliances to meticulously detailed miniature working engines.” He was joined by JoAnne, Paul Anderson, and Rob Caruso. “Suffice to say we spent nearly 7.5 hours there and only absorbed a fraction of what was offered.”

Maker Faire Detroit was an inspiring event that brought together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Hackforge is a small organization of smart, talented people within a larger world and Maker Faire was the hub.

Click below to see more of Terry McAlinden’s photos:

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“This Isn’t A Deathmatch, It’s Wrestling!” – Robot Sumo at Forest Glade Libary

Last Saturday, July 26th, Hackforge lead over 20 kids age 10-18 in building, programming, and competing in robot sumo. According to mentor Paul, the participants took to coding like ‘ducks to water.’ With a little guidance, they were able to run wild with the Lego Mindstorm kits.

Thanks to all the Hackforge mentors Aaron, Paul, and Kevin. We also thank Forest Glade Library and the Windsor Public Library for hosting our event during their summer Eureka program.

The next Robot Sumo event is Saturday, August 9th at Bridgeview Library (1295 Campbell Avenue). The event starts once again at 1PM and goes until 4PM. We welcome kids age 10-18 to participate. This is a free event but registration is required. Register now by contacting info@hackf.org.

Follow below for more videos of the Forest Glade Robot Sumo day!

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OpenDataWindsorEssex – Next Steps Meeting

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Tuesday, July 29th, Open Data Windsor Essex is meeting at Hackforge (850 Ouellette Ave) at 6:30PM.

We’ll be talking about some exciting projects and giving you an update on the progress from last meeting. Help us plan the next steps and determine the future of open data in our community.

This is an open meeting, so if you are interested in open data in Windsor, please join us.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Mita@hackf.org.


Robot Sumo – Hackforge Summer Event

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Can your team build the best robot? Join Hackforge to build a champion sumo robot, using real-world techniques. Experiment with mechanics, sensors, and artificial intelligence.

This event is for kids and teens aged 10 to 18. Catch this free event on Saturday, July 26th at the Forest Glade Library (3211 Forest Glade Drive) or Saturday, August 9th at the Bridgeview Library (1295 Campbell Ave).

The events start at 1PM and goes until 4PM. To register, please email info@hackf.org.

Hackforge’s summer events for kids and teens are part of the Windsor Public Library’s Eureka programming.


Tech Talk: The Slide Rule – Grandfather of the Pocket Calculator (Paul Anderson)

Slide rules were once ubiquitous in the sciences and engineering. For 300 years, they were the dominant tool for calculation, until the calculator was invented. Now virtually forgotten, most don’t realize they ever existed. Come and see the genius behind these deceptively simple tools, and how the world ran on three significant figures. Paul will have his collection in tow, and you’ll see a wide variety of slide rules manufactured from the 1920s through to the 1970s.

Join Paul this Thursday, July 10th for this Tech Talk at 6PM at Hackforge. For more information, check out the event on Meetup.


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