Holiday HackSaturday: Light up your Holiday Cards

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at 1pm (RSVP)

Cost: $5 for materials or bring you’re own.

Donations Always Accepted

We’ll be making paper circuit Holiday cards using Chibitronics. It’s like playing with stickers but with an electrical upgrade.

We’ll have a few materials on hand to get you started, $5 materials fee. If you’re ready to dive in we suggest getting the Chibitronics Chibi Lights LED Circuit Stickers STEM Starter Kit.Also sold on Amazon.


You Need to Bring:

( We’ll have a limited supply of the following if you do not have something on the list)

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Scrapping booking materials

We Will Provide: ($5 materials fee)

  • Blank Cards
  • Copper Tape
  • Sticker LEDs



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Portable Charger Hack


  1. USB car adapter
  2. Needle nose pliers
  3. Micro Screw Driver
  4. Hammer
  5. 9 volt battery clip
  6. 9 volt battery
  7. Empty mint tin
  8. Electrical tape
  9. Soldering iron and solder
  10. USB charging cord



Take apart the USB car adapter, unscrew micro screw from the back and twist of tip from front. Carefully remove the outside casing, spring, fuse, and pop off curved metal piece. You should be left with the USB board. The square peg opposite the USB port is the positive, the casing of the USB port is the negative.


Take the 9 volt battery connector and tin the ends for easier soldering. The red wire is positive and the black wire is negative.

On the back of the board find were the positive and negative pins are located. Solder the red wire to the positive pin, and the black wire to the negative pin (there are two pins for the negative either will work).


Hold solder against the wire and gently hold the iron there until it melts over the wire holding it to the board. Let it sit for about 15-30 seconds to cool.

Once the wires are attached plug the battery in and check the connections. The led should light up.


Take the metal tin and punch a hole in one side big enough for the USB port. Using needle nose pliers open the hole and bend edges back. Using electrical tape secure the USB port to the opening.



All done! You now have a portable USB charger.


Project adapted from Buzzfeed’s Nifty Project: Make Your Own Portable Phone Charger From A Mint Tin

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Hack Saturday: Hacker Potluck BBQ

Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 2-6pm (RSVP)

at Evergreen Shelter at Mendon Ponds

95 Douglas Rd, Honeoye Falls, NY, Rochester, NY

Cost: Free

Donations Always Accepted

Hack Saturday is our guided project workshop we hold every month. This month’s projects are Dry Ice Ice Cream and Solar Ovens and we thought it would be fun to open it up to the hacker/maker community!!!
The ice cream will be on us… to add to the fun let have a little inter-hacker/maker space competition. Make a Solar Oven and we’ll see who comes up with the best design and generates the most heat.

Solar Rules:

  1. the solar oven must be made from scratch no kits please.
  2. solar ovens will be judged on how well they cook a hot dog and maintain a consistent heat.
  3. that is it… happy hacking!

Come share in the sun, have some food, and lets DIY a BBQ.

You Need to Bring:

  • Please bring a dish of your choosing.
  • BYOB, we do have a permit but please keep in mind this is a friends and family event.

We Will Provide:

  • Plates, Napkins, Plasticware.
  • Hot Dogs and Buns

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Open Hack Saturday: Screen Printing

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at 2pm (RSVP)

Cost: Free

Donations Always Accepted

This month’s Hack Saturday is screen printing! If you’ve never screen printed before, this is a great way to learn!

Interested in learning how to make your own screens? Hang out with us on Thursday to learn how to produce your own screen, and discuss the design dos and don’ts of screen printing! Cost to attend is $25, which gets you a finished screen by the end of the night.

You Need to Bring:

  • pre-washed cotton shirts, tote bags or other flat fabric
  • wear clothes you don’t mind if they get ruined. 

We Will Provide:

  • Premade Screens
  • Ink
  • Squeegees

Can’t make it on Saturday? Want to learn more about screen printing check this tutorial out.

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Open Hack Saturday: Sparklers and Rockets

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 2pm (RSVP)

Cost: Free or $10

Donations Always Accepted

We’ll be heading out to Ellison Park to enjoy the summer air and do a little pyrotechnic hacking. Impress all your friends and family by showing up with your own sparklers and rocket knowledge.

Event will be weather permitting, check Meetup, Facebook, and Twitter the day of for cancellations.

You Need to Bring:

  • protective eye wear

We Will Provide:

  • Sugar
  • KNO3 (Potassium Nitrate)
  • Water
  • Cotton Yarn
  • Clothespins
  • Rockets  (We’ll have extras available for $10 to take home. -Cash, Credit, or Paypal)
  • Launch Pads

Can’t make it on Saturday? We’re basing our project on this tutorial from Instructables!

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