The State College / Penn State 2600 meetings seem to be off to a great start this year.
For our first meeting, we decided to do another lockpicking workshop. The workshop had drawn quite a crowd last year, and we figured that it was worth repeating. So starting the first week of classes, posters advertising the event were hung in the IST building. I’ve heard many reports that, in addition to people reading the posters, many teachers actually read them to their class and encouraged them to go!
Also good publicity was an impromptu lockpicking session that broke out during the IST picnic. I was wearing my Penn State 2600 shirt (more on that later) and Dean Foley started asking me questions about it. He was so interested, that not only did he insist I teach him how to pick locks, but he bought a set of picks off of us!
Speaking of T-Shirts, we found a company willing to produce them for us. We ran into some trouble with University Tees, who advertised themselves as being a printer for college T-Shirts, but then refused to print anything with the words “Penn State” on it, even when I pointed out the section in the club guidelines allowing us to do so. So after trying to resolve that issue, I ran straight back to an old friend, CustomInk.com, who whipped up a prototype in record time.
We’re going to be taking orders for the next few meetings, then sending in a rather large order to get some bulk discounts.
The meeting itself was superb. We had 25-30 people attend, all completely new to the club, and a 100% success rate with picking their first lock. We even sold out of lockpicks by the end of the day!
The next thing we want to do is make TV-B-Gones, those lovely devices I’ve used to great effect in the past, but first we need to order them, set up some time in the Electrical Engineering lab, and secure the soldering irons. Shouldn’t be that hard with this much support behind us now.