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Electronics area relocated

The electronics stations have been moved downstairs into Hackspace 2.5.

The test instruments, tools, small component storage and cable racks have also been moved. In the next fortnight a breakfast bar style storage unit will be constructed down the middle of the room between electronics and CNC. Members will find that the lighting is much better. Use your normal RFID card to gain access.

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Events Workshops

“Blinky Grid” Scrolling LED workshop

This is a hands-on workshop to create a pretty darn cool scrolling LED display. Its just in time for Xmas messages and easily re-programmable for future use.

Its programmable via light (!) via a simple web interface.

Its a surface mount kit from Edinburgh Hacklab and based upon this kit by Wayne and Layne:

https://www.wayneandlayne.com/projects/blinky-smt/blinky_smt_grid_finished

 

Its a way of learning to solder surface mount components and get something great at the end.

It will be quite a bit of soldering, so the time taken to build it might be a bit variable. Due to this its not totally suitable for younger folk, unless they have a pretty good attention span.

This workshop is £12 including all parts and me to help guide getting it working.(Plus booking fee, sorry).

Please sign up here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blinky-grid-scrolling-badge-workshop-tickets-14695780475

Any questions please email me: matt@re-innovation.co.uk

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Build a Solar-Powered Phone Charger Workshop

Phone Charger

Get ready for the summer with this fun and exciting workshop on Thursday, 29 May.

Using a simple bolt-together design that requires only basic soldering, you can create a convenient solar-powered USB-output phone charger perfect for festivals, the beach, or just enjoying a weekend picnic.

Dr. Matt Little, Hackspace member, will lead this workshop and cover the basics of solar electricity, with everything you need to create your phone charger included.

The workshop is on Thursday, 29 May, from 7pm to 9pm. Tickets are £20 and available now at Eventbrite.

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Events Workshops

Introduction to Arduino Workshop – Saturday, 19th July

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, 19th July.

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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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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Light-Up Christmas Card Workshop

Bare Conductive Light-Up Christmas Card

Learn how to use Bare Conductive paint and make a neat Christmas card in this fun workshop on Saturday, 14 December, from 1pm to 4pm.

Bare Conductive paint is electrically conductive, giving you a great way to make circuits without needing to know how to solder or how to use a soldering iron. Non-toxic and fun, you’ll be able to make a light-up Christmas card in this workshop with a bright Christmas-themed card, flashing LED light, and battery included for each participant.

The workshop is open to all ages, and will cost only £7. Only 15 places are open, so please book now to avoid disappointment.

To book your space on the workshop, visit our Eventbrite page!

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Build Your Own PCB Workshop

PCB Board
An example of the workshop’s PCB board

Learn how to make your very own printed circuit board (PCB) in this workshop run by Dr. Matt Little on Thursday, 17 October.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the photo-resist and ferric-chloride etching process for making printed circuit boards to make a breakout board for converting old ATX power supplies into useful power supplies for future projects.

The workshop includes all components and training, using equipment available at the hackspace so that you can use the same equipment in the future to make your own circuit boards.

Running from 7:30 – 9:30, the workshop costs £10 and tickets are available now.

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DIY Solar Power Workshop on Saturday, 31 August

The sun on a blue sky

Nottingham Hackspace will be holding a day of DIY Solar Power on Saturday, 31st August, from 11am – 5pm, run by Hackspace member Dr. Matt Little of RE-Innovation.

At this day-long workshop, you can build a system that includes a 10Wp solar panel, charge regulator, voltmeter and enclosure – ideal for charging your phone or batteries and much more.

This workshop will cover:

  • Solar photovoltaic technologies
  • Resource assessment
  • Load assessment
  • System design
  • Building and taking home a working off-grid PV system

This exciting workshop will cost £60, and includes a 10Wp photovoltaic panel, DIY solar PV kit, and a recycled battery.

Register for this workshop now.

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Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Saturday, 28 September – SOLD OUT

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, 28th September.

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 £10, 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.

This workshop is now SOLD OUT. There will be another workshop on Saturday, 9th November, and spaces are limited.

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Robot Bug Workshop and Race on 15 June

Vibrobug Red Ant
The Red Ant Vibrobug, one of the bugs that can be made at the workshop.

Build your own robot bug and then race it against others in this workshop for children and adults on Saturday, 15 June.

The small robot is a great way to learn how to solder, with only six points to solder, a coin cell power board and pre-cut perspex. The bug then vibrates across a smooth surface, giving you a creepy crawling bug that’s fun for all ages.

Once everyone has built and personalised their bugs, there’ll be the Great Robot Race, where the owner of the best robot will win a unique one-off kit from Kitronik.

Run by Rob Haywood from Kitronik, the workshop will run from 10:00am to 12:00pm, and is for children aged 8 and over. Tickets cost £10. Adults must accompany all children, but if there just to supervise, adults are free.

To book your ticket, please visit the Eventbrite page.