Our Summer and Autumn 2017 Programme of meetings:
Next Meeting - July 25th Lets Get Showing !
We will try to find authoritative speakers on interesting topics, and if and when we find them we will slot them into the programme, with extra publicity for their presentation.
However in the meantime we need to start Making stuff - as that is what we are all here for - and our meetings will be based around that.
In particular we need stuff that can be shown and demonstrated in pop-up spaces in town, or at the Library Tech evening, or as a display in public places like the Library. Or used in the Library SCI-FI Fantasy Evening in November.
So the next meetings will focus on what we can do together and as individuals to demonstrate our capabilities and interests - as well as providing an opportunity to learn off each other. If we can set ourselves design challenges to work on as a group or individually, then the following meetings over summer can provide opportunities to use the meetings as a workshop, to show progress, and exchange ideas, etc.
Projects so far include:
- A Demo of minecraft
- Twitter Racing
- Crafty Robot Racing
- Arduino Home Automation applications
- Producing a LoRaWAN basestation to be deployed in Basingstoke
- Producing some cool LoRa based ideas to run on said basestation - e.g. tracking the location of your chocolate bust of your grandma, or bus location reporting to an app, or child location system
- Computer Vision Projects
- Making a Pi Robot - from a Kit or from scratch
- Some sound demos
- A demo of Fusion 360 3D design tools
- A demonstration of Electronics Design tools and soldering
Up to you - whatever floats your boat, and whatever you might like to either share with us, or work with others to produce. If it is something that stretches you, and that you might need help with, then so much the better.
If anyone has something that they wouldn't mind showing us - like Steve did with his 3D scanning / carving project, then bring it in to any of our meetings and showcase it. If you have a slideshow, then let us know, and we can make sure that the necessary screen and projector is there - and advertise the talk, if that is what you want. Or it can be done less formally.
Hopefully we can also bring in different tools occasionally, like the 3D Printer, when there is something to show - and designing interesting/useful stuff to run on it would also be a great thing to Demo at the TECH evening in the Library, of course.
So our programme currently looks like this:
June 27th - Design & Make Challenge - choosing a challenge, forming a team, or getting involved with each others' projects
July 11th - Challenge progress updates
July 25th - Time to be showing some progress on our plans
August 8th and 22nd - Updates, and making/planning some displays/demos for the TECH evening
September 5th and 19th - We will try to arrange some talks from external speakers or members as a break?
October 3rd and 17th - Final touches, planning the Tech evening in detail, "Dress Rehearsal"
TECH evening 18th October
October 31st - Maybe we should have a Halloween Theme!?
November 14th - "Dress Rehearsal" for the Sci-Fi Evening?
SCI-FI/Fantasy Evening 15th November
Please note that we intend to be as inclusive as possible, but anyone under 18 attending will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times (proof of age may be requested if you have particularly youthful looks!). Entry is nominally free, but we would appreciate a donation of for example £1 on the door towards our costs, as we are a member-run, not-for-profit community group, and we currently have no external funding other than our own members' pockets.
We are a not-for-profit group, so in the circumstance that we collect any money above and beyond our fixed costs, then we will plough that back into the group by either increasing number of meetings, or to purchase tools and equipment that we can all use and share. At the moment we don't have a membership fee, or a formal structure, but that is about to change, and no doubt very soon we will develop the group by finding a space to call our own, just as all other successful Makerspaces and Hackspaces do.
Come and join us and help us build a new and well-equipped Makerspace in Basingstoke!
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