|To attract incoming students to their dorm, the inhabitants
of MIT's East Campus dorm, (in addtion to the usual parties) did their
own, small scale version of Scrapheap.
They located themselves in the courtyard between the two buildings that
make up the dormitory, hence the name of the event.
|The organizer, and head of the ham radio club went to a local industrial
surplus (junk) dealer called "Einsteins Toolbox" and returned with a (donated)
9 cubic meters of "stuff". Lots of motors, solar supplies, wheels, wire,
etc. (and some strange things like 2 cycle engines).
Here is Crash, with the organizer, Simon.
|Cruft was heaped in large piles, the event was listed in the campus newspaper. "build stuff" "get your hands covered with machine oil"|
|A fair crowd was busily picking out parts, to build motorized carts. They even had programmable controllers available, so the machines could be made autonomous.|
|Crash and I were there for the early stages, where we passed on sage advice, like "Test early, test often". Here two people are about to get their motor to spin.|
|While their tool supply was fairly light on the metal re-arranging side. (hacksaws, avaition shears, and a drill press), the electronics gear was impressive.|
|They didn't really have "teams", people tended to work in spontaneous groups.|
|I stopped by at the end (to scavenge from the leftovers and see the results). Since "BattleBots" is just starting to show here, some of the contraptions sported weaponry. Here is one with a chainsaw.|
|And this is another, that appears to be suffering from a poorly supported axle.|