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Raspberry Pi Beginners Workshop 8/8/18

We introduced some new makers to the platform that many of us know and love with our Beginners Raspberry Pi Workshop last night. After a quick tour of several Raspberry Pi operating systems and a short intro to Python our new makers were turning on and off LEDs and planning new projects from automated model trains to an automated feedback system to help an unnamed telco receive more feedback from a customer. It's great fun to be there to help new makers into the world of digital technologies and hear about their ideas and plans.

If you are looking to get into the Raspberry Pi or some other maker skill and have free time on a weeknight in Newcastle come join us for one of our Local Workshops and take advantage of our awesome makerspace and skilled team of makers. If you aren’t able to make it to our Newcastle location we have tons of online courses and tutorials available.

Raspberry Pi Beginners Workshop 8/8/18

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- By Brenton

Internet Connected Projects Workshop 7/8/18

Gordon rolled up his sleeves and delivered his first workshop this week, introducing makers to the realm of IoT with Pycom’s WiPy. It’s great to see community support for our local workshops, and you can get the same educational value from our online courses from anywhere in the world.

Internet Connected Projects Workshop 7/8/18

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- By Brenton

Arduino Beginners Workshop 1/8/18

How to you pronounce “baud” – a topic well discussed at this weeks Arduino Workshop where we dive into all things Arduino! Book in today for our next community workshop or get started with our free online Arduino Course.

Arduino Beginners Workshop 1-8-18

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- By Brenton

3D Printing Workshop 31/7/18

We had a great turnout to our 3D Printing workshop this week with our Makerspace teeming with Newcastle locals. In fact, we had a few particularly inquisitive young minds turn up, sitting front and centre. They were asking all sorts of questions in regard to 3D Printing and ended up printing a Rocktopus in aromatic Coffee plastic on the Lulzbot Taz 6! It’s great to see the support of the local communities, coming down to enjoy our creative space and learn something they didn’t know yesterday!

If you’re a Newcastle local and have a weeknight free, come on down to our Makerspace and join in with one of our free Community Workshops. If not, we’ve got you covered with our free Online Courses that you can enjoy at your own pace.

3D Printing Workshop 31/7/18

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- By Brenton

Laser Cutting Workshop 24/7/18

At this week's Laser Cutting workshop we had multiple people come in with new materials to cut and experiment with. The laser cutter makes short work of natural textiles like cotton or denim. It’s great to see people coming to our workshops with a project in mind that just needs that one last bit of knowledge to complete.

Make a workshop booking if you are looking to learn about using a laser cutter. If you can’t make it in person, don’t worry! The material we cover in the workshop is available in our Getting Started Guide for Laser Cutting. If you have something you'd like to be laser cut, then take a look at our maker services or send us a message.

Laser Cutting Workshop 24th July 18

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- By Brenton

Raspberry Pi: Next Level Workshop 18/7/18

Yesterday we ran our Raspberry Pi: Next Level workshop! This workshop really opens peoples minds up to the possibilities of projects when working with the Raspberry Pi and the Internet of Things. It's really fantastic seeing our participants getting answers to questions that have been itching while working with a Pi, as well as learning a few brand new skills!

If you're looking for some deeper learning involving the Raspberry Pi, come along to our local Next Level workshop! If you can't make it down to us, have a look at our excellent online workshop and wealth of tutorials!

Raspberry Pi Next Level Workshop 18/7/18

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- By Ben Mildren

Arduino: Next Level Workshop 11/7/18

This Wednesday we held our intermediate Arduino course, as we helped our visitors level up! This workshop really dives deep into some interesting capabilities of the Arduino, and it also teaches some advanced skills in coding! It's not often that we get to really show what it means to work with object-oriented programming, or where we would use hardware interrupts, but this course provides both a great introduction and a platform for discussion with these tricky, yet interesting concepts!

If you want to up your skills as a programmer, maker, or Arduino tinkerer, then come along to our local workshop! Or, check out our wealth of tutorials on Arduino, with plenty more to come!

Arduino Next Level Workshop 12/07/18

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- By Ben Mildren

3D Modelling Workshop 10/7/18

On Tuesday we held a really fun session of our 3D modelling workshop, introducing our guests to designing for 3D printing! We went through a complete rundown of the capabilities of Fusion 360 while designing a printable keychain. Getting an intuition for these tools can lead to some really exciting results, with a minimal amount of effort. The final product made by Chris below was a clear winner for creativity!

If you want to learn about all the ins and outs of 3D modelling come along to our local workshop, or have a look at our comprehensive introductory tutorial!

3D Modelling Workshop 12/7/18

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- By Ben Mildren

Arduino Beginners Workshop 4/7/18

Yesterday we ran our incredibly popular beginners Arduino course, our most packed room yet! We had an incredibly engaged and diverse group, from kids to engineers to teachers, all learning some exciting new skills using an Arduino. We had a few who wanted to build on their skills with hardware electronics by incorporating the software capabilities of an Arduino, a few who had tried the online course but wanted a physical experience to find that spark of understanding, and some who just wanted to see what an Arduino can do! All these different people together made for a really interesting and fun night!

If you're a maker, educator, student, or just curious, come down to our local workshops, or check out our fantastic online course!

Arduino Beginner's Workshop 5-7-18

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- By Ben Mildren

Circuit Playground Workshop 3/7/18

On Tuesday we ran our introduction to Circuit Playground workshop, which has quickly become a honeypot for educators! The guided learning experience, as well as the sheer amount of capability in a Circuit Playground, make it absolutely perfect for a STEM classroom. Both students and teachers at any level can be excited and motivated to really do something interesting with these devices!

If you want to see just how much you can do with a Circuit Playground, come down to one of our local workshops! Alternatively, check out our awesome online workshop!

Circuit Playground Workshop 3/5/18

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- By Ben Mildren

Raspberry Pi Beginners Workshop 27/6/18

Last week we held our Raspberry Pi Beginner's workshop with a room full of IT professionals, looking to bolster their skills beyond what they would traditionally use in the industry. It was really awesome showing how the Raspberry Pi can be used in a professional setting for certain tasks, while also making a few hobbyists along the way!

If you're looking to get started with using a Raspberry Pi check out our comprehensive online course, or even better, check out our upcoming workshops!

Raspberry Pi Workshop 27/6/18

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- By Ben Mildren

Internet Connected Projects Workshop 26/6/18

Yesterday we held a workshop showing off one of our most talked about, handy, powerful little controllers, the Pycom WiPy! Our participants for this night were all experienced one way or another in code, so we had a little chance to talk a bit more about hardware and the capabilities of a Pycom device. We also finished the night with the devices running independently of computer power, connected to the internet, running our code!

All are welcome to our local workshops if you want to come down and learn about building for the internet of things. Otherwise, check out our fresh comprehensive online course!

Internet of Things workshop 26/06/18

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- By Ben Mildren

Arduino Beginners Workshop 20/6/18

On Wednesday we ran our popular Arduino Beginners workshop! This one was a lot of fun, we had all ages working on building an electronics project for the very first time! Arduino is a fantastic platform because everyone really gets down into the details of circuit design and coding. And I'm always especially excited when I see kids learning at our workshops, we can only imagine what they'll be building over the next decade!

If you want to learn how to build awesome projects on an Arduino, come around to our next workshop, or check out our great online beginner's course!

Arduino Beginner's Workshop 21/6/18

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- By Ben Mildren

3D Printing Workshop 19/6/18

This Tuesday we had our guests come through rain and hail in Newcastle, for our introduction to 3D Printing workshop! Through the night we introduced our participants to the process of moving from a 3D model to a physical object, with a little rocktopus to take home! We had all levels of familiarity with a 3D printer, and everyone learnt something new. What a way to spend a rainy Tuesday night!

If you're interested in learning about 3D printing, come on down to our next workshop! Or, if you'd rather stay out of the rain, have a look at our extensive online workshop that covers everything you need to know!

3D Printing Workshop 19/6/19

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- By Ben Mildren

Raspberry Pi Workshop 13/6/18

Yesterday we ran our Raspberry Pi Beginners workshop! This one was actually a last minute addition to try and keep up with the demand for this workshop, and we still had an almost full house! I'm absolutely loving the enthusiasm, we had all new faces tonight, and I saw a few sparks starting as our participants saw just how much you can do with a tiny computer. One little maker went home with a mountain of MagiPi magazines to chew through, I'm looking forward to seeing what he comes up with!

If you want to get started with Raspberry Pi come along to one of our workshops, seats are going like hotcakes so be quick! Or, if you'd rather learn about Pi from the comfort of your own seat, have a gander at our excellent beginner's course that covers the same content and more!

 Raspberry Pi Beginners Workshop 13/06/18

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- By Ben Mildren

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