Dorkbot:67 Dorkbot Seattle 0x43 - Annual Kit Night!


April 6, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm


Jigsaw Renaissance
815 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA, 98134


This April's meeting is a hands on, kit building, board soldering, dorkstravaganza! We will be using the proceeds from kit purchases to help keep Jigsaw Renaissance flourishing.

We have picked out several kits for you to choose from, and the prices reflect a slight markup to generate money for Jigsaw. You are of course welcome to buy and bring your own kit, but we encourage you to "help our hackerspace™".

Register and order kits from

Dorkbot has some soldering irons for you to use (purchased with the proceeds from last years kit night!), and a small amount of solder and some other useful tools. If you have your own soldering iron and tools we STRONGLY encourage you to bring them so we can reserve the dorkbot units for beginners. If the kit you order requires batters make sure to bring your own, we will not be able to provide them.

This event is definitely kid friendly as long as an adult is there to supervise and bandage burned fingers (it is all part of the experience). Please note that the solder we have contains lead! If you are concerned about using lead based solder please bring your own lead free variety.

The Lux Spectralis is a deluxe RGB (red, green and blue) LED (light emitting diode) blinky that you can build. A small microcontroller (ATtiny13) is preprogrammed with many different fun display modes (pulse in/out, slowly changing between colors, etc) that you can select with the pushbutton. Price: $13.50 Full info: Batteries not included - you'll need to bring 3 x AAA.

The SolarSpeeder was designed using ideas gathered from many years of Solaroller racing at the BEAM Robot games. You only need a soldering iron and basic hand tools to turn this high-quality coreless DC motor, lightweight body, and tweaked electronics to build your solar speed-demon. The SolarSpeeder can cover 3 meters (10 feet) in under 40 seconds in direct sunlight. Simple to construct and a great project for beginners! Price: $30 Full info: No batteries required!

The Atari Punk Console is a simple and fun sound generator. The original circuit was developed by Forrest M. Mims III. It was named the Atari Punk Console by Kaustic Machines, due to the similarity of the sounds it makes to an Atari 2600. Price: $25 Full info: Batteries and enclosure not included. You will need to bring a 9V battery and a tin (standard altoids size)

If you'd prefer to bring your own kit, there's no charge but please still register so we know how many people to expect. Register and order kits from