Fourth Annual Blackerathon (2017)

Blacker’s fourth annual 24-hour Blackerathon kicked off on January 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Here are some of the projects:

Tool Room clean-up

Cleaning up and re-organizing the hovse’s tool room. (Photos taken by Talia)

Alex Reeves, Diandra



“Sew all the things!”

Learning/using sewing machines to produce a cloak, skirt, and shirt.

Carly, Ben, Bethany, Talia

??? (Brian), Carly, and Talia.



Playing the Ride on the Tesla Coil

Using a Tesla Coil assembled this year by Tyler M to play a MIDI file of the Ride of the Valkyries.


Brian (right) adopts a defensive stance in anticipation of being showered.

Golf cart 

Working on a golf cart using a salvaged cart base.

Jake, Francesco


Fruit Roll-Up “Gun”

Prototyping a candy-propelling device with a motorized wheel.

Aiden, Jake

Fruit roll-up wars after Snake Kits may never be the same.

Courtyard Planter

Planting drought-resistant, partial shade plants to liven up the plot of dirt in the courtyard.



Cotton Candy Machine, improved and upgraded

Revamping a cotton candy machine built during last year’s Blackerathon to produce more cotton candy rapidly.

Annie, David, Tyler M

Assembling the base.
Once the machine heated up, it took about 30 seconds to make a sizable cone of cotton candy.



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The Third Annual Blackerathon

The Third Annual Blackerathon was a great success this year. After dinner the first weekend of second term, the dining hall was invaded by a moley bunch. Teams worked on projects through the night, and here’s what they came up with:

House tool checkout system
An electronic system consisting of an iPad and scanner for easy checkout of tools from the Toolroom.
Talia, Francesco


Misc. Sewing Projects
Sewing a pillowcase and a skirt in an attempt to see what our sewing machine is capable of.

Giant Origami
Making a large version of an Origami Lion

Corean Crash Course/Minimalist Cooking
What started as a quest to learn Korean in 24 hours, “got distracted by flour” – Connie
“Want to taste this? It’s whole wheat flour without all the stuff that’s in regular flour” – Meiburg
Meiburg, Choward, Becky, Lucille, Brian, Mayra, Mark, Connie

3D Printed Stamps
3D printed stamp designs, starting with a snake for the back of blue books.

Cotton Candy Machine
Made with a total budget of $25, this cotton candy machine is thriftiness and reusability at its yummiest.
Annie, Tyler, David

Hell Lighting
Adding a computer to the Hell Lighting system to enable more complicated patterns, will be mounted in Purgatory; fixing damaged lights
Tom, Diandra

Caltech Scarf
Finished knitting a black and orange scarf with a ironed-on Caltech logo.

“Death Spike”
Adding padding to the Gondor couch to make its “death spike” less deadly.
Hannah, Ben, Allison, Michelle