Making LED Throwies at Yuri’s Night

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Making LED Throwies at Yuri’s Night

This weekend the MakeMobile was on the tarmac at the NASA Ames Research Center for Yuri’s Night, a massive global celebration of Yuri Gagarin’s first flight into space. 211 parties were held across the globe, and even the astronauts on the International Space Station had one! The Bay Area event featured two days of educational experiences and a line up of acts including Les Claypool of Primus, N.E.R.D, and Common, and The Black Keys. Our team was on hand to pre-sell tickets for Maker Faire. Plus, we raffled weekend passes and gave away a ton of magazines and books.
The best part for me was teaching everyone how to make LED throwies. The red vintage-fire-truck-stylings of the MakeMobile were our backdrop for a table covered with lights and batteries, and it fostered a ton of creative energy. I absolutely love the look on a person’s face when they first find the difference between the anode and cathode on the lights. We went well into the night with hundreds of people creating their own unique LED accessories that they wore while roamed through the event.
On Sunday, the MakeMobile was packed up, and as we drove out, I grabbed this quick shot. That massive building is a historical and cultural landmark known as Hangar One. It was once a naval station that was built to hold the legendary airship USS Macon. And while this event is behind us, the truck was driven to Tech Shop, where the rig will hang out for you to visit if you get a chance. Overall, Yuri’s Night was the perfect start for every makers’s adventures to come this summer. We hope to see you at the next!

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