QC Co-Lab Going to the Putnam Museum’s Mad Scientists Ball!

QC Co-Lab Going to the Putnam Museum's Mad Scientists Ball!
  The Putnam Museum is throwing a Mad Scientist Ball to help fund their new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Learning Center on Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 PM.  The Putnam is helping to energize the Quad Cities and build more awareness about the STEM community, and are hoping to put together a fantastic ...

Upcoming Class: Arduino Robotics with David Hinkle and Friends Starting May 25th

Upcoming Class: Arduino Robotics with David Hinkle and Friends Starting May 25th
David Hinkle, QC Co-Lab President and self-proclaimed “pretty good programmer” is hosting an Arduino programming class with a focus on robotics automation. This class will start on Saturday, May 25th, 2013, and span 4 sessions held weekly from 2 to 4pm. Each session has a suggested donation of $10, payable either online at our donations ...

We’re headed to the Cedar Rapids Mini-MakerFaire!

We're headed to the Cedar Rapids Mini-MakerFaire!
This Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 4 pm, join the QC Co-Lab as we head up to the Lindale Mall for the Cedar Rapids Mini Maker Faire!  We’ll be showcasing a myriad of projects that embrace the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) and/or maker philosophies, such as quad copters, a ...

Same Great Taste, New Look

Long overdue for an overhaul, and in desperate need of  more accessible content publishing capabilities, the new QC Co-Lab site should be a refreshed, and revitalized site for publishing the goings on here at the Quad Cities’s First Makerspace.  Feel free to check out the new site, and send feedback to [email protected] First up was ...

QC Co-Lab LightWall Powered by GE Color Effects 2

For some time now, the QC Co-Lab has been working on transforming the North wall of our space into a programmable display awesome enough to put our hackerspace on the map. For those that want to just cut to the chase, you can jump straight to our code and videos of the wall in action, ...

Home Built Solsylva CNC Machine w/ Help from the QC Co-Lab

Dave Langkamp has been hard at work on this home built Solsylva CNC Machine. He used his expert design and fabrication skills to assemble it, with a little help from members of the Co-Lab on the electronics. Check out his blog to see what he’s been fabricating and how he’s improved the design.

Mega Man For Healing Hosted at the QC Co-Lab

  On Friday, September 16th, a team of gamers from the Quad Cities area will hold their first annual MegaMan For Healing fundraiser supporting Child’s Play Charity. MegaMan For Healing is a multi-day charity drive broadcast live online. The event starts with a group of gamers attempting to complete a list of levels from the ...

Hackerspaces and the Modern Beatnik

Any counterculture movement inspires change in the way people perceive and interact with the world. People that reject the ideals of the mainstream and seek out something that can be uniquely their own. In my opinion, they respond to a basic need to find a culture small enough to be relevant in, large enough to ...

Detailed Plans of a Portable British Police Call Box for All you Dr. Who TARDIS Fans!

Dave Langkamp has produced a very detailed set of plans for a traditional British Police Call Box. These plans grew out of a discussion on our mailing list as we considered building one for our space. Designed to be dismantleable and portable, this Call Box will serve the traveler well. Check out the video preview ...

Arduino Programming Class Moved to Saturdays

The Arduino micro-controller class has been moved to Saturdays to coincide with our weekly open house. I’ll see you all there!