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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

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

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

Laser Cutting Workshop 12/6/18

On Tuesday we held a workshop to show off the humble laser cutter. These things are absolutely incredible, the precision of a high power laser is super handy if you want to etch and cut some really intricate designs. They are also slightly hard to come by, so we're incredibly lucky to have one in our makerspace! Our participants were taught how to design for a laser cutter, and at the end of the night, they used ours to print a little custom keychain to take home!

Working with laser cutters is an awesome skill to have under your belt, and we'll have some online tutorials to get you started very soon! in the meantime, see if you can make it down to a local workshop!

Laser Cutting Workshop 12/06/18

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- By Ben Mildren

Raspberry Pi: Next Level Workshop 6/6/18

On Wednesday we held the first Next Level Raspberry Pi course! For those waiting for some Raspberry Pi learning that is a little bit more intermediate, you're in luck! We covered a whole lot of ground and started to really have a look at what you can do with a tiny computer that has a complete operating system. Even I was a little bit excited by how easy it was to build a nice program with a GUI to control your electronics, even mixing it in with some IoT capability!

If you're as excited as I am by these wonderful little computers, why not check out our online Raspberry Pi Workshop and Tutorials, or even come along to our next workshop!

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- By Ben Mildren

Arduino: Next Level Workshop 30/5/18

On Wednesday we held the very first of our "Next Level" series of workshops, for Arduino! We had some makers who were eager and ready to learn more come around, and we covered some really in-depth and useful parts of the Arduino ecosystem. We made a library that simplified our code for reuse in many projects, and we used interrupts to create really responsive electronics using low-level coding techniques. It was fantastic having enthusiastic makers come in to learn something new, and also sharing some of their own knowledge with the group!

If you're ready to take your making to the next level, then our tutorials are the place to be, they have some awesome, in-depth stuff for you to learn. Or, come to one of our next level workshops!

Arduino Next Level Workshop 30/5/18

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- By Ben Mildren

Circuit Design and Simulation Workshop 23/5/18

On Wednesday we ran our introduction to circuit simulation in Proteus! This course covers a lot of ground, we went through almost the entire workflow of developing a completely new and mass producible piece of electronics in only a couple of hours. The guys we had around were great, with them we designed and simulated our very own functional voltmeter!

Check out our growing list of online tutorials if you want to build and simulate yourself, or come around to our next workshop!

Circuit Design and Simulation 23/5/18

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- By Ben Mildren

Circuit Playground Workshop 22/5/18

This past Tuesday we had a whole lot of fun with Circuit Playground! We had programmers, teachers, and absolute beginners come around to build a whole bunch of awesome projects. I think more than a few were a little bit mindblown by the amount that can be done with one little board, and even our most experienced programmer was learning and loving working with MakeCode!

If you want to see just how much you can do with Circuit Playground check out our wealth of tutorials, and a whole course in progress! Or if you want to come see us and learn in person, come down to our next workshop!

Circuit Playground Workshop 22/5/18

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- By Ben Mildren

Arduino Workshop For Beginners 9/5/18

On Wednesday we held an Arduino Workshop for beginners, we had a blast! It was great seeing people of all ages learning to work with an Arduino for the first time, everyone was super enthusiastic and asking great questions! We even have a few already getting keen to come back around for a level up...

If you would like to join in on the fun come around to our next Arduino beginner's workshop, or check out our awesome online course!

Arduino Beginner's Workshop 9/5/18

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- By Ben Mildren

Raspberry Pi Workshop for Beginners 2/5/18

Wednesday night we kicked off our Raspberry Pi Beginner workshops for the year! We got our own Pi's up and running with flashing lights and fancy scripts with a group of friends ranging from IT specialists to artists, who learned how to install Raspbian and built a simple blinking light program in Python. These simple steps got minds buzzing, there was talk about building IoT devices and connected sensors for all sorts of projects.

We covered a lot of ground, these guys are on track to make some awesome projects. If you want to get started with Raspberry Pi check our free online workshop, it covers the same content and then some, it's a super fun way to get into making with a Pi! 

Raspberry Pi Workshop 2-5-18

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- By Ben

Arduino Workshop 1/2/18

Last night we ran another Arduino Workshop which was a lot of fun. We covered off on all of the basic content, plus looked at a few extra challenges involving decision making and case logic.

The most notable aspect of the night was the participation of Luke who is completely blind, still in high school and was assisted by an engineer called Simon. Using software Simon has created for his laptop, Luke was able to not just follow along with the workshop, but knock it out of the park with some interesting project ideas, and a great handle of Arduino programming. It's always inspiring to see the backgrounds of our workshop participants, and last night was certainly no exception.

Arduino Workshop group 1/2/18

Remember that if you're not able to make it in for our in-house workshop, but you're interested in learning about Arduino, then I'd recommend our online Arduino course which is available for free, and covers off on almost 5x the content that we get through in a single Workshop. It's perfect for learning at home or on-the-go, and if you get stuck along the way, we're here to help!

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- By Sam

Arduino Workshop 18/1/18

What a way to kick of 2018 with our first Arduino Workshop for the year! It was a fantastic evening with the broadest range of backgrounds we've ever had. If a nurse, primary teacher, and IT developer can all come and learn about electronics and coding, then so can you. 

We kicked it off in the usual fashion by talking about what Arduino is, how you can use it, and a brief backgrounds about what it's all about. Then we got straight into the projects by developing a simple user interface using a button, potentiometer, and LED. The fascinating thing about simple projects like that is that you can easily replace the LED with a relay controlling the garden pumps, or a solar monitor. The possibilities are endless!

Arduino Workshop group 18/1/18

If you're not able to make it in for our in-house workshop, but you're interested in learning about Arduino, then I'd recommend our online Arduino course which is available for free, and covers off on almost 5x the content that we get through in a single Workshop. It's perfect for learning at home or on-the-go, and if you get stuck along the way, we're here to help!

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- By Sam

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