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June 2014 Build Night with littleBits

15 SPACES AVAILABLE Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, May 13 This is NOT first come first serve. We will be reviewing your application + past build night participation (does not apply if you’re new to build night program) to determine eligibility. We will follow up with you by May 14 to let you know if your space has been accepted. You must be associated with a makerspace, hackerspace, fabrication lab, library, or university to participate. JUNE BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with littleBits, opensource library of electronic modules for prototyping, for our June 2014 build night. We have over $1000 in materials! Sign up and we will ship you a package that includes: (4) Deluxe Kits (7) Arduino at Heart Modules - not available to the public yet, your space will have an opportunity to get a sneak peak of the littleBits Arduino At Heart Module!! Must have experience with Arduino to use this module. (3) Additional Power Bits, batteries, and cables “Getting started instructions" will be included in the kit with information on how to use the Arudino at Heart Modules. HOW TO PARTICIPATE Host a Build Night: pick a night in June (any night) to host a project build night using the littleBits Deluxe Kits and Arduino at Heart Modules. You can host multiple build nights during June and July to work on your projects. Post 3 Instructables: post 3 Instructables using the littleBits Arduino art Heart Modules. (Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights). Brownie Points (not required): post your projects on the littleBits community page. CHALLENGE We are offering a copy of the Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate to the makerspace that submits the best Instructable featuring the littleBit’s Arduino module. That space will also receive 20 Instructables t-shirts for their makerspace. SIGN UP - Please only sign up if you are able to complete the requirements listed above This is a 2-step sign up process.  YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH TO FULLY SIGN UP. Fill out this google form. You will then receive a private message in your Instructables inbox by May 15 asking for your shipping information. You cannot receive the littleBits materials without completing this step. Selection Process: We look at past build night participation, past project quality, and project proposals for the current build night. If you haven't participated in a build night OR haven't submitted Instructables for build nights you signed up for we suggest your space create Instructables over the next few months and submit them in future applications. RESOURCES littleBits Projects - a library of projects made using littleBits Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when the events are announced in the forums. If you have signed up for a past build night or this build night you are already on our announcement list. ABOUT BUILD NIGHTS Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month is a different theme and we will send you materials to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night.

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#HackHalloween with Instructables AND littleBits!

Have you already created a bitified Halloween project for Instructables' Halloween contest? Forget double toil and double trouble - you can submit your project to littleBits' #HackHalloween contest for double the chances to win! Just make sure it include Bits ;) (^**> Click here for all the spooky details <**^) PRIZES You can win a GoPro camera and up to $3000 worth of Bits! JUDGES Get your work in front of the amazing likes of …. Neil Huxley, Creative Director for Commercials at Digital Domain We <3 Neil's special FX skillz. Check out James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” to see what we mean. Tony DeRose, Oscar Winning Scientist at Pixar Tony combines his years of working at Pixar with his love of learning to inspire young inventors. CHALLENGE First, invent a creepy costume or hair-raising prank OR use one you've already made! Next, film your own scary movie featuring your frightful masterpiece! TO ENTER Submit your video and documentation of your littleBits creation on YouTube and the Community Project Page with the hashtag #HackHalloween by midnight EST on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st. The petrifying project possibilities are endless! You can…. - Trick out your pumpkin by making it a hack-o’-lantern - Amp up your Halloween gear! Time to pull out that glowing skeleton costume. - Make a trick AND treat candy bowl: a prank to petrify costumed candy-grabbers. Muuahhahahahahaha! - Create that creaky, spooky sound coming from around the corner Want to host a meetup with your friends? We've put together a nifty workshop guide for you.

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Instructables Build Night with littleBits

We had a really successful build night on June 25th at the Sydney office of the Nova Scotia Community Access Program. Our Build Night was centred around littleBits - an opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets. We've been accumulating various art supplies, cardboard boxes, paper towel rolls, and plastic bottles over the last couple of weeks so we were ready to create. The littleBits tagline is "Build Something that Does Something" and we really took that and ran with it. Everyone had a great time! It was hard for some people to imagine how the modules would come together before getting to work with them, but everyone came away impressed. The possibilities are really endless in term of what you can create so we are really excited to have more Build Nights and camps for kids. One of the camps we will be holding is "Hack My Toy". More posts to come on our progress :)  Rachael 

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Instructables Build Night: littleBits

We down at the TechShop in Chandler, AZ have been eyeing littleBits since they first showed up on Kickstarter a couple of years ago... and boy did we ever luck out!!!  Thanks to Instructables & littleBits, we are now proud owners of FOUR Deluxe Kits and several of littleBits' brand new At Heart modules.  How? You might ask... Well Instructables runs a wonderful program referred to as Instructables Build Nights, where they and a sponsor send maker spaces, schools, libraries or other learning institutions a box of goodies (like littleBits) in return for hosting a build night.  The build night is sort of a free for all to make stuff with whatever they send you, and in our case - it was open to everyone, especially kids.  At the end of the build night, you submit three or more instructables for what you came up with during the allotted time.  Fantastic, right?! So, what was our Build Night experience like?  Well, when I got the box - I jumped up and down like a kid who just found out they were going to Disney World... and shouted "hooray Instructables! hooray littleBits!!!" and ran around telling everyone in the shop that they had arrived! I pulled them out and demonstrated how they worked to curious members who passed by, and the interest started to snowball from there. I went to the local thrift stores and found a bag of K'nex (awesome!), craft supplies, odds n ends, and pulled out the small shop supply of Legos.  I spread everything out and hung a sign above, telling people to PLAY!  Everyone was very excited for the event.  Our members with families appreciate anything that can help them involve their kids in making early on. The evening of Build Night, I commandeered two of our shop tables.  I set up one with a few laptops (for Arduino programming), and on the other I dumped out all of the littleBits.   To the side I made a utility cart FULL of the aforementioned thrifted accoutrements. We had parents with kids from 5-16 come in, as well as curious members coming by to get a little break from their projects by playing!  It was fantastic.  One of our guests made an animated scene, that looked like a mini backdrop for a play or puppet show.  One kid was completely taken by the buzzer, which was hilarious. We made a toy ferris wheel turn, a little roadster go, and lots of stuff light up... like el-wire fairy crowns!  We came up with a few instructables as well, like this animated guy and this little dune buggy. I am still working on the last one, a game show buzz-in system involving arduino - that is a little more complicated than the other two... but it is coming soon. ;) Build Night was a hit.  We've already had numerous requests to run a littleBits party once a month!  We're developing specific programming for kids using littleBits, focusing more on how electronics work and the science behind the Bits!  I can't wait to get more sets and watch our members continue to experiment with them! We feel so fortunate to have been given these sets, what an incredible gift!  Thanks so much Instructables and littleBits! From all of us at TechShop Chandler, YOU ROCK!  <3

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Build Night with littleBits at the Taipei Hackerspace

Hi everyone, Just reporting from the Taipei Hackerspace regarding the littleBits build night last month. It was a very popular event, a lot of people were brought in by littleBits. It was the first time I myself tried them, and it was amazing to see how many things people have built, from kids to grownups, everyone was hacking. Haven't really happened such thing many times before. The event had a requirements that the resulting projects need to use the Arduino module. While it was awesome tool, most people were just doing analog electronics. Needed some time after the build night to hash out some projects that would be eligible for us to submit. Fortunately did come up with a few, and it was a lot of fun. In the process I think we have fried one Arduino module, but the rest of it is still being used every time we have visitors to the Hackerspace. Here are our projects from the build night: littleGoal: world cup notifier littleTea: robotic tea brewing littleWork: working hours notifier Cheers, and thanks for this opportunity! Greg

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littleBits' #BITWARS Epic Fan Challenge

We're excited to announce this most epic fan challenge of all time.... Bit Wars! Starting today and ending on Dec. 19, we challenge you and your community to invent a new gadget for your favorite Star Wars character. Then film a video that either recreates or remixes your favorite scene, starring YOU and your new creation. GET ALL THE DETAILS IN THE CHALLENGE PAGE : http://littlebits.cc/bit-wars STEP 1: Choose Your Path Select which challenge category you want to create an invention for. Multiple entries encouraged! Can’t decide? Close your eyes and use the Force. Category winners each get a Kit & special swag! Multiple entries encouraged! Geekiest Costume: Bitify your favorite character. Try a Synth Lord costume with its own soundtrack, or an O-Bit-wan Kenobi cape. Ultimate Droid: Bee-boop beep-boop. Invent your own droid inspired by your favorite robotic sidekick! Most Legit Lightsaber: Put your own spin on a lightsaber and create a more elegant weapon for a more civilized age. Award-Winning Film: Step into the story! Film an original Star Wars storyline or recreate your favorite scene. STEP 2: Invent a Gadget Create a new accessory for your favorite character to conquer the galaxy with. Check out some entries from the community for bitspiration. How To Make Star Wars BB8 Droid by Marjan Atanasovski Yoda lifts the X-wing by Braden Irish Luke’s Sidewinder by Tom Balzamo R2D2 BitRobot by Diego Thurler STEP 3: Make a Video Give George Lucas a run for his money! Step into the story and tell it a new way (keep it PG please). We have prepared some pro tips to create your film, check out our blog post. STEP 4: Share Your Masterpiece Enter by uploading your creation to the Invent page including a youtube video and using #BitWars. DEADLINE IS December 19 at midnight EST. STEP 5: Join the Global Makeathon Make alone you need not. From December 11-13, join a Global Makeathon event at Chapters in over 100 cities, from NYC to Beijing and across the DagoBit System. Or host your own :) We've compiled a Resource Guide to help you navigate this workshop like the Millennium Falcon in an astroid field. May the bits be with you.

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Pro Member Discounts

Every Instructables pro-member has access to 10-20% discounts from your favorite brands! In the image below you can see our current offering from: Adafruit, Lion Brand Yarns, MonkeyLectric, Lumi, and littleBits. Not a Pro Member? You can sign up for a Pro Membership here. Already a Pro Member? Access the Pro Member discounts here. You can also click the "Pro Member Discounts" button from your You page (see graphic below). Suggestions for other companies to include or questions? Leave them in the comments! More details on the program here.

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E-Certificates for Contest Winners

I'm in currently in the second year of my Bachelor's in Electronics Engineering course & I have been a winner in a few contests in Instructables. I was recently updating my LinkedIn profile when I thought of an idea wherein Instructables contest winners would get E-certificates that they can include in the profiles. I'm sure companies which are hiring would show some interest in online contests held or supported by sponsors (such as Intel, Microsoft, SeeedStudio,Dremel, Formlabs, LittleBits, HP, Epilog, etc) on Instructables. I'm also sure a lot of people would like to showcase their achievement's on platforms like Linkedin,etc. If you agree or disagree(constructive criticism) leave your comment below and also leave your feedback/additions. Let's see if this actually becomes a feature on Instructables?

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Friday Forum: Ask an Editor (Makerspace Program Edition)

Hey everybody! On Friday, June 13th (Friday the 13th AHHHHHH) from 1-4pm PST, I'll be answering your questions about the programs Instructables is running with makerspaces, hackerspaces, student groups, libraries, and fab labs around the world!  Our main program is the Build Night program. Some past build nights include: Bare Conductive, Sugru, Lumi, Jameco, Cool Neon, Voltaic Systems, littleBits, and Dremel.  In case you don't know me: my name is Carley :D  I am the Business Development and Partnership Manager at Instructables. Those are just some corporate-y words that mean: I work with companies that want to introduce cool products to the Instructables community I develop new programs for the community I identify new groups to engage with in the maker community (super boring job I know....) Feel free to swing by this forum on Friday afternoon and ask me questions + submit ideas for new programs. CHEERS!!!!!!!!!!

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Instructables Podcast 002: A Lot of Pressure, and a Sharp Tug

Welcome to our second episode! Would you like some advice on a project your working on? Perhaps you'd like a few ideas from a new source? You can comment here or email us at howdoi@instructables.com In this episode we discuss some of the projects we're working on, take care of some more housekeeping, and do a bit of brainstorming! Enjoy the episode and enjoy the resources! You can listen to or download the episode below, listen over at archive.org or check it out at our homepage: download Resources: From our Builds: -Learning Electronics: littleBits, Snap Circuits and LogicBlocks. -How to build a food dehydrator 3D Modeling: -Jake's instructable on building his action figure -Find 3D models: 123D, Thingiverse, Blender -Create 3D models: 123D, SketchUp Books and such: -Awesome Prop Building Forum -David J. Gingery: Build your own Metal Working Shop from Scratch -O'Reilly and Make -Kenn Amdahl: There Are No Electrons: Electronics For Earthlings Other: -Chainsaw bike Sharp Tugs: -Hammer on a revolver: From How Stuff Works, scroll down to "How Revolves Work" and click on the flash animation -Bass drum pedal -Rubber band gun -Mini Crossbow (thank you again How Stuff Works) Steam Power: -Steampunk Motorcycle -Very basic guide to steam engines -Tesla Turbine -Tea Pot Steam Engine (click on "How Steam Engines Work" for pdf) -Pop Pop Boat (also, I know what I'm getting Jake for his next birthday) If you'd like us to discuss one of your questions, please email us at howdoi@instructables.com or comment below.

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