[KwartzLab] Hacky Halloween was a success
doug at moens.org
Sun Oct 30 14:27:31 EDT 2011
Congratulations to everybody who contributed to Hacky Halloween
(members and non-members). It went really well. We had a nice mix of
kids and adults, and both areas stayed busy from mid morning up to
closing at 5pm. The pumpkin carving went well: we gave away 88 of 100
pumpkins. The candle kit soldering was extremely popular, and proved
that 7 year old girls can totally do electronics. We had lots of
positive feedback, with some people telling us that it was an amazing
experience, or that we should definitely do it again next year.
This event was made possible by all of our volunteers, and by people
stepping up and self-organizing wherever they saw a need. Thanks to
everybody who made this happen, including:
* The original concept team, who came up with a great idea.
* Eric, for using his +10 charisma to pitch the idea to KW Awesome and
win us the grant.
* Ben, who negotiated the space at THE MUSEUM, convincing them to
waive admission for our event, and who set up the front page ad banner
on the web site.
* The pumpkin moving team.
* Jeff, who led the pumpkin carving instructor team, built the carving
blades, supplied the templates, and led the practice carving session
for the instructors.
* Stephe was on the carving team, procured some of the tools and
supplies, and was one of the co-ordinators.
* Agnes made bags of pumpkin seeds for people to take home, and wore
the best costume.
* Cedric set up a photo studio with professional lighting, and created
a photo gallery while the event was running.
* And James, who led the soldering instructor team, designed the kick
card, ordered the components, programmed the chips, created the
poster, and appeared on TV to plug the event.
Also thanks to Cate of KW Awesome, who encouraged us to do this, and
to THE MUSEUM, who provided the space, waived admission for
participants, pimped our event at the reception desk, and at the end,
offered to give away our excess pumpkins to family, and took care of
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