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Makerspace

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:50 am
by sydney
I'm thinking of going to the 'Welcome Wednesday' session at the Newcastle Makerspace this week.
Has anyone been to their local makerspace? What kind of things are being done? Would some retro programming or hardware development be out of place?
I suppose I'll find out on Wednesday but thought I'd ask here as we seem likely to be the kind of people interested in this kind of thing - if a bit old fashioned.

Re: Makerspace

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:33 am
by BigEd
I'm joining this conversation, although I've never been to a makerspace. I do think the stardot meetups are excellent, and would like to think anywhere big enough and practical enough to support a makerspace should have a few people who could be interested in 8 bit projects.

Re: Makerspace

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:06 pm
by daveejhitchins
sydney wrote:I'm thinking of going to the 'Welcome Wednesday' session at the Newcastle Makerspace this week.
What are the details, Simon? I may join you . . .

Dave H :D

Re: Makerspace

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:10 pm
by sydney
daveejhitchins wrote:
sydney wrote:I'm thinking of going to the 'Welcome Wednesday' session at the Newcastle Makerspace this week.
What are the details, Simon? I may join you . . .

Dave H :D
Hi Dave.
Here is a link to their post about 'Welcome Wednesday'
Welcome Wednesday
Posted on February 16, 2017 by glen

If you don’t already know, we host weekly visitor evenings. Here’s the lowdown

What is Welcome Wednesday?

Welcome Wednesday is our public open night to give visitors a chance to pop in and see what Maker Space is all about.

How do I attend, do I need to book ?

No booking as required, just turn up here between 6pm and 8pm

Come in by the main building entrance and take the lift or the stairs to the 4th floor.

Press the doorbell we leave out in front of the lift lobby. Someone will come along to get you, sign you in and show you around

( if you come up the stairs turn right to get to the lift lobby)

Who will be there?

You will usually find a good mix of current Maker Space members and old and new visitors. Some will be chatting, some may be working on projects.

Is it ok to talk to people who are working on things? I don’t want to disturb anyone.

Yes, don’t be afraid to ask people what they are doing, you won’t be disturbing them. It is very much understood by our members that Wednesday is more of a social night than a night for quietly getting on with something undisturbed.

Can I bring my own project to discuss or work on?

Yes we encourage visitors to get involved and to make use of the Space and our tools and knowledge (though some larger tools such as the laser cutter and lathe are off limits to visitors because they require a full safety induction and training).

What if I don’t have anything to work on?

Just pop in for a tour, a chat and a cuppa

I want to see what Maker Space is about but I’m not interested in joining yet. I don’t want to commit to anything

Don’t worry, visitors night is just that, a night for you to visit and see the place. You’ll never get the hard sell to join us. Though if you are interested we will of course give you all the info you need to get started.

I can’t make it until later on is that ok?

Yes you can pop in anytime between 6pm-8pm. There may still be people around after 8, but between 8-8:30 we are usually packing up to leave. Many of us head off to the local pub after that, to continue dicussions and get a bite to eat. Anyone is welcome to join us there.

Wednesday is difficult for me, is there any other day I can visit?

We strongly encourage you to try to get along on a Wednesday as you’ll get to meet more people and see more stuff going on, but if Wednesday is an absolute no go for you and you are VERY keen to visit, we can sometimes accommodate another day. This is down to the individual keyholder on the night as to whether they have the time to take you around, so please contact us to request this or introduce yourself on the discussion group and request there.

Re: Makerspace

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:45 pm
by daveejhitchins
Ah! Already booked tomorrow evening. Maybe another week for me! I thought it may have been during the day - D'oh!

Dave H :D