Halloween blinky pumpkins

Robot Garden President Jim Berry led a very popular ‘blinky pumpkin’ workshop at the Bankhead Theater for the Livermore Downtown’s Kidz Town Halloween Hay Day. Hundreds of children and adults dressed up in costume and enjoyed giveaways, rides and a great day out in central Livermore on Saturday Oct 29.

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC) hosted activities in front of the Bankhead Theater which was where some Robot Garden people could be found on helping install LED eyes on mini pumpkins that were being carved and decorated by very enthusiastic children. For more great photos of the event, see the LVPAC Facebook Page.


Over all 100 pumpkins were prepared which meant it was all hands in action earlier in the week preparing the kits. Even simple electronics becomes daunting when you’re hand wiring 100 units! Fortunately, there were many willing volunteers during the week, especially workers at The Switch who don’t normally get to join in the weekend hacker activities at Robot Garden.

The Switch is the City of Livermore’s co-work and entrepreneurial center at 2324 Second St, with many growing startups, building both hardware and software. Robot Garden, the TriValley’s maker space is also located at The Switch but usually only operates during the ‘off peak’ evenings and weekends.


Next events at Robot Garden are:

More Ham Radio antennas and the Reflow Oven assembly

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016, 7:00 PM

Robot Garden
2324 Second Street Livermore, CA

1 Makers & Mechanics Attending

We worked on a couple of antennas and started the assembly of the solder reflow oven.  Come join us for more antenna work, SDR and continued work on the oven modifications.We’ll likely do every Tuesday for a while…

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Laser Cutting/Engraving SBU

Saturday, Nov 5, 2016, 11:00 AM

Robot Garden
170 S Livermore Ave. Livermore, CA

3 Makers & Mechanics Attending

Learn to use Robot Garden’s 40W CO2 laser cutter / engraver. We will cover basic shop safety, operation, and emergency procedures that you will need to know in operating our FullSpectrum 20″x12″ 40W CO2 laser. After taking this course, you’ll be checked off to use the laser for your projects.The class manual is available online and should be revie…

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Laser Cutter Special Interest Group (SIG)

Saturday, Nov 5, 2016, 12:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

1 Makers & Mechanics Attending

Now that you learned to burn stuff with a Laser, what next?  Join us for the eternal quest to find something cool to make with a Laser Cutter!  No experience required, just talking about how to make stuff you burn look cool.I will be teaching the Laser Cutter SBU prior to this SIG meeting.  It has been suggested I should follow the SBU with the SI…

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