It's finally Spring, and we're absolutely swamped with things happening at the space!
So instead of rabbitting on, we'll hop right into the news!
We're Arduino Obsessed!
You might have noticed that we've had a lot of Arduino-based events at the space recently. But we just can't help but love this little microcontroller!
Happy birthday, Arduino!
On Saturday, 29 March, we showed off Arduino projects in honour of Arduino's 10th Birthday. Visitors to the space were able to talk to the project creators, investigate all the varied things an Arduino can do, and participate in a short beginners' workshop.
The day finished with a birthday party for the Arduino, complete with an Arduino-shaped cake with a blinky LED candle!
Hackspace member James Fowkes will be running two Arduino Evenings this month. The first, on 3 April, is a free open session where you can work on your projects, get advice, see new ideas, and just generally enjoy playing with Arduino.
The second, on 17 April, will have a talk on Wireless Communication with Arduino, where James will demonstrate how to communicate with your Arduino from your computer, and how to use an Arduino to read data from wireless sensors, as well as wireless over-the-air programming! Tickets are now available for Â£5.95, which you can buy now.
Introduction to Arduino Workshop - Tickets still remaining!
There are still tickets available for the popular Introduction to Arduino workshop on Saturday, 12 April! If you've ever wanted to learn about the Arduino microcontroller, now is your chance!
Join us on 5 April to celebrate International Tabletop Day! Hackspace member Jared Allen will be hosting a day of gaming for members and their guests, including a tabletop RPG and board game tournament.
Hackspace member Mouse wants to make a cocktail-serving robot, and is looking for collaborators! He gave a short into presentation last week at the space, and there is a Wiki page to track the progress of the project.
We're off to Newcastle at the end of the month for Maker Faire! We'll have a table at the Centre for Life on 26-27 April at this two-day family-friendly festival of invention and creativity - people who love to make stuff and want to share their passion with the public.
We'd absolutely love to show off your projects and prototypes at this event, so if you have anything that could be shown off, let us know on our Google Group Thread. And we hope to see you there as well!
See the new mural in the kitchen!
Hackspace member Kate has been busy today, painting a full-colour mural of her favourite My Little Pony.
You can see it in the kitchen for one day only, as at midnight tonight, the pigments will dissolve, leaving only a plain white surface.
This Month's Groups
We have regular groups that meet up to focus on a particular skills - from sewing to music to photography to computing - and we're also launching some new ones! So if you want to pick up something new, check out these!
Composition with the Photography Group!
This month's photography group will take place on Monday, 7 April, from 6:30 - 9:30. Open to members and non-members and aimed at anyone who is interested in getting more from their photographs, whether using digital SLR, classic film, or even your phone.
The Ukulele Orchestra meets every other Thursday, and is aimed at beginners and improvers. Each session is themed to a different genre or artist, and it's open to members and non-members, with a suggested donation of Â£2.
We'll be meeting on the 10th and the 24th of this month, from 7 to 9pm, and on the 10th, we'll be getting our tracky tops on and celebrating BritPop! You can find out more on our Facebook page, which also has videos and links to cool ukulele-related stuff!
We Got Game!
Hackspace member Sophie Wilkinson is starting up a new gaming session at the space - running fortnightly from Sunday, 13 April.
The first session will focus on card and board games, but we'll be expanding into all kinds of games as we continue. To find out more, and to suggest games you'd like to play or run, follow the discussion on the Google Group and have your say!
Latest update on our Hackspace tools!
Work on the Hackspace's own 3D printer continues, with a new shelf in the studio with an (almost) fully working printer. Only a few more tweaks are needed before it will be fully working for all members to use.
The metal-working area has come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks, and will be ready soon for use. The three-phase electrical system is now installed in the area, supplying all the large tools with power as well as all the single-phase sockets in the area.
When we installed the three-phase electrical system, we also discovered that the sockets in the blue room were wired in a potentially dangerous manner. Thankfully, we never had any problems, and these have now been fixed, so you can safely use all the sockets in the blue room!
Remember these important dates at your local hackspace!
2 April, 8pm-9pm
Hack The Space Day
6 April, noon onwards
8 April, 7pm onwards
Want to help out at the space? Join us at these events!
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