Ongoing renovation works

We continue to plug away at the building using the following method:

  1. make a mess
  2. clear the mess
  3. repeat

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.

 

Shed Update

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!  (admin@makerspace.gg)

That was Digital ACE 2017

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.

Digital ACE Event

DigitalACE 2016

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!

Edible Farm Recon

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!

Men’s Sheds

mens-sheds-logoAt the Thrive2020 conference of Mon 10 Oct 2016, Patrick Abrahams spoke about the Men’s Sheds initiative which has over 350 sheds in the UK, 900+ in Australia and more beyond.

These ‘sheds’ are workspaces where men (and women) can gather to build and repair projects for themselves or others in the community.  There’s also a emphasis on tea drinking!  🙂

It overlaps hugely with what we’re planning for Makerspace Guernsey so his talk has given us renewed vigour to get a venue sorted out and get going.  Thank you Patrick!

Check them out… http://menssheds.org.uk

Watch Patrick’s Thrive2020 talk…  https://youtu.be/WU0eeguq6rI?t=6h01m35s

April Holiday Workshops

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: marcel.lenormand@gmail.com

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™

 

Digital Greenhouse and the Half-term Make-A-Thon

As some of you already know, the Digital Greenhouse is kindly letting us use their facility as a base for operations as they prepare to open our first full-time community workshop. We’re extremely grateful for the support and encouragement from DG and we’re looking forward to more collaborations going forward.

To celebrate, we’re intending to host a series of open events in the new Digital Greenhouse facility. The first event will be held over the week of half-term, Monday 22nd to Friday 26th February. Over the course of the week we will be attempting to build an open source BQ Ciclop 3D scanner, using BQs electronics package and parts printed on the Ultimaker. The scanner will then become permanent Makerspace equipment. If you have any ideas for other build projects for future events please tell us.

It’s an open event, all week. Come along and chat, help out, bring along stuff you’re working on.

BQ Ciclop Electronics
BQ Electronics kit for the Ciclop comes with a purpose built Arduino compatible control board, motor drivers, laser line modules, webcam and power supply.

Popup Makerspace on TV

Big thanks to BBC Guernsey and ITV for the coverage and support!  Aug 2015