Clubs

HackPittsburgh has many exciting and interesting clubs or sub-groups which you should join!

We have members with many different hobbies, and these clubs are how people who are interested in a certain hobby can meet, teach each other, learn from each other, and work on projects related to that hobby.

These clubs have meetings multiple times a month, and are open to the public. These clubs are free even if you’re not a member of HackPittsburgh,however to take full advantage of them, and use many of the tools, you need to be a member. Come to a club meeting and see what’s happening.

See the calendar for details on when each club is meeting.
http://www.hackpittsburgh.org/calendar

Also see the individual club websites (listed below) for current club updates and happenings.

Currently the following clubs exist at HackPittsburgh (more clubs may be added in the future, if you have an idea for one, please let us know via info@hackpittsburgh.org)

Tesla High Voltage Electronics Club

Meets twice a month on Wednesdays.Dedicated to High Voltage, High Frequency, Electromagnetic Phenomena, Wireless Energy Transmission, Radio, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Tesla Coils, Theremins, Coil guns, Van der Graaf Generators, and everything High Voltage and High Frequency. We also take awesome trips to Nikola Tesla historic locations. Check out the Niagara Falls trip photo below. This club is open to the public.

Niagara Falls Trip 2015

oneTesla SSTC playing music

Please visit the following website for photos, videos, and the most up to date information about the Tesla Club.

http://www.pgh-tesla-club.com

Software and Robotics Club

Meets on the first and third Monday of every month to learn about and work on software design and robotics. This club is for people who work with both; low level and high level languages, and also for people who work with embedded systems such as the Arduino, Raspberry Pi,BeagleBone, ARM, and etc.

Since most robots require software, this is also the time when we discuss and work on everything related to robotics (not just the software!). If you want to make a robot and have questions, many of our members have experience in this, and will do their best to help. Another club which is likely to help with robotics is Unmanned Vehicles Club. See below.

Many of our members are proficient in C,C++,Java,Python,Javascript,HTML,Assembly, and even FORTRAN! Don’t know how to program, but want to learn? Come to Software Club! Meetings start at 7:30pm. This club is open to the public.

Please visit the following link for photos, videos, and the most up to date information about the Software Club

http://www.hackpittsburgh.org/wiki/index.php?title=Software_Club

Unmanned Vehicles Club

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month and works on learning about and building Unmanned Vehicles. Things like self driving cars, autonomous drones, autonomous lawnmowers, and everything in between. This group is working on the SLAMborghini autonomous power wheels car for Maker Faire.

This group concentrates mainly on the autonomous power wheels car, hence questions about other types of robots are best left for the Software and Robotics Club. (See above)

Autonomous Power Wheels team at Maker Faire NYC 2015

SLAMborghini being born

Please visit the following link for photos, videos, and the most up to date information about the Unmanned Vehicles Club

http://www.hackpittsburgh.org/wiki/index.php?title=Unmanned_Vehicle_Club

Music & Technology Club

Meets on the 3rd Saturday of every month and works on electronic musical instruments such as Theremins, Synthesizers,Musical Tesla Coils, Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars, vaccum tube amps for guitars. In addition this club is also interested in learning about music theory, and potentially interested in forming a music band composed entirely of unusual musical instruments. We have a guy who made a guitar sound like a violin using an electric fan, a musical tesla coil, a soda can theremin, a DIY midi controlled pipe organ, and vacuum tube guitar amplifiers. You get the idea! This club is open to the public.

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Music Club meeting 2016: Moog, Talkbox, Melodica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please visit the following link for photos, videos, and the most up to date information about Music & Technology Club

http://www.hackpittsburgh.org/wiki/index.php?title=Music_Technology_Club

Model Railroading Club

Meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month and works on model trains, custom tracks, autonomous train systems, smart switches with sensors, and everything related to model trains. This club is open to the public.

Autonomous Trains and Sensors

Please visit the following link for photos, videos, and the most up to date information about Model Railroading Club

http://www.hackpittsburgh.org/wiki/index.php?title=Model_Railroading_Club

Mechanical Club
Meets the first Saturday of the month and works on everything related to mechanics and mechanical engineering. Want to learn to weld? Want to learn to use a manual or CNC mill? Want to learn metalworking and casting? Want to learn to use a lathe? Want to learn about gears, mechanical clocks, sterling engines, and etc? This is what the Mechanical Club is all about! This club is open to the public, but to use most of the tools, you must be a member.

DIY Sterling Engine

We have a new milling machine!

Please visit the following link for photos, videos, and the most up to date information about Mechanical Club

http://www.hackpittsburgh.org/wiki/index.php?title=Mechanical_Club

 

Flight Simulator Club

Meets on Friday nights at 7pm. Free and open to the public. During this club, we usually bring powerful gaming computers and virtual reality setups and play Flight Simulator X or X-Plane. We also work on hardware and software modifications for these games, and also plan to build a full motion flight simulator one of these days. We also take field trips to Wings over Pittsburgh, Air Force museum, and etc. Some of our members are getting their pilots licenses, so its a great place to learn what it takes to learn to fly.  If you love airplanes, check this club out!

Wings Over Pittsburgh 2017