|Raspberry Pi Zero 'powered' robot made
using the CamJam robot kit
|Raspberry Pi 3||Raspberry Pi camera with infra-red LEDs &
an IR filter that can be 'cut' for day/night use
A 'virtual' space for digital makers
This web system, which is being progressively developed, aims to provide support for digital 'makers' in and around Marlborough, Wiltshire and is maintained by members of the Marlborough Area Maker Group (MAMG).
News and Events
Maker Group Meeting: there will obviously not be a meeting of the Group for some considerable time - but we will aim to post news and new build project information on the site so that everyone can keep busy .
Raspberry Jams: we have provisionally scheduled the next "Jamming in Marlborough" event for Sunday 1st November 2020 - by which time we all hope things will be reasonably back to normal and a fun session at the Town Hall between 10:00am and 4:00pm will be very welcome. More details will be posted here as the planning progresses, and please do contact us if you would like to help out in any way.
St John's Digital Making Club: this weekly School club started in Sept '17, thanks to a grant from the Community Youth Fund. Now in its 3rd operational year, the club is obviously currently suspended during the enforced School closure - but we hope to restart sessions as soon as it is permitted.
More details about the club's activities and profiled projects can be found here.
Digital Making Kits: all three of these Kits: Electronics, Image Taking and Servo & Stepper Motor, are still available to order on-line. Click here for details.
The definition of ‘making’ is somewhat wide, but is generally taken to be a technology-based extension of DIY, that whilst it involves programming and code development, is more concerned with the creation and development of physical things rather than just the use of software. The activity scope is therefore quite broad, embracing electronics, photography, robotics, 3-D printing, music, artwork/installations, etc., but within the Group there would generally always be a digital element to the activities i.e. digital 'making'.
Through the use of this web system and other activities, apart from providing mutual support for projects undertaken by members of the Group, a key set of aims is to:
- encourage skills development and expertise in digital systems/computing and embedded software for all age groups, but in particular for the under-18's;
- establish citizen science and 'internet of things' (IoT) activities that encourage collaborative working for social/community benefit outcomes for the area;
- support the combination of new digital technologies with craft and engineering expertise to develop creative and fun 'things'; and
- encourage creative and fun 'things' to evolve into new business ideas and to support the establishment of potential new businesses in the area.
To support the educational aims, Marlborough Area Development Trust (MADT) is making available a number of Digital Making Kits that together with a Raspberry Pi can be used to explore various projects and digital making methods.
Events are also being planned that promote 'digital making', with workshops to help users with their Digital Making Kits, and to generally encourage everyone to 'have a go'.
More information about Makerspace: