Congratulations Duluth East Daredevils!

HUGE congratulations to our awesome fix-it clinic volunteers, Duluth East Daredevils, for an outstanding performance at the FIRST Robotics regional competition. Not only did they make it to the final round (and nearly win) they took every major FIRST award. The team took the Chairman’s Award for their community involvement and outreach in spreading a passion for science and technology. (Thank you!) Bonus: This award guarantees they’re going to the championship!  Anna Karas took one of only two Dean’s List awards for technical knowledge, leadership, and inspiration. AND their coach, Tim Velner took the Woodie Flower’s Award for being an inspiration and great leader to the team. So proud to be an East alum, I just wish we’d have had this when I was in...

Fix-it Clinics in 2015

Here at Duluth Technology Company, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting fix-it clinics again in 2015, and there will be even more of them. We thought a monthly schedule for fix-it clinics would be perfect for helping people remember to drop by. Fix-it clinics will be held every month on the THIRD SATURDAY of the month, beginning in February. What’s a fix-it clinic again? A fix-it clinic is a community event where you can bring your broken household items to be repaired. Handy volunteers will help you diagnose your problem and help you fix it that day. If parts are needed, they’ll help point you in the right direction. One of our goals in hosting the fix-it clinics is to save items from going to the landfill if they don’t have to. Another goal is to encourage people to learn how to fix their things and encourage a culture of repairing and recycling in our community. How does it work? When you come to the fix-it clinic, you’ll check in at our front table, and our check-in person will help match you with a volunteer who can help fix your item. You’ll stay with your item from start to finish and learn something about how it works along the way. Where is it? Duluth Technology Company 12 E Superior St, Suite 6 Duluth, MN 55802 We are below Electric Fetus, and have entrances on Superior Street and Michigan Street. When is it? Third Saturday of each month, beginning in February 2015, from...

Fix-it Clinic a Success

Duluth Technology Company’s Second Fix-it Clinic We hosted our second fix-it clinic at Duluth Technology Company this past Sunday, November 9th and it was a blast. The media attention from the first clinic helped to boost attendance, and we actually had a couple of times where we didn’t have enough volunteers for the number of things to fix. What did we fix? We had a great variety of items coming in. There was an inkjet printer, a coleman gas camp stove, an old portable TV, a tape deck, a CD player, a Dyson vacuum, and an iron, among other things. Some things were discouraging, like a crock pot that practically had to be destroyed in order to take it apart. On other things we had that awesome stroke of luck that makes fixing things so satisfying, like the Dyson vacuum with the power button that wouldn’t stay down. We got it apart, it was simply dirty inside the button, and thus it was saved from a landfill! Thank you volunteers! When I say “we,” I mean us and our completely talented, brave, and resourceful volunteers. Once again, we had team members from the Duluth East Daredevils robotics team helping us, along with Joe, founder of the new Duluth Maker Space, and Colin and Karl, both engineers. We are so thankful to them for lending their knowledge, expertise, and curiosity to this event. 3D Printer Demo We also had the good fortune to have Karl bring a 3D printer from the Duluth Maker Space to demo for us. As the clinic went on, it printed an espresso cup from a...