[hackspacebristol] Project night

Patrick Neave patrick at neavey.net
Fri Apr 26 08:53:41 UTC 2013


I agree, maybe the ideas were not so forthcoming but there was interest. If you set a date and an idea I am sure people will attend. 

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Patrick

On 26 Apr 2013, at 08:40, matthew venn <matt at mattvenn.net> wrote:

> Michelle,
> 
> I thought there some positive responses too.
> 
> I think you should go ahead and organise anyway - especially if Helen is up for doing some promotion. I'd be happy to support you as well.
> 
> It's my experience that these things can take a while to get going. We're still struggling to get a monthly Tuesday night thing working and it's been at least 6 months since that started!
> 
> Doug, your idea sounds great too. When you're ready to organise it then let me know!
> 
> Matt
> 
> 
> On 25 April 2013 22:53, Doug Smith <bigdougsmith at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> I agree.
>> 
>> I think there are a couple of different types of people. I think there are those who have a degree of confidence and competence and learn under their own steam and those who prefer to be taught in a more structured way.
>> 
>> Anyhow, one idea I had kicking around was to aim something at people who want to learn in order to do stuff rather than learning in a theoretical way. Kinda like design patterns. Simple recipes that give a good result, aimed at people with ideas.
>> 
>> Call it, "Electronics for Artists".
>> 
>> Devote a session a week to exploring several approaches to a single topic, for instance,
>> 
>> POWER (Batteries, Wall Wart PSUs, Solar, Clockwork dynamo, etc)
>> 
>> LIGHT (LEDs, Incandescents, Strings of lights, flashers, etc)
>> 
>> MOTION (Motors, Servos, Solenoids, Steppers, etc)
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>> SOUND (Bells, Buzzers, MP3 Players, etc)
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>> SENSING (Switches, distance, temperature, ad infinitum)
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>> INTERACTION (555 Feedback loops, Arduino, RasPi, etc)
>> 
>> The idea being to have one session to explore some canned projects/recipes and another session where the attendee builds something useful and relevant to them. Maybe a group project or exhibition at the end.
>> 
>> The idea not being to go into theory, but to just give people enough knowledge to be dangerous/ambitious and enough confidence to have a go and start learning.
>> 
>> I imagine breadboards, lots of Fritzing diagrams, that sort of thing.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On 25 April 2013 22:26, Helen Featherstone <featherstone.helen at googlemail.com> wrote:
>>> Hey up! I thought there were some positive responses...
>>> 
>>> I was wondering if something like these project nights might be useful at drawing in new members, rather than catering for existing ones? I can see some folk might be tempted to take a "short course" by making something over a 2/3 weeks. Once folk have been to the space a few times they might join? Similar concept to Mitch's workshops I guess.
>>> 
>>> On a related note: I also thought that it might worth having specific evenings where folk are invited to come, see the space and equipment and meet a few folk. I've lost count of the number of times I've mentioned the hackspace to people and they've sounded interested but I bet they haven't turned up. 
>>> 
>>> I know there's Thursdays but they can be pretty intimidating to come to if you've never been before. If you know you could come down with like-minded folk to a slightly quieter event where people will take the time to show you around, it might be a bit more appealing??
>>> 
>>> I'd be happy to do a bit of marketing to folk and invite people along if we thought some kind of 'show and tell' / 'open house' might be worth it. for example, I could see there being interest amongst the craft community, the folks at the museum/at-b/ss GB, librarians, puppeteers...
>>> 
>>> anyway, just a few thoughts!
>>> Helen
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On 25 April 2013 16:59, Michelle <Michelle at flaminglotus.com> wrote:
>>>> I didn't really get any response to the ideas I sent out for the project night so I've decided to put it on hold.  Not shelving the idea but maybe waiting till we have the right idea and a few folk interested.  
>>>> 
>>>> Have a great weekend up in Newcastle.  I'm looking forward to seeing pictures and hearing stories.  
>>>> 
>>>> Michelle
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