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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.

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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

28 Oct 2020

Maker-a-Day: Tuesday with MakerMeetIE

Our second day, we are with Chris Reina on a “Paper Tower Challenge”. Join us and take part in this challenge followed by a Q&A with Chris afterwards. 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

MakerMeetIE: Paper Tower Challenge

Participants will need to try and build a tower made from paper. However, NO tape or other sticky materials can be used… JUST paper! Oh, did we forget to say it should support at least a 100g weight? 😉

Materials needed to take part:

  • 10 sheets of white A4 paper
  • 100g weight (a small bag of rice is good)
  • a measuring tape

📍Where to find MakerMeetIE

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.

28 Apr 2020

I MADE a Zine

I’ve been wanting to make a zine for awhile now. Especially when I came across Bubble Sort Zines and Julia Evan‘s Wizard Zines collection ranging from command line, linux, networking, http, bit and latest one is “How containers work”. I missed a zine workshop by Grrrlzine when they visited Dublin last year as part of the Irish Literature Festival.

Ever so eager, I wanted to run a zine-making workshop as part of LoveLaceSpace but timing didn’t work out…. Until a recent email from Science Gallery Dublin and it had a How to Maker a Zine in its newsletter. It was a Friday and I though… “Huh, why not!! 🤔😎💪”

My first attempt

  • A sheet of A4 plain white paper
  • Scissors
  • A HB Pencil
  • Markers

Followed the instructions (click on the pic in the Science Gallery post 👆), that’s where the scissors comes in, just for a quick snip.

Now for the content… what to do!? 🤔

💡 I know, it’ll be a perfect companion for my Maker project, “Print your own adventure game”.

You’ve got 8 pages (teeny ones at that 😆), so this what I decided on:-

  • Front: Title and simple image so people know what this zine is about
  • Page 2 – 3: Requirements for the project (this is high level, I didn’t include wires, power, thermal paper)
  • Page 4 – 5: What I used for coding: Circuit Python, I included Python because it’s good for general references outside of coding the thermal printer and arcade buttons, plus I’m a bit rusty so I was looking up docs a lot. I used Mu Editor because it works and nicer than the other editors on the Raspberry Pi (Modal 3 and 4), and it comes as default on the Raspberry Pi, so no need to install an editor.
  • Page 6 -7: Brief overview of playing the game. 🔘👾🖨
  • Page 8: End of the zine, my personal contact dets.

Initial outline of the zine in pencil followed by inking with black pen

This is after using markers to colour in the content.

Before I coloured it in, I inked it with a black pen (muji oil-based, 0.5mm). I wasn’t very happy with the results. They were cheapo markers from LIDL (I think), and wasn’t very clean, erasing the pencil marks left it really grubby.

Next – let’s digitise it!

🤔 So I thought what if I scanned it in and then re-ink and colour it digitially on my iPad Pro with Procreate. My recent foray back in to drawing and use the iPad with Procreate properly instead of watching videos/movies got my artsy creative brain ticking.

So that’s what I did:-

  • Scanned unfolded zine (I was delighted it was all on one side, that makes life easier)
  • Saved to my Dropbox (shared with iPad handily enough)
  • Opened Procreate on iPad and started a brand new project and imported the scanned images, inked all the outlines, then created the necessary layers for inking and colouring.
  • Exported the digitally inked/coloured copy back to Dropbox in PDF.
  • Back to my laptop and printed it out, and created the zine again.

Now at this point, I thought it’s all done and dusted. First of all, it was not quite centred and it was all a little off after folding the zine, things were not where they seemed or cut off.

  • Tried printing with no margins – erm, that made it worse and not any better
  • Opened up Sketch on my laptop and imported the PDF and centred it and exported the PDF (different name) and printed it out with the printer’s default settings.

Now I was not happy with just the flat colours, why not add a tiny bit more details to bring out the chunky headings on each page.

Finally, let’s add a little more detail digitally

I’m super pleased with the results. I’m still learning to finish details, so it’s not for this zine as I don’t want it to look perfect, I’ll leave that to my next digitial painting project.

Here’s my final demo of the finished zine.

Share your project (or zine)

Anyone who makes zines out there? Do share! You can tweet @DublinMaker with #DublinMaker #ShareYourMakes.

Finally, I hope everyone is safe and well in this extraordinary time, let’s keep making, sharing and connected!

/// Vicky (Maker Advocate)

(Originally posted at https://codinggrace.com/news/i-made-zine-2020-4-28/)

14 Apr 2020

Vicky’s First Maker Project

This week was meant to be my first time attending a Makerfaire, it was going to be in Berlin. Unfortunately it was cancelled due to COVID-19. 😢

I had a small project to demo and it was inspired by The Choosatron at Berlin Game Science Center, I had so much fun visiting it last year.

I had the Adafruit mini thermal receipt printer, a Raspberry Pi, arcade buttons and wanting to play more with CircuitPython to interact with these electronic components. As a newbie and from software background, I was more comfortable with coding, as you can imagine.

Have been working on this on and off since February this year, and I decided to why not get it all working properly even if Makerfaire Berlin is cancelled. 💪

I had a Pi-Top [3] which has the Raspberry Pi 3 in it (thanks to Coding Grace), and used it prototyped the idea on it initially.

Ok, that was cool.

How this will work is, I have 3 buttons, a YELLOW (left option), a BLUE (right option) and a BLACK button (resets the game).

  • When you start the game, it welcomes the player and asks the player to select YELLOW or BLUE button to begin.
  • If a player selects a YELLOW/BLUE button, they are presented with the start of the story, and asks to press YELLOW/BLUE button again to continue with the story, or BLACK button to reset the game.
  • If the player selects the YELLOW/BLUE button again, the next part of the story appears dependant on the button chosen. The player gets asked one more time to choose which button to press.
  • Result of that choice is printed followed by end of the story.

I put in some sample silly dummy stories so I can see how the game runs, it’s pretty short as I don’t want to waste too much paper. 🌲

I moved on to 3D print a stand for the 3 arcade buttons and a case for the thermal printer using the Prusa 3D printer (had fun building this last Christmas with my husband). Plus I decided to try out the Pi-Top [4] which has the Raspberry Pi 4 in it.

So it’s all coming together.

After a bit of code wrangling as I wanted to add stories into a spreadsheet where I can pull the stories from and feed it to the thermal printer, it was all done. Here’s the final demo result. 🙌 😊

If you are curious, I have a longer write-up on the process and issues I came across via https://www.codinggrace.com/news/my-maker-project-print-your-own-adventure-game-2020-4-9/.

🤔 Anything else I would like to do now that it’s working? Well, what I would like to do is use just a Raspberry Pi (even a zero) and make a nice simple case for it, probably use cardboard or something as 3D printing a whole case uses a lot of material.


🌈 You have a work-in-progress project, or planning one? Please share your #MakerAtHome projects (even ongoing ones) with #DublinMaker via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even on LinkedIn. 🤖🛠✂️🗜🖌

Wishing everyone well and safe. #StayAtHome #WashYourHands

30 Mar 2020

What are you Making at home?

If you haven’t heard already, Dublin Maker festival 2020 has been postponed to Summer 2021 due to COVID-19 and the Dublin Maker team discussed and made a very hard decision, but the community’s health and safety comes first.

Here’s our announcement . It might be a bit 😢 but you never know… if this COVID-19 virus is under control and things start to go back to normal, maybe we can consider running a smaller Maker-focussed event. 🤞

💡Do check out the newsletter with the announcement,there’s a few ideas on activities and projects to do while you are at home.

For the last two weeks, there’s been a lot of disruptions in varying degrees, and first and foremost, I want to say it’s amazing what the health workers and staff from various sectors who are keeping things ticking and going are. 👏👏👏

It’s an extraordinary period of time we are in right now, and for those who feel they don’t know how to contribute (besides #StayingAtHome), there’s been a hive of activities and call to actions to help support and provide PPE to health workers from sourcing face masks and printing 3D print face shields. Although last update on PPE, it seems that the Aer Lingus plane touched down in Dublin on Sunday afternoon over the weekend. 🙌

We all hear about the shortages of face masks, and I’ve come across HKMask and there’s a great site collating all the info from the Facebook posts. I wanted to make one myself. Anyone can try this, no matter what skill level you are at sewing.

First time making a fabric facemask, to familiarise with what to do, I hand-stitched it.

I’m not great at sewing myself, so I decided to hand stitch my first facemask following the instructions and accompanying youtube video. It took longer than expected but it was straight forward enough. For materials, I used clothes I didn’t want any more from the back of the wardrobe, in this case, an old conference t-shirt for the lining and a shirt for the shell (might as well include spring cleaning). Here’s a pic my first attempt with embarrassingly terrible stitching, see pic on the left.

First time using sewing machine to make my own fabric face mask.

The following afternoon, I decided to approach my new sewing machine which was bought a couple of months ago, I’ve never used one before, hence the reason to hand-stitch initially, so as to understand what I need to do. I used the offcuts from the old conference t-shirt from the day before for the lining and another shirt for the shell. After much stop and starting due to thread entanglement, and pulling apart the bits and pieces to re-thread the bobbin, and thread breakages (I used a cheap thread, note to self, don’t use cheap thread), I made the facemask on a sewing machine for the first time. (See pic on the right)

Showed my mom (over whatsapp) as she use to be a seamstress and said it was a great effort for someone who never used a sewing machine before. 💪 And all I need to do is keep practising sewing straight lines to get use to the machine. Moms are the best. 🥰

With my added knowledge and confidence boosted, I made a bigger version of the mask on the sewing machine the following day. I used another old conference t-shirt as the shell, and still using the other t-shirts offcuts for the lining. I’m getting better, here’s the resultant facemask, see pic on the left.

And I’m planning to make more, and hoping to get faster doing it. I also have plans to make a t-shirt blanket, there’s certainly a lot of straight lines to sew, so I’ll definitely get my practice in as well as freeing up the wardrobe space of old conference t-shirts including ones I haven’t worn in a long time. It’s also a nice way of keeping the ones I like.

I’m a big fan of Animal Crossing New Horizons and folks have been very creative from elaborate decoration of rooms to making incredible costumes to the more fun and sociable “high stakes musical chairs“. If you don’t want to use the in-game custom design app, you can try this free online editor, save and share your designs via QR codes. That in turn can get imported into your own game and others can get it also for theirs. What’s more, I love the in-game items that you come across, especially the electronics, crafting and the pedal kits (as pictured in my room in pic below 😊).

My Animal Crossing New Horizon's home with electronic, crafting, and pedal kits on the table.

🤔 Are you making anything at home, or have an idea in mind?

Or if you are interested in getting involved with the Open Source Ventilator Ireland, or help with 3D printed face shields via 3D Printing Ireland? But please don’t do what this astrophysicist did with magnets! 😱😂

👉 By the way, the folks printing the face shields are looking for clear acetate sheets (binding covers) or clean transparencies. If you can help, they have a slack group you can join and contribute what you can.

🌈 💬 Sharing is Caring!

Please share your #MakerAtHome projects (even ongoing ones) with #DublinMaker via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even on LinkedIn. 🤖🛠✂️🗜🖌

💡Other resources and ideas:

And here’s some words from The Doctor. 😊

StayHome and keep safe & well.

/// Vicky, Maker Advocate