History


Newer news appears on our facebook page.

Otherwise here is the earlier News.

Sat 5 Sept 2015 - Sat 11am till 5pm:
Valve Radios and Radios in General
at 12 Dunlin Drive, St Mary's Island, Chatham ME4 3JE
- Ilya and I improved the selectivity of my valve radio by trial and error.


27 June 2015 - We got an Arduino Nano talking to the GY-85 which senses 3 axis angular acceleration + 3 axis linear acceleration + 3 axis magnetic field. This is a very exciting device costing less than £10 on ebay.

Here are some interesting links for the GY-85.
The best tutorial that got me going is:
Here are some other links:

Saturday 22 July 2015 - Sat 11am till 5pm: Top Secret Meeting at 12 Dunlin Drive, St Mary's Island, Chatham ME4 3JE - I told almost no one but they came anyway! Yes a secret meeting took place because I thought we weren't going to do much and I was right about that but we did meet a couple of Maidstone Hackspace people and then we went to their meeting on the Thursday 27th and saw some very nice camera kit made by Ilya on his 3d-printer and we set up our next 3 meetings. I think we have discovered a secret. Decide what you are going to do in advance of the meeting. There are really three types of meeting Talking, Doing a project, or Learning a skill and the lesson is that the first kind is easy to do but that actually the second two involve talk anyway so that's why we have decided to try and stick with Doing a project, or Learning a skill as a prime meeting format.

A couple of possible projects have been proposed; Cubesat and Autonomous around the world sailing. My suggestion is that we create pages in relation to each project proposal and that the proposers collect some material in relation to them. i.e. links to YouTube on the subject and that kind of thing.

16 May 2015 - Sat 11am till 5pm: Medway Makers Arduino "Jump in the Deep End" for beginners! Meeting 15  12 Dunlin Drive, St Mary's Island, Chatham ME4 3JE - This is what it said "The Arduino is a really easy way to get into computronics i.e. a little bit of computing + a little bit of electronics. The ticket price £10 is for an an Arduino Nano (ATMega328) + breadboard that you can take away with you. I will also show you what a few extra bits can do with an Arduino Nano. You will need to bring a laptop computer having downloaded the Arduino software for your system from http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software I can help you set it up but please do the download before you come as there will be no internet connecting from here :-( Sorry. You're welcome to bring a packed lunch, otherwise you might get hungary! Buy your ticket on this link; Eventbrite - Arduino " Jump in the deep end" tickets. " So we ran this little show for all those people who said could we do something for beginners, but no beginners turned up so we just did fun and complicated stuff ;-)

21 March 2015 - Sat 11am till 5pm: Medway Makers Arduino Hack it Meeting 14  12 Dunlin Drive, St Mary's Island, Chatham ME4 3JE - We used an Arduino to modulate data on a laser beam and picked up the data with a phototransistor. A bit of extra code needed and then we can use it for digital signal transmission over distances.

8 Jan 2015 - Thu 6pm till 9pm: Medway Makers Meeting 12  At 12, Dunlin Drive, St Mary's Island, Chatham ME4 3JE - Under whelming. Everybody was busy except Mike and me!

16 Dec 2014 - Lunar Mission 1 Hit its target and so is on. Its a kickstarter project and its wow so take a look Lunar Mission 1

11 Dec 2014 - Thu 6pm till 9pm: Medway Makers Meeting 11  In the Factory at Stickleback Manufacturing - To people ill and a blown tyre put a stop to this meeting! Oh Dear!

10 Dec 2014 - Thu 6pm till 8pm: Christmas Raspberry Jam At University of Greenwich Medway Campus, in Pembroke Wardroom, Pembroke Building, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB -

WOW WOW WOW What a great event. Over 100 turned out to come and see it including all ages. Great look with a strong Greenwich identity and some very nice projects on display. Half way through who should turn up but Father Christmas on his mobile platform. Notably Richard Seals missed Father Christmas because he had to be elsewhere. It was great fun for all ages and really put engineering out there. Richard marries engineering and performance art in a fusion of fun. So when is the next jam or how about a mini Maker Faire? And thanks also go to Lynn Wilson at L.Wilson@gre.ac.uk  telephone 01634 883848.

29 Nov 2014 - Sat 1030 to 1700 ish: The Medway Maker Raspberry, Papilio  and Arduino Jam 10  - Well we had a wild time exploring Arduino, brushless DC motors and of course Raspberry Pi.

15 Nov 2014 - Sat: London Mini Maker Faire at the London Collage of Communication. I have no idea what to expect. See Website

6 Nov 2014 - Thu 6pm till 9pm: Medway Makers Meeting 9  At Fort Luton. Gee where was everybody! The core members were there, tough enduring types and A lot of ideas and talk about the fort and maker spaces in one of the casements, its a bit like a railway arch and we all got a look at the Alien space pod. (Well if you want to know, you should have come :-)

29 & 30 Oct 2014 - Wed & Thu from 9.30 to 3.30: The Kent Festival of Science Fun for all the family at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, Buckland Road, Maidstone, Kent ME16 0SF. Entry £7.50 per person. Details Here  Medway Makers didn't go due to hiccups!

16 Oct 2014 - Thu 6pm till 9pm: Medway Makers Meeting 8  At 12, Dunlin Drive, St Mary's Island, Chatham ME4 3JE -   Not as many as I expected but 5 still was interesting and two new people including Mike McRoberts who was involved in the early stages of the London Hackspace.

4 Oct 2014 - Sat 1030 to 1600: Medway Fun Palace Fun for all the family 272 High St Chatham ME4 4BP and 75 High Street Rochester ME1 1LX Details Here A free nationwide celebration of science and culture. Medway Makers had a table.

25 Sep 2014 - Thu 6pm till 9pm: Medway Makers Meeting 7  In the Factory at Stickleback Manufacturing - Stacy has invited us to visit Stickleback Manufacturing in Hoo. Wow again. Thanks to a science event hosted at the POP Gallery by Medway Science Centre Partnership I met Lance and as a result besides Stacy and Conner of Stickleback Manufacturing  of course and Rodney who attended the last meeting we also had Rob, Lance, Lee, Sergei and Francesca. Could this be growth! Katie sent apologies for her and Lou for not being able to attend. There was lots to talk about and look at, mostly centred around PCB Manufacturing, including silk screen printing and laser cutting. We also talked about the woes of modern education and frustration of talented teachers plus one to one talk that I wasn't always party to. The usual informal environment prevailed and I think we all enjoyed it. More about the Medway Science Centre can be found here www.medwayscicentre.org

8 Sep 2014 - Mon: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Yes Medway Makers is 1 year old on 8th September.

6 Sep 2014 - Saturday : Brighton Mini Maker Faire Two large halls packed with innovation and fun. I went busing around collecting contacts and talking to a lot of people. In this fair there was a good art science balance with knitting, sawing and Arduinos Raspberry Pis. There was a new kind of 3d printer in action, new to me at least, built by a guy in Southampton Makerspace see 3mins into the video he hadn't finished it then. Here is the US version. Here is another European version. US version design files are here. Also see 3d Printer List. Ellie, my 10 year old, got busy on the Fuzzy Folk table sawing up a felt tortoise. Pictures to come soon. I bought my first 1 Farad capacitor from Carbon Frog! I heard that Google has bought Boston Dynamics the robot company see here.

Also saw;
  • Build Brighton - The Brighton Hackerspace.
  • Freegle - Don’t throw it away – give it away on Freegle! You might not need that old sofa or wheelbarrow any more – but there might be someone just round the corner who does. Or if there’s something you’d like, someone nearby might have one.

4 Sep 2014 - Thu 6pm till 9pm: Medway Makers Meeting 6 Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant - This was the stuff of legend. OK six people might not seem like a crowd but what a six. Luise brought the most beautiful medieval dress and Kate had steam punk jewelry that she had made from car resin you can buy in Halfords, she knows about working with other resins to. Stacy brought some examples of Stickleback Manufacturing's Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) and educational material for schools. Laurie, Rodney and I didn't bring much stuff this time around, I guess we did our bit at Geek the weekend before when it came to stuff. We started about 1815 and finished at 2230. Discussions included getting involved with the University of Kent and the Open University, steam punk technology, running garment making, electronics events and other events. The EMF Camp was talked about and how popular the activity tents were at it. Stacy talked about us all visiting the factory with an eye to seeing what synergies might exist between makers and Stickleback Manufacturing. So the next meeting will probably be a Thursday evening in the factory. My feelings and hopes are that we now have a core of Medway Makers that bridge art and science, design and technology and long may we keep that bridge alive by making sure we promote each to an equal degree. - Tom.

Geek Swale & Medway -

30 Aug 2014 - Sat 10am - 5pm: The Oast House Community Centre - Rainham. This was a great fun event though attendance wasn't as good as it should have been, perhaps enough people just didn't know about it. Our talks and table went well "Maker School - A new kind of education for the real world." and "Who would make an ideal astronaut for a mission to Mars?"

31 Aug 2014
- Sun 11am - 5pm: Geek Swale & Medway - Guildhall Museum Rochester and other places in Rochester. We had a very well presented table thanks to Laurie's hard work and dispite poor attendence at the event those that did attend really had a good time.

A big thank you to Marine Studios Margate for organising it.



26 Aug 2014 - Tue: Children's Mini Screen printing  (half price) Print onto a t-shirt, flag, bag or cushion 12-5pm £2.50/£4 at INTRA 337-341 High Street Rochester. See Medway Fine Printmakers who created and run this event. It was good fun.

16 Aug 2014 - Sat: Southend Raspberry Jam  See Southend Raspberry Jam Rodney Buckland visited and here is an edited version of what he wrote;

The organisers have run two previous such events this year, and have developed a formula consisting of a set of short (15 - 20 minutes) presentations in two parallel break-out rooms, adjacent to a larger hall hosting about twenty 'activity' tables. The organisers had managed to acquire about 20 RPi model A and Bs and monitors (see later) and these were used for one-to-one sessions on Python, Scratch. Linux and 'Sonic Pi'. One of the organisers estimated that about 200 visitors called in during the day. The 'activity tables' were a hit. The one-to-one sessions were busy all day with (mostly) youngsters getting stuck in with empathic guidance. The other tables covered a variety of RPi-related 'projects', including:
  • 'how to make your own cat 5/cat 6 ethernet cables',
  • an electric golf buggy that follows its master,
  • display of Conway's 'Game of Life' on a huge array of LEDs,
  • several 6-dof robotic arms,
  • RPi-Arduino systems, home automation...
I found myself in animated conversation with many of the table hosts and learned a lot.

09 Aug 2014 - Sat: Medway Makers Meeting 5   Making with Rodney Buckland. After Rodney managed to escape the last meeting, I invited him to come over for coffee today and oddly enough the subject was Medway Makers. He was particularly interested in talking about maker spaces, promoting our events and the Eco village project. I am looking forward to developing all these. Sorry for not inviting everybody but I didn't expect it to be so maker oriented!

06 Aug 2014 - Wed: INTRA Studios On the high street between Rochester and Chatham is a shop front but look in the window and you will see some large tables and you realise that you are looking into an art studio. Never resisting my urge to explore I went in Christina Lamb, who runs the place, was open to the idea of running some Medway Makers' events there so I am looking forward to talking further with her about that. See Medway Fine Printmakers.  

Jun 2014: New Designers if you have never been to the New Designers exhibition at the Business Design Centre N1 0QH near Angel Tube Station. All the art colleges bring along their third year work in Textiles, Fashion & Accessories, Contemporary Applied Arts (inc. Ceramics & Glass), Jewellery & Precious, Metalwork, Visual Communications (inc. Graphic Design & Illustration), Furniture & Product Design (inc. Spatial & Industrial Design), Motion Arts & Theatre Design. Of course once again it was just wonderful and inspiring to see everything the glorious and the not so glorious but all in all some very professional work. Aren't artists great! Of course so are technologists ;-) See www.newdesigners.com

4 Sep 2014 - Thu 6pm: Medway Makers Meeting 4   At 12, Dunlin Drive, St Mary's Island, Chatham ME4 3JE - Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant - This was the stuff of legend. OK six people might not seem like a crowd but what a six. Louise brought the most beautiful medieval dress and Kate had steam punk jewelry that she had made from car resin you can buy in Halfords, she knows about working with other resins to. Stacy brought some examples of Stickleback Manufacturing's Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) and educational material for schools. Laurie, Rodney and I didn't bring much stuff this time around, I guess we did our bit at Geek the weekend before when it came to stuff. We started about 1815 and finished at 2230. Discussions included getting involved with the University of Kent and the Open University, steam punk technology, running garment making, electronics events and other events. The EMF Camp was talked about and how popular the activity tents were at it. Stacy talked about us all visiting the factory with an eye to seeing what synergies might exist between makers and Stickleback Manufacturing. So the next meeting will probably be a Thursday evening in the factory. My feelings and hopes are that we now have a core of Medway Makers that bridge art and science, design and technology and long may we keep that bridge alive by making sure we promote each to an equal degree. - Tom.

Directions

12 Dunlin Drive, St Mary's Island, Chatham ME4 3JT. If you would like to come please email me tomdehavas@gmail.com  as soon as possible or use email to ask questions or confirm attendance.

BY CAR - There is parking around here.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT for Thursday meetings at 6pm to 9pm -
  1. There is an Arriva bus number 100 leaving the Chatham railway station at 1758 Chatham Waterfront bus station at 1800 and arriving at 1809 at Goldcrest Drive. Step of the bus, turn right and the first on the left after the building site is Dunlin Drive. Number 12 is the first house with a palm on the right.
  2. It is about 7 minutes walk from Chatham Station to Chatham Waterfront bus station. On exiting the station turn right and follow pavement to pelican crossing. Cross and turn right. Keep going down hill under bridge and at the bottom turn left and follow road down hill again and you will see bus station ahead.
  3. Returning bus is 2121 arriving at the bus station at 2128 and the railway station at 2131.

2 Aug 2014 - Sat 11am: Medway Makers Meeting 3   At 12, Dunlin Drive, St Mary's Island, Chatham ME4 3JE - Our third meeting was Tom and Laurie. Laurie brought some wonderful wire jewellery and the topics were many and varied. Although some may think small meetings are innefective, in fact I find that they give a great opportunity for one to one conversations. So I generally think it takes two to have a meeting and I intend to carry on while two turn up. One being me (Tom).

Directions

12 Dunlin Drive, St Mary's Island, Chatham ME4 3JT. If you would like to come please email me tomdehavas@gmail.com  as soon as possible or use email to ask questions or confirm attendance.

BY CAR - There is parking around here.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT for Saturday meetings 10:30am to as long as we like-
  1. There is an Arriva bus number 100 leaving Chatham Waterfront bus station at 1030 and arriving at 1041 at Goldcrest Drive. Step of the bus, turn right and the first on the left after the building site is Dunlin Drive. Number 12 is the first house with a palm on the right.
  2. It is about 7 minutes walk from Chatham Station to Chatham Waterfront bus station. On exiting the station turn right and follow pavement to pelican crossing. Cross and turn right. Keep going down hill under bridge and at the bottom turn left and follow road down hill again and you will see bus station ahead.
  3. Returning buses are at 41 mins past the hour until 1741 arriving at the bus station at 49 mins past the hour.

12 Jul 2014 - Sat 11am: Medway Makers Meeting 2   At 12, Dunlin Drive, St Mary's Island, Chatham ME4 3JE -  It was me and Steve and Stacy driver from Stickleback Manufacturing but just in case you don't need a shark sized pcb they also have a business Ragworm where they will make your 50mm x 50mm PCB for £15.50. They are looking for makers like you. Ragworm™ is an economical PCB prototyping service used by PCB professionals, hobbyists, designers and makers worldwide.

YouTube Video


21 Sep 2013 - Sat 11am: Medway Makers Meeting 1   At 12, Dunlin Drive, St Mary's Island, Chatham ME4 3JE -  Our first meeting was well attended with 8 counting myself, and it served as a chance for us to introduce our selves and our makings. RaspberryPi and 3d printing was discussed and also woodworking, shoemaking, leather work, model railway electronics and embroidery. Sending a helium balloon up with an attached camera was proposed and thought to be a fun idea by all present. It will be posted as an event here and on Facebook soon so if you use face book and would like to attend then flag it with a maybe, please.

13 Sep 2013 - Fri: Well Medway Makers took a table at St Mary's Island Youth Club and on it was an aircraft engine, a huge blow lamp for melting metal with a piece of fruit cast in aluminium, the lasers from a laser printer and a few Arduinos. Two 12 year olds had the chance to take an engine apart and there were some quite a few questions.  

12 Sep 2013 - Thu: I have to thank Natasha Steer of the Creatabot Arts Project Medway for pointing me at two interesting places that might, just might be willing to provide some makerspace/hackspace. I still have to speak to meet the people but I feel a good feeling about this.

11 Sep 2013 - Wed: Medway Makers is now on Facebook and should writeable by you so this is the place to ask questions and make comments for now.

11 Sep 2013 - Wed: Medway Makers is now on YouTube but there is absolutely nothing on it yet! So no point in looking at it!

08 Sep 2013 - Sun late: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Yes Medway Makers is Born after a visit to the Brighton Maker Faire. "We got to have Medway Makers!" I thought.
Comments