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Hi! The keen eyed among you may have noticed that there have been less newsletters recently. We’ve taken the decision to move to a monthly format, so we can focus on getting the best and most relevant news out to you. If you’re missing the fortnightly newsletter, make sure you follow us on Google +, twitter and Facebook for all the news as it happens!

 

We’ve got a jam packed spring coming up at the space, including three new regular workshops taking place on Thursday nights, a new laser cutter (with your help!) and a survey about the future of Hackspace with some fantastic prizes to be won!

Sewing Group

Inspired by the many conversations over on the Google Group about sewing projects, we’re launching a fortnightly sewing session. Aimed at people with some amount of machine sewing experience, the workshops will look at making patterns, toiles and finished garments! The first two sessions will involve making a simple clothes cover for future projects.  All materials will be provided, although you are encouraged to bring a sewing machine if you can whilst new machines are sourced for the 'space.  

The group started on the 6th Feb, and continues fortnightly. The next meeting is on the 20th Feb from 7pm

New Year, New Uke, New Night!

Following on from the success of the New Year New Uke intro to ukulele workshop on Jan 18th, The Ukulele Orchestra of Hackspace is moving to fortnightly Thursdays, starting on the 13th of Feb from 7pm. Aimed at beginners and improvers, this workshop will develop on from the Jan 18th session, introducing new songs and chords, and new techniques across a range of styles. It’s free to come along, with a suggested donation of £2 to cover printing costs. Bring your uke, and let’s play! Let us know if you're coming on our Facebook event page.
 

Monday music night continues too, a great place to jam and play along. Expect songs about cows, boats and mining! We meet every Monday from 7pm until we drop, and welcome any new players who’d like to drop in and join us!

Arduino Evening

ArduinoOur regular Arduino day-long workshops are always a great success. It regularly sells out, and participants are keen to carry on and learn more! Arduino workshop organisers James and Ian are planning to launch a regular Arduino Evening at the space, to work on new projects, continue to learn new things and new ideas and even to work on collaborative group projects. What kinds of things would you like to make with the Arduino, and what kinds of things would you like to learn? Join the discussion to find out more, and watch this space for dates and times!

Maker Faire, 26-27 April 2014

We’ve been accepted to host a table at this year’s Maker Faire at the Life Centre in Newcastle. We’ll be looking for your projects, work in progress and activities to fill our stall. Maker Faire is a celebration of creativity, craft and cool stuff, and this event is one of the highlights of the making year!

If you have ideas of things you’d like to do and show, join the discussion on the Google group.

Science in the Park

We’re going to be taking part in Science in the Park, on 15th March at Wollaton Hall, and we need you to volunteer! We’re going to be running Matt Little’s Marble Run again, which is a fantastic and fun activity. If you can spare some time, please join us on the day!

If you can volunteer, please let us know on the Google groups thread.

Brit SciFi

We’re going to be running a craft workshop at this year’s Brit SciFi event at the National Space Centre on the 1st and 2nd March. We’ll be building (Blue Peter-style) a giant Tracy Island, complete with toilet rolls, sticky-back plastic and round-ended scissors! Also at the event there will be stars from Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Thunderbirds, The Tomorrow People, Blake’s 7 and more! If you’d like to volunteer to help, please let us know on the Google group

 

Microslice

Hackspace member Gregory Holloway has developed a build it yourself mini laser cutter & engraver called the Microslice. It is controlled using an Arduino UNO. It uses Open Source software and is able to cut paper, and engrave wood & plastics. He has launched a Kickstarter project to develop the project including some great perks! 

Have you got a great project you want to tell us about? Have you been featured on Instructables or have a Kickstarter we can help support? Let us know!

Laser Cutter Pledge

We’re currently running a laser cutter pledge to raise funds to buy a new laser cutter for the space. The cutter has an A0 bed, allowing for bigger cuts, new software and more power. We’re buying it from Just Add Sharks, a new company set up by Hackspace members Dominic Morrow and Martin Raynsford.
The cost of the cutter and accessories is £4000, and at last count, we had raised £3751, leaving just £249 to raise. Pledge donations are matched with time on the laser, so it’s a great way to pay up front, and includes inductions and workshops.
Find out more, and pledge on the Nottinghack Wiki
, and join the discussion on the Google group

Printing Workshops at the Malt Cross

fourbeatwalk and hand cut hand are organising a series of short print courses at the Malt Cross, including Mono Printing, Relief Printing, Screen Printing, and Zine & Book Making. Starting on Monday evenings from the 10th Feb, these workshops look like great inky fun! Find out more at  http://fourbeatwalk.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/print-workshops/

NOTTINGHAM HACKSPACE AND YOU... What does the future hold? Please answer this members only survey to win a prize bag worth £150!

What do members think about Hackspace? We just don't know. Anyone who has ever given a tour will know how difficult it can be to describe "What does Nottingham Hackspace do?" One of the best answers has to be "two hundred members, two hundred different Hackspaces!"
In the near future decisions will need to be made about the future of Nottingham Hackspace. Should it stay as it is and refine and restrict its growth? Should it move to bigger premises and engage it a broader offering of activities? These and many other questions are asking in the Hackspace membership survey.
The data from the survey is being gathered by Nottingham Hackspace member Dominic Morrow, the answers you give are secret and confidential and the data collectively will be presented back to anyone who is interested both online and as a evening of discussion. The survey will close in the first week of March 2014.

Prize draw:

Sugru goody bag and t-shirt, £60 of O'Reilly/Make Media book vouchers, Element14 RPi development board, Hackspace t-shirt (your choice of size cut and colour).
Join in the survey here!

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