[islandlabs] hacker space

Helio Takai takai at bnl.gov
Tue Aug 16 11:38:04 UTC 2011

Hi Bill,

Thanks for your reply and very interesting links.

Apropos ICON, I have been doing demos at ICON in the past 3-4 years. It is called "The Physics Demonstration Show". Yes
it is lame...  I have built many cloud chambers and have two that I take to schools and other places. They work really well, so
I can help you there. 

Weather balloon - do you mean taking pictures at high altitudes? I have done one flight with students and it is pretty cool. 

I have seen Krishnan demos at ICON. I do demo shows at several places but mostly in physics, though it does include a bit
of liquid nitrogen, dry ice, but I stay away from explosions and loud noise. Mostly explaining about light, IR light, etc... 

I work primarily as a particle physicist in the ATLAS experiment at CERN. I also have another activity which is to develop a
radar for the detection of ultra high energy cosmic rays. The latter involves a lot of teachers and students. The radar is a
parasitic forward scattering radar that can also detect meteors. This is one place I am interested in using Arduino, i.e. to control
an inexpensive FM receiver. Meteors seem interesting as it can probe the ozone layer at very high altitudes. 

I wrote down the 17th on my calendar. If I am available I will stop by at your meeting at Farmindale.

Thank you again for your email and lets stay in touch. I am very interested in what you are doing, and it seems that
we have a lot of parallel effort going on.

Best Regards,


On Aug 15, 2011, at 5:55 PM, Burns, William wrote:

> Helio:
> Sorry about the website being down.
> The turnout at Island Labs meetings has been low lately, but we've been meeting every wednesday at 8:00pm on Farmingdale Campus: Whitman building, room 251.
> http://www.farmingdale.edu/quicklinks/IFS_Map_of_Campus.html
> The next meeting is the 17th.
> "Please note that there is construction taking place on campus. You'll have to stop at the public-safety office to announce that you're on campus for a meeting, and that you'll need a parking pass."
> I don't know what you know about Island Labs already...
> Weather ballooning is our one big/active project right now.
> We've done 2 weather-ballooning presentations for a private school.
> We like arduinos.
> http://www.arduinoeducation.com/
> http://electronics.flosscience.com/
> So do the people at this (more active) hackerspace:
> http://www.nycresistor.com/
> We're also doing HAM radio training which (depending on who's at the meeting) could take most of our meeting time.
> re:
> Science demonstrations:
> Recently at I-Con, we did a "kitchen science" demo including a fire tornado, a pulsejet engine, an electrically illuminated pickle, and *almost* got a cloud chamber working.
> I'd be glad to share details of any/all of these projects with you.
> There's a lot of information on youtube as well.
> Are you familiar with Dr. C. V. Krishnan of Stony Brook?
> http://www.iconsf.org/archive/icon23/sci_tech_chem_magic.htm
> As I recall he charged about $200 for expendable supplies, but his show was amazing.
> Unfortunately, he's no longer doing his chemistry magic show at I-Con, but he may be willing to talk to an educator like yourself since promoting an interest in science was a big focus of his.
> "chemistry magic show" is a great search phrase on youtube, by-the-way.
> So is "Steve Spangler science".
> http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=steve+spangler+science
> I'd recommend attending Maker Faire NYC.
> http://makerfaire.com/newyork/2011/
> It'll be held September 17th+18th at the New York Hall of Science, which is an interesting place by itself.
> I could easily spend 2 full days there.
> Please let me know if you think you'd like to do a demo of your own at I-Con, or if there's a topic you'd be interested in speaking about.
> I'm sure the crowd there would appreciate an update on activities at BNL.
> -Bill
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Helio Takai
>> Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2011 1:34 PM
>> To: Burns, William
>> Subject: hacker space
>> Hi,
>> I heard about hacker spaces through a friend of mine and I am 
>> interested to learn more about it. I went to the web site, 
>> islandlabs.org but it is not working. 
>> Anyway, I am a physicist from Brookhaven Labs, and work with 
>> a lot of local high schools. We are always interested in 
>> science projects that can be developed inexpensively but 
>> still gives good scientific results. So I would be interested 
>> to learn more about  your activities. 
>> Helio 
>> Helio Takai
>> Physics Department, bldg 510A
>> Brookhaven National Laboratory

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