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Letters to Chelsea

WHEN: 1:00-3:00PM Saturday, Oct 8
WHO: Open to the public

Recently, whistle-blower Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 14 days in solitary confinement as punishment for her suicide attempt at Fort Leavenworth. This news comes after a multi-day hunger strike she embarked on in protest of her lack of medical treatment and lack of support for her rights as a transgender woman.

Join us on Saturday to discuss the current issues Chelsea is facing, and to write letters of support. We will have paper, envelopes, and stamps available.


Dr. Tobin: Or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the (Nitrogen) bond.

WHAT: Lecture
WHEN: Saturday October 8th: 5:00pm-6:30pm
WHERE: CRASH Space (Directions & Parking)
WHO: Open to the public

Hey folks, it's our nitrogen-fixing enzyme nitrogenase!

Hey folks, it’s our nitrogen-fixing enzyme nitrogenase!


Ever wonder how the world’s population increased six-fold over the past century while the number of people starving dropped?  This is in large part due to the Haber-Bosch process, the most important invention you’ve probably never heard of.  The Haber-Bosch process allows for human beings to create nitrate fertilizers using nitrogen from the atmosphere and hydrogen gas.  It’s a pretty cool trick, but it still requires the use of a lot of energy as well as fossil fuels.


What if we use biotechnology to do same trick but in a more environmentally friendly way?  Come on by CRASH Space on Saturday October 8th at 5pm and hear about one such project from Dr. Cory Tobin.


Designing for Short-Run Manufacturing & Production

WHAT: Lecture
WHEN: Wed, Oct 12th: 8:00pm-10:00pm
WHERE: CRASH Space (Directions & Parking)
WHO: Open to the public

Kevin and Steve’s custom chip counter, designed for Dave & BustersAre you interested in how to do short run product development and manufacturing? Come hear a short talk from Kevin Jordan (@idreamincode) and Steve Goldstein (@stevegoldstein) on their process for developing and manufacturing low production run devices. Following the lecture, Kevin and Steve will host a short Q&A to answer questions from the audience.

Steve Goldstein is a product designer, fabricator and inventor named on 19 patents. In addition to his own product development, Goldstein spent a total of ten years as Director of Entertainment Technology at Disney Imagineering and Sony Retail Entertainment.

Kevin Jordan is a programmer/roboticist that programs a lot of random stuff, from rocket sleds to wind tunnels to kids toys to cat wheels.


Thanks everyone for attending and asking questions. Here is our PowerPoint slide deck.


CAD class this Sunday with Kyle

Stop by Crashspace next sunday 6/5/2016 at 6:30pm for a walk through of swept bodies and nifty things you can do with them. I’ll cover the basics and then get into some of the useful techniques to model with a sweep. Afterwards we’ll do a general CAD Q&A


We’ll use Onshape (go set up an account, it’s free). Bring a laptop and a mouse. Email RSVP me if you’re interested. <risknc at google mails>

The instructor: I’ve been CADing for near 10 years on everything from humanoid robots to rockets. More background on me here: ( )


Intro to Python Office Hours


If you’d like to join us, enroll in this course!
(If you choose “Audit”, it’s free!)

These meetups are office hours intended to supplement the Coursera course above. They will be guided by Michelle Leonhart, who is a professional software engineer currently working with Python.

Students are expected to watch the lectures before coming to the meetup, so we can optimize our time together for answering questions. (Similar to a professor’s office hours.) However, this course is intended for beginners, so no prior programming experience is required.

Watch the lectures in advance, bring a laptop, come with questions, and make some new friends!

The class runs from May 30 – July 10.

We will be meeting once a week during the course, on:
Thurs, June 2
Wed, June 8, 15, 22, 29
Thurs, July 6

We’ll start at 7:00PM. Students are not obligated to stay any longer than they find to be useful to them, but Michelle will be be available until 8:30PM.

Directions to CRASH Space