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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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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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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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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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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.