Arduino Evening: Motor Control on Thursday, 20 March

Arduino Robot Base by Chris Palmer

Arduino Robot Base by Chris Palmer

Following the success of the Introduction to Arduino workshops, James Fowkes will also be running a new series of regular Arduino evenings, looking at specific aspects of the Arduino platform.

Great for anyone who’s been on the Introduction workshop and wants to play around more with this system, the first evening is on Thursday, 20 March, from 7:30 to 9:30.

This evening will focus on motor control, with James giving a short talk on the major kinds of motors you’re likely to encounter in your Arduino projects, including simple DC, brushless DC (BLDC), steppers, and servos, and how each one is driven. Then it’s time to get stuck into making things move!

You can bring your own Arduino and laptop if you want some hands-on experience, or you can watch and listen. Either way, you’ll learn a lot about motors and how to make your next project move!

Tickets are £5 and are available now. Spaces are limited, so buy your tickets now.

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Introduction to Arduino Workshop – Saturday, 12th April

Arduino Uno Board

Arduino Uno board. Photo from Nick Hubbard.

Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting an all-day Introduction to Arduino Workshop, run by James Fowkes and Ian Dickinson, on Saturday, 12th April.

The Arduino system is a microcontroller board and software designed for extreme ease-of-use and learning, and has been wildly successful all over the world – not just in electronics, but for all sorts of maker projects. If you want to learn how to incorporate electronic control into your projects, this is definitely the workshop for you.

This workshop will cover:

  • What an Arduino is, and how to program it
  • Components and tools
  • Basics of electronics (voltage, current, resistance, etc.)
  • Arduino input and outputs
  • Controlling high-power components
  • Analog output
  • And more!

Aimed for complete beginners, this workshop doesn’t require you to have written a single line of code, switched on a soldering iron or even own an Arduino to take part. All the electronics equipment, including Arduino boards, will be provided on the day, but you will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with. It would also help if you installed the Arduino software onto your laptop before the workshop.

This workshop will run from 11am to 4pm, with a break for lunch at 1pm, and will cost £15, which includes use of all tools, boards and components, and free tea or coffee.

Arduino boards and kits will also be on sale for further exploration of this fantastic system.

Spaces are limited and this workshop is extremely popular, so please book your tickets now.

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International Arduino Day 2014 – 29 March

Arduino Day BannerJoin Nottingham Hackspace to celebrate Arduino’s tenth birthday on International Ardunio Day – March 29th 2014.

If you’ve not heard of Arduino before (and we think that is unlikely), it is an open source electronics prototyping platform that pretty much kickstarted the making revolution we’re now in.  You can find more details on their site (http://arduino.cc).

On International Arduino day from 1pm we’ll be showing off Arduino projects, and you’ll be able to talk to the makers behind them, putting on mini-workshops throughout the day suitable for all abilities and exploring what Arduino can offer.  If you’ve never used Arduino before, you can come along from 11am to get your laptop up and ready to use them, and even buy a beginners kit if you want to.

From 6pm we’ll be celebrating Arduino’s 10th birthday with a party and a birthday cake (Arduino shaped, of course).

You can sign up for free tickets to the day, party, or both on eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/arduino-day-2014-tickets-10825849407

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Nottingham Hackspace Photographers

Every first Monday evening we will be starting a new group for Photographers at the Hackspace.

The group is for anyone with an interest in photography, or anyone interested in getting more involved with photography.
I promise we will not judge you by your camera.
We will be having our first meeting on Monday 3rd March, from about 6.30pm onwards. We will finish at about 9-9.30pm
I will be giving an initial talk titled ‘Less worry, more photos’ which will be a bit of an introduction to the ethos of the group packaged
up along side some inspirational words, which will start at 7.30pm.
So people able to arrive a little earlier can socialise, but you won’t miss anything major if you arrive at 7.30pm.
You have to bring a recently taken photo with you as well. Ideally printed off.
If you can not print it off before hand, email it me over and I will print it for you.
This event is free. Non members are welcome.
Any questions you can ask Jake on the mailing list, where we already have a topic for the group.

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SafeSpaces at Nottingham Hackspace

The Hackspace is a wonderful and joyous space.  To make sure that all our members, guests, and event attendees get the same amazing experience of the space, we now have a SafeSpaces policy.

This policy covers the Hackspace and the interactions we have when representing the Hackspace at external events.

We hope you will join us in wanting to make the Hackspace a better place.

If you have any concerns about this, please email trustees@nottinghack.org.uk. If you would rather talk to a trustee directly, their email addresses are available on the wiki.

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Open Hack Day

Saturday, 1st Feb, from 11am

Open HackOn Saturday 1st Feb we’ll be hosting our first Open Hack Day. Since Hackspace began, we’ve held an Open Hack Night every Wednesday, to allow new members to visit the space, take a tour, and find out what great things we have on offer.

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the space, or wondered what we do, this is a great way to find out. You will have an opportunity to meet Hackspace members, see the projects they are working on, and perhaps even get involved in some making yourself!

We’ll be on hand all day to answer any questions, show you the ropes and keep the kettle boiling!

 

This is a FREE event, we look forward to seeing you there!

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Rope Making Workshop

Tue 11th Feb 7PM

Rope MakingAt Derby Maker Faire last November, Derby Makers showed us their amazing rope making machine!

On Tuesday the 11th Feb, they will be invading Nottingham Hackspace with their machine, and showing us how to make our own!

This workshop is aimed at  all ages and is a very interesting lesson in learning how rope works!

The Derby Makers will send us the instructions for the rope maker and we’ll try and make one ourselves from stuff in the workshop (we’ll check the ingredients first and get any we’re missing in time for the visit).
We hope you can make it along to this great event!

This is a PAY WHAT YOU FEEL event, with a donation pot to cover costs.

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A Year in Review 2013

It’s been a year of consolidation at Nottingham Hackspace with a few milestones too. It’s was our 2nd full year at Roden House and our 3rd since Nottinghack was founded. This year marked us breaking the 200 member boundary but also slipping into 2nd place as the UK 2nd largest Hackspace (with London Hackspace’s move in June).

Some highlights have included

The Ukulele Orchestra of Hackspace founded and has since spawned into a number of interesting ventures including Luthiers (Stringed Instrument Makers) Club and Olde Timee Band who you can here playing here. If that is something you like then you can join in most Monday evenings from about 7pm. In fact 2013 was very social all round with the inauguration of Friday’s informal “BAD MOVIE NIGHT” as well as some nice group meals!

We suddenly got famous too, BBC Click featured us in a story by LJ Rich called “Can anyone do DIY Tech?”

 

Our appearance of television coincided (and not by accident) with us being featured on Hack-A-Day and as a result we had our busiest open night ever…  so we decided to do a live hook-up with London Hackspace and Hackspace Manchester!

We were very happy to see the return of the UK Maker Faire this year and of course Nottingham Hackspace was there in strength providing not only a Hackspace table but also a UK Hackspace Foundation table as well!

We’ll be going to the Maker Faire 2014 too of course. Will you be coming along?

With so many new members we had a very busy and full Annual General Meeting this year. We needed to get at least 50 members in the room! It was a good opportunity for a group photograph.

We’ve had some super hard-work put into running workshops of all kinds though the Arduino workshops have been sold-out and very popular all year! We have more in 2014 check the calendar.

We had fun around Nottingham too when we took part in Light Night… we’re doing that again in 2014 so break out the LEDs and EL Wire!

… we got outdoors again and into the Arboretum to join in with the Green Festival!

What will 2014 bring? We’ve a lot of things planned and we can’t wait to see what you build at the Hackspace!

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New Year, New Uke!

Saturday, 18 January 2014 from 11am to 4pm

New Year, New UkeDid you get a Ukulele for Christmas, and don’t know where to start? Do you want to strum along with your favourite songs, but end up sounding like a cat stuck in a well?

We can help!

New Year, New Uke is a workshop for absolute beginners. Just bring along your uke and we’ll get you started!

 

Things we’ll be covering in the workshop include:

  • Tuning up: How to get your uke in tune, and make it stay in tune!
  • Your first chords: We’ll show you how to play four simple chords, and master the tricky changes between them. We’ll show you some classic progressions which you’ll find in loads of pop, folk and jazz songs.
  • Strumming: We’ll learn some simple strumming patterns to introduce variety and texture to your playing.
  • Resources: There are hundreds of great resources on the web for learning ukulele and new songs. We’ll introduce you to some of our favourites and how to get the best from them.

 

The workshop runs from 11am till 4pm, with a break for lunch.

Each participant will receive a printed workbook covering all the main workshop points, and a pdf link to it.

Cost: £5. Book online

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Five Fantastic Festive Workshops!

Throughout December, we’re hosting five brilliant workshop activities, perfect for the Hacker in need of a unique gift idea, or kids and parents looking for a fun and creative activity.

ScreenPrintingWorkshopScreenprinting
Thursday 5th December, 7pm – 10pm

Screenprinting uses a photographic process to make a screen from a black-and-white image, which is then used to print copies of the image. This workshop will be hosted by Matt, Becky and Dominic, who will show you how to print onto different materials, make screens, and create good prints.If you’re looking to make one-of-a-kind Christmas cards and gifts using your own designs, then this is definitely the workshop for you!

Cost: £7, 25 places available. Book online! 


Wax InlayWax Inlay Workshop
Saturday 7th December, 1pm – 4pm
Pick out delightful designs using coloured wax! Come away with brightly coloured Christmas decorations, sun catchers or even a personalised coaster with your name in! Suitable for kids and adults alike! All materials provided.
Cost: £5, 20 places available. Book online!

MarquetryMarquetry Workshop
Thursday, 12th December, 7pm-10pm
Make a coaster with coloured wood veneer inlay and personalise it with your name! Learn a little about the art of veneer inlay and how a laser cutter can be used to make the process simpler.
Cost: £10, 8 places available. Book online!

Bare Conductive Light-Up Christmas CardLight-Up Christmas Cards Workshop

Saturday, 14th December, 1pm – 4pm

Learn how to make a light-up blinking LED Christmas card or decoration in this fun and exciting workshop for all ages! Using Bare Conductive electrically conductive paint, this workshop is open to all ages and you will produce a great light-up card that’ll make a fantastic Christmas decoration!

Cost: £7, 15 places available. Book online!


Interaqctive Light-up RudolphSoft Circuit (E-Textile) Christmas Rudolph Decoration.

Thursday, 19th December, 7pm – 10pm

Decorate your house this Christmas with everyone’s favourite reindeer: the one with that famous red nose! Make his nose glow even brighter by using a PCB LED that sits under the fabric and lights up when you hold the push switch hidden in his cheek.

Cost: £10, 20 places available. Book online!
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