Category Archives: Maker Events

From Maker Faire to Life’s Making Space and everything in between!

60-second interview with… Andrew Smyth

Ahead of his upcoming live bakes at Maker Faire UK, Andrew answered some quick-fire questions about his engineering background and love of Maker events. Egg-timer at the ready!

1. You’re well known for baking, but can you please describe your day job?

As an aerospace engineer at Rolls-Royce in Derby, I help to develop the next generation of large jet engines.… Read more

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Make at home: Halloween Lanterns

Life's Making Space: Halloween lanterns

Traditionally, lanterns would have contained an oil light or a candle to provide light in the home or the streets before we had electrical lighting. These days they are mainly used for decoration. Our Making Space visitors have been making their own spooky Halloween lanterns!

A simple lantern can be easily customised for any occasion and with the addition of an LED candle is perfectly safe to use.… Read more

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Make at Home: 3D Graffiti Art

Graffiti art in Life's Making SpaceGraffiti is usually text or images that have been painted, drawn or etched onto a surface in a public area. Did you know that one piece of graffiti is called a ‘graffito’?

Our Making Space visitors have been creating their own pieces of 3D graffiti using pens, pencils and paper – no writing on the walls here! Read more

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Make at Home: Foghorn Trumpets

Fog horn trumpetOur Making Space visitors have been making these fantastic foghorns – and you can too, with materials you may already have around the house. 

The horn works by making the balloon on the top vibrate against the top of the tube, which sends a pulse of air through the tube, many times a second.… Read more

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Make at home: Scribble Bots

Scribble botsScribble bots are small, easy to build robots that can be made at home and used to create fabulous art! They work because they have an off centre weight motor; this means it has a weight attached to the spinning axle that has more weight on one side than the other.Read more

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Top Tips for Attending Maker Faire 2016

Maker Faire UKThere’s just a few days to go until Maker Faire UK 2016 – we hope you’re as excited as we are! We’ve put together a few top tips to help you get the most out of your visit, read on for more information…

Getting here. Car parking is available in Times Square Car Park, just a short walk from the Science Centre.… Read more

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60 Second Interview with Sandy Enoch from Robotical

RoboticalWe caught up with Sandy Enoch from Robotical, one of this weekend’s Makers who’ll be showing his 3D printed walking robot Archie, which is designed for kids (and big kids) to build and programme.

Describe your current role:

I’ve just finished my PhD in robotics and I’m now working to turn a side project – low cost, 3D printable walking robots – into a real product.… Read more

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60 Second Interview with Joshua Leighton Trew: Lord of Lightning

Lords of LightningLords of Lightning will be headlining this year’s Maker Faire UK (23 and 24 April) with their electrifying Tesla coil displays. Joshua Leighton Trew, the ‘blue’ Lord of Lightning, took a minute out from perfecting his routine to answer a few questions.

Describe your current role:

I am a ‘Lord of Lightning’ which involves standing on top of a Tesla coil in a chain mail suit and firing 2 million volt lightning bolts from my body during a choreographed performance.… Read more

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60 Second Interview with Jason Lane, Maker Faire UK 2016 headliner

Mechanical Sound SculptureThe countdown to Maker Faire UK 2016 has started! We caught up with headliner Jason Lane, creator of the Mechanical Sound Sculpture (pictured). Recognise it? It was featured at the 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony! You can see it for yourself at Maker Faire UK 2016.

Describe your current role:

I’m a sculptor who works from reclaimed materials and has a fascination for mechanical objects.… Read more

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Make at Home: Wobbly Head Robot

RobotOur visitors have been celebrating the arrival of our latest exhibition, Robot, by making their own wobbly head versions out of card. It’s a great project to try at home, little Makers may need the help of a grown-up for some of the more fiddly parts.

To make your own wobby head robot, you will need:

  • Thin card.
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