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A lot of fun was had once again at the September edition of SparkCC's monthly Open Day!
Our Learning Meister Michael has been working on some upcoming SparkCC workshops and gave a few of our visitors a sneak peak of what's in store.
First up was Sphero, the programmable robotic ball.
Visitors had a go at controlling Sphero via an app running on a tablet. In future they'll be able to write code to make Sphero do all sorts of things!
Michael also showed a preview of tutorials focussed on the Raspberry Pi single-board computer.
When coupled with a camera and various sensors the Pi can do all sorts of things, like power an interactive digital display!
We also had a lot of fun asking questions of the AIY Projects Voice Kit, which used Google's Cloud Speech API to understand what we were asking and give us surprisingly accurate responses!
If you like the sound of some of these projects be sure to follow us on social media to be first to hear when these workshops are scheduled!
Sparker Joel also delighted the crowd with his very slick Mavic Pro drone...
The range and picture quality on this little marvel is really quite impressive!
We'll soon have learn-to-solder kits available for purchase at Open Days so you can come in and learn soldering from the Sparkers. Ethan spent his Open Day honing his skills with some quite intricate work!
Of course the SparkCC Arcade Cabinet drew a crowd as always...
SparkCC Open Day is on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you soon!
Earlier this month a contingent of Sparkers ventured forth from our makerspace to represent SparkCC at Central Coast Comicon.
Our mission was to introduce ourselves to more Central Coast makers and members of the Cosplay community in particular.
We showed off a lot of cool stuff that people have made at SparkCC. Boba Fett was impressed with this prototype Stormtrooper mask...
...and our newly-built arcade cabient proved to be a big hit with everybody...
Not everyone was pleased to see us though. We politely asked Jason to pose with the SparkCC Staff of Making...
...but things quickly turned nasty...
...and he chased the Sparkers back to our stand inside! Sparker Marcus stayed relaxed, thinking that it was all fun and games...
...but he soon got was coming to him!
Thankfully there were a lot of other fantastically-costumed characters around who were more than willing to show their support for SparkCC...
SparkCC would like to thank everyone who came to visit our stand, all of the wonderful Cosplayers who posed with us and of course the organisers of Central Coast Comicon for having us at their awesome event.
We look forward to seeing some of you at SparkCC making awesome stuff very soon!
After all the fun we had last year we were very happy to once again be invited by the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club to their annual Field Day.
Once again we had a great time talking to technology enthusiasts about the makerspace movement and what we get up to at SparkCC.
This year's Field Day also included Drone Racing and the racers were kind enough to let a couple of Sparkers have a try of their FPV setups. Thanks guys!
Another great day for SparkCC at the CCARC Field Day. See you again next year!
We recently held another edition of our always-popular EL Wire Wearable Electronics workshop.
Being December this edition of the workshop had a seasonal theme. Participants could bring along their own item to decorate or use one the 3D-printed Christmas trees designed by Sparker Marcus.
As usual we ended up with some wonderfulyl creative and interesting designs, from Spiderman...
We also had a nice surprise when the local Spyder owners club turned up for an event at the classic car restoration shop next door.
This workshop was a sell-out but if you missed out don't worry, it'll be back in 2017.
Merry Christmas to you from all of the Sparkers!
Earlier this year SparkCC were fortunate enough to take delivery of a LulzBot TAZ5 kindly donated by the good people at Aleph Objects, now servicing their Australian customers from their new warehouse in Sydney.
Well look at what arrived at SparkCC today... two more TAZ5s direct from Aleph Objects!!!
The TAZ5 has become a hot commodity at our makerspace, enabling Sparkers and visitors to print their creations bigger, faster and more accurately. It also features heavily in our Introduction to 3D Printing workshop to demonstrate Open Source hardware concepts and the mechanics of Fused Filament Fabrication.
Having another 2 x TAZ5s in production is going to take 3D Printing at SparkCC to a whole new level. We really can't thank Chelsea and everyone at Aleph Objects enough for the support they continue to show us at SparkCC and for their ongoing commitment to the maker community.
We're going to save the unboxing and setup of at least one of these badboys for our monthly Open Day on November 12th. So if that sort of thing excites you as much as it does us come along and join the fun. See you at the 'space!