We continue to plug away at the building using the following method:
- make a mess
- clear the mess
It seems there’s a never-ending list of tasks but when you look back for a moment it’s clear that we have actually come along way already.
We’ve just conducted an epic exercise in teamwork:- “Scaffolding Day™”
HUGE thanks to everyone that helped — particularly Ian who flew down from Scotland and Victor from Paulo’s Gardening Works. It was an extremely satisfying activity as everyone self-organised into chains.
We have the scaffolding until the 30th June so we urgently require help to get the roof sorted out — especially tradesmen. Please shout if you can join us! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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!
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.
Saturday Feb 11th sees the Digital ACE event happening at Beau Sejour from 12 ’til 5pm.
This is Makerspace’s second year of involvement. Last year we had a ball meeting lots of people and showing them 3D printing and laser etching.
We will be launching a new robotics initiative at the event so come along and have a play!
We had a busy weekend recently…
Friday 18 Nov, at Beau Sejour for the States’ Services exhibition/showcase thing and Sunday 20 Nov, at Beau Sejour again for our first Charities Faire.
Friday was numerically quiet but we did get some excellent conversations with people interested in the Makerspace. Sunday was a very different affair producing hundreds conversations with the public.
Our stand showed off three 3D printers, a 3D scanner, our homemade laser etcher, a couple of our spirograph machines and a plethora of pick-up conversation starters.
Happily, the two events back-to-back spurred us into completing our ScreenTotem™ which now has six(6) screens and new video content!
…big thanks to some of the boys from the homeschooling community for help in rewiring the ScreenTotem™!
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!
A makerspace is a community workshop with all sorts of tools and equipment that can be used by members. Many exist around the world and we think Guernsey needs one.
Beyond the basics of a workshop, we believe there is a lot of crossover with other activities which we want to embrace.
Here’s an illustration of things we want to be connected with. It is by no means exhaustive. Add your suggestions as a comment.
Here’s the edited version of Patrick Abrahams’ talk…