Trailer Build Days

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to hold ropes for safety.  At least 4 is preferred.   More is helpful…. You don’t need to be a gorilla to help out here.  Just be able to hold a rope to help keep the tower steady.

  • Friday May 29th, 4pm to 10pm (This will be outside.)
  • Friday June 5th, 4pm to 10pm (This will be outside.)
  • Friday June 12th, 4pm to 7pm (This will be outside.)

Also, Friday June 12th is our monthly Ham Radio Night from 7pm to 10 pm. This will be our last planning session before Field Day.

If you haven’t yet seen our portable tower antenna trailer, you should definitely come check it out!

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Arduino Night (15 May, 7-10 PM)

Last time we covered basic transistors. Just turning an LED on and off and driving a DC motor. This time we will look at creating an H bridge to drive a DC motor forwards and backwards. We will also be going a little more in depth about transistors.

Feel free to bring your own DC motor. We have a small collection of motors at the space. Also bring a multi meter if you have one. It’s nice to be able to check the current draw to make sure there are no shorts.

It is suggested to bring a full sized bread board since this will take up a little bit of room!

Agenda:

  1. Review of transistors
  2. Functional difference between PNP and NPN
  3. Explanation of an H bridge
  4. Review datasheets
  5. Wire up the H bridge
  6. Write a little code
  7. Drive a DC motor with a 9 volt battery

If you cannot attend the class in person, E-Mail arduino@unallocatedspace.org and ask to be added to the Google Hangout. The hangout will be started just before class (6:45-7:15 PM). If you have not gotten an invite by 7:15 PM, then please E-Mail arduino@unallocatedspace.org.

The slides for the upcoming and previous classes can be found here. The slides are generally made during the three days before a class.

Required Items:

  1. An Arduino board of some kind (Uno, Due, Mega, Boarduino, Duemilanove, etc)
  2. If your board does not have USB programming built in, you will need a programmer (AVRISP, Bus Pirate, Bus Blaster, AVR Dragon, another Arduino, etc)
  3. Breadboard (the long one if possible, though the small square-ish ones are okay for now)
  4. USB cable for your board and/or programmer
  5. Laptop with the Arduino IDE installed (Linux, Windows, or Mac)
  6. Jumper wires for your breadboard

Provided Items:

  1. Transistor (part number TBD)
  2. DC motor
  3. 4 Diodes
  4. 9 Volt battery
  5. Alligator clips (for the battery)

Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement, but it does help us keep the lights on! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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Arduino Night (31 Apr, 7-10 PM)

I am super late getting to the slides for this class O.O

The basic plan is to play with transistors to control LEDs and DC motors. If we get through everything, then the next class will hopefully cover H bridges for reversing DC motors. The agenda is short since the class could go way over the allotted time.

Feel free to bring your own DC motor. We have a small collection of motors at the space.

Agenda:

  1. What is a transitor?
  2. Why use one?
  3. Look over datasheet
  4. Hands on with LEDs
  5. Hands on with DC motors

If you cannot attend the class in person, E-Mail arduino@unallocatedspace.org and ask to be added to the Google Hangout. The hangout will be started just before class (6:45-7:15 PM). If you have not gotten an invite by 7:15 PM, then please E-Mail arduino@unallocatedspace.org.

The slides for the upcoming and previous classes can be found here. The slides are generally made during the three days before a class.

Required Items:

  1. An Arduino board of some kind (Uno, Due, Mega, Boarduino, Duemilanove, etc)
  2. If your board does not have USB programming built in, you will need a programmer (AVRISP, Bus Pirate, Bus Blaster, AVR Dragon, another Arduino, etc)
  3. Breadboard (the long one if possible, though the small square-ish ones are okay for now)
  4. USB cable for your board and/or programmer
  5. Laptop with the Arduino IDE installed (Linux, Windows, or Mac)
  6. Jumper wires for your breadboard

Provided Items:

  1. Transistor (part number TBD)
  2. DC motor

Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement, but it does help us keep the lights on! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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Arduino Night (17 April, 7-10 PM)

Per a request at the last class, we will be writing to and reading from SD cards.

Please bring an SD card if you can. There will only be two available for use!!! Also, the cards must be SD, not the smaller cards. All cards should be 8GB or less and be formatted to FAT16 or FAT32. Larger sizes might work, but I haven’t tested it.

Agenda:

  1. Look over the LC Studio breakout boards
  2. Interfacing with SD cards
  3. Resistor dividers
  4. Wiring up the breakout board
  5. Run demo code
  6. Create custom code to write ADC samples and then read them back

If you cannot attend the class in person, E-Mail arduino@unallocatedspace.org and ask to be added to the Google Hangout. The hangout will be started just before class (6:45-7:15 PM). If you have not gotten an invite by 7:15 PM, then please E-Mail arduino@unallocatedspace.org.

The slides for the upcoming and previous classes can be found here. The slides are generally made during the three days before a class.

Required Items:

  1. An Arduino board of some kind (Uno, Due, Mega, Boarduino, Duemilanove, etc)
  2. If your board does not have USB programming built in, you will need a programmer (AVRISP, Bus Pirate, Bus Blaster, AVR Dragon, another Arduino, etc)
  3. Breadboard (the long one if possible, though the small square-ish ones are okay for now)
  4. USB cable for your board and/or programmer
  5. Laptop with the Arduino IDE installed (Linux, Windows, or Mac)
  6. Jumper wires for your breadboard
  7. Variable resistor (potentiometer) for setting the contrast
  8. SD card if you have one. Preferably <= 4GB

Provided Items:

  1. LC Studio SD card breakout board

Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement, but it does help us keep the lights on! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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Robotfest

On Saturday, April 25th, Unallocated Space invites you to join us at Robot Fest, a kid friendly event with friends and family to show off your techie spirit. This event is sponsored each year by the National Electronics Museum. Robot Fest is an annual event for anyone interested in the creative use of technology. Robot Fest welcome all roboticists, hackers, artists, hobbyists and makers of any age who have the unquenchable urge to develop and create new, previously unseen forms from lifeless electronics, fabrics and mechanical parts. Join the fun and excitement with hands-on exhibits, and workshops! A small donation admission fee is suggested of $8 for adults and $4 for middle and high school children. Younger are free.

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

The event has a suggested admission donation of $8 for adults, $4 for middle and high-school students. Elementary school children and younger are still FREE! Bring your sunglasses and save $1 per person!

For more details, check out the robotfest website

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Wifi Hacking Class

Want to hack wifi, but afraid you’ll explode a nuclear cooling tower?

Come to Unallocated Space March 22nd @ 4pm for a Wifi Hacking class
and practice session

* Amaze your friends by being able to discover access points that
don’t broadcast.
* Shock your pets by cracking WEP encryption.
* Annoy your mother by bruteforcing WPS combinations
* Surprise your teammates breaking WPA-PSK Encryption.

All the cool kids are doing, and you should too! Learn how to bypass Wifi Security.

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LEGO Day

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:

– Building with LEGOs!
– Discover with LEGOs!
– Swapping LEGOs!
– Drinks & Snacks @ 4pm
– Show Off Your Designs
– Discuss LEGO Events / Communities
– Donate LEGOs to Unallocated Space (for Future Events)

Please help us track intrest in events by RSVPing.

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Date & Time:

Sunday, March 29th @ 3pm-5pm

Location:

Unallocated Space
512 Shaw Court, #105
Severn, Maryland 21144

Unallocated Space offers a steady stream of free and public events, classes, activities, and anything that gets people building, making, and learning. Unallocated Space operates as a non-profit 501c3 organization on donations. For more information about joining us or to make a contribution, please visit at unallocatedspace.org or contact info@unallocatedspace.org.

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Unallocated Space Won a LulzBot Mini 3D Printer!

Unallocated Space Won! Congratulations to Unallocated Space for being selected as a winner in Aleph Objects, Inc.’s 4th Annual Hackerspace Giveaway! The prize includes a LulzBot Mini 3D printer, one roll of HIPS 3MM filament, one-year warranty, and one-year of customer support.

It’s all because of you (our community), our patrons, and donations like this that make Unallocated Space what it has become. Sharing resources, knowledge, and contributing is truly at the core of our mission. Thank you Aleph Objects, Inc. for your support!

About LulzBot!

LulzBot is a product line of Aleph Objects, Inc., a company founded in January 2011 and headquartered in Loveland, Colorado, USA. Aleph Objects, Inc. is committed to Open Source Hardware, Free Software, and Libre Innovation.

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UAS Hackathon1

This weekend marks v1.0 of the Unallocated Space Hackathon.

That’s right, another 24 hours filled with pure unadulterated caffeine-fueled productivity and, of course, wompster.

R00ster will also be starting off the day prior to all the hacking, with another workshop on Git. If you don’t know Git, you should definitely check this out!

For more information and to register for the event, Click Here.

“More pizza. More code. More hardware hacking. More sleep deprivation.”

It’s also just plain, more FUN. Hope you can come out and join us!

Click here for the schedule.

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What do you want to see at Unallocated Space?

Unallocated Space has been open almost 4.5 years at this point and we have done a huge variety of projects and had a presence out in the community at a variety of events. Check out some of them at our outreach page. We are the most unique space in the area as far as the diversity of events and classes we do as well as the willingness to do all these events for free.

Everyone has different ideas for what they want the space to offer. Feel free to share your idea even if you don’t know enough to teach it and/or time to organize a event around it.

For example, I just started a interest check on our google group/mailing list about a class on PLCs, RTUs and the systems that use them. What ideas do you want to see/learn about?

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