Dec 10: Make blinky animations and learn to program with p5js

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Nov 162017

Join us for a one-day introduction to the p5js web programming framework for JavaScript on December 10. The class is suitable for students with little or no programming experience.

p5js is an excellent gateway to get up and running with programming fundamentals. In the class we will briefly cover some necessary basics of HTML and Javascript, but will primarily focus on the p5js environment for fun animations and interactivity. By the end of this class you will create your own interactive web page, and will have the tools to continue exploring and learning p5js on your own.

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Intro to Soldering: Make an LED Tile on Nov 12

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Oct 302017

Learn to solder at our next intro class on November 12th.  In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to use a soldering iron safely and effectively, and get plenty of practice with both soldering and desoldering techniques. We’ll be soldering up some Game of Life kits – LED tiles that generate nifty animations. No previous experience is required, making this introductory workshop a great choice for anyone who’s curious about getting started with hardware tinkering! All materials will be provided.

These classes fill up fast, so get your tickets now.


Laser Cutting on Oct 14

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Oct 102017

Want to get certified to use our laser cutter? Of course you do! Our next laser cutting class is on Oct 14.

In this three hour class, we’ll walk through all the steps from idea to pressing the “go” button on the laser. We’ll cover safety, basic file preparation, and learn how to do a burninate test to find out if a material is laserable. After the three hours, you’ll have made a plaque for your door, a keychain, a simple box or something slightly ambitious. (There is lab time for laser cutting, questions and answers, and working with Inkscape, Illustrator, Corel Draw, etc.)

Tickets available here.

Halloween and 10th Anniversary Party

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Oct 042017

We’ve got a lot to celebrate! It’s NYC Resistor’s 10th anniversary and it’s Halloween.

We’re having a party October 28th at 8:00p!

NYC Resistor was formed in 2007. In the past 10 years we’ve grown and evolved, both as a group and physical space. Come find out what we’re all about and raise a glass to new and old friends!

By popular demand, DJ Smokey returns to NYCR with a fresh and spooky set of hand-mixed beats, and this time he’s bringing along his visual effects team, Interlock Ness Monster, to perform a laser lightshow and more.

We’re having a costume contest! Wear your best costumes and bring your best props.
(It’s also ok if you’re shy and don’t want to wear one)
21+, tickets are only $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Includes free drinks (soda, water, beer, wine, liquor) and snacks.

Soldering Party for Great (Social) Justice with HeatSeek, Thursday Oct 5, 6-9pm

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Sep 302017

Learn to solder and help Heat Seek assemble devices to track the heat in apartments and keep landlords honest! Sign up here

We need your help to solder and assemble 25 of HeatSeek’s latest temperature-logging devices. This is a simple through-hole soldering project and a good place for beginners to start and we’re happy to teach you how to solder, but we’d also LOVE help from a few experienced folks who can guide others or zip through a few devices even faster!

Heat Seek‘s mission is make the city a safer, warmer place to live for all New Yorkers. Heat Seek helps tenants resolve their home heating issues by providing the objective, reliable temperature data they need to hold their landlords accountable. Working closely with tenant organizers, public interest attorneys, and city officials, HeatSeek installs proprietary temperature sensors and offers technical expertise to assist low-income tenants in documenting when their landlords fail to provide adequate heat during the wintertime. By focusing on tenants at risk being forced from rent-stabilized and other affordable housing, Heat Seek ensures that sensors are placed with the tenants who need their data the most.

If you’re able to come help, please sign up so we know how many helpers to plan for!

2017 Group Portraits

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Sep 132017

The Future of Resistor meeting. Photo by Billie Ward, licensed CC-BY

Photo by Becky Stern