Blight Lights! Blight Lights!

No – it's not a typo. Check out this scene from an 80's classic to see what I mean:

There were many eye-boggling and clever swirley creations made with torches and a camera at the Sarina MakerSpaces session yesterday afternoon – but I think this one here is perhaps the pick of the bunch. Only problem is – I can't tell who it is! Can anyone give me a clue??

Click here for all of the light painted photo's snapped:

Please note that these photo's have been compressed for the web. If you would like the full file sent to you, just send me an email.

Don't forget, if you have some old phone chargers at home, still working but no longer required for a phone, please bring them in for our final session at Sarina next week – 18 March.

Have a great week and see you then!

Donna 🙂



Sarina Stars!

After three workshops at Sarina Library, I am thoroughly convinced of the STAR quality of the participants to our sunny south. So far we have built scribble bots,  light-up paper houses and made some cool creatures for the 3D printer (DAVE) o tackle.

Yesterday we had a close up look at MakeyMakey's and screaming banana's, along with a few other organic items that we weren't figuring on… Then, to round the day's adventure off, we had all four of our Arduino's blinking LED's every which way!

Click here for a link to photo's from the workshops so far.

Next week – Water Bottle Rocket Launcher, and we'll make a start on Dumi's very cool idea for an Arduino powered RC vehicle.

See you then!

Donna 🙂



Workshop 8

Apart from more 3D printing (Dave was very well behaved today :)) we also had a great time transferring photo images to material using photo-sensitive ink. All you need is sunshine – yay!










Starting to experiment more with the Arduino kits – so – looking forward to a robotic adventure next week…

Donna 🙂


Workshop 7

Today we revisited Squishy Circuits (see the Projects page for downloads). Some were a bit too squishy, but we still managed to generate some power! ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????








There were some marvellous 3D models created on Tinkercad, and even though 'Dave' (our 3D printer) was a bit stubborn to begin with, we coaxed him along and he was humming away at models before the end of the day.

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We also busied ourselves with some dismantling! This is very important. Many of the bits and pieces required for MakerSpaces projects can be sourced from pre-loved technology and gadgetry. So today an old tape deck/radio and disposable camera donated their organs to a higher need… 🙂

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Donna 🙂

Make it @ your library

Make it @ your library is an excellent new website from the US. It is powered by Instructables and the American Library Association, so it is especially geared to MakerSpaces in libraries!

Check out all the cool projects, and let me know what you would really like to try in one of our workshops. No promises mind you. All depends on resources and what we can get a hold of, but we will certainly try. 🙂Make it logo

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Previous Workshops

Our final workshop at Gordon White Library was a hive of activity as usual.

Marcel lead some of the team in building a Wind Tube! Interesting to see what floats and what does not…

Library staff Karen and Robyn gave 'Light up textiles' a go, but we need to do a bit more practise with this one. Rest assured, we will have that bling flashing the next time!

Jeremy's RaspberryPi case is gradually coming to life – via the 3D printer (who we've christened 'Dave by the way). Will hopefully have a photo of a happy Jeremy displaying the finished product shortly.

We were also very fortunate to have Brendan Donnelly from CQU join us and share what he had learnt about the Arduino kit over the previous weekend. I for one am not quite so fearful of the strange little thing now, and will be having a fiddle over the next couple of weeks.

See here for a short video of the workshop: Workshop #6

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MakerSpaces is hugely grateful to Brendan, Marcel and Al for sharing their time and expertise with MakerSpaces Mackay. We owe you all!

Donna 🙂


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Yesterday's workshop was a little more relaxed, as we investigated the wonders of Light Panting.

Here are some hints and tips on Light Painting from ABC Open. Have a look at some of the awsome photos that have been contributed, and why not contribute yourself?

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Of course, we had to revisit and modify the Billy Kart a bit, with all new and improved ex-roller blade wheels. Some more fun was had finishing off the last couple of water bottle rocket launchers, and Danni had a great time investigating numerous textiles, flowers and good old dirt with the USB microscope.


For our last week at Gordon White Library (for a little while) I'm hoping to tackle those mysterious items call Arduino's, and see if we can make some super blingy things, as it is of course, Melbourne Cup Day!

See you then,

Donna 🙂

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Water Bottle Rocket Launcher was on the menu today. This is the Instructable that inspired us – but – our volunteer mentor Marcel has modified and simplified the this machine somewhat, without detracting from it's 'fire' ability at all. See a clip here of our rocket launcher in action.

Not to be out done, Al and his assistants assembled a very cool Billy Cart. Looking to 'bling it up' next week!

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Donna 🙂

Launched and loaded!

Well launch we said and launch we did! Eight hours of workshops over two days, with Bristle Bots, Blinky Blingy Badges, Screaming MakeyMakey Banana's, and some 3D printing besides. Check out the video here: It's my first serious attempt at iMovie so tell me what you think.

Have a look at the Links page as well. There's a heap of stuff on there that we will all find useful over the coming months.

About to add some information about our last three workshops. Sorry about the delay in posts, but will catch up soon…

Donna 🙂

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We were so busy during this workshop I completely forgot to take photos! All of my cadet journalists were busy with conductive paint, PNP transistors and LDR’s as well – so had to borrow this image from the Instructable that inspired this activity.

Apart from these cute and clever Light Up Paper Houses, two of our girls constructed a soldering station exhaust fan, and ideas for more 3D and coding activities are coming thick and fast!

To quote a popular 1980’s movie – “More Input!

Donna 🙂