Celebrating National Robotics Week at Robot Garden

Celebrating National Robotics Week at Robot Garden
For a very small group Robot Garden has the most National Robotics Week activities in the whole US. But that’s hardly surprising, Robot Garden is a maker space in Livermore California with a focus on robotics. The Robot Garden website describes it as a “family friendly community workspace that provides access to tools in a community of ...

Minecraft and CAD for kids resources

Minecraft and CAD for kids resources
Most people know roughly what Minecraft is at this point, even if they haven’t played it. As a sandbox, it appeals to the creative side of many and is fun for it’s own sake. Once you are in it, there are a few neat ways to take it further and learn new and broadly applicable ...

Robot Garden Art Wall at Alameda County Fair

Robot Garden Art Wall at Alameda County Fair
Every year, Alameda County Fair has a STEAM weekend “Robots and Rockets”, which is very popular with young and old. Robot Garden helps with the programming and does robot displays, judges robot competitions, gets robot exhibitors along etc. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve always got ideas but to get to something that we ...

From One Coast to the Other – Continuing the Exploration

From One Coast to the Other - Continuing the Exploration
    Greetings enthusiasts! How have you been? A marvelous year has come and gone and I have finally found a few moments to blog about the interesting places and things the ROV work has taken me and shown. The above photo is of a ROV consisting of the brains of an OpenROV, and a ...

Raising funds for a reflow oven

Happy π Day!

Bring a pie (raspberry or otherwise) to share tomorrow to Robot Garden’s monthly maker potluck. While you’re there, check out the Programming Robots Study Group or Teen Intro to Programming class. March 26th, The California Academy of Sciences is is annual Nightlife with Robots event. It’s a fun time. Why not join a group of other ...

Survey for classes at Robot Garden

Hi everyone, we’re going to start classes at Robot Garden on Saturdays again, thanks in part to a wonderful small grant from Sandia and Lockheed Martin. The next question is… what classes do you want? Can you teach classes? We have some ideas but we’d love your feedback. Please do this very short survey. all ...

Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting
Last Tuesday i-GATE had it’s ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor of Livermore and Directors of both Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. We congratulate i-GATE on this achievement and would like to thank i-GATE and Sandia National Laboratories for their continuing sponsorship.

Opening up Down Town

Opening up Down Town
The paint is drying, the ventilation system has been installed, this Saturday we are opening the doors of Robot Garden down town and we are super excited about it. From now on, our regular open access hours, classes, interest groups etc. will be in the new down town space at 160 S Livermore Ave Livermore, ...

Installing an exhaust system for our new space

Installing an exhaust system for our new space
Instead of spending their 4th of July at the BBQ like most people, our amazing makers Steve, Jim and Mike rented a cherry picker and installed a ventilation system for the new space. Thanks to their hard work, we will be able to use the laser cutter, ABS 3D printers, and soldering equipment with clean ...