While some of our members spent a good bit of time and money creating them, you can build your own in about 30 minutes, and for $5 or less.
Bill of Materials:
- 3 – pieces of 1/2″ PVC pipe (12″ each)
- 2 – 90deg elbows for 1/2″ PVC pipe
- 2 – small hose clamps
- 1 – 12″ section of bike (or similar) tubing
- 1 – 2-liter soda bottle (or similar)
- Flat head screw driver
- PVC cutters, or hack saw
Step 1: Measure out and cut your PVC pipe to the appropriate size (12″).
Step 3: Push the 12″ PVC lengths into the elbows (no PVC solvent or glue needed).
Step 4: Have fun!
Thanks to the ~40 folk that came out last night to our free Learn to Solder Workshop. It was such a success that we’ll probably run it again in a few months, so if you missed out, keep a look out on our calendar.
We had a vast variety in age range, and most had never soldered before (some of our volunteers had only learned a couple days before). Everyone was successful in assembling their soldering kits, and in an amazing effort by all of the organizers and volunteers to make sure safety was our number 1 priority, there were no accidental brandings!
Special thanks again to our two sponsors, Efficiency Lab and onHaywood.com, who made it possible for us to have this event be free and open to the public, and to all the volunteers that showed up to help teach and supervise.
WHAT: FREE “Learn to Solder” workshop for anyone interested in learning an important “Maker” skill. You’ll learn how to use a soldering iron to create a robot “badge” that has two blinking LED lights and is powered by a watch battery. You keep the robot badge you make!
WHO: Anyone can participate. Minors must have a parent or guardian present (and helping).
WHEN: Thursday March 20, 2014 from 7 pm to 9 pm
WHERE: West Asheville Library located at 942 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Well over 100 people showed up last Saturday to join us in building and launching paper rockets at the YMCA Youth Services Center (it was hard to keep count). Special thanks to Tom and Ian for all the work they did to make this happen, the YMCA for hosting us, and all of the parents who brought their kids out for a fabulous field day of flight and fun.
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Startup Product Asheville – Wednesday, Feb 26th 5p at Asheville Music Hall. Get more info and RSVP here >>
**Date Rescheduled to: Saturday, March 1st (10am to Noon), due to county schools makeup day conflict.
Build your own rocket out of paper then launch it hundreds of feet in the air!! Kids and adults are guaranteed to be amazed at how high the rockets fly. It’s fun hands-on engineering and science for everyone. You get to keep the rocket you make.
Location: YMCA Youth Services Center (201 Beaverdam Rd. Asheville, NC 28804)
Date: Saturday, March 1st
Time: 10am to Noon
Notice: Due to inclement weather and concerns with regards to road safety, the regular weekly Tuesday Social Night has been cancelled for tonight (and tonight only!) – 1/28/2014. Sorry to anyone that was looking forward to coming out. We hope to see you next week.
In the meantime, if you haven’t filled out the survey yet, please take 2 minutes and do so.
The good folks at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, SC have been working hard to plan their very first Kid’s Maker Fest! On January 18th from 10am to 4pm participants will be able to enjoy a host of activities including a homemade personal hovercraft and triple-action paper rocket launchpad!!