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Introducing The Responsible Communication Style Guide | The Recompiler

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Recompiler Issue 4!

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Weekly Maker Meetup Update


The Weekly Maker Meetups have settled in nicely at Watershed PDX.  Make it here! Have some projects you’d like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere?

Unfamiliar with the Weekly Wednesday Maker Meetups? They’re a make it here event, where people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are invited to work on projects and brainstorm ideas in a safe, supportive, creative atmosphere.

We will supply internet and a space to share ideas and collaborate with a community of fellow creators and makers of all stripes, techies and non-techies alike. We’ll share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors! We hope to provide an environment conducive to collaboration, project design, and creation.

The goal for the meetup is to support the local creative scene while providing an opportunity for you to build a network with people of varied skills and serve as an incubator for interesting collaborations of all kinds.

Who should attend? Everyone! From the completely curious, inexperienced beginner, hobbyists, formally educated/ trained professionals.

What sort of projects have people worked on? Sharing a passion and sampling of homebaked bread, tech that would enable the creation of a marauder’s map, origami, large scale art projects for SOAK, an introduction to hardware, pinball machine repair, and creepy doll modifications.

From sewing to electronics to art projects, whether your craft is handmade products, designs, or experiences, we hope you’ll join us! Our next meetup is Wednesday, March 2nd, 6:30-9pm at Watershed (5040 SE Milwaukie Ave).

Important things to note:

  • There will NOT be a meetup on 9 March 2016.
  • By attending this event you agree that neither Watershed nor myself is liable for any injury you may receive while working on your project and that you will follow the Code of Conduct and be awesome to each other.

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ChickTech Middle School 2015

From July 27th through 31st, ChickTech opened the doors of Epicodus where they hosted their first ever middle school camp for girls. The 4-year-old non-profit, which typically provides workshops to High School girls, welcomed seventeen 11 to 14-year-olds into the world of soft circuits, programming, hardware, and the larger technical community in the Portland area.

Before delving into the curriculum, the girls shared why they thought girl exclusive camps were necessary. They shared that they knew tech was a male dominated field often unfriendly towards women. Janice elaborated that tech is in almost everything, and by increasing the number of girls in tech they will have an equal say in how tech is developed, helping shape the focus of future tech.

During introductions, the girls ranged from assertively stating that they participated in sports and were interested in tech to a quietly stated “I don’t know.”

A daily yoga break served to remind them that they have a body that needs tending to.

Days one and two of the camp, they were given an introduction to wearable electronics, experimented with a hands-on introduction to circuits via Squishy Circuits before exploring the design possibilities for their tote bags and the code necessary to create the desired effects. Then they learned about conductive thread and soldering then crafted bags reflecting their love of various things such as Dr. Who, sunsets over water, sports, lava lamps, space, Christmas, roasting marshmallows over the campfire, Portland’s cityscape at night.


Tote bag- sewing, soldering, programming using Arduino IDE, used the speaker board and LED boards designed by MakersBox.

Greeting Card- programming in Java

Solar Lantern- soldering, reading wiring diagram, track soldering

Field Trips

AppNexus– “This place is heaven.”

PGE on energy day


The father of young girls, ages 7 and 8, was seeking ways to feed their interest in science and tech. During the camp, he met two participants who excitedly shared their experiences with the First LEGO League, and encouraged him to introduce his daughters to it.

A woman interested in the crossover between technology and fashion. Predominantly focusing on nail design, we discussed ways to add electronic components to her designs and incorporate the use of custom jewelry to house the power supply.

A young woman, who chose to pursue an engineering degree following her experiences with ChickTech, while in high school.

Looking to the future

Girls expressed an interest to expand the camp to 2 weeks, taking three to four days per project. This would allow them to make more complicated projects that were functional for use in daily life, such as the tote bag. An example they gave was to start with learning how to make a simple tote bag then tackle both the hardware and programming modifications needed to make them increasingly intricate.

Some girls would rather see the camp focus on teaching them a variety of programming languages.

Related Links:
  •  “Women outnumber men in college graduation rates but in 2014, women made up just a quarter of the tech industry. The percentage of women studying computer science has dropped to 12% from 37% a decade ago.” (source)
  • Pipeline vs Environment and what you can do about it, link

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Not Totally Done With 2015, But…

I’ve been there more than a couple times, not counting my accomplishments because I didn’t want to boast or because of dismissive higher ups who didn’t value my contributions, which I internalized and, therefore, didn’t think they “counted.” Here’s to learning the hard way to regularly take stock of our accomplishments. Cheers!

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Heads up!

Our normally scheduled Maker Meetup will be on hold for the holidays on November 23rd.

We’ll be back to our weekly Wednesday shenanigans starting December 2nd.

See you then!

For more information about this event please click here or view the posting on Calagator.



Feeling like making something festive? Try pumpkin pie playdough from 2 Big, 2 Little!

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