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Welcome to 2014 and the Nottingham Hackspace newsletter!

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a great holiday and that you're ready and raring to go with some awesome new projects for 2014!

If you're looking to pick up some new skills this year, we have some great workshops this month, and find out what some of the members are hoping to create this year!

Get Involved This Year!

If you're a member, and are looking for more ways to get involved in the space, why not join one of our teams and volunteer to make the space even better?

The Hackspace is run by its membership, so the more you can help, the greater we become! We have a number of teams and volunteering opportunities at the Space, and everyone is always keen to hear new ideas for improvement. Find out more about volunteering roles on the Wiki.

And if you're not a member but like to find out about what's happening at the space, remember that you can always pop down on an Open Hack Night every Wednesday or join us at our workshops. We'd love to see you!

New Year, New Uke!

Did you get a ukulele for Christmas? Have you always wanted to learn? Or do you want to strum along with your favourite songs, but end up sounding like a cat stuck in a well?

We can help you!

We're hosting a New Year, New Uke workshop on Saturday, 18 January. It's meant for absolute beginners - just bring along your ukulele and we'll get you started!

Things we'll be covering in the workshop include:

  • Tuning up - how to get your ukulele in tune and make it stay in tune!
  • Your first chords - we'll show you how to play four simple chords and master the tricky changes between them, as well as some classic progressions which you'll find in loads of pop, folk, and jazz songs
  • Strumming - you'll learn some simple strumming patterns to introduce variety and texture to your playing
  • Resources - there are hundreds of great resources on the web for learning ukulele playing and new songs, and we'll show you some of our favourites and how to get the best from them

The workshop runs from 11am to 4pm, with a break for lunch. Each participant will receive a printed workbook that covers all the main workshop points, as well as a link to a PDF version.

Tickets are just £5, so get yours now!

The Water For People Hackaday!

Nicola Greene, a friend of the Hackspace, is working with Water for People in Uganda, and is looking for a way to record usage data from rural latrines.

As you can see from her project, what she needs to find out is how often rural latrines are used and what sort of volume is produced, and she needs to create a device that can record this information.

It must be robust and reliable, and the Nottingham Hackspace is helping her with our Water For People Hackaday. We need a crack team of inventors and innovators to produce a working prototype by the end of the day. We're hoping to use the Arduino micro-controller as a data-logging unit, and we need you to help us!

The Water For People Hackaday will be on Saturday, 11th January, from 10am to 6pm, and it's free to attend. Find out more about the day in our Google Group thread.

Learn all about Arduino - LIMITED TICKETS LEFT!

Our popular Introduction to Arduino workshop is back! On Saturday, 25th January, 2014, James and Ian will be hosting this workshop that'll introduce you to this neat micro-controller. The Arduino micro-controller has taken the maker and arts scene by storm, being small, cheap, and easily programmable to do pretty much anything you can imagine. Flash lights, add user interfaces, control motors, send data to computers, and so much more!

Tickets are £15, and are very limited - this workshop will sell out! Book your tickets now!

This workshop will be from 11am to 4pm, with a break for lunch around 1pm. You can bring along your own Arduino or Arduino Unos and Starter Kits will be sale at £18 and £30 respectively. Please bring cash if you would like to purchase one of these.

You will also need to bring a laptop with the Arduino software installed, which you can download from the Arduino website. It's available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and if you have any difficult installing the software, please arrive to the workshop early and we'll do our best to help you.

Out with the Old, In with the New!

As we look forward to all the great projects and events that will be happening at the space in 2014, it's also fun to look back at our incredibly busy 2013. Member Dominic Morrow has compiled some of our best bits into a pictorial review of 2013, including Maker Faire, the Ukulele Orchestra, and our moment of fame on BBC Click!

We also asked Hackspace members to tell us their project plans for 2014 - from everyday adventures to epic follies. Here are just some of the responses:

  • Gareth wants to make a clock that knits a scarf row every day to produce a year-long scarf
  • Adam wants to create a gaming PC case from a .50 calibre ammo case
  • Rave wants to make a full suit of Necromonger armour
  • James H. wants to make an atomic model of DNA
  • Pat wants to design a toilet bowl for use in zero gravity
  • Kate wants to knit a shawl that looks like a maple leaf
  • Nader wants to launch a satellite into space!

You can read the thread and add your own plans on the Google Group! We're looking forward to seeing what great projects you get involved with this year!

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