19 Jul 2017

Meet the Maker – MakerDojo

MakerDojo – Screamer

MakerDojo is a club encouraging the general public to explore science and technology in hands-on “hacker” style workshops inspired by the growing Maker movement, a worldwide community of hobbyists, students and enthusiasts who take a creative, DIY approach to technology, science and engineering. We give practical experience of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas and the opportunity to become confident inventors, experimenters and creators.

The events are aimed for adults down to Transition Year students to (think 16 and older), however younger people are encouraged attend as part of a family group. If there are any workshops you would like to see covered in the MakerDojo series, contact William Knott in Tyndall National Institute’s MakerSpace Lab or via @TheMakerDojo on Twitter. MakerDojo is made possible due to funding from Science Foundation Ireland #BelieveInScience

The Scream Queen and Scream King are extensions of workshops from earlier in the year. Everything in a computer is a number, sensors give numbers to be interpreted. Well, what happens if you decide to interpret them as sound. The Queen uses soil moisture sensors as her “crown”. The sensors are calibrated for the moisture of human skin, and touching the spikes allows a measurement which is turned in to a tone. Different hands may yield different results. The King is using ultrasonic “eyes” to measure how far away you are. And that measurement works like a theremin to pulse your distance.

We’ll also have details on how to make your own when you go home…

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