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 ...

Presenting at Security B-Sides Iowa 2013

Presenting at Security B-Sides Iowa 2013
This year, one of our members is presenting at Security B-Sides Iowa 2013 in Dubuque, IA. Chris Cooper will be presenting his talk on building “Dynamic Linux Firewalls using IPSet”. If you would like to check it out, his slides are available as well as some example scripts referenced in the presentation. If you weren’t able to attend, the ...

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 ...

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!

Element 14: Great Global Hackerspace Challenge

The QC Co-Lab is proud to participate in Element 14’s global hackerspace challenge for education. This competition involves 30 teams from all over the world competing for best educational innovation or invention.   We’ll release more details in the days to come as our product goes from idea to invention, so check back soon!

Screen Printing at the QC Co-Lab

Becky Taube brought her screen printing kit to the lab and Neal Meeker taught an impromptu class covering the basics for a couple of Ladies on Sunday. Check out the gallery on Drop Box.