1. Electronics for Absolute Beginners

    Everything you ever wanted to know to build a circuit from scratch, but were afraid to ask!
    January 23rd, 11am – 5pm
    SPACE, 129 – 131 Mare Street Hackney London, E8 3RH.

    Tutor Iain Sharp, a lecky pro, will guide you through the basics of how to get electricity to do what you want using a basic circuit that includes some pencil draw components.

    The day will focus on how electronics work and will include experiments that demonstrate what different components do. We will use a breadboard to build the circuit, so a lot less soldering than in previous workshops!

    Take a look at Iain’s demo video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igXh4fMqVCA

    Priority booking for women/girl participants open now. Registration open to all on 13th Jan 2010.


  2. Hair raising harmonies!

    THIS SUNDAY 28th JUNE, 12 noon – 2pm – Pizza and hair of the dog at Sal’s place.

    Following from her excellent ‘make music with your hair’ workshop at Eclectic Tech Carnival (/ETC) in Umea, Sweden, Joan is up for doing it again for MzTEK.  Check out the blog post I wrote on the workshop at /ETC for an idea of what it in-tales (ha ha!)

    RSVP to info@mztek.org for workshop location, Shoreditch area.



    Joan Healy is in town to perform Becoming a Franz West TONIGHT (wed 24th) at Shunt

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  3. Tinkerbelles & Arduinorama Mammas

    So, we had a blast last Saturday tinkering on Arduinos for the first time (well, for most of us), at [ SPACE ].

    Artemis led us through a great 3 hour P2P sesh on Arduinos and sensors. We learned:

    – how to make a circuit using the Arduino, a breadboard, and some wires
    – how to make a little LED light blink using the above, plus a wee bit of easy programming
    – using buttons to open and close circuits
    – using potentiometers (mouthful there) to dim/brighten LEDs.

    It was awesome, and I’m really looking forward to our upcoming workshops now.  I’ll post some pics below.

    Getting an LED to light up with a button


    Artemis helping us along

    gathered around artemis

    She’s a PC too…

    caroline helping

    Now let’s try the blue one!

    arduino and led light

    A toolbox for tinkering.

    the toolbox

    Sonia and Sophie, showing off their work. It works! It really works!

    sonia and sophie

    And in case you lost your notes, ladies, I have Artemis’s sketches too.  For whatever reason, WordPress has rotated them, so just turn your head 90 degrees counter-clockwise.



  4. Next Peer to Peer: Arduinorama

    NB:  If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email.

    Kit: If you have your own Arduino starter kit, or Arduino and sensors, bring them so you can follow along with your own tools.  You can buy them online in advance if you don’t have them.

    Or, if you’re simply interested in the tech, you’re welcome to look on!

    We recommend buying one in advance if you want to be able to take home what you’ve made and use it in your own projects, and in our upcoming workshops.