All posts by Vicky Twomey-Lee

Coder, Tech Event Organiser, Advocates Diversity in Tech, and now part of the Dublin Maker team as their Maker Advocate.
13 Jan 2021

The Dublin Maker Podcast S2E3: Jellyfish, punk microscopy & Making with Mark Pickering (Jellylab UCD)

In this episode we talk to Mark Pickering from Jellylab (UCD). Co-hosts are Tomas Ward and Vicky Twomey-Lee. Mark is no stranger to Dublin Maker festival and also was one of our Maker-a-Day during Science Week 2020

We will be talking about how anyone can be a researcher at home and behind the scenes on how Mark and his team of researchers use accessible materials for their their research, his philosophy of punk rock regarding to his research – “punk microscopy”, experiences from all their Maker creations implemented in their labs. We gushed about LEGO and 3D printers. Of course, the fun you have when making and experimenting, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Mark is a Lecturer in School of Medicine at UCD.

Where you can find Mark and Jellylab:

Where to find Dublin Maker:

Dublin Maker is funded by Science Foundation Ireland

Music Credit: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chad_Crouch/Motion
Motion by Chad Crouch is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.

16 Dec 2020

Dublin Maker partners in Erasmus+ Programme – ASSESSMAKE21

📢 We are delighted to announce that Dublin Maker (and DCU) is a partner on an Erasmus+ Programme called ASSESSMAKE21 (thanks to Mairéad Hurley from Science Gallery Dublin for connecting us to Learnovate who is the main drive of the project). Maker Advocate, Vicky Twomey-Lee will be point of contact on behalf of Dublin Maker.

Partners: Learnovate (TCD) – Project Coordinator, Dublin Maker (DCU), EDUMOTIVA, American College of Greece, Karlstad University (Sweden), Cyprus Interaction Lab (CUT)

🗓 Dublin Maker will be planning the first multiplier (information) event at the end of Jan 2021. Keep an eye out when we will announce the registration page for the event, it’s free to attend and will be online. If you are an educator, Maker, organisation that work with kids and youths, thinking of forming a Makerspace or having Maker activities in your community, library, school, club, etc., this is an event is for you!

Below is some info about ASSESSMAKE21 (the website will be coming shortly).


ASSESSMAKE21: Innovative digital solutions to assess 21st century skills in makerspaces: schools & non-formal

As the maker movement is increasingly adopted into K‐12 schools and nonformal makerspaces, students have more opportunities to generate unique, personalized projects and artifacts, such as computer programs, robots, DIY electronics and to develop new competencies and skills.

Digital making technologies if coupled with proper learning methodologies such as suggested by Constructivism (Piaget, 1974) and Constructionism (Papert & Harel, 1991) can provide learning experiences that promote young people’s creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills, the essential skills necessary in the workplace of the 21st century (21st C Skills).

However, assessment of these higher order skills is not easy, particularly within these open-ended environments where students create unique solution paths to problems, interact with peers, and act in both the physical and digital worlds. Currently, digital technologies offer novel methods and solutions to assess the 21st century skills and offer insights to learners’ efforts and achievements that become available for both learners and researchers. Thus, the goal of this project is to provide, pilot and validate novel assessment methods and tools intended to use for the assessment of 21st century skills.

The assessment solutions will be piloted in different learning contexts but focused on makerspaces (schools and nonformal ie the makerspaces will be either currently located in Schools or will be nonformal spaces whose programmes engage with School groups). The project partnership will run learning environments that will enable students to act as makers using a wide variety of physical and digital tools through hands-on experiences that emphasize collaboration and creativity following inquiry-based approaches instead of direct instruction of facts and formulas. 

Teachers and non-formal educators will receive training and will be highly involved in planning and implementing the activities.

Finally,
 the project will report findings and conclusions from implementations and assessments that will take place in 5 schools and 4 non-formal maker spaces in 4 countries. 

ASSESSMAKE21 Partners
15 Dec 2020

Winners of the Christmas Decoration Competition

Dublin Maker, Benchspace Cork and TOG Hackerspace would like to thank everyone who supported and took part in our joint Christmas Decoration Competition.

A big thanks to the judges besides myself:

It was quite a difficult decision, we’ve had over 104 amazing festive entries and after careful consideration by our judges, here are the winners of the Christmas Decoration Competition… drum roll…

Runner Up – €50 One4All Voucher

Runner Up – €50 One4All Voucher

Winner of the €100 One4All Voucher

A big thank you again to all who joined in the fun and congratulations to the winners.

On behalf of the Dublin Maker Team Santy, we wish you all Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year & we’ll see you next year! 🎄🎉

P.S.: Don’t forget to check out upcoming events from Benchspace Cork and TOG HackerSpace.

02 Dec 2020

The Dublin Maker Podcast S2E2: Music and Maker with Joe Timoney

Joe is back with us and Tomas is our host for this episode on Music and Making. Last time Joe talked about synth music, and if you missed that episode, you can check it out here.

In this episode, he will be talking about guitars, foot pedals and Making.

Joe Timoney is a lecturer at NUIM, you can find him at https://ie.linkedin.com/in/joe-timoney-65345a4

For more episodes of The Dublin Maker Podcast, check out dublinmaker.buzzsprout.com and subscribe so you won’t our next episodes.

Other places to find Dublin Maker:

Dublin Maker is funded by Science Foundation Ireland

Music Credit: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chad_Crouch/Motion
Motion by Chad Crouch is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.

26 Nov 2020

The Dublin Maker Podcast S2E1: Old Ireland in Colour with John Breslin

In this episode, Tomas Ward talks to John Breslin about his Old Ireland in Colour project.

John is an Irish engineer and full professor at the National University of Ireland Galway, he even has his own wikipedia page!

Where to find Dublin Maker:

Dublin Maker is funded by Science Foundation Ireland

Music Credit: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chad_Crouch/Motion
Motion by Chad Crouch is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.

14 Nov 2020

Christmas Decoration Competition

🎄 We want to celebrate making this Christmas so we bring you the
Christmas Making Decoration Competition. We want to see all your homemade decorations this year.

It’s free, anyone of all ages can have fun making these decorations, hang them up, display them and be proud that you made it either yourself and even better, with your loved ones.

We are teaming up with Tog Hackerspace and Benchspace to bring you the season to be making.

Prizes

  • First Prize: €100 One4All eVoucher
  • x2 Runner-up Prizes: €50 One4All eVoucher

How to Enter

  1. Share your photos, videos on social media so everyone gets to enjoy your wonderful creations with #TisTheSeasonToBeMaking
    – Twitter: @DublinMaker @TOG_Dublin @BenchspaceCork
    – Instagram: @DublinMaker @benchspacecork
  2. For each decoration, submit via form below.
  3. DEADLINE: Sunday, December 13, 2020 (Midnight, Irish Time)

Terms and Conditions

  • Competition entrants must reside in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • 60% of the decoration must be home-made.
  • The Christmas Decoration can be placed on the tree or in a window. 
  • Anyone who is under 18s years of age must have a parent or guardian who is 18 years or over to submit their Christmas Decoration entry on their behalf.
  • TOG Hackerspace, Benchspace Cork and Dublin Maker are allowed to use images/videos you submit with your Christmas Decoration entry.
  • Judges’ decisions are final.

Judges

Our judging panel is made up of representatives from each of our partnering organisations. You can learn more about each of them below.

Meg “Without A Stitch”

Meg "Without a Stitch"

Meg has always been interested in crafting and creating. After her BA in Theatre which focused on costume and set design, she moved to Ireland and became involved in the cosplay scene. Since then she has judged for Dublin Comic Con and other cosplay competitions, but has a broad range of interests that includes embroidery, quilting, sewing, photography and prop making.

David Scannell

David Scannell (Benchspace)

David is a director of Benchspace Cork. He works full time in the Technology Industry and in his spare time is interested in all aspects of making including digital but primarily woodwork.

Vicky Twomey-Lee

Vicky Twomey-Lee

Vicky is the Maker Advocate on the Dublin Maker team, helping them co-ordinate Maker events, talk about Maker culture and connecting the community.

29 Oct 2020

Maker-a-Day: Friday with Megan Scott/Chester Beatty Library and MadeByCliff

On our final Maker-a-Day, we are joined by Megan Scott, an artist with Chester Beatty Library showing us how to make a “DIY Steampunk Plague Doctor Mask”, and James Clifford from MadeByCliff who will be showing us how to make our own “Ergonomic folding laptop stand”.

🎤 Be sure to add your questions to our live-chat on our Youtube stream.

Don’t forget to hit subscribe and click that 🔔 reminding you when the live-stream goes live at our Youtube channel.

Tag #ScienceWeekMaker if you are posting on social media. We are @DublinMaker on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

12:00 – 13:00

Megan Scott (artist) / Chester Beatty: DIY Steampunk Plague Doctor Mask

Megan Scott will show you how to make a medieval style plague doctor mask with a steampunk twist.

Materials to take part in this workshop

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Scalpel
  • Straws
  • Masking tape
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Stapler

📍Where to find Megan Scott

📍Where to find Chester Beatty

13:00 – 14:00

MadeByCliff: Ergonomic folding laptop stand

James Clifford will be running this workshop on creating your own folding laptop stand.

While are all working from home these days, our ergonomic work environment has been left behind. I have created a laptop stand which raises the laptop to the correct height and also folds away when you’re not using it. It also becomes a case for your keyboard, mouse and other peripherals when folded.

Materials needed for this workshop

It is a simple plywood design with a few small 1 inch hinges. It can be made with a saw, chisel and wood glue.

📍Where to find MadeByCliff

For more info on our other Maker-a-Day events during Science Week, check out http://www.dublinmaker.ie/maker-a-day-at-science-week/ for more details.

29 Oct 2020

Maker-a-Day: Friday with Crafty Nathan’s Creations

TGIF! We have Nathan Wheeler from Crafty Nathan’s Creations as our Maker-a-Day during Science Week showcasing how to make a small scale diorama of a country road.

🎤 Be sure to add your questions to our live-chat on our Youtube stream.

Don’t forget to hit subscribe and click that 🔔 reminding you when the live-stream goes live at our Youtube channel.

Tag #ScienceWeekMaker if you are posting on social media. We are @DublinMaker on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

13:00 – 14:00

Crafty Nathan’s Creations: Make  a small scale diorama of a country road

Nathan Wheeler will be making a small scale diorama of a country road, small enough for the table top. This will be a showcase of simple modelling techniques to make a simple and easy to enjoy diorama, replete with a nice custom made tree.

Materials used for this showcase

  • Wood
  • Foam
  • Latex
  • Metal wire
  • Static grass
  • Misc modelling

📍Where to find Crafty Nathan’s Creations

For more info on our other Maker-a-Day events during Science Week, check out http://www.dublinmaker.ie/maker-a-day-at-science-week/ for more details.

29 Oct 2020

Maker-a-Day: Thursday with Fab Lab Maker Hub

We have Stuart Lawn from Fab Lab Maker Hub joining our Maker-a-Day during Science Week showing you how to do basic 3D modelling in Tinkercad.

🎤 Be sure to add your questions to our live-chat on our Youtube stream.

Don’t forget to hit subscribe and click that 🔔 reminding you when the live-stream goes live at our Youtube channel.

Tag #ScienceWeekMaker if you are posting on social media. We are @DublinMaker on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

13:00 – 14:00

Fab Lab Maker Hub: Lego Modelling in Tinkercad

The workshop will show how to do basic 3D modelling in Tinkercad and then how to use the Bricks function in Tinkercad to convert that to a Digital Lego model. We will show how to get a step by step guide to building that Digital Lego model in the real world using the Lego bricks that you have at home.

Tinkercad is a free online 3D Modelling application that runs in a web browser and can be used on Mac, Windows, iPads or Android Tablets. 
No previous experience of 3D Modelling is necessary as we will take you through the basics of how to create shapes and models in Tinkercad and show some ‘secret’ Tinkerpowers that will super charge your Lego building.

What you will need to participate

📍Where to find Fab Lab Maker Hub

For more info on our other Maker-a-Day events during Science Week, check out http://www.dublinmaker.ie/maker-a-day-at-science-week/ for more details.

29 Oct 2020

Maker-a-Day: Wednesday with Jellylab (UCD)

Joining us on our third Maker-a-Day during Science Week is Mark Pickering and his team from Jellylab (University of Dublin) on How do sea creatures react to light? How to build a simple experiment to explore the world around you.

🎤 Be sure to add your questions to our live-chat on our Youtube stream.

Don’t forget to hit subscribe and click that 🔔 reminding you when the live-stream goes live at our Youtube channel.

Tag #ScienceWeekMaker if you are posting on social media. We are @DublinMaker on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

13:00 – 14:00

Jellylab (University College Dublin): How do sea creatures react to light? How to build a simple experiment to explore the world around you.

We believe that anyone can be a scientist, and we want to democratise discovery by taking experimental tools out of the laboratory and into the hands of anyone curious about the world around them.

This project will show how to use simple and easily available components to build an experiment to answer a scientific question: if tiny sea creatures have eyes, what do they do when they see light? For this we’ll use brine shrimp (also called Artemia), which are sold as “sea monkeys” and “aqua dragons”, as well as some tiny plankton we collect in the sea, but you could also adapt this to investigate bugs from your garden (how do ants or spiders respond to light?). The experiment can be run using an Arduino controlled neopixel RGB LED ring. We’ve been using this as a demonstration for some time now, and documented the experiment here:

Now, we want to show how you can make everything you need to do this type of experiment yourself. We’ll show you how to set up the lights with an arduino, and how to control the light pattern with a game controller (specifically the nunchuck controller from a nintendo Wii).

In addition to showing how to make the light experiment, we’ll also show how to build a system to hatch your own brine shrimp, and how to collect tiny plankton from the sea that can be used in this experiment. FInally, because some of these creatures are really tiny, we’ll also show how to make really simple, cheap “microscopes” to make the invisible visible!

The contents of our proposed video are all things we have lots of experience with, so we have confidence that it can all be covered in a 40-45 minute video, and we think we can make it pretty entertaining as well!

What you will need to participate

For the light experiment you’ll need:

To hatch brine shrimp:

  • You’ll need an empty plastic bottle (1.5L or 2L size would be perfect) – make sure to keep the cap!
  • A small air pump and tubing (you can get aquarium air pumps from most pet shops, the smallest size is fine).
  • Brine shrimp (Artemia) eggs. You can also get these from many pet shops.
  • If you want to catch some plankton from the sea, you’ll need a wire coat hanger and a pair of tights (no, seriously).
  • If you want to try simple DIY microscopy, you’ll either need a webcam (Logitech C270) or some transparent silicone.

📍Where to find Jellylab (UCD)

For more info on our other Maker-a-Day events during Science Week, check out http://www.dublinmaker.ie/maker-a-day-at-science-week/ for more details.