May 21 – LAN Party w/100% More Table Flipping!

We have an awesome new twist to our much beloved usual LAN Party, coming to you May 21st…

For this LAN Party, we will be running our first ever *Table Flipping* event. We decided to try this awesome idea out after seeing how much fun it was at MAGFest.

We’ll be running this event to raise funds for the space. We have determined the following ‘tables’ for your flipping and destructive pleasure. >:D

– A bare table can be flipped.
– A “Kitchen Table” can be flipped, with tablecloth and (fake) food/items.
– A “Toys Table” can be flipped, with stuffed animals / toys.
– A “Gaming Table” can be flipped, with board games and cards.
– A “Office Supplies” table can be flipped, with stapler/tape/keyboard/etc,
– A “Printing Station Table” can be flipped, with a printer/scanner/etc. and office supplies.
– A “Tech Table” can be flipped, with a Laptop and other office/tech items.
– UPGRADE: We’ll make the “Tech Table” a workstation/tower instead of a laptop.
– ADD-ON: You can also add-on use of a baseball bat to follow up your flip and smash the laptop/tower/printer for 10 seconds of pure destructive bliss. “PC LOAD LETTER?!!” …Want more time? Stack this add-on!

Donation levels for each table are currently TBA, but will start at $20. We will accept cash and paypal donations for this event.

We will provide safety glasses or you can bring your own. Supplies for this event are limited. So, show up and sign up early!!

We’ll run this for at least 5 hours, during which, we’ll also be grilling food and gaming. So, come hang out and behold the mayhem.

Schedule:
Noon-3pm: LAN Party Setup / Pick-up Games / Table Flipping Event
3pm-5pm: Grilling Food / More Table Flipping / Tourney / More Gaming
5pm-12am: All the fragging fun you can handle…

RSVP Here: http://meetu.ps/2WYrsL

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Join Unallocated Space at the National Science & Engineering Festival

The 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest and only NATIONAL science festival, features nationwide contests and school programs, including our popular ‘Nifty Fifty’ science speaker program and X-STEM Symposium. The Festival will culminate in a Grand Finale Expo on April 16-17, 2016, with Sneak Peek Friday kicking off the weekend on April 15. More than 350K+ attendees will celebrate science at the Expo, and engage in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM, hear stories of inspiration and courage, and rock out to science during our incredible stage show performances. Get involved by exhibiting, sponsoring, volunteering or attending!

Don’t forget to visit Unallocated Space! We will be more then happy to tell you about the exciting things we do! The Unallocated Space booth will have a variety of friendly demonstrations and FREE projects for all ages!

Date & Time:
April 16 & 17, 2014
SAT 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
SUN 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Pl Nw
Washington, DC

The Expo will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place (between 9th and 7th Streets NW on L Street NW)

We strongly suggest to use public transportation: The Green and Yellow line Mt. Vernon Square/7th St Convention Center Metro Stop exits into the Convention Center.

USA Science & Engineering Festival
http://www.usasciencefestival.org/

Make sure you get your free tickets!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-usa-science-engineering-festival-expo-tickets-17318556268

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SDR CTF and Cookout

April 12th, 2016
6pm to 10pm
 
Come out to Unallocated Space for the Software Defined Radio (SDR) Capture the Flag competition and cookout!
 
We will be having an informal CTF style final exam to test what you have learned in the “Introduction to Signal Analysis” class. Everybody is welcome to participate!
 
We will fire up the grill about 6pm and start serving burgers shortly after that. This will give you a some time to eat and socialize with other attendees.
 
If you can, please sign up to bring something for the cookout: https://goo.gl/mJTk9e
 
Everyone should have everything setup and in place by 6:45pm. I will explain how the CTF works and make sure everyone can connect to the scoreboard. I will start transmitting flags at 7pm.
 
The goal of this is to come out and have some SDR fun!
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Techno-Swap Fest

Techno-Swap Fest – Join Unallocated Space!
Saturday, February 27, 2016
9:00 PM – 2:00 PM

National Electronics Museum
1745 West Nursery Rd, Linthicum, MD

On Saturday, February 27nd, National Electronics Museum (NEM) will be holding it’s 7th Annual Techno-Swap-Fest. The Unallocated Space (UAS) invites you to join us and bring hobbyist, family, and friends together to show off your techie spirit. This is a perfect opportunity to meet people with similar interest, find what your looking for, trade up, trade down, or donate what you don’t need. All entrance proceeds support the National Electronics. Adults $5, Kids under 16 FREE.

The UAS is a club sponsor and will be attending this event. Don’t forget to visit us! We will be more then happy to tell you about the exciting things we do. We will be bartering, selling and accepting donates at this event, as well be entering in a contest for the most unusual, least useful, best dust collector item, so come out and see what it is. Vote for us!

Let us know you’re joining us at http://meetu.ps/2Rj6g5

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5.25 Year Anniversary Party

Due to the expectation to move in October, we delayed having our 5 Year Anniversary Party…. it is finally time to celebrate now that the holiday insanity and Shmoocon are over.

Details: Saturday, February 6th 2016 starting at 7pm

Form for PotLuck-style Dinner (count and food):
Current List
Input Form

* 06:00p-07:00p Setup
* 07:00p-08:00p Dinner
* 08:00p-08:30p Unallocated in 2015: Whats Happened?
* 08:30p-09:30p Music, Mingling and Merriment
* 09:30p-09:45p Fire Tornado
* 09:45p-12:00p Music, Mingling, Merriment, Exploding Kittens and Crabs Adjust Humidity

Please sign up so we know what everyone is bringing and how many people to expect!

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Preparing for ARRL Field Day (HAM Radio)

Greetings!

This Friday starting at 7pm is Ham Radio Night.

This month we will start planning Field day operations. We will list our goals that we want to accomplish for this year. Since we are looking at a different location this year, we will need different items. Such as needed shelters, food, and other logistics.

Since we will be in a more public location, we will really need an information table so I’m hoping we can get more volunteers from the general membership to come and hang out with us.

So come on out and find out what it’s all about.

73’s

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A look into some projects at Unallocated Space

We have seen some cool projects going on! We got a visit from a 2-axis Scara Arm controlled by an Arduino, rebuilding the bases for our 3D Printers and attempting to build a mini-forge.

2-axis Scara controlled by Arduino – Max

SCARA, Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm, using an Arduino to actuate motors to draw a image using a pen.

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Assembling 3D Printing Supplies – Bowie

This is PEI (Polyetherimide) film aka Ultem film being bonded to a sheet of 3M 468 double sided adhesive. The intention is to change the PET and kapton print surfaces on the 3D printers at the space to PEI. The following link goes into why we think changing out the bed surface is worth the trouble. Bed Material info on Reprap Wiki So far, the replacement beds for Taz, Taz Mini and Delta have been put together.

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Mini-Forge – Buddy

After checking out a number of online tutorials, I decided to take a shot at creating my vary own forge. It’s a work in progress. The next step is cleaning up the edges and place a layer of Fire Concrete on the inner sides, bottom, and lid.

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LEGO Day (Jan 3, 3-5 PM)

All LEGO enthusiast, their families and children (ages 4 & up) are welcome to join Unallocated Space for a fun filled evening of building and discovery! This fun event includes some of the following activities:

Featuring

– Building with LEGOs!
– Discover with LEGOs!
– Swapping LEGOs!
– Drinks & Snacks @ 4pm (Juice, Soda, Fruit, Animal Crackers) *no charge

LEGO Day is also a great opportunity to:

– Show Off Your Designs – Discuss LEGO Events / Communities
– Donate LEGOs to Unallocated Space (for Future Events)

Please RSVP at http://meetu.ps/2R2wCr

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Unallocated Space (UAS) is an active hackerspace location in Anne Arundel County (Severn, MD) that supports the DC / Baltimore Metro Area. As an open technology-based community lab, we invite you to share your creativity!

Our mission is to foster our community to “Teach, Learn, Build”. Our 1600+ sqft space is minutes from BWI, between Baltimore and Washington DC. Equipped with a wide range of tools, UAS welcomes DIY tech enthusiasts of all skill levels and interests. Our space enables everyday people to share ideas and work on group and individual projects. Our facility has resources that support electronics (soldering, circuits), fabrication (wood, plastics, metal), and is fully wired/wireless network with a VM lab for network experiments. Our classroom can handle 20+ students and hosts courses in electrics, web development, programming and computer networking.

Our members offer a steady stream of free and public events, classes, activities, and anything that gets people building, making, and learning. We serve the community on 100% donated funds as a non-profit organization. For more information, visit unallocatedspace.org for upcoming events.

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Next Minicon 3pm on December 19th

Every few months, we host an event called the Minicon that creates a forum for you to share your interests and learn about others. Between 5 and 10 speakers present in 15 minute to 1 hour sessions. Regardless if you have preparing your material for a conference presentation, getting comfortable speaking or have something interesting you know about, we ask that you please share with the Unallocated Space community. Regardless if you present a refresher on something many people already know or share something new your learning, your input is valuable.

Here is the list of previous presentations and requested ideas: http://www.unallocatedspace.org/uas/minicon/

Please email Forgotten {at} Unallocated Space {dot} org if your interested in speaking.

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Arduino Night (4 Dec, 7-10PM)

Topic: NeoPixels

Agenda:
7:00 to 9:00
-Benifits of the NeoPixel
-basic theory
-NeoPixel library
-planing our display

9:00 to 10:00
-extended constructive playtime
-any other projects

Things to bring:
-Computer with Arudino Software installed
-Arduino Uno board (Adafruit says the Mega does not work “out of the box)

I will have NeoPixel strips for everyone, but if you have your own please bring them for MAXIMUM BRIGHTNESS!!!!!!!!!1

If you want to run a lot of pixels please bring a 5v power supply. At 60ma per pixel power consumption starts to add up quick.

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