Events at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity

February 26, 2018
  • LittleBits Electronic Club5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    This is a drop-in event targeted at kids ages 6-13 who are interested in learning about electronics and circuits. LittleBits are magnetic electronics components that be easily used to build and program inventions with sensors, switches, motors, lights, and sound (like the programmable droid shown in this picture). This is an unstructured event, where participants can decide what they want to build, and create it! No experience necessary. We ask that parents remain in the center during the program, where they can either learn alongside of their children or take advantage of free wi-fi in our lounge area. $5 drop in fee, or free to children of TVCoG members. This will be a recurring monthly event (future dates TBD).

  • Introduction to Quilting6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    In this class, students will be introduced to the basic quilting techniques. Learn rotary cutting, piecing and basic seam pressing to assemble a quilt block that can be used as a pillow cover, wall hanging or the start of a full-size quilt. This class serves as an introduction to using the sewing machines available here at the CoG, as well as being an introductory course for quilt making. No previous sewing experience is necessary. We do have fabric available for your use, but supply is limited. Feel free to bring your own fabric to the class, in order to ensure that your final project is exactly as you would like it. All other materials will be provided. Taught by Irene Purificato $50 CoG Members| $65 Non-Members To register, please email admin@tvcog.net. Online payment links will be provided to those who have registered. Registration ends February 26 at 11 am. Please Note: This will be a recurring class, available every 2-3 months. Individual instruction is available during weekdays, by appointment only, at the rate of $35/hour. This class also fulfills the Zone Orientation for the Fiber arts area.

February 27, 2018
  • Social Night, Potluck and Open House TOURS6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This is the PERFECT night to come by the Center of Gravity and get a feel for this amazing creative community. Get a tour, get social, get your questions answered and get some quality pot luck. You never know WHAT the fare might be on TVCOG Pot Luck Nights! Could be anything from"Tacos Tuesday," to "Can You Fry It?" to "Nitrogen Ice Cream" and more. Check our Facebook Group

  • Fiber Arts / Crafts / Glass Cutting Zone Orientation7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Zone Orientation Series is a sequence of classes designed to introduce new members to key pieces of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

    This week's class will be an introduction to the fiber arts / crafts / galss cutting area available at the COG. Focus will be on the sewing machines, loom and embroidery machine, as well as crafting and glass cutting, and will be taught by Irene Purificato, the SRP for that zone.

March 1, 2018
  • Open Hack6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Looking for an excuse to work on that project you've been putting off? Want to build something awesome but need some help? Join your fellow hackers on Thursday nights to initiate creative collisions and concoct contrivances of every conceivable kind! If you have questions about Open Hack, contact Samson Bonfante at samson@bonfante.org.

March 2, 2018
  • Tech Valley Game Space Transmissions8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded. Instructor: ()

March 3, 2018
  • STEAM-Powered Saturday -- Circuit Bugs10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Every 1st Saturday children ages 4-12 and their families are invited to join us for a fun, creative hands-on project. Brought to you through the generous support of the Albany Society of Engineers Foundations, these mind-expanding projects help children discover creative play through science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. This month's project is "Circuit Bugs." Design and construct your own light up bugs with LEDs and disk batteries. This project is free, but donations are welcome.

  • Tech Valley Game Space Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!

  • Intro to Glass Fusing Part 16:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    In this two-session class you will learn to use a kiln for fusing glass. We’ll make four pieces of jewelry, fully finished with clasp/chain, using three techniques – full fuse, contour fuse and kiln carving. While working you will learn: Glass Cutting Kiln Safety and Usage Glass Grinding Glass Drilling For Tech Valley Center of Gravity members, this class also serves as a safety orientation to the glass and enamel work zone. Taught by Irene Purificato. $100 CoG Members|$115 Non-Members Registration fee includes all supplies. To register, please email admin@tvcog.net. Online payment links will be provided to those who have registered. Cash or check payments can be made in-person during regular business hours or via mail, addressed to Tech Valley Center of Gravity. Registration ends March 1 at 4pm.

March 4, 2018
  • MomUp! Raising Kids Who Code9:00 am - 11:00 am

    MomUp! is a fun, two hour interactive workshop for moms who want to help their kids navigate the world of programming, tech careers and pathways. Software is the interface through which so much of life happens: Communicating, planning, banking, research, shopping, healthcare, insurance, the DMV. If we raise our kids to be code-literate, we set them up for a future in which they can be makers, not just users, of software. Being code-literate opens doors for artists, musicians, social scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers - accountants, lawyers, doctors. Bring your laptop and get engaged with Albany Can Code to learn how to use free kid-friendly programming software, and empower yourself and your kids for this tech-saturated world we all live in. No computer experience necessary. If you do not have a laptop available for your use, please let us know, as we may be able to arrange for a loaner that will allow you to participate. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration Fee: $15 Please email admin@tvcog.net to register. A link for online payments will be provided to those who have registered. Cash or check payments can be delivered to Tech Valley Center of Gravity, 30 3rd st, Troy NY 12180.

March 5, 2018
  • Intro to Glass Fusing Part 26:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    In this two-session class you will learn to use a kiln for fusing glass. We’ll make four pieces of jewelry, fully finished with clasp/chain, using three techniques – full fuse, contour fuse and kiln carving. While working you will learn: Glass Cutting Kiln Safety and Usage Glass Grinding Glass Drilling For Tech Valley Center of Gravity members, this class also serves as a safety orientation to the glass and enamel work zone. Taught by Irene Purificato. $100 CoG Members|$115 Non-Members Registration fee includes all supplies. To register, please email admin@tvcog.net. Online payment links will be provided to those who have registered. Cash or check payments can be made in-person during regular business hours or via mail, addressed to Tech Valley Center of Gravity. Registration ends March 1 at 4pm.

March 6, 2018
  • Social Night, Potluck and Open House TOURS6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This is the PERFECT night to come by the Center of Gravity and get a feel for this amazing creative community. Get a tour, get social, get your questions answered and get some quality pot luck. You never know WHAT the fare might be on TVCOG Pot Luck Nights! Could be anything from"Tacos Tuesday," to "Can You Fry It?" to "Nitrogen Ice Cream" and more. Check our Facebook Group

  • TVCOG General Membership Meeting7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • 3D Printing Zone Orientation7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Zone Orientation Series is a sequence of classes designed to introduce new members to key pieces of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

    This week's class will be an introduction to the 3D printers available at the COG. Focus will be on the Makerfront, mBot and Makerbot printers and the software used to prepare models for printing (called slicers).

March 7, 2018
  • IGDA Albany Monthly Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Join the International Game Developer Association (IGDA) Albany chapter for a free professional talk about game development and/or game industry. The talk will begin at 7pm, but feel free to arrive around 6 and stay until 9 if you'd like to mingle before and after. You can also view the livestream of the talk at twitch.tv/albanyigda

March 8, 2018
  • Open Hack6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Looking for an excuse to work on that project you've been putting off? Want to build something awesome but need some help? Join your fellow hackers on Thursday nights to initiate creative collisions and concoct contrivances of every conceivable kind! If you have questions about Open Hack, contact Samson Bonfante at samson@bonfante.org.

  • Stitch & Sip Open Crafting at the Center of Gravity6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Bring your own project (sewing, knitting, needlework...or hey, anything portable) and a beverage for a fun evening stitching and sipping in good company. The CoG provides an empty table, well-lit work space and electricity, as well as witty banter and camaraderie. No instructor, craft along with fellow Makers. Free to members, $5 cash fee at check-in for non-members. (Membership has its privileges, join the Center of Gravity to access our awesome equipment, including sewing machines!)

  • Tech Valley Game Space Unity Orbit Mentorship7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Ever wanted to make a 3D game cheaply on a low-to-medium end computer? Or a 2D game that utilizes the tools more commonly used in 3D engines, such as rigging? Unity may be just the game engine for you! Our TVGS Unity Orbit mentorship group can help provide you answers and resources to any questions you may have on this popular and free software. Instructor: ()

March 9, 2018
  • Tech Valley Game Space Transmissions8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded. Instructor: ()

March 10, 2018
  • Tech Valley Game Space Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!

March 13, 2018
  • Social Night, Potluck and Open House TOURS6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This is the PERFECT night to come by the Center of Gravity and get a feel for this amazing creative community. Get a tour, get social, get your questions answered and get some quality pot luck. You never know WHAT the fare might be on TVCOG Pot Luck Nights! Could be anything from"Tacos Tuesday," to "Can You Fry It?" to "Nitrogen Ice Cream" and more. Check our Facebook Group

  • Laser Cutter Zone Orientation7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Zone Orientation Series is a sequence of classes designed to introduce new members to key pieces of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

    This week's class will be an introduction to the laser cutter (Big Red) available at the COG.

March 14, 2018
  • TVCOG Board of Directors Meeting6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    This is the regular bi-monthly meeting of the board of directors of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity. Regular attendees are the board and officers of the corporation. Members are welcome to observe meetings, but must notify the executive director at info@tvcog.net at least 24 hours in advance if they wish to address the board.

  • Tech Valley Game Space Social Night6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Let’s celebrate the moment at the Tech Valley Game Space with a fun-filled social night! We'll relax and have a good time talking about games, development, and other topics. Got a new project to show off? Let’s play it! Have a cool game to play? Bring it in! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!

March 15, 2018
  • 3D Printing Syndicate6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Contribute to the Monthly Printing Challenge, show off, tell stories- hang out with other 3D Printing enthusiasts!

  • Open Hack6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Looking for an excuse to work on that project you've been putting off? Want to build something awesome but need some help? Join your fellow hackers on Thursday nights to initiate creative collisions and concoct contrivances of every conceivable kind! If you have questions about Open Hack, contact Samson Bonfante at samson@bonfante.org.

  • Writers' Workshop6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Writers Workshop -- a non-critical opportunity to write in good company. This group meets the first and third Thursday of every month with the following agenda: 6-6:30 schmooze and eat 6:30-8:30 write 8:30-9:00 share (optional) Please bring savory &/or sweet noshes &/or beverages for 5-9 people. Fee: $5 per person, waived for TVCOG members For more information, contact Rhonda at kitchen@tvcog.net.

  • Tech Valley Game Space Game Club7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club! Every month, participants Game Club meeting pick a game to play, then get together and talk about their experiences! Think of this group as being a traditional book club, but with video games instead of your usual hard-covers and paperbacks. Participants discuss various aspects of the game that they liked, disliked, or simply found notable; everything from music, character design, and storytelling, to the in-game physics, level creation, or graphics quality. Anything and everything about the game can be talked about, and no matter one's viewpoint, their input will welcomed and listened to. Anyone can attend - no memberships necessary. So long as you've got the right equipment at home, and enough time and interest to play at least a little of the game, then you're welcome to join in! We will meet in the Community Room and begin the discussion after 7:30 pm.

March 16, 2018
  • Tech Valley Game Space Transmissions8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded. Instructor: ()

March 17, 2018
  • Tech Valley Game Space Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!

March 19, 2018
  • Zone Coordinators Meeting6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    This is the regular monthly meeting of Tech Valley Center of Gravity's Zone Coordinators.

March 20, 2018
  • Social Night, Potluck and Open House TOURS6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This is the PERFECT night to come by the Center of Gravity and get a feel for this amazing creative community. Get a tour, get social, get your questions answered and get some quality pot luck. You never know WHAT the fare might be on TVCOG Pot Luck Nights! Could be anything from"Tacos Tuesday," to "Can You Fry It?" to "Nitrogen Ice Cream" and more. Check our Facebook Group

  • Wood Shop Zone Orientation7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    The Zone Orientation Series is a sequence of classes designed to introduce new members to key pieces of equipment and training at the Center of Gravity. Members who need a refresher on the topic are also welcome to attend!

    This week's class will be an introduction to the most commonly used wood shop tools available at the COG. The class is taught by Doug "Elvis" Williams, and will have some basic hands on experience to insure you're comfortable with the basics.Before coming to the class, please review this Red Tools Safety Video online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1KgaohH9Ec&feature=youtu.be This video will go over the basic safety procedures for the woodshop specifically, allowing you to focus on finer details during the Zero To Maker class.

March 21, 2018
  • Tech Valley Game Space Lesson Night6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    The Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) Lesson Night is a free monthly lesson on skills useful for game development. These lessons are appropriate for participants of all ages and backgrounds. There is no prior experience required, and no need to feel daunted! Every month, we release a poll at http://www.techvalleygamespace.com/learn/ to determine what the next lesson is going to be. Keep an eye on that space for more details about upcoming topics! You can also view the livestream of the lesson at twitch.tv/techvalleygamespace

March 22, 2018
  • Open Hack6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Looking for an excuse to work on that project you've been putting off? Want to build something awesome but need some help? Join your fellow hackers on Thursday nights to initiate creative collisions and concoct contrivances of every conceivable kind! If you have questions about Open Hack, contact Samson Bonfante at samson@bonfante.org.

  • Stitch & Sip Open Crafting at the Center of Gravity6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Bring your own project (sewing, knitting, needlework...or hey, anything portable) and a beverage for a fun evening stitching and sipping in good company. The CoG provides an empty table, well-lit work space and electricity, as well as witty banter and camaraderie. No instructor, craft along with fellow Makers. Free to members, $5 cash fee at check-in for non-members. (Membership has its privileges, join the Center of Gravity to access our awesome equipment, including sewing machines!)

  • Tech Valley Game Space Unity Orbit Mentorship7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Ever wanted to make a 3D game cheaply on a low-to-medium end computer? Or a 2D game that utilizes the tools more commonly used in 3D engines, such as rigging? Unity may be just the game engine for you! Our TVGS Unity Orbit mentorship group can help provide you answers and resources to any questions you may have on this popular and free software. Instructor: ()

March 23, 2018
  • Tech Valley Game Space Transmissions8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded. Instructor: ()

March 24, 2018
  • Tech Valley Game Space Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!