Friday, August 4, 2006
Make Magazine Issue #7 (Backyard Biology) Launch Party


Lecture and launch party – Saturday August 12, 8pm

Lately when we tell people about the classes at Machine Project, they say, “Oh, like Make Magazine“. So we’ve decided to embrace the confusion and host a launch party for the new issue of Make. Jed Berk will be there to talk about autonomous flocking behaviour in robotic blimps, Make editor and internet superstar Mark Frauenfelder will be there to introduce the new issue and chat with you about general makery, and Issue 7 (Back Yard Biology) will be there for you to peruse and purchase, which includes an article on making a home mushroom growing lab by our friend Phil Ross


USB power supply hacking 101 – Sunday August 13th 9am to 12 noon

Speaking of classes, Sunday we will be leading a workshop on USB power supply hacking. Based on two articles in the new issue of Make by Erica Sadun, we will go over how USB power works, how to make a USB powered fan (or other small device), and how to make a 9v battery powered usb charger. Then we’ll plug the USB fan into the USB charger and your head will explode. Along the way we’ll explore some basic laws of electricity and learn how to solder. All materials and a copy of the new issue of Make Magazine #7 included. $75.

We expect this class will fill rapidly. The afternoon session is sold out, registration available for the morning session, 9am to noon Registration and more information available here.


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