MakerDojo is a hardware focused 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.
MakerDojo fosters experimentation, collaboration and innovation and aims towards a culture of inventors.
We're getting ready to take MakerDojo on the road, taking part in science and arts festivals throughout the country.
As part of Cork Pride, we're running a Rainbow Science event on July 31 in Tyndall National Institute.
Rainbows are magical but only illusions… and rainbows deliver you pretty pictures over the internet*.
Make something? Great! For years it was something done on the kitchen table. If fact, some of those experiments are why 180 and 200 are magic numbers in the kitchen, cookies are browned and why we think we seal steaks. But somehow science became scary. An “Other”.
So with Tyndall / UCC student chapter of OSA and SPIE and MakerDojo you’ll get a chance to make some toys and try out some experiments you can do at home, sometimes with things you can get in the corner shop, and some things you have to go a little further for.
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.
The Tyndall / UCC Student Chapter are a group of students, at all levels, engaged with photonics (light and lasers that go pew pew) and outreach.
You’ll help us construct a cabinet of curiosities that you can do at home. On the kitchen table maybe?
Audience participation required. If you are to become confident inventors, experimenters and creators (like toy makers or neuroscientists), you’ll have to ask lots of questions.
So, want to make something? Suitable for all ages. Adults especially. Just because you are legally responsible doesn’t mean you can’t play.
The event is aimed for adults down to Transition Year students (think 16 and older), however younger people are encouraged attend as part of a family group. For legal reasons, a parent or guardian must remain in attendance if their ward is 15 years old or younger.
All this is made possible due to funding from Science Foundation Ireland #BelieveInScience #OSA #SPIE
*I’m assuming cat pictures. Yeah, lets go with cats.
We'll announce details shortly, so keep an eye out! If you MakerDojo to attend your festival, just let us know.
If you would like to make your own MakerDojo session, well, there's a guide to setting up your own MakerDojo.
Is there something that you would like to do, or get made?
Do you have a favourite workshop from earlier... or do you want something new?
We're open to ideas and trying things out... So...
Do you have any ideas for projects to share? Something you really want to see getting made?
If there is a workshop that you would like us to do, then get in contact with us.
Email us, or contact us on Twitter, or drop in a message to the Tyndall National Institute.
Looking forward to hearing from you...