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The Fruitbots Challenge – Learn about Artificial Intelligence

FruitBots challenge

Have you ever wondered how the enemies in video games “know” how and when to search, chase and attack? This Saturday, July 12th, at Riverside Library, kids 10-18 will work as a team to help design a working “artificial intelligence” (AI) and see it compete against another team’s AI.

No programming experience is required – two experienced computer programmers from Hackforge will work with the teams and write the code to match the team’s design. Teams will work together to design and program on-screen “bots” who compete to collect more “fruit” than their opponent.

The event starts at 1:00 pm and kids will get the most out of it if they’re there from the beginning.

This event is part of the Windsor Public Library’s summer Eureka programs.

Hackforge at the Library: Discovering 3D Printing

3D printing Demo - July 5

Hackforge’s newly acquired MakerBot 3D printer made its public debut last Saturday, July 5th at the Budimir Library. As part of Windsor Public Library’s summer Eureka program, Hackforge gave an afternoon demonstration of the power of 3D printing.

Hackforger Paul was at the MarkerBot helm for the day, printing out small objects like a functioning whistle and Transformer badges. Kids and their families were able to discover objects created by Hackforge members from other 3D printer projects. Amber Joy and Chris discussed the future of 3D printing and answered questions from curious minds of all ages.

Missed the demo? Join us again on Saturday, July 19th for an afternoon with the 3D printer at the Fontainebleau Library.

Stay tuned for more Hackforge events for kids and teens this summer at libraries around Windsor. This Saturday, July 12th is the Fruitbot Challenge with Doug and Jeff at the Riverside Library.

Cool OLED Module

Everybody knows Sparkfun is a great place to find cool things. It’s no surprise then that they should add yet another cool thing — an OLED display module for use with the arduino.


Sport and Hobby Show

The Sport and Hobby Show was exhausting but also a great success and a great deal of fun. Hackforge had many interested visitors, most fascinated by the 3D printer. On Sunday, John brought his Artec Eva 3D scanner and scanned cosplayers from our neighbouring booth. All in all, a grand show!

Rob takes picture of our booth, while his own picture is taken.

FIRST robotics had an impressive display across from our own booth.


Some handle manning the booth better than others.

Chris manning the booth.


Hackforge often leads to odd statements. In this picture, I'm slicing Phil.

John works intently massaging a just-scanned model.

To finish off Sunday evening, Phil is our last print of the show.


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