FCW is pleased to host a Google CS-First session on Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16 from 4PM – 8:30PM. CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) by using the block based Scratch language from MIT.
The program is intended for ages 9-14. The class and materials are free. More information on CS-First can be found at http://www.cs-first.com . To reserve a slot or get additional information, contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 754-5002.
FCW will be having an OPEN HOUSE on Friday, June 3 from 5PM – 9PM and Saturday, June 4 from 10AM – 6PM.
Though visitors are welcome at FCW any time someone is there, at the open houses, extra effort is expended to promote the facilities, expertise and equipment available and the benefits of joining FCW. At the open house there will be:
Demos of multiple machines, the laser cutter, 3d printer, CNC router, robots.
Tours of the facility.
Displays in the science and electronics areas.
Demos of the Ham Radio station.
Persons operating the railroad.
Food and activities for all.
Special deals for membership.
Featured at this open house are the Science and Stagecraft areas being completed and the re-structured woodshop.
Invite your friends, associates, co-workers, family, anyone who may be interested in Science, Engineering, Technology or Arts. The open house is free and open to the public.
FCW will have an Open House on Friday, December 11, from 5-9PM and Saturday, December 12, from 10AM to 6PM. Even though visitors are welcome at any time, at the open house FCW will have food and special demonstrations, including:
The Railroad will be operating
The Amateur Radio station will be operating
There will be demos of the laser cutter, 3D printer, robots and CNC routers.
There will be food, tours of the space, demos, activities, and special offers. New areas open include the science lab, the stagecraft shop, and a kid’s area. The open house is free and open to the public. Check the website or call 828-351-4225 for directions.
Once again, FCW via Amateur Radio station K4FCW will participate in Field Day from Saturday, June 27 at 2 PM thru Sunday, June 28 at 2 PM. Field Day was created by the ARRL and encourages Hams in North America to:
Set up under emergency conditions
Promote Amateur Radio
Practice contest techniques
Even though FCW is not a “portable” setup, it is not a normal station location. For 24 hours, participants will be contacting hams across North America (and a few other countries) to accumulate points in the contest.
If you are a ham, interested in ham radio, or just curious, this is a good opportunity to get on the air and see why many people still enjoy ham radio as a hobby or a public service.
The event starts at 2PM on Saturday. Drop by for a while and check out the activity. This event is free and open to the public.
Foothills Community Workshop sponsoring a Google I/O extended event at Howard Brewery, in Lenoir, on May 28th. Google I/O, it’s Google’s annual software development conference held in Mountain View, CA, and live streamed across the globe. Google will be streaming the event in Lenoir for those who are interested in watching and participating. The event is free and open to the public.
When: May 28, 2015
Where: Upstairs at Howard Brewery, Downtown Lenoir
Google, CCC&TI, ASU, Lenoir-Rhyne, Foothills Community Workshop
What is Google I/O?
Google I/O is for developers—the creative coders who are building what’s next. Together we’ll explore the latest in tech, mobile & beyond. https://events.google.com/io2015/
I/O is two days of hands-on interaction with the latest technologies, inspirational talks and a few surprises in between.
It is time for the semi-annual Open House at FCW. This Christmas, the Open House is on Friday, Dec, 5 from 5-9 PM and Saturday, Dec 6, from 10AM to 6PM.
Though visitors are welcome at FCW any time, at the open houses we make special effort to show off the various areas to visitors. This year, the railroad will be operating, sample projects will be on display, the electronics and K4FCW ham radio station will have activities, and there will be demos of the CNC routers, 3D printer, and laser cutter.
Check out the additional space recently acquired
Several items designed and built at FCW will be on sale and there will be special deals for new members.
This event is free and open to the public. Call (828) 351-HACK for more information.
Ham Radio VE exams will be given at FCW at 12 noon on Saturday, November 22. Anyone interested in obtaining or upgrading an Amateur Radio (Ham) license is welcome to attend. Study materials may be found at http://www.qrz.com/ht/
This event is open to anyone wishing to obtain or upgrade an Amateur Radio license. The fee is $10 per attempt and a photo ID is required.
It is that time of year again — days are getting shorter, leaves are turning, and Halloween is around the corner. FCW’s Horror Master, Ross is at it again and has designed a Fright Night event.
This event will be in the building next to FCW and includes a hayride, dark forest, mad scientist lab, electric chair, haunted room, and a live autopsy, along with other “attractions” design to induce bad dreams.
Fright Night is being done in conjunction with South Caldwell High School Drama Boosters, who are using it as a fund raiser. The details are:
Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 24, 25, 31, and Nov. 1
Time: 7PM – 10PM
Where: Foothills Community Workshop, 10 Falls Ave, Granite Falls
Check this website or call 828-351-HACK (4225) for directions
FCW will be conducting an entry level (Technician) Ham Radio workshop on three consecutive Fridays, July 18, July 25, and August 1 from 6-8PM. Topics include regulations, station setup, station operation, radio principles, antennas, and basic electronics, to prepare for the VE exams. Study materials and example tests can be found at http://www.qrz.com/ under the “resources” tab. This workshop is open to anyone interested in obtaining an Amateur (Ham) radio license, free of charge. Note that the Technician level question pool changed July 1. The topics and material are unchanged but questions have been changed.
On Friday, August 8 from 6-8PM there will be a question and answer session for anyone wishing to obtain or upgrade an Amateur Radio license.
Also, the VE exams for Ham Radio will be given at FCW on Saturday, August 9 at noon. All levels will be available and the exams are open to the public. A photo ID is required. Current exam fee is $10.