On Sunday, 7th October, Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting its Maker Playgroup, a chance for parents and small children to enjoy the hackspace.
Starting at 10am, Maker Playgroup is a great way to see the space and talk to other makers and hackers. There will be crayons, paints, cardboard boxes and plenty for children to play with, whether inventing a new rocket ship or just colouring a robot.
Share your favourite parenting hacks, get to know other parents, and play at the Nottingham Hackspace!
Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting monthly lockpicking workshops with Locksport International, run by Warren Rockley of Locksport International UK.
Running on the first Saturday of every month, these workshops will focus on sport-style lockpicking, including:
The legal aspects and ramifications of owning, carrying and using lockpicks and associated tools
The tools available, the tools we use and the tools to avoid
The techniques involved in picking standard pin tumbler locks
Basic single-pin picking with specially modified training locks
Single-pin picking of unmodified locks containing security pins
Locks, picks and more information will be provided, and picks will also be available for purchase on the day.
The workshop will start at 1pm and will cost £5.
Please note: This is not a locksmithing course. The Nottingham Hackspace and Locksport International advise against picking locks that are in use or picking locks you do not own or have permission to pick. Any person making references to any illegal activities related to the locks or the techniques being taught or theft will be asked to leave without a refund.
Learn how to make candles at this workshop on Monday, 1 October, starting at 7:30pm.
Candles are easy to make and can be perfect gifts for anyone who likes a touch of homemade style. Using leftover wax from previous candles, cotton wicks and silicon baking moulds, you’ll come out of the workshop with your own candles and knowing how to make candles quickly and easily in your own home.
The Candle Making Workshop will cost £5, payable at the workshop, and includes all materials, free tea and coffee, and a tour of the hackspace.
Learn to make your own wine on Thursday, 27 September, at the Nottingham Hackspace, starting at around 7:30.
Hackspace member Matt Little will be explaining the process of making your own wine and how the equipment works – plus there’ll be a bit of homemade elderberry wine to try out!
Making homemade wine is a fairly straightforward way to use up elderflowers, elderberries, dandelions, strawberries, grapes, rhubarb and more! Easier than homebrewing beer, a great conversation starter, and fun!
This workshop will cost only £1 – covering all the details. Winemaking equipment will be kept at the Hackspace, excluding large glass demijohns, which can be purchased at Wilkinsons and online.
So find out how to make wine at the Nottingham Hackspace!
Many members of the Nottingham Hackspace will be attending Electromagnetic Field the weekend of 31 August to 2 September in Pineham Park, Milton Keynes.
This three-day festival is for anyone with an inquisitive mind or an interest in making things – everyone including hackers, geeks, scientists, engineers, artists, crafters and more.
Nottingham Hackspace will have a village at EMF Camp, giving you a chance to see what a hackspace can do while you camp. The space will be bringing equipment and supplies, giving you a chance to make things and try out experiments at the camp.
We’ll have kits for sale, soldering, laser cutting, knitting, drawing, and so much more!
Tickets are still available, both for the full weekend and for single days.
Don’t miss your chance to join us at this unique and exciting event!
Nottingham Hackspace is pleased to be the Nottingham centre for the 2012 Young Rewired State Festival of Code, running from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 August.
Focusing on supporting children and teenagers who are interested in programming and who have taught themselves to code, the Festival of Code is a challenge to use open data to create new and interesting digital products for both the mobile and the web. Working with other young people and mentors, these bright young things can create amazing things and share them with others, building business relationships, mentoring partnerships and lifelong friendships.
Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting a felt-making workshop on Thursday, 16 August, from 7pm to 10pm, with Letitica Hall.
Feltmaking is a fun and slightly messy activity for all ages, where you agitate wool in warm water to bind loose fibres together to create fabric. When you’ve created the felt, you can make almost anything with it, from hats to brooches to toys.
The workshop will be £4 in advance and £5 at the door, which gives you materials, instruction, free tea or coffee and a tour of the Hackspace.
Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting a Solar Engine workshop on Thursday, 28 June from 7pm.
In this workshop, you’ll create a small circuit that takes low light level power from solar panels and runs a small motor, storing the solar energy and running the motor in bursts.
For £5, you’ll receive full instruction, two small solar panels, a high efficiency motor, small circuit board and all necessary components. You’ll learn basic soldering and a bit about solar power and how circuits work.
With your solar engine, you can create small kinetic art, such as a Solar Roller and more!