At Large in the Community

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!

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…big thanks to some of the boys from the homeschooling community for help in rewiring the ScreenTotem™!

Edible Farm Recon

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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?”

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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.

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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!

What is Makerspace?

 

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.