It’s slow progress but progress nonetheless. Over a series of Saturdays and weekdays, many tons of detritus have been removed from the sheds, sorted then relocated or dumped. Demolition of the internal stud-work structures has begun and repairs to the north-facing windows is underway. There is now a functioning toilet and the greenhouse vents (aka ‘lights’) have been fixed so that they can be electrically operated.
We’re very grateful that funding has been secured for the Men’s Shed to renovate the building — primarily to a wind and watertight state — so soon, very soon, the major work begins on the roof!
This, AFTER we’ve had a tidy up!
There’s an hole in the ceiling…
…we’re looking into it!
Grubby and dusty…
…but they’re great guys.
Some of our ‘intranet’ communications system.
Hacking old metalwork to build a welding bench. Waste not; want not.
Way back in the yonder years, two stooges with a desire to see a makerspace in Guernsey set out to build a community from which the space could follow. The mission: to gather a diverse range of passionate, creative people, mash them together and see what happens.
Blink your eyes and we’re 5 years old!!
It used to be called Nerd Nights. In 2016 we merged with a similar group (one year old at the time); BeerCodeDesign and became… Lightbulb Nights!
Would you like come to our party? There’ll be cake! 😉
The Makerspace team had a fab time at the Digital ACE event last weekend. A remarkable number of people crowded the Beau Sejour Concourse — estimated to be around 2,500. We enjoyed lots of very interesting conversations with people intrigued by this ‘makerspace’ thing and what we’re up to.
Alongside a couple of 3D printers and our ‘Screen Totem™’ we introduced our prototype robots that we’re developing for a upcoming Robot Games challenge. We are in the process of putting together kits of standard parts — including everything from radio control systems to motors and wood — that can be used to build robots that can compete in a range of challenges. Keep an eye on our website — or indeed join our mailing list — for updates of our progress and launch.
Thanks to the organisers of the event which aims to inspire people, particularly children, to use the internet to it’s fullest potential and to do so safely.
On Saturday 5th November a group of makers and Lightbulbers met with Jon Pettitt at the Edible Guernsey Farm in St Peters. The offer extended to us is for packing sheds and more for Makerspace to inhabit. The question on our minds is “can we create a Makerspace and Men’s Shed here, alongside the other things we have vision for, and serve the Edible vision too?”
Jon gave us the guided tour of the 5 acre site — both under modern and derelict glass. Of particular interest are the packing sheds but it’s fair to say that they need a lot of work to get them habitable.
There was a degree of excitement at the potential of the site and co-location with both Edible and other potential activities. Our mission now is to seek support to whip the sheds into shape. Any offers of help will be gratefully received — please get in touch!
After quite an epic hiatus, Maker School returns with some workshops for the holidays!
11-15th April 2016 10am-12:30pm at The Digital Greenhouse, St Peter Port £25 per session. Ages 9+ Spaces limited Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday Morning Tear-Down
Disassemble. Destroy. Dismantle. Discover! Taking things apart is a GREAT way to learn what goes on in the devices we use every day. In a guided and thoughtful way we’ll be breaking the seal on a range of gear and harvesting the parts for future use.
Expect motors, LEDs, circuit boards and more. (no mains electricity!)
Wednesday: Scuttle Robot Build Building Marcel’s cool vibrating robots from scratch. We’ll be using motors that were harvested on Monday plus batteries and nailbrushes then soldering and hot gluing them into action!Alert: This will be fun.
Thursday: LEGO Challenge Come and play with a ton of LEGO and be challenged to do the impossible! Expect head-scratching, brick-smashing frustration and jubilant success!
Friday: Scuttle Robot Wars™ Wild robotic action and battles. If you came to the build session on Wednesday; GREAT! If not, no problem. We’ll put them together for you today and everyone will create their own combat body-shell.Note: take home your Scuttle Robot™