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

Posted on May 8, 2013 by contact

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 page, or at the QC Co-Lab. According to Dave, the topics the class will cover over the 4 weeks: Basic digital electronics. What is Volts, Current, and Resistance What are pullup and pulldown resistors. Ohms Law. Various forms of pulse width modulation. Basic programming. Variables,


QC Co-Lab @ the Cedar Rapids Mini-Maker Faire

Posted on May 7, 2013 by Keith Claussen

We came, we saw, we rocked it! The QC Co-Lab attended the 2nd Annual Cedar Rapids Mini-Maker Faire on Saturday, April 27. Hosted by the Cedar Rapids Science Center located in the Lindale Mall, fellow makers and tinkers alike attended the event to show off interesting contraptions, gizmos, projects and wares. We were very well represented by Jacob Burkamper, Keith Claussen, Chris Cooper, David Hinkle, Phil Haubrich, Mark Kruse, Cody Wilson and Ben Ziegler as they managed the exhibits, chatted with show visitors, and made sure everyone was safe while experiments were exhibited. Our display was the largest at the show,


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

Posted on April 23, 2013 by contact

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 Ruben’s tube, and liquid nitrogen.  We’ll also be making the trip with the Co-Labulance, our 1981 Chevrolet G30 de-commissioned ambulance / mobile hacking rig.  Wish us luck as we take her out on her maiden voyage after a considerable amount of maintenance and work was put


Presenting at Security B-Sides Iowa 2013

Posted on April 6, 2013 by contact

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 live stream is available here recorded video will be made available after the show.    


Same Great Taste, New Look

Posted on March 6, 2013 by contact

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 getting the redesign finished, and important content transferred over.  Additional content from the old site will be available at until it is migrated over to the new site.


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

Posted on October 11, 2011 by contact

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

Posted on September 13, 2011 by contact

  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 MegaMan video game franchise by CAPCOM. Viewers add levels to the players’ queue by making donations to Child’s Play. This live-streamed cat-and-mouse game continues until the team successfully completes all of the unlocked levels or the team runs out of levels to play, whichever comes


Hackerspaces and the Modern Beatnik

Posted on May 6, 2011 by contact

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 be relevant to others, and who’s ideals resonate with their own. Every generation inspires their own counter culture. Their own beatniks, hippies or rebels without a cause. These ideas are alternatively rejected, accepted, re-ordered and recombined in a multitude of permutations that make up the


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

Posted on April 20, 2011 by contact

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 below or click here to place an order. For travelers not interested in a Call Box: towels, portable hand held wikipedia readers, and panic resistant paint coming soon!