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Re: [newtech-82] What mini-projects should we do

From: Patrik
Sent on: Monday, January 4, 2010 11:07 PM
How about mold making? Latex and plaster should be dirt cheap. Some of
the polymers aren't all that expensive either. A hands-on version of
the moldmaking tutorial at the last Makerfaire would be fun.

A laser cutting tutorial could be possible too. Especially if we're
somewhere that actually has a laser cutter. Otherwise, we could
assemble all our individual designs onto one sheet, and send it off to
ponoko. Heck, if we coordinate with ponoko, we can go pick up the
finished product in Oakland by the end of the meetup...

DIY Bio? The classical high school "extract your DNA with dishwashing
liquid, alcohol and salt" only takes 5 minutes to do, but maybe there
are some slightly more sophisticated and interesting exercises that
would still be feasible within a one-hour slot and with a minimum of

Speaking of DIY bio - how about a quick intro to brewing? We could
start up a beer or ginger ale in a 2L soda bottle with an improvised
waterlock - keep it extremely simple. Then whip out one you prepared
earlier, to show what to do after the fermentation is at an end.


On Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM, Malcolm Knapp <[address removed]> wrote:
> Hello all,
> Mini-projects are short projects we hold at every meeting. They are 45-60min
> long and cost under $10.
> We are looking for fun projects to do in 2010!
> Let us know any projects that you have done or would like to do. Categories
> we are looking for:
> )green
> )motors
> )craft
> )electronic
> )LEDs
> )soft circuits
> and anything else that would be cool to do.
> Thanks!
> Malcolm Knapp
> Assistant Organizer
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