eDay2 a Great Success

September 17, 2013

eDay2 was a great success. Many thanks to all those Makerspace members who came along on Saturday (7th September) to Gateshead Central Library and helped out during the day or just showed up to give moral support.

We had at least 5 3D printers on display, numerous Arduino projects, Makey Makey, Bare Conductive painting and Raspberry Pi stuff.

The day was well attended with around 250 people coming along to see what it was about. Around 50-60 teachers, students and parents attended the Raspberry Pi workshops.

More details at the Makerspace blog:
http://www.makerspace.org.uk/blog/2013/09/makerspace-eday/


eDay2 – Saturday 7th September 2013

August 29, 2013

Last year Makerspace helped organised a special technology and digital skills event called eDay with Gateshead libraries which introduced the general public to new technologies such 3D Printers, Raspberry Pi’s, Arduinos, Lego Mindstorms etc.

eDay was a first for UK public libraries (and possibly the world). It was really well received with lots of other public libraries looking to emulate the event.

Here are some write-ups of the day:

http://www.makerspace.org.uk/blog/2012/09/gateshead-library-eday/
https://govx.socitm.gov.uk/spaces/twictpublic/discussion/messages/736926
http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Council%20and%20Democracy/news/News%20Articles/E-Day-Is-A-Winner.aspx

This year eDay2 will be on Saturday 7th September 2103 and will take place as part of the British Science Festival.

It’s a free event but you’ll need a ticket to come along, details are here:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5720145108

They’ll be Raspberry Pi workshops in the morning and afternoon. These will be delivered by Dr Alun Moon from Northumbria University, assisted by my good self.

As well as Makerspace, Vector76 will there again and this time they’ll be bringing their awesome Oculus Rift! There’ll be lots of other groups helping out so expect to find lots of other digital stuff going on during the day.

* 3D Printing,
* Raspberry Pi and Ardunio show and tell from Makerspace Newcastle
* Simple Maker activities
* Retro Gaming
* Makey Makey

Raspberry Pi Workshops

You can expect much of the same

Teachers and Adult Workshops

10am-10:40am

11am-11:40am

Workshops for age 8+

13:00pm -13:40pm

14:00pm – 14:40pm


Photos from Maker Faire UK 2013

May 30, 2013

I finally managed to get my photo’s off my phone, so here they are:

Setting up our Makerspace stands

My RKade – PiMame mini arcade cabinet, Jay is playing it in one of the pics.

Makerspace’s 3D-Printers, including Will’s printer and Jay’s huge 3D Printer which has a print envelope of 400mm x 400mm x 400mm

Mitch Altman from NoiseBridge with some of the Makerspace crew:

Some random pics taken during the two days:


Maker Faire UK 2013 great success

April 29, 2013

Hi everyone, I’ve finished spent two great days at Maker Faire UK in Newcastle were I helped out on Makerspace’s stand

I think I can safely say that Maker Faire 2013 was a great success, especially  for Makerspace.

A very big thank you to all members who were able to man our stand and for all those members who visited us during the Faire. We have lots and lots of people visiting our stand checking out who we were and what we do. We hope many of them will become new members.

Our tables were jam pack with our creations and builds, so many, I think we emptied Makerspace 🙂

Ed’s Laser Caper game was a roaring success. Every time I passed there were queues of people patiently wait to have a go.

Brian’s DIYBio table was also a great success with many people leaving their bacteria, myself include, for Brian to cultivate.

We met up with many, many makers from around the UK and Ireland and have we have made many new friends.


Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire 7th April 2013

April 7, 2013

Just got back from Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

We met up with HackLab , the Edinburgh hackspace which has just moved into ot’s new premises

MakLab a Glasgow based “professional” hackspace that offers a commercial fabrication service but still has supports its hacker roots.