When: Sat., Aug. 15, 2-8 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 29, 2-8 p.m. 2009
Due to popular demand, The Reuseum, a scientific, industrial and military surplus outlet that sells electronic components, tools and obscure technology is hosting another round of BEAMbot building workshops. Space is limited to 20 participants at each of the workshops, and the Aug. 15 event is already half full. RSVP by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or register online. Adults and youth age 12 and older can bring an old electronic device (cell phone, VCR, DVD player or audio cassette player) to dissect and reincarnate into a autonomous robot called BEAMbots. BEAM stands for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics and Mechanics and the robots come in all shapes and sizes with some responding to light, sound or heat. During the workshop, participants will learn the art of DIY (do-it-yourself) repurpose electronic work to turn old items into new electronics. The workshop teaches the fundamentals of hand soldering, electrical circuits and recycling technology. The myriad types of BEAMbots include fliers, swimmers, climbers, jumpers, sliders, crawlers, sitters, squirmers, rollers and walkers. The possibilities are endless. Workshop attendees receive free admission to the Boise Bot Competition Sept. 12 at the Visual Arts Collective, as well as some cool Reuseum store swag.