previous classes

Introduction to Lock Picking!

The NYC Chapter president of The Open Organization of Lock-Pickers will give an Intro to Lock-Picking presentation. This is the same one that his group has given at NYC Maker Faire for the last several years. Anyone that's ever taken that class knows it's easily the most popular tent at that event - and he's making a special trip up to see us! This one is a whole lot of fun - you're not going to want to miss this. Here is more information on the group ...

The mission of the Open Organization Of Lock Pickers is to advance the general public knowledge about locks and lock picking. By examining locks, safes, and other such hardware and by publicly discussing our findings we hope to strip away the mystery with which so many of these products are imbued. The more that people know about lock technology, the better they are capable of understanding how and where certain weaknesses are present. This makes them well-equipped to participate in sport-picking endeavors and also helps them simply be better consumers in the marketplace, making decisions based on sound fact and research.

Build Your Own Robot!

Have you ever wanted to build your own robot, but didn't know how to get started? This is your chance! We will be offering a three-part class where you are guaranteed to walk out with a working robot!!!!!  In the first class, we will assemble the skeleton of the bot and show you how to upload code to it. In follow up classes, we will use different sensors to control the bot's movement. This class is free but there is a $40 fee for materials cost. All interested students please confirm your participation by April 29, so it will give us time to order the parts. No tools or prior experience is required - but it would help to have a laptop with the Arduino IDE loaded (let me know if you need help with that).

Bot Build Day 2

Don't miss Day 2 of our Bot Build! We finished soldering our Arduino shields and now its time to build the chassis (there is still time to join, if you didn't attend last week)! By the end of the class you will upload code to have the bot follow a basic course. We will meet the following week and have our bots follow a course in Ted's main meeting room.  This is going to be a blast so don't miss out!!!

Learn About Electronic Components by Steve Scholz                                                                                                                          Learn the history of how electronic components came into being useful along with the evolution of transistors and solid state components. Learn how actual silicon dies are made that end up in plastic or metal packages. There will be a detailed discussion on solid state amplifiers and the actions of the components that make it work; Op amp and comparator devices and how they become a building block for more complex devices. See diagramatically how to affect the flow of electric and cause it to be controlled. We will refer to waveforms and why we use waveforms to determine what is happening electrically. This will bring into play one of the oldest and most used pieces of electronic test equipment, the OSCILLOSCOPE. Take a look at one that we will have working and learn how they are useful and how to read one!

David Seltzer Leads Intro To 3D Printing Class                                                                                                                                                                         We have a special guest speaker, Dave Seltzer, that will lead an introduction to 3D printing class. He'll discuss the 3D printing technology and where it came from. The design process. The various materials which can be used in 3D printing (and their limitations.) And lastly, if we have time, we'll 3D scan some participants so that when the 3D printer arrives people can print themselves.This will help get us ready for the 3D printer that Sam bought, that should arrive in a couple of weeks. Bring a friend if you think they may enjoy this!

Soldering 101                                                                                                                                                                                               If you've never soldered before, this is a perfect opportunity to get going. Experienced instructors will guide you through the creation of the MintyBoost portable power kit ( This is a device that provides power to your cellphone, when there are no power outlets available. The whole project will take just a little more than an hour and you'll walk out of the class with the skills and knowledge to tackle bigger projects - and a snazzy little gadget to power your cell phone. Please watch the following videos at and you will know enough to take part in the class.

**No equipment, materials or experience is required. But a donation would be appreciated (to help cover materials costs).

Intro to Arduino - We'll Teach You How To Write Your First Arduino Program!                                                                           Join us at MakerSpace this week as we welcome Corey Mendell (a Rippowam Labs member), who will be teaching this Arduino class!

There are many micro-controllers out there - but this one is at the epicenter of the DIY movement. Its the brains behind the MakerBot 3D printer. And it's  been used in literally millions of projects, by hackers trying to rev up the "cool factor" of their work.In this class, We'll introduce you to the history of the Arduino; educate you on its components (both hardware and software) and you're guaranteed to walk out, having written your first program - no experience necessary!

In no time at all, you'll be harnessing your Arduino to:* Tweet you when your coffeepot is finished brewing* E-mail you when the mailman has arrived* Incorporate an Arduino into your very own robot* Log your own heart rate* Track your jogging route using GPS

The possibilities are endless! But the rubber hits the road on February 19th at the Bridgeport Innovation center at 6:30 pm. Don't be left behind!

PS:  There will be 10 desktop PC's for use by those that want to program the Arduino's, and these computers will be stored at MakerSpace for continued use. There will be some extra Arduino micro-controllers available as well, but one can be purchased at your local Radio Shack for ~$30.

Laughter Yoga                                                                                                                                                                                         Join Laughter Yoga Leader and Reiki Practitioner Charles Koppel for an evening of laughter!  You will experience deeper joy and relaxation through intentional laughter, deep breathing exercises and simple games.  Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is sweeping the world and is a complete wellbeing workout. Anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humor, jokes or comedy and one can feel the benefits on the very first session! We initiate laughter as a body exercise in a group and with eye contact and childlike playful ness. It soon turns into real and contagious laughter. Laughter Yoga oxygenates our body and brain, making us feel more healthy and energetic, more blissful and filled with joy.   There are no physical requirements for this class, so anyone can join.  Come spend an evening of Laughter with us! Please RSVP so we can properly prepare for our evening.  There is no charge for this class.  We look forward to seeing you!