Authors: Michaela, Shawn, Aashka
Posted: Kaja Coraor

The third day of the Telescope Build Session encompassed three main goals: etching the signatures onto one of the sides of the base, painting the telescope tube, and the beginnings of setting up the Capstone Event.

Victory!

Victory!


Training on the laser cutter

Training on the laser cutter

To etch the signatures, a group of builders had to be trained in the art of laser cutting. This began with scanning the original paper full of signatures into a computer program. Using this program, the builders were able to give the laser cutter the information it needed to begin the cut. Though there was one false start, the cut went off with almost no problems, and the side panel looked beautiful with its creator’s names on its brow.

Amazed at our own talent!

Amazed at our own talent!


Some more painting

Some more painting

We were able to start the actual painting of the telescope. The paint team decided on painting Van Gogh’s Starry Night on the tube with a Carolina twist: the belltower is featured on the side. With the paint grabbed from a Michael’s trip from the last session, the team started getting their hands messy with beautiful strokes of blue, white, yellow, and brown. By the end of the session, the tube was almost done, but needed to be worked on a little before the next session (which we successfully finished!).

Brainstorming sesh

Brainstorming sesh


Our original (never before seen) design

Our original (never before seen) design

To set up the Capstone Event, we got together a team of our best t-shirt designing experts and brainstormed ideas. They decided to plaster the event all over social media, make t-shirts to hand out the first handful of people, and one of our members began to design the logo that would be branded on to our t-shirts. On top of all this, we still had time to design stickers and buttons that may be making an appearance at the event, too.

Jim teaching makers about the computer program Stellarium

Jim teaching makers about the computer program Stellarium


Last week’s bloggers working hard

Last week’s bloggers working hard

The final product feat. Dream Team

The final product feat. Dream Team