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Software Freedom Day 2014 – Tsakane

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A bunch of us celebrated Software Freedom Day this year at a very special school, African School For Excellence in Tsakane (near Brakpan).  The day was a tremendous success, with 106 kids attending (on a Saturday!!) our technology roadshow.

 

The day started at 9.30 with Jay (the school’s founder) introducing us to the learners (a very special experience – all of us got cheers, even the software developers!).

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The day started with Jay introducing us and explaining the day to the learners

Then the group was split into three, rotating through two classrooms, each with three tech tutorials.  The group not in either of the classrooms spent some time dreaming and scheming about their upcoming projects and interacting with demos in the tented area.


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Welcome to House4Hack

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Ayana visited Robohand at House4Hack and made this short video after interviewing some of H4H’s members.  It answers some of the questions new visitors and members have:

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RoboBeast hot off the production line

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On Saturday we got to play with one of the RoboBeasts fresh off the production line – Arnold took these stunning pictures:

Printing some quadcopter parts

Printing some quadcopter parts

Printing a frog (again)

Printing squiggles

 

Apart from helping out with the testing (uhmm…yeah right), the reason for us wanting to use the RoboBeast is, it is FAST!!!  If you have ever messed around with 3d printing, you will know there is a lot of waiting involved… also it has a massive print bed (320 x 385mm) so quadcopter frames easily fit onto it :)

We printed parts for the Spidex Micro (https://www.youmagine.com/designs/spidex-micro-by-quaternium) and Squiggles – Philip’s quadruped remix (http://www.thingiverse.com/make:48438):

The RoboBeast and Morgan joint production line is currently in the back section of House4Hack, occupying the old garage and main bedroom (the yellow bits in the picture below). The new workshop has been filled with some impressive machines and members are welcome to use these after completing the initiation course.

Robohadn, Robobeast and Morgan production line

Robohand, Robobeast and Morgan production line

 


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