This week at denhac Nov 11 – Nov 17

Monday, November 11: Veteran’s Day. No event, it’s just Veteran’s Day. :)

Tuesday, November 12, 8 p.m.: Open House!!! Make friends with the nerd fauna, get a tour of the space or just hang out.

Tuesday, November 12, 8 p.m.: LockSport!!! Like to pick locks? Never picked a lock before but want to learn how? It doesn’t matter! Come on out! All skill levels welcome!

Wednesday, November 13: {}

Thursday, November 14, 9 a.m.: Work From Denhac Day!!! Today is for those of you who work remotely and miss out on regular human interaction. Bring your laptop and your lunch and come socialize with the other work-from-home-er’s at Denhac!

Friday, November 15, 7 p.m.: Game Night!!! Any and all games welcome! Homemade or store-bought, popular or obscure and everything in between! Join us for game night! We have Cards Against Humanity. :)

Saturday, November 16, 12 p.m.: Open House Part Deux!!! This is the same as Tuesday’s open house except it’s better because it’s on Saturday! Come work on a project, see what we’re all about, get a tour or just hang out.

 

Sunday, November 17, 12 p.m.: Kids Coder Dojo!!! The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a weekly computer programming class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer).

Sunday, November 17, 3:15 p.m.: Kids Science Dojo!!! FIELD TRIP EDITION!

We are scheduled for a presentation at the newly remodeled Fiske Planetarium at 4 pm! Fiske.Colorado.edu

We will not be holding our regularly scheduled Science Dojo Class this day.

We will start at 3:15 sharp going through the neat lobby exhibits that demonstrate fluorescence, infrared light, plasmas/ionization of particular elements and their unique emission spectra and checking out the awesome projection globe.

Then, we will watch the Dynamic Earth video narrated by Liam Neeson projected onto the dome (link to trailer below), followed by a 30 min live talk and tour through the universe. Because of the new star projector’s awesome resolution everyone is advised to bring binoculars/monoculars so that they can see even more stars on the screen.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DnSmFC-JgvQ&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DDnSmFC-JgvQ

Now that we’ve hopefully got your attention, here are the logistics:

Because we are a nonprofit, non-traditional class, Fiske is going to allow us to come on a donate-what-you-can basis. Ticket prices are normally $10/adult, $7/kidlet so we strongly encourage those of you that can do it to take this into consideration.

Also, since we will need to get tickets early, we have to have RSVP and donation funds by Tuesday 11/12 (this means you can let us know at Tuesday’s open house if need be). By RSVP-ing we can guarantee you and your children seating at the show. If you don’t RSVP, you can still show up but you will have to pay the full price and seating is not guaranteed.

Ashleigh will have a basket set up starting this Sunday for parents to drop off donation money anonymously.

Here are directions from Denhac:

https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&q=Fiske+Planetarium&fb=1&gl=us&hq=fiske+planetarium&cid=0,0,15219369135984650848&ei=Igl6UvHAOeTWyQGHkoDwBw&ved=0CJUBEPwSMAk

Parking:

Parking at most lots at CU are free and open to the public on Sundays, however, please watch the signs carefully. There are a few spaces to the south east of Fiske on Kittredge Loop and a few to the northeast on Regent. There are also parking lots just to the West and North of Fiske.

Also, if parents and kids are up for it, Ashleigh is trying to see if we can get a tour of the Sommers-Bausch Observatory after the presentation. Let us know if this would be of interest.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology, art, DIY, and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged.

This week at denhac! Nov 4 – Nov 10

Hello fellow hackers!

Sorry for the lack of info last week! Let’s get right into the good stuff…

Monday, November 4th: {}

Tuesday, November 5th, 8 p.m.: Open House! Come work on a project, meet some fellow hackers, or just come see what we’re all about! We love to meet new people and someone’s always happy to give a tour!

Tuesday, November 5th, 8 p.m.: Radio Heads! “Radio Heads” is a group created to explore different aspects of software defined radio. Topics to be addressed include both the reception and transmission of RF signals, the processing of data captured from the ether, cell phone networks, and ham radio. This is a group, not a class. There is no instructor. Just a handful of similarly minded people trying to learn something at roughly the same time. If you have a pet project you think might apply to this group feel free to propose it.

Wednesday, November 6th: {}

Thursday, November 7th, 9 a.m.: Work From Denhac Day! This is the day for all of you who work from home to get a little human interaction. Come hang out with the other work-from-home-ers at the coolest place in Denver.

Friday, November 8th, 7 p.m.: Game Night! Join us this Friday for Game Night! Anything goes so bring whatever you’ve got; new or classic, popular or obscure, or even home made! Join us, won’t you?

Saturday, November 9th, 12 p.m.: Open House Part Deux! This is like the Tuesday night Open House only better because it’s on Saturday! This is a casual, unstructured event where anything can happen. Come say hi!

Sunday, November 10th: Kids’ Science Dojo! Kids Science Dojo at Denhac is a weekly science class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will be learning science topics through cooperative projects, lectures, and safe experiments. Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian.

To help make a good class for both kids and their guardians as well as determining a good day and time for the class, our wonderful member and host Ashleigh has set up a couple of surveys. I encourage everyone who is considering the class at least read the description at the top of the Parents survey to give you information about Ashleigh and the class.

Sunday, November 10th: Kids Coder Dojo! The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a weekly computer programming class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer).

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology, art, DIY, and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged.

This Week at Denhac! Oct 21 – Oct 27

Monday, October 21: {}

Tuesday, October 22, 8 p.m.: Open House! Never been to Denhac and want to come see what we’re all about? Well tonight’s your night! It’s just a free-form hangout but there’s always something interesting going on! RSVP on Meet Up!

Wednesday, October 23: {}

Thursday, October 24, 9 a.m.: Work From Denhac Day! Grab your laptop and join us for Work From Denhac Day! Get some of the socialization and human interaction you miss out on by working remotely! RSVP on Meet Up!

Friday, October 25, 8 p.m.: Game Night! Card games, board games, video games(?), ALL THE GAMES! If you have a opening in your Friday night calendar join us for Game Night! RSVP on Meet Up!

Saturday, October 26, All day: Caturday! 

Saturday, October 26, 12 p.m.: Open House Part Deux! This is just like the Tuesday night Open House but better because it’s on Saturday! Come hang out and see what happens!

Saturday, October 26, 3 p.m. : BBBBQB! ‘What the heck does that mean’ you ask? It stands for Backyard Ballistics and Barbecue Bash and it’s our celebration of 5 years of hacking and making in Denver! Come show off your favorite ordnance and homemade barbecue sauce for some good old-fashion projectile fun! It starts at 3:00 p.m. RSVP on Meet Up!

Sunday, October 27, 11 a.m.: Kids’ Science Dojo! Kids Science Dojo at Denhac is a weekly science class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will be learning science topics through cooperative projects, lectures, and safe experiments. Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian.

To help make a good class for both kids and their guardians as well as determining a good day and time for the class, our wonderful member and host Ashleigh has set up a couple of surveys. I encourage everyone who is considering the class at least read the description at the top of the Parents survey to give you information about Ashleigh and the class.

Sunday, October 27, 12 p.m.: Kids Coder Dojo! The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a weekly computer programming class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer). RSVP on Meet Up.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology, art, DIY, and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged.

Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!!

This week at Denhac! Oct 14 – Oct 20

Monday, Oct 14: {}

Tuesday, Oct 15, 8 p.m.: Open House!

Tuesday, Oct 15, 8 p.m.: Radio Heads! “Radio Heads” is a group created to explore different aspects of software defined radio. Topics to be addressed include both the reception and transmission of RF signals, the processing of data captured from the ether, cell phone networks, and ham radio. This is a group, not a class. There is no instructor. Just a handful of similarly minded people trying to learn something at roughly the same time. If you have a pet project you think might apply to this group feel free to propose it. RSVP on Meet Up.

Wednesday, Oct 16: {}

Thursday, Oct 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Work From Denhac Day! Work remotely? Need a little human interaction? Grab your laptop and join us for Work from denhac day. RSVP on Meet Up.

Friday, Oct 18, 7 p.m.: dc303! dc303 is the local defcon group for Denver, CO and they meet at Denhac on the 3rd Friday of the month. For more info visit dc303.org

Friday, Oct, 18, 8 p.m.: Game Night! Come play with us, work on a project or just hang out. RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, Oct 19, 12 p.m.: Open House! Another open house for those who can’t make it during the week or just another reason to get out of the house. Good company and things to take apart and put back together. What more could you ask for? Come say hello!

Saturday, Oct 19, 2 p.m.: Unity 101! Unity/Game Scripting Basics Class will be going over some of the basics of using and scripting Unity3D, a free 3D Cross-Platform Game Engine.

We will try to cover: Using the editor C# Scripting basics – Camera/player movement, object interaction, physics/applying forces. ‘Behaviour’/’Component’ oriented design

Please have: Mac/PC Laptop with latest Unity (4.2.1) installed (Their editor does not run in Linux-yet) At least a little bit of coding experience in Object Oriented languages. Mouse is recommended – navigating in 3d space is much easier with a mouse than a touch pad.

RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, Oct 20, 11 a.m.: Kids Science Dojo! Kids Science Dojo at Denhac is a weekly science class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will be learning science topics through cooperative projects, lectures, and safe experiments. Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian.

To help make a good class for both kids and their guardians as well as determining a good day and time for the class, our wonderful member and host Ashleigh has set up a couple of surveys. I encourage everyone who is considering the class at least read the description at the top of the Parents survey to give you information about Ashleigh and the class.

RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, Oct 20, 12 p.m.: Kids Coder Dojo! The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a weekly computer programming class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer). RSVP on Meet Up.

Denhac is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of technology, art, DIY, and craft-related classes for all ages, and survives on donations and membership dues.  As with (almost) all Denhac classes, attendance is free of charge and membership is not required. Donations are strongly encouraged.

Come check us out! We’d love to meet you!!

This week at Denhac! (Oct 7 – Oct 13)

Oh my goodness! There is a lot going on this week in addition to our regularly scheduled programming! We have a guest speaker, open house and a class on Saturday and two kids classes on Sunday! We’re doing all the things!

do-all-the-science

Monday, October 7: {}

Tuesday, October 8, 8 p.m.: Open House! This is your best opportunity to come see what we’re all about because I can guarantee a handful of members will be hanging around and at least one will give you a tour of the space. RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, October 8, 8 p.m.: Locksport! This meeting is free and open to the public so if you want to learn to pick locks or just have an interesting lock you’d like to show off, come on by. We have a box full of locks and plenty of picks to go around! RSVP on Meet Up.

Wednesday, October 9: {}

Thursday, October 10, 9 a.m.: Work From Denhac Day! Get out of your mom’s basement and into Denhac for Work From Denhac Day! Members and non-members alike who work remotely are welcome and encouraged to come to Denhac to work instead. We have a refrigerator, a bathroom and the internetz. What more could you need?! RSVP on Meet Up.

Friday, October 11, 8 p.m.: Game Night! After a hard week of work what could be better than hanging out at your favorite hackerspace and playing games? If you said nothing then you’re right! Join us for card games, board games, video games, or maybe a movie. We watched Smokey and The Bandit last week. Who knows where the night might take us this week? RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, October 12, 9 a.m.: LPIC-2 Study Group! 

Saturday, October 12, 12 p.m.: Open House! New and improved Open House, now with more Saturday! Join us, won’t you? :D

Saturday, October 12, 1 p.m.: Advanced Soldering with The Sicilian (AKA Matt S.)! Details and suggested materials list coming soon but if Matt’s teaching it it’s sure to be fun and informative.

*update* A message from The Sicilian:

I’ll be teaching how to solder large (100+ pin) fine pitch surface mount chips. It’s OK if you’ve never soldered SMT before, but you should know how to solder thru-hole and be able to get good joints every time; I’m not going to cover the basics in this class at all. 

There are no materials required. Your project will be to install a large, fine pitch chip (anything from QFP-100 to QFP-208 or TSSOP-32 to TSSOP-56) on a reworked, prepopulated board. I’ll be de-chipping and cleaning some old NICs and video cards, and we will be plugging your project in and verifying functionality at the end. 

Since we only have two really good soldering irons, we may have to do more than one shift. I’d like to get a RSVP from anyone who will be wanting to attend hands-on. Spectators are also welcome, no need to RSVP for that. 

AWESOME THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR NEW SKILLZ:

  •  Make a 128MB Xbox for emulating Dem Classix
  • Make awesome SNES carts (Starfox 2, Mother 2, Seiken Densetsu 3, Final Fantasy 5, etc.)
  • Mess with the cable / phone company. They think just because something is on an EEPROM that’s soldered down, it’s safe. Ha!
  • World Domination through embedded hardware!

                 -Matt

 

RSVP on Meet Up.

Saturday, October 12, 5 p.m.: Guest Speaker Jeff Del Papa (AKA DP) of New England Rubbish Deconstruction Society! We have a special guest speaker this Saturday from the New England Rubbish Deconstruction Society (AKA the NERDS)! Jeff Del Papa of the group is visiting Colorado and will be touring the local hackerspaces. Their group has competed in Junkyard Wars and he will be showing us a never-broadcast-in-the-US episode of Junkyard Wars (and giving us the details of what “really” happened). Come meet a fellow hacker and hear about his awesomeness at 5pm on Saturday. RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, October 13, 11 a.m.: Kids Science Dojo! Kids Science Dojo at Denhac is a weekly science class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will be learning science topics through cooperative projects, lectures, and safe experiments. Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian.

To help make a good class for both kids and their guardians as well as determining a good day and time for the class, our wonderful member and host Ashleigh has set up a couple of surveys. I encourage everyone who is considering the class at least read the description at the top of the Parents survey to give you information about Ashleigh and the class.

RSVP on Meet Up.

Sunday, October 13, 12 p.m.: Kids Coder Dojo! The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a weekly computer programming class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer). RSVP on Meet Up.

This week at Denhac! Sept 30 – Oct 6

Monday, Sept 30: Nothing!

Tuesday, Oct 1, 8 p.m.: Open House! Come get a tour of the space, meet some fellow geeks, and just hang out. This is a free-form, no-rules kind of event. Anything could happen and it usually does. Don’t miss out! RSVP on Meet Up.

Tuesday, Oct 1, 8 p.m.: Radio Heads! This is a group created to explore different aspects of software defined radio. Topics to be addressed include both the reception and transmission of RF signals, the processing of data captured from the ether, cell phone networks, and ham radio. This is a group, not a class. There is no instructor. Just a handful of similarly minded people trying to learn something at roughly the same time. If you have a pet project you think might apply to this group feel free to propose it. RSVP on Meet Up.

Wednesday, Oct 2: Nothing!

Thursday, Oct 3, 9 a.m.: Work From Denhac Day! If you work remotely then get your butt in here for Work From Denhac Day! Get your fill of social interaction that you miss out on when you work from home. Come hang out with us! RSVP on Meet Up.

Friday, Oct 4, 8 p.m.: Game Night! Board games, card games, video games(?). Play all the games!! Join us, won’t you? We have Cards Against Humanity! :) RSVP on Meet Up.

play all the games

Saturday, Oct 5, All day: Caturday!

 caturday

Saturday, Oct 5, 12 p.m.: Open House Part Deux! This is just like the Tuesday night open house only better because it’s on Saturday instead! You can bet we’re getting into something so come check us out and get a tour while you’re here. It’s always a good time.

Sunday, Oct 6, 11 a.m.: Kids Science Dojo! Kids Science Dojo at Denhac is a weekly science class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will be learning science topics through cooperative projects, lectures, and safe experiments. Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian.

To help make a good class for both kids and their guardians as well as determining a good day and time for the class, our wonderful member and host Ashleigh has set up a couple of surveys. I encourage everyone who is considering the class at least read the description at the top of the Parents survey to give you information about Ashleigh and the class.

Sunday, Oct 6, 12 p.m.:  Kids Coder Dojo! The Kids Coder Dojo at Denhac is a weekly computer programming class designed for elementary through high school-aged kids. Students will begin by using a free and open source visual programming language called Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/, available on Windows, MacOSX and Linux), and will be able to move on to more advanced languages as they progress at their own pace.

Attendees under the age of 13 are required to be accompanied by a designated guardian (though guardians are encouraged to attend for all ages). Attendees should bring a laptop or netbook for each student they bring if they can (and you are encouraged to bring extras if possible for those without access to a computer). RSVP on Meet Up.

Kickin’ Up Some Dust!

Looks like some of the members have been quite the busy beavers making sure our visitors are safe by building a new hand rail for the upstairs area. It’s even more important now that we have more little hackers attending the space with the Kids Science and Coder Dojo classes. Here’s the progress so far and they’re hard at work today too…

The flag collection has been relocated!

The flag collection has been relocated!

The Sicilian and Tek. Tek looks very zen.

The Sicilian and Tek. Tek looks very zen.

The Sicilian, Robert and Mr. Cook. Hard at work or hardly working?

The Sicilian, Robert and Mr. Cook. Hard at work or hardly working?

The Sicilian. The one that made this happen.

The Sicilian. The one that made this happen.

Mr. Cook knows how to handle wood.

Mr. Cook knows how to handle wood.

Special thanks to everyone who has contributed so far: Tek, Robert P., Jimmy P, The Sicilian, Lordspeed and Mr. Cook. Thanks guys!