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Lowther Hall LRC: Our Makerspace

What's happening in our makerspace?

We use many different resources in the MakerSpace but here are some of them that we use with the relevant links.

  • Makey Makey kits are used for many different projects and are a lot of fun. They are very simple to use. The operation game featured in the video clip was one such creation. We purchased ours from the US and then locally once they became available in Australia.
  • LittleBits are great fun and we have a variety of kits, we purchased directly from Little Bits in the US, they have a comprehensive list of ideas and activities on their website.
  • Sparkfun kits are an ideal way to get involved with physical computing they feature an Arduino type module with breadboard and all the accessories to do many different circuits. Great easy to follow book with instructions on doing these.
  • The Robot Ball featured in the maths in makerspace video is the Sphero ball made by Orbotix, these are brilliant and very popular. 
  • We also have a range of circuits for use with wearable electrics. Such as the lilypad, we have provided some links that have lots of information about these resources.
  • The 3D doodler pen is also popular see video in playlist. 
  • We have a Tiertime Up mini 2 3D printer which is brilliant 
  • We also have a range of tools and accessories needed for making, scissors, wool, thread, knitting needles, glue, tape, copper tape, wire, wire cutters and strippers, cutting boards, jewellery making pieces, beads, modelling clay, material, paper, cardboard, anything that can be recycled too!
  • We have a range of robots including Edison, Ozobots, Spirobot and the Hummingbird.
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Essentials of making

To be a maker you need to:

  • Keep track of your project, (maybe a notebook) or digital records of your notes and designs.
  • Be ready to explore and try different things before you find your final result!
  • Be willing to help others and support their making projects too!

Our Makerspace manifesto

Taken from the MakerSpace Playbook

  • Everyone is a Maker
  • Our World is what we make it
  • If you can imagine it, you can make it
  • If you can't open it, you don't own it
  • We share what we make and help each other make what we share
  • We are more than consumers, we are creators
  • Makers seek out opportunities to learn to do new things, especially through hands on, DIY interactions
  • Making is an interdisciplinary endeavour, the divisions between subjects dissolve
  • It is alright to fail, as long you use it as an opportunity to learn and to make something better
  • We help one another to do better
  • Be open, inclusive, encouraging and generous in spirit

Important links

Great ideas for you to create or inspire you, click on the Pinterest board on the right to go to a range great ideas!

Intro to using the MaKey MaKey

Connecting your makey makey to an ipad

Make it @ your library inspiration!

MaKey MaKey QuickStart Guide excellent place to start

Adafruit Inspiration

Whack-a-potato with Makey MaKey

MakerSpace on ipads great apps

Instructables for great ideas

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide great ideas with the MaKey MaKey here

What's happening at Makerspace?

Wearable Electronics

Mentors for our Makerspace

Your LRC Staff in the MakerSpace

Karin Gilbert: Head of LRC

Josie Meredith: eLibrarian

Esther JohnsoneLibrarian

All about coding

Makerspace makings

3D doodled bicycle

Pom Pom necklace

Wearable electronics

Paperclay earrings

Pendant

Origami hearts

First movie from our Makerspace

Fave craft blogs

Everything you need to know about Arduino