Give the gift of making! This holiday season, gift your loved ones with access to the tools, materials and community to create anything they can dream up.
This Saturday's drag races were the second set of races in the Nitro RC series. In the week leading up, students were scrambling to get their cars together in time. Axles were rethreaded, wires re-soldered, a clever fix for a pull start that didn't quite fit, and a significant amount of carburetor tuning, ensuring each team would have just the right mixture of air and fuel.
A few months ago, Jordan and I decided to build a chalk drawing robot. Our plan was to enter the Amazement Square 2016 Chalk Festival, draw an exact replica of the Mona Lisa, and walk away with the gold. We built Chalkbot over the course of three nights. Jordan focused on the electronics, wiring the stepper motors and programming the Arduino with a gcode interpreter, while I built the gantry and other mechanical aspects. Justin was there to lend some help in both realms.
Meet Trey, Terrell, and Christian (from left to right) of Team Turbo. They had last pick of the four nitro cars, which came with a few challenges. It was clear at the start that the front wheel assembly was completely broken and most of the screws stripped. It wasn't until the teardown began that they got a better feel for how much work needed to be done. It turns out that screw extraction is an art that we've yet to master. But with enough broken drill bits, they managed to get the job done.
Our goal was to take a picture of the Earth. We thought about simply enjoying existing images easily found online, but similar to the satisfaction gained from changing your own brake pads, we decided it would be more enjoyable to take the pictures ourselves. So with three engineers at the lead, we recruited two teams of high schoolers for our very own mini-space race. Each team had seven students from a variety of backgrounds and local schools, and each was led by one of our engineers.
Vector Space is a nonprofit makerspace on Fifth Street in Lynchburg, Virginia. We are open for membership and offer classes and workshops. Our space is 4,000 sq ft of fun; we're equipped with a full woodshop, a metal shop, electronics benches, computer lab, 3D printer, textiles and more. Come get messy in our hands-on, STEAM focused makerspace!
Membership gets you a key to the space, safety training and 30 new friends. Check out our classes and workshops to see what kind of things you can learn in a more structured environment. Questions? Get in touch.