eDay – Gateshead Library 29th September 2012

September 30, 2012

I’ve just about recovered from helping Newcastle Maker Space put on a great makers event at Gateshead Central Libraries eDay

We had a really great day. Thanks to all the makers for helping out and to  Gateshead Libraries for asking Maker Space to get involved.

We had not one, not two but three 3D printers on the day. A big thanks to Paddy, Cay and James for bringing them along. They spent the entire day printing out glyphs and minecraft blocks for the kids who thought the 3D printers for great.

Ed and Iain were doing Arduino stuff in the other corner and Brian, Chris and myself were manning the Raspberry Pi tables.

We had a nice crowd, over a 150 by my estimation. At most times during the day all the 7 Raspberry Pi’s we had set up were being used by people. The kids liked to program in Scratch no doubt showing off to their parents  and were happy to play the retro games we’re had the RPi’s emulating.

We were busy from the start, right up to about 2.0pm when things started to trail off. Every thing went well, even the youngsters braying the crap out the raspberry pi’s and their keyboards and mice didn’t stop the show. Hoorah for the plastic cases 😉 The big screen
projection worked a treat. We had the 3D printers and RPi media playing on it for all the day.

I spend my entire time talking to ICT teachers who were really, really interested in getting the RPi into their schools.

We had big Maker Space banners on the walls which made a great impression and there was talk of making eDay a regular event.

Only thing I forgot to do was take some pics, so I hope someone can post some pic’s on the Maker Space’s wiki for us all to see.


Super Monday: Makers and Hardware Hacking

May 28, 2012

Wow, May’s been a busy, busy month for me. My day time job has taken me off to foreign climates for most of it, while what little time I’ve had home has been spent messing around with the Raspberry Pi.

Returning to the end of the April, a number of us from the Maker Space were asked to given a short talk at the Super Monday group. I haven’t done any public speaking since my University days, so I was very nervous about it.

  • Cay Green give us a great talk on the history of 3D Printing and how hobbyists are lowering the entry cost
  • Ed Bisdee gave a talk, in his usual energetic style, about how easy the Arduino is get electronic projects up and running
  • I give a talk about the hardware hackability of the Raspberry Pi and
  • Nigel Hope introduced us the BeagleBone, a powerful and opensource development board.

All in all it was a very enjoyable evening. Videos from the night are here:

http://www.supermondays.org/2012/04/18/makers-and-hardware-hacking/

and Stuart Holmes wrote a nice review of the talks:

http://www.xero-g.co.uk/trubru/2012/05/supermondays-a-review-for-april-2012/