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Please join (or rejoin) us at the fourth 2014 planning hangout for Los Hackers, LA's home-grown maker scouts, where all-ages earn badges while learning and making together.
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Ken Y.y

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Cool On-line build-along intro to Lilypad!
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We have a class coming up at our Deezmaker shop. A great way to get started on the Arduino platform. This will be taught by the guys from Acrobotics (http://acrobotic.com/sck-00001.html)
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Justin LaFountain

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Hey everyone, make sure you get to this and when you do, be sure talk to my partner there and we'll make sure you are taken care of :) 
If you have any questions (like who my partner is)...I'm here for answers!
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Register/get your FREE ticket(s) here!
TELL ME IF YOU'RE GOING! (I'll give you special treatment lol)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/super-saturday-in-los-angeles-with-carlos-rey-tickets-9657978273
Super Saturday! (The Sun Rises in LA!)
Sat, December 7, 2013, 9:00 AM PST
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Ken Y.y

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As 3D printers take over, old inkjet printers print circuits.
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Who's coming to +Crash Space to learn how to set up Pure Data for the upcoming Handmade Music Weekend w/ +Theron Trowbridge ?
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Ken Y.y

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Here's a hangout for parents of maker kids!   Lets share the hacks, tips, tricks, trials, errors and experiences around raising maker kids.

.  Just log into Homago with your G+ account and sign up! 
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Ken Y.y

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It's a Friday, 11 October, and no time is given, so it may be hard to do, but this looks like a good intro to web-based game programming.
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Ken Y.y

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Sylvia Libow Martinez on how adults can best influence kids:

"When I hear people talk about increasing the opportunities for girls in STEM classes and careers, of course I’m interested. But some of the plans I hear just wouldn’t have been relevant to me. Like bringing in adult role models to give girls examples of successful women in science careers. I even remember a few of them – very nice women who were volunteering their time to come talk to girls like me. But even if they were young, they still looked like a different species to me. Hey, I thought the girls sitting next to me were a different species. I didn’t “identify” with anyone.

The teachers and family members who changed my life were both men and women. They impacted my life by talking to ME about ME – and offering me opportunities to experience new and different things."
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Come hang out with other parents and share.  We're continuing our discussion of the Tinkering Tenets tonight.
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Ken Y.y

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Ken Y.y

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+Sylvia Martinez reexamines the use of the word 'failure' when applied to tinkering and making in the classroom.    I hear of too many teachers and youth leaders trying to teach that failure is OK in the tinkering process.  But an F on a report card is not OK, as Sylvia points out.  

What occurs in the making process is learning that things don't work quite as one predicted they would.  That's successfully increasing one's knowledge about the world, not failing at anything.
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I disagree that what you are describing is failure.   Trying solutions that have risk, and finding out why they are not the optimal solutions (or solutions at all), is not failing to solve the problem.  It's part of the process of learning more about the problem and zeroing in on a solution.  The ultimate best choice might be a restructuring of a flawed problem that has no reasonable solution.  

So I don't see it as "failing for the right reason", but as tinkering until you're happy with the results.
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Love coming to Learn to Code with Us? Check the holiday schedule to stay in the know about when to meet: http://tinwhiskers.net/?p=662
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Ken Y.y

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Publisher of an open source DIY lab equipment "How To" opens a couple of chapters for free download (and author promises more):

"The most aggressive savings can come from coupling Arduino controls to 3-D prints to make open-source scientific hardware. Consider the Arduino-controlled open-source orbital shaker used for mammalian cell and tissue culture and bench-top science. The <$200 open-source orbital shaker fits inside a standard 37 °C/5% CO2 cell incubator and replaces commercial versions that start over $1000—a factor of 5X savings. As the scientific tools that are open-sourced gain complexity, the cost differential becomes even more severe."
 
FREE access to select content from Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs - http://ow.ly/qWBxl
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Ken Y.y

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Re the music of the Romans: lots of cool instruments that lend themselves to diy creations.  I found this picture of a Tympanum player.   
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Week two of a hangout for parents of maker kids!   Lets share the hacks, tips, tricks, trials, errors and experiences around raising maker kids.

Just log into Homago with your G+ account and sign up! 
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Ken Y.y

Los Hackers  - 
 
It looks like the Hacker Scouts caved in to the BSA demands.  

http://hacker-scouts.org/blog/hacker-scouts-and-bsa-decision

Too bad!  It is a sad day for the maker/hacker scout movement.  Still, they remain a very cool organization that deserves our support!  Cheer them up by contributing to their Kickstarter.
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A message from one of our Oakland Parents: Please consider contributing, if you haven't already ... this is an amazing program that has turned my daughter into a full-fledged mad inventor! There are over 100 kids on the waiting list for new Hacker Scouts programs, but we can't expand from our current shared location, and our new place doesn't have the equipment we need to do it right. We have 30% of needed funding with 24 days to go ... a good start, but still a bit of a nail-biter for all of us who want so badly to provide this enriching experience to as many kids as possible. Thanks for your help! 
http://laughingsquid.com/california-based-hacker-scouts-program-for-maker-kids-is-growing/
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