Introducing Community AWSM

By Chloe Varelidi


We love getting all your #trickswithbits posts on our project page and our social. Keep ’em coming. In the meantime, here are some of our favorites for the week.

This Front Door Skeleton That Comes Alive

Strobe Eyes Frankenstein

And of course we are obsessing over this EPIC video featuring a Michael Jackson costume that glows to all your favorite moves.

If you are looking to make your own masterpieces you can host your own #trickswithbits party. Just use this handy guide to help you get started.


And if you need some inspiration, do not fret; Special guest on our blog and wearables guru Becky Stern shared some pro tips on building the perfect costume for Halloween.




Tuesday was our debut of bitLab Live, a weekly community hangout that airs every Tuesday at 4pm EST on our Google Plus.  Andrew our bitLab product wrangler and Paul our R&D Director hosted the show featuring special guests from the open hardware community Gabriel Anzziani from Gabotronics who showed of his oscilloscope module and superstar Community member Jude Brisson who demoed her controllable RGB led bit.  The winner of our trivia show was @ludvikherrera – thanks to everyone who filled our twitter feed with “purple” the answer to our question “what color was our makerfaire booth this year.”

Watch the replay here, vote for Gabriel+Judes’ modules and join us next Tuesday with special guest Dr. Bleep.



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This week Kreg Hanning, a Technology Specialist from Lesley University, hosted a great hangout about an extension he has been working on for the latest online 2.0 version. Kreg hosted a Google Hangout on Wednesday were he demo-ed his work; we were psyched to see it in action!

Our engineers will also be releasing a full-feature Scratch 2.0 version in the near future that will have improved functionality and lower the barrier to entry – stay tuned! In the meantime, feel free to try out the extensions, collaborate on the code in GitHub, and send us your feedback in our forum.


Our community hosted a bunch of bitastic events this week! Jennifer Turliuk gave a workshop and a talk at MakerCon Nordic!


We had a blast at Feast Festival last week and our own Alin was featured in the local news.


Eyebeam in Brooklyn and the Art In Your Space program hosted a #trickswithbits workshop! Check out these DJ pumpkins made by young artists using the synthkit.


And Falls Foundry in Sioux Falls hosted one too!




Finally this week our meet the makers series traveled outside our bit-iverse to talk with a few inspiring makers. Alexandra Diracles & Melissa Halfon of @vidcode make a web platform that lets you customize and edit videos with JavaScript. And Sara Chipps, Maria Paula Saba and Ailar Javadi from @Jewliebots are building smart programmable jewelry that can be used to match your clothes, sense when friends are nearby and send them messages! Read the blog post over here.

That’s it for this week. Tune in next Friday for more news from our community. Till then, happy making!





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