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Introduction to Arduino Workshop – Sat 5th Oct 2019

James Fowkes and Ian Dickinson are re-running the popular Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Sat 5th Oct 2019 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Nottingham Hackspace.

This is a great way to get started with the Arduino and requires no previous knowledge of electronics or software. You will start by getting a LED to flash (the beginning of all great electronics projects), and progress to adding switch inputs, controlling a motor and reading analogue sensors.

Cost for the workshop is £27.54 with all money (less Eventbrite fees) going to the hackspace.

Arduino starter kits will be provided for use at the workshop. We will also have starter kits and Arduino Unos available for sale.

To book, please visit: http://hsnottsarduino20.eventbrite.co.uk

This workshop is limited to 15 places, but note that this event often sells out, so early booking is advised. 

Feedback from a recent attendee: Attended recent workshop, it really is very professionally run! The trainers inspirational and empathetic to slower learners, supporting material is well organised relevant to the workshop, reasonably paced. The logistics flawless all students had what we needed on a desk when the class started and at each section as we advanced through the projects, Congrats to everyone involved.

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Build a Bat Box: SOLD OUT

Come and build your very own bat box to take away and put up at home.

In this fun workshop, we’ll be using woodworking tools to saw, hammer and glue the bat boxes together! Hackspace volunteers will be availble to show you correct techniques when using the saws and how to use the tools safely.

The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be coming along to the workshop to talk about current conservation efforts in our area, the types of bat boxes that are most used and where the best hideouts for bats are! Bat boxes can also be donated to the Wildlife Trust if you don’t have a garden space of your own.

The ticket price cover materials to build one bat box.

Tickets can be booked on eventbrite. SOLD OUT!

 

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Pyrography Workshops with Bob Neill: Sat 19th Oct 2019

In this workshop, hosted by Bob Neill, you’ll be learning the ancient art of Pyrography. Bob is a skilled pyrographer and is visiting us for one morning only from his workshop in Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire. At this workshop Bob will show us some Pyrography techniques and you will have a hands-on opportunity to practice your new skill.

Come, have fun and learn something new!

The word Pyrography comes from the greek words Pur and Graphos; the word roughly translates to Fire Writing! How cool is that?

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pyrography-workshop-with-bob-neill-tickets-62312294751

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Workshops galore! Sat 21st Sept & Sat 12th Oct 2019

Why not sign up for one of these brilliant short workshops running at the hackspace?

Make a Macrame Flowerpot Holder

Macrame is the practice of knotting & tying strings into patterns to make decorative pieces. In this 2 hour workshop, Caroline will teach you some of the key techniques used in Macrame and you will make a beautiful hanging plant pot holder knotted with a beehive pattern. All of the material will be provided, you just need to bring yourself.

Times, prices and tickets on Eventbrite.

Cosplay Fairy Pixie Wing Workshops

Join us at the Hackspace where Amber will be guiding you through the process of making you’re very own set of fairy wings for cosplay outfits. All of the material will be provided, you just need to bring yourself.

Times, prices and tickets on Eventbrite.

Paper Stencil Screen Printing

In this 3 hour workshop led by Sarah Holden, you will learn how to make two colour, paper stencil screen prints. You will be shown how to cut your own stencils using a scalpel, how to mix colours and what inks to use. By the end of the workshop you will be printing your own designs onto totebags that you can then take home!

Times, prices and tickets on Eventbrite.

More details of all Nottinghack’s Workshops can be found on Eventbrite.
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Workshop – Strandbeest Walking Robots – 24th Feb 2019

A workshop with Martin Raynsford

With kind permission from the trustees and generous assistance from Ian Dickinson, I would love to come to Nottingham and put on a workshop making my Strandbeest walking robots as seen in this video.

The kit contains everything you need to build a wind powered strandbeest walker, with additional components to motorise the design and control it from your mobile device. The kit generally takes about 2 hours to assemble but if you’re already competent at soldering that will easily be less. The boards come pre programmed but I’m happy to stay after and help people set up their arduino environment if they want to play with the software.

The date is provisionally set for the 24th of February at 10am, the price will be £25. Booking is not essential but I need positive confirmation from a few attendees to ensure it actually happens. Contact MSRaynsford@gmail.com to book a space.

More information about the kit can be found here.

The kit itself includes a wemos D1 which uses the ESP8266 so it’s a great introduction to that wifi module. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the space so I look forward to seeing some of you again in February.

Martin

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Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Saturday 2nd March 2019

James Fowkes and Ian Dickinson are planning to re-run the popular Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Sat 2nd March 2019 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Nottingham Hackspace.

This is a great way to get started with the Arduino and requires no previous knowledge of electronics or software. You will start by getting a LED to flash (the beginning of all great electronics projects), and progress to adding switch inputs, controlling a motor and reading analogue sensors.

Cost for the workshop is £25 with all money (less Eventbrite fees) going to the hackspace.

Arduino starter kits will be provided for use at the workshop. We will also have starter kits (£35) and Arduino Unos (£18) available for sale.

To book, please visit: http://hsnottsarduino19.eventbrite.co.uk

This workshop is limited to 15 places, but as this event often sells out, early booking is advised.

Feedback from a recent attendee: “Attended recent workshop, it really is very professionally run! The trainers inspirational and empathetic to slower learners, supporting material is well organised relevant to the workshop, reasonably paced. The logistics flawless all students had what we needed on a desk when the class started and at each section as we advanced through the projects, Congrats to everyone involved.”

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Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Saturday, 26 May!

Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting the incredibly popular all-day Introduction to Arduino Workshop, run by James Fowkes and Ian Dickinson, on Saturday, 26 May.

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.

Arduino board in actionThis 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 £25, which includes use of all tools, boards and components, and free tea or coffee.

Arduino Unos will be available to purchase for £18 and Arduino Starter Kits will be available to purchase for £35. Please bring cash if you would like to buy either of these.

You can purchase your tickets now at EventBrite. This is a very popular workshop, with a limited number of spaces, so please buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

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Build your own WiFi development board in this workshop!

Flyer for the CheeseBoard: Cheddar WorkshopJoin Mouse and Dr. Matt Little to build a WiFi connected development board!

This workshop will be on Thursday, 30 November, from 19:00 – 22:00.

The board is called CheeseBoard: Cheddar, a fully open-source kit from The Curious Electric Company. The board is based on the ESP8266 WiFi system on a chip (the NodeMCU Amica development board) – it’s been designed to try out your ideas quickly and easily, and is a great learning platform for developing ideas on the ESP8266/NodeMCU.

The board contains:

  • ESP8266 Amice NodeMCU unit
  • 124 x 64 pixel OLED display
  • Rotary encoder with push-switch
  • 5 x WS2812 RGD LEDs

There are also breakout pads for connecting serial data and also a socket for an HC-12 wireless serial module.

This workshop will be a mixture of soldering the kit together (just basic through-hole soldering), fitting it into the enclosure, and uploading some basic code.

We’ll be providing some basic programs to get started, but if you could bring along a laptop with the Arduino IDE already installed.

This workshop will be £20 and tickets are available now and are limited.

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Join the Nottinghack Crapathon on Saturday, 21 October!

It’s time again for the annual…

NOTTINGHAM HACKSPACE CRAPATHON!

Saturday, 21 October!

Poster for the CRAPATHON

Conceptualise and create projects with no value whatsoever!

  1. Create a problem no one has!
  2. Design a solution!
  3. Build it!
  4. Demo it!
  5. Win a crap award!

Rough schedule will be:

  • 12:00PM – It starts! There’s a spiel! You can use things! Go!
  • 7:00PM – You’re done! Stop making stuff! Eat food!
  • 8:00PM – Demos! Voting! Awards! Socialise! (Bring a bottle)
  • Late: GO HOME!

Stuck for ideas? Some of the Crapathon entries over the past two years were:

  • Spray can shaker
  • Fan-powered ghost
  • Magic Hate Ball
  • Bunny Ocarinas
  • Monkey with rolling eyes
  • Cheesoid the Robot
  • Suggestions box that automatically shreds and files all submissions
  • Robot that badly plays the Theremin so you don’t have to
  • Automatic face-recognising laser blinder
  • Rocket salad launcher
  • A box for THE ONE TRUE GOD

This is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Work individually or in teams. Spectators also welcome!

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Find out how to help out at the Team Social on Saturday, 30 September!

Are you a Nottingham Hackspace member?

Have you wanted to help out?

Have you wanted to join a team, but wasn’t sure how?

Have you wanted to have a nice meal with nice people and find out how to help?

We’re having a Team Social on Saturday, 30 September.

Starting around noon, this will give you a chance to find out about the various teams, ways you can volunteer at the space, and get involved!

This is also a potluck event, so bring along a nice dish and plenty of enthusiasm!