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Saturday Apr 12, 2014 9:00 am

The shop is in need of a good cleaning again. So we're scheduling another Hack Your Hackerspace. We also have a class on Sunday involving making Chocolates, so having a clean shop would be awesome for that.

We currently don't have janitorial service so, things like cleaning the bathrooms, and floors, wiping down the table tops, and generally trying to at least keep the dust at bay, make a big difference if they don't get done. What's on the todo list:

- Floors need cleaned (vacuum carpets, and sweep and mop the hard floors. Someone bring a decent vacuum cleaner for the carpets)
- Clean the bathrooms
- Dust the sawdust off of everything in the danger room
- Wipe down the table tops and benches
- Sort through equipment to sort and tag what we intend to sell, excess, or otherwise strip for parts
- Otherwise organize, put away, and make awesome the shop

Remember, always be knolling.

Thursday Apr 17, 2014 7:00 pm

Interested in learning more about SYN Shop but not sure what it is exactly?

Come to our open house and learn more about the Shop, the tools we have and how you can join our thriving community of makers.

SYN Shop is open to all and we run the gamut; whether you are a hardcore hardware hacker or love to needlecraft, we are here for you.

Sunday Apr 13, 2014 12:00 pm

Alicia Longoria-Dirk will take you into a world of chocolate. Learn the difference between candy melts, candy bars and high quality chocolate; what tempering is and how to temper chocolate to give your candy the shine and snap of professional chocolates; how to handle and properly dip a variety of treats for a professional look.

No materials are required. Chocolate and all equipment required to keep chocolate at temperature will be provided by the teacher.

You will leave this class with:

• 1 candy box per student

• 12 assorted treats per student for dipping in class

**The class fee covers the class materials.

Sunday Mar 16, 2014 12:00 pm

Because we so desperately need it, next Sunday is going to be
Hack Your Hackerspace. We're focusing on cleaning. Yesterday when I was at the shop I noticed the floors were a disaster, dust was over everything, benches were cluttered, and I had to spend a good amount of time cleaning before I could get work done.

Here is our todo list:

- equipment to be excessed identified, torn down for parts, thrown away
- tools put away and benches organized
- all shop equipment vaccumed and wiped down
- carpets vaccumed
- floors swept and mopped
- all trash cans and vaccume cleaners emptied into the dumpster
- all large trash of no futher be taken to the dump
- front side walk and shop front pressure washed

Everyone should watch it for some inspiration

Please come down and help make our space shiny again.

Saturday Mar 22, 2014 5:00 pm

Hi all,

Here is where we will discuss duties and responsibilities of Maker Faire Volunteers. If you can't make it, we will have a Google Hangout you can dial in to:

Saturday Mar 22, 2014 12:00 pm

The instructional part of the class will focus on the evolution of the microprocessor and microcontroller: 

•  Integrated Circuits and ariithmetic processors

•  The first 8-bit Microprocessors - Intel 8080 and Motorola 6800

•  Instruction Sets – Opcodes and Operands

•  16-bit, 32-bit, and 64-bit Microprocessors with accelerating clock speeds

•  Hitting the Speed Wall – Multicore Processors and Parallel processing

•  Integration of Analog and Digital Circuitry – Systems on a Chip (SoC)

•  Survey of popular hobby microprocessors and microcontrollers    (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone Black, Propeller multi-core processor, Microchip PIC, etc.)

During the practical part of the class, attendees will use an oscilloscope and multimeter to monitor digital and analog signals within a microcontroller circuit board.

Sunday Mar 23, 2014 2:00 pm

While we could teach you all about how to use a sewing machine in general it would make more sense to teach you how to use your machine better. Our very own Rebecca will guide you through the basics. We will reinforce the lessons by making a sewing machine cover during the class. Limited to six participants.

Skills to be learned:
- How to thread your machine
- How to insert the needle and bobbin
- How to change out the feet
- How to adjust thread tension
- How to wind the bobbin

Materials required by student:
Home sewing machine with power cord, needle, scissors, standard foot and an empty bobbin.

Fabric will be provided by the teacher.

The remote control for our projector went missing some time back.  This is unfortunate, since to turn on the projector we had to climb on a ladder, step stool, or unsafely climb on a chair or table to reach the projector on the ceiling.  And then off course since you are touching the projector, you usually end up moving it in the process, which means the image doesn't display where it should on the projector screen.

Monday Mar 3, 2014 6:00 pm

Join Sarah and Mark at SYN Shop for drink and cupcakes to celebrate the successful completion of our Kickstarter funding campaign! Come join us in a toast as we kick off the next phase of our Robot Army project.

Saturday Mar 1, 2014 9:00 am

A hackathon for kicks and giggles! Both amateurs and pros most welcome.

Take It Back-athon is a different kind of independent hackathon, returning to the days of coding for fun.
People of any gender, race or condition are encouraged to attend, and cooperation is stressed over competition.

Find out more, and buy tickets on