LanguagesThe human condition is one of many languages, and as a result STEM is practiced and shared through many cultures and languages. This means that items in languages other than English will be shared here.
What is Confusion Research Center?A non-profit distributed hands-on STEM hackerspace using real and virtual teams working on real world problems.
In 1984 a hands-on science museum, Discovery Hall, was started in Austin, TX by Dr. Jack Turner and Dr. Karl Trappe operating until 1991. The BBS was called Confusion Research Center. In 2006 it became apparent to some Discovery Hall alumni that it was time for a rebirth and a search for founders and board members was begun. Our mission is to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using the Socratic Method and hands-on methodologies. The second aspect of our effort is to be distributed across individuals, groups, and geography. Our primary inspirations are Nikola Tesla, Douglas Engelbart, Harold Rheingold, Richard Feynman, the Exploratorium, the MIT Media Lab, the Cypherpunks, Lawrence Lessig, a growing hackerspace community, and our own experience doing STEM. [The Mother of all Demos] [Smart Mob] [Smart Mobs] [Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace]
Membership Requirements"Men and women wanted for hazardous journey. No wages, bitter cold and sweltering heat, long hours of bright darkness. Safety doubtful. Wonder certain. More of the same in the event of success." 
Membership in CRC is not a requirement to participate in most of our activities.
We do have a basic rule that governs all activities:
No police, other LEA, firemen, EMTs, tax men, or other authority figures in a bad mood. If your project requires insurance, licenses, or needs to meet other regulatory requirements it is not CRC's responsibility to provide them.
Lifestyle ManagementPart of a healthy mind is a healthy body, and finding the time and a range of acceptable activities can be a challenge. Many of the activities we sponsor include hikes, climbs, and water components over a range of skill levels. Some activities require travel, back country, or specialised skills over extended periods of time and distance with considerable financial costs. We require at least Wilderness First Aid and CPR training if leading events of this sort, renewed every other year at your cost. [Leave No Trace] [REI (Austin, TX)] [The Expedition School] [NOLS] [AMGA]
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From: Ellen Owens [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, May 23, 2016 11:25 AM To: Ellen Owens
Subject: Internships and LASA Hello, My name is Ellen Owens I am a robotics and SciTech teacher at LASA High School in Austin ISD. We are looking for any internship opportunities available for our students relating to CAD, design, or programming. These contacts I would only provide to students who independently show the interest, responsibility, and knowledge to do so. All of our student learn SolidWorks as freshmen and many continue in our engineering classes or on our robotics team and many study programming in multiple classes. If you know of any opportunities at your companies or organization we would love to pass them on. Please feel free to contact me for any other questions you have about LASA. Thank you, Ellen Owens Algebra 1 PreCal AB Robotics SciTech email@example.com https://sites.google.com/a/austinisd.org/msowens/
Some Recurrent Events and Activities
- Central Austin Makerspace
- Bouldering at Bull Creek
- HABEX - High Altitude Balloon Experiments
- Central Texas Commodore User Group (CTCUG)
- Austin Astronomical Society
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A bio-diversity project with the North Carolina State University and the University of Florida. The goal is to use citizen scientist to take ant samples across America. Participants can be as young as five or six. The basic protocol is described here. Please contact us if you would like a presentation or help with a field trip. [E.O. Wilson][Ant Algorithms][Swarm Intelligence][Ants and Fermat]
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A new effort led by Justin Boger (center) to create a physical location for makers of all type to congregate and build. If you're looking for a ground floor opportunity to build something of value, this may be it!
A regular activity we do with the Austin Sierra Club. Please visit their meetup to see past and future outings. We try to do the event on Sunday at 10am at least once a month. We also do sport and traditional climbing in the Austin Greenbelt, Enchanted Rock, and other locations around the world. [Bull Creek Route Guide][Hueco Tanks, TX] [Vedauwoo, WY]
We use high altitude balloons to explore a variety of skills and topics. The projects take place across the country and involve support from a variety of other groups. Our current design guidelines are based on the Can-Sat approach for payloads using Arduino, Beagleboard, and Raspberry Pi computers. [HAB FAQ] [Edge of Space Sciences] [Reaction Research Society] [Tripoli Rocketry Association] [National Association of Rocketry]
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-  A quote from John Small, a senior engineer, describing the JPL ethos.
“JPL and the American Space Program: A history of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory”
Clayton R. Koppes ISBN 0-300-02408-8 (1982)
Hall interview with Small, Dec. 6, 1968, JPLHF 2-1392
-  Brotherton, Mike. "Spider Star" (ISBN 978-0-7653-1125-2).
This is a quote which is itself a play on Ernest Shackleton's supposed request for participants in his Antarctic Expedition:
"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success."
The irony is it appears that the quote was fabricated many years after the actual event and is nothing more than urban legend.