Maker Mania #4: Cigar Box Guitars, CNC Motored Bikes, Musical PIC Circuit Board, The Sound of Science

The Faire is upon us, dear Boulderites, Boulderinos and various surrounding Boulderphillics! Or at least it will be upon us come Jan 31 – Feb 1 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. And that means MAKERS galore! Join us here in the next few weeks as we preview the awesomeness that will be at the core of the Faire.

Cigar Box Guitars: Jam session with and making of handmade musical instruments! Our goal is to spark interest in making one’s own instruments, and using them to make music for one’s own amusement and expression. Discussion of cigar box guitars, diddly bows, and other hand-made instruments, a brief discussion of how to play and learn, and a jam session, including instruments for audience members to try.

CNC Motored Bikes: A home-built/converted CNC 
mill that visitors can touch 
and feel. Machined circuit boards, aluminum, steel and wood
parts & several 
highly customized/motorized bicycles! Not the 
kits you by from
 the store, but truly hand built.

Musical PIC Circuit Board: Assemble a circuit board and program it with a song that will play when you press the button. We will have a few stations with a soldering iron and electronic assembly tools where participants will add a few components to the board, solder them into place, then choose a song to program into the board’s memory and walk away with a working circuit board.

The Sound of Science (with RAFT Colorado): What can you teach with musical instruments? Music may be the first thing that comes to mind, but there’s a lot more! Homemade instruments serve as an excellent way to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math, and make learning those subjects fun and engaging. So come experience some fun upcycled creations, such as the “paint can bass”, the “string-a-ma- thing”, and the “bass-but”, and even make your own “file-folder harmonica”. STEM has never sounded so sweet!

Longmont Amateur Radio Club: The Longmont Amateur Radio Club will use our booth to display a number of kit-built and scratch-built devices that are used by our club both as a hobby and as a public service. We will also be demonstrating techniques that involve soldering circuit boards and building different types of antennas and other gear that we use .



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