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Element 14: Great Global Hackerspace Challenge

Posted on March 24, 2011 by contact

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

Posted on March 20, 2011 by contact

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.


QC Co-Lab, a year in review

Posted on March 13, 2011 by contact

This Saturday was our yearly meeting. We had food, greeted new members, talked about past successes and discussed upcoming projects. The QC Co-Lab received the keys to this space almost a year ago. In that time, we’ve met many new members, been on television twice, been in make magazine, won our first contest, contributed to a major community documentary, produced a kick-ass website, made hackaday raised over $10,000 and spent over $10,000. We also talked a lot about what we need to do. We need to have some basic procedures for inducting new members, managing the space access controls, and


Arduino: Breaking the Board

Posted on March 11, 2011 by contact

Time to break out of the confines of your Arduino! Join guest speaker Ray Scheufler of KSU, Steve Hamer and David Hinkle of the QC Co-Lab for a step by step demonstration of how to design and fabricate your own custom Arduino board! As many of you may know, the Arduino is what we in the industry call a “dev board”. It’s the sort of thing Microcontroller manufacturers load with goodies and ship to professionals to allow them to prototype their projects and test their designs. Generally, however, these dev boards do not end up in finished projects. A custom


Monthly Business Meeting

Posted on February 12, 2011 by contact

This month the QC Co-Lab voted in three new members to our roster. I’m pleased to introduce: * Neal Meeker – High School Teacher * Dave Langkamp – Designer/Fabricator/Tinkerer Extraordinaire * Trevor Fuhs – Amature Super Villian For meeting minutes please see:


QC Co-Lab Introduction to C/C++ Microcontroller Programming

Posted on February 5, 2011 by contact

Robots? Check. UAVs? Check. Model Trains? Check. Creepy walking things to scare your girlfriend? Check. Microcontrollers are the marvel of the modern world. With a mastery of these devices you can program anything to do anything anytime for any reason. At the QC Co-Lab’s 6 week intro to micro-controller workshop you will learn to operate one of the most popular hobby micocontrollers available today. The Arduino Uno is cheap, powerful and well supported in the community. You will learn the basics of C/C++ programming, as well as get hands on experience designing and creating the project of your choice. Classes