Kansas City Mini Maker Faire

Took a trip today in order to check out the Mini Maker Faire in Kansas City. We saw a wooden submarine called the Argonaut Jr and they even let us crawl inside. They’ve even used it for an actual dive with only one small leak that they patched up with a cotton ball and Gorilla glue.

There were other projects such as a Jacob’s Ladder, Mousebots, Makerbots, Tesla Coils, and much more.

Mom, Dad, and my Uncle were all very quick to offer me up as a target for some target practice. Those marshmallows can hurt you know.

There was a home-built foam cutter that could cut out just about any shape from a sheet of foam. Combine them together and you could come up with some pretty interesting pieces of art.

The Kansas City Space Pirates were in attendance, demonstrating their bot for the future Space Elevator. It’s part of the challenge to build a bot that can be powered by lasers so that it can climb a cable to space. Now if someone can just make a cable that is strong enough to go to space…

Then we had a funnel cake to finish the day.

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Planets and the Perseid Meteor shower

Well, I’m a bit slow in posting this, but last Wednesday night we had a good night stargazing. We had around 25 people here checking out planets in the telescope that I purchased last year. The planets visible were Mars, Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter. I had purchased a new eyepiece for the telescope recently and it definitely was worth it. With it, we were able to see the color of Mars, the phase of Venus, the rings of Saturn, and four of Jupiter’s moons. If you were patient and looked very carefully, you could even make out the band on Jupiter! Throughout it all, meteors were appearing all over the sky. Turned out to be a pretty good night.