Dublin Maker Festival is going virtual this summer.
We would like to invite our Maker community and friends to hear about your experiences and suggestions on how we can make this year’s event as memorable, engaging and interactive as past Dublin Makers.
Have you attended a Maker-related event in the past year?
What are your experiences, good and bad?
Were you an exhibitor in past Dublin Maker Festivals?
Are you thinking of exhibiting at upcoming Dublin Maker events?
Have you run/hosted any virtual workshops especially in the area of STEAM?
It’s Vicky here from Dublin Maker. I’m excited to announce that we are hosting a new event as a partner of a new Erasmus+ project called ASSESSMAKE21. This inaugural Multiplier event is for Educators, Makers, Makerspace facilitators and anyone involved in Maker activities.
The event aims at encouraging participants to explore the creative possibilities of a makerspace located in schools and/or non-formal educational places.
Key topics will be introduced by the ASSESSMAKE21 consortium. It will be a great honour to explore the magic world of makerspaces with the support of our 2 invited speakers: Stuart Lawn (Fab Lab Maker Hub) and Chris Reina (MakerMeetIE).
12:00 – 12:10: Welcome by Vicky Twomey-Lee (Dublin Maker)
12:10 – 12:30: ASSESSMAKE 21 Project by Deirdre Green (Learnovate) & Rene Alimisi (Edumotiva)
12:30 – 12:45: “Fab Labs and Digital Making in Schools” by Stuart Lawn (Fab Lab Maker Hub)
12:45 – 13:15: Breakout Rooms
13:15 – 13:30: Feedback from Breakout Rooms
13:30 – 13:45: “Making a Maker” by Chris Reina (MakerMeet IE)
13:45 – 14:00: Wrap up and Call to Actions by Paul O’Raw (Learnovate)
We look forward in meeting you online and exploring the aforementioned creative topics together!
Dublin Maker is excited to bring you our first virtual event this year, a series of demos and workshops called Maker-a-Day during Science Week.
Maker-a-Day will be on from Monday November 9th to Saturday November 14. The schedule will be announced once we finalised times with our Makers.
Featuring traditional crafts to technologies, there’s something for everyone to follow, make and build.
We have a 10 min Q&A after the workshop where you get a chance to ask the Makers questions, and it will be live-streamed via our Dublin Maker Youtube channel.
We launched our mini-open call a couple of weeks ago and we received great response, and we are delighted to announce who will be participating at our Maker-a-Day during Science Week (in alphabetical order):-
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.
Stuart Lawn will demonstrate how to use Tinkercad to generate your own digital Lego Models and show some secret TinkerPowers built into Tinkercad to get the step by step instructions for you to build them from real Lego bricks.
This project will show how a simple game can be made for the (unofficial) Dublin Maker Badge 2021. It will be a sprite based game that will run on the badge. It would be great to include the game produced by one of the participants in the final badge. You will be shown how to build a simple sprite game in a browser based development environment
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dDiRWTvLzI 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!
While are all working from home these days, our ergonomic work environment has been left behind. James Clifford 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.
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? 😉
South Dublin Radio Club will build a 137 MHz V-dipole receiving antenna for weather satellites – and demonstrate it in action by decoding Weather Satellite images (if we get a conveniently timed satellite pass!)