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Maker Immersion Camp 2014

Thirty one children took part in our first ever Maker Immersion Camp. For three days, the children were exposed to tools such as the hot glue gun, drills, screw drivers, pliers etc. They also learnt basic maker skills like taking things apart, wood working, fabric hacking sewing, and basic electronic circuits.

It was a fantastic experience organizing the camp, the enthusiasm of the children was great. The camp would not have been possible without the collaboration of local and Overseas Makers: Green Issues by Agy, The Bunglin Tinker, The Renaissance Engineering Club, Hackidemia, and The Curious Design Network. Here are some of the reflections from the camp as well as a compendium of resources for parents to follow up where necessary

The camp began with an introduction and icebreakers session, followed by Design Thinking for Makers by Elda Webb.  The children learnt about Empathy and the importance of communication for good design. Something different was that kids were required to design something for their partner, as opposed to themselves.

After lunch, the participants worked on their first project – Fabric Hacking – conducted by Susan Ong from The Bunglin Tinker

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Susan also spoke to the children about the need for upcycling and the environmental impact of garbage.

STEAM advocate Liyana spoke to the kids on what it means to be a Maker. Liyana’s slides are here: Makercamp-talk

On the Second Day of camp, Makers from the Renaissance Engineering Programme took over to introduce the campers to Electronics and Coding.  Details on the activities conducted are here

Playing with Paper Circuts

 

Set up of materials

Making the car

 

 

Learning about programming

On the 12th, We welcomed Agatha Lee of Green Issues by Agy who taught the campers how to sew electronics to fabric

Campers learnt to sew using conductive thread

In the afternoon, there was woodworking, where the kids learnt to drill and make a plant press. Photos to come.

The camp ended with an inspiring talk by Stefania Druga from Hackidemia, who shared with the children the many projects done by children around the world.

We asked the kids after the camp what they would like to learn next. Here are some of the responses.

How to dismantle a chain saw
I would like to learn how to make a robot
I would want to learn how to do kitchen Science
I would want to learn to make toys
How to build a musical room?
I would like to learn how to make a hover board
I would like to design a game
I want to build a motor hover craft
How to make an incubator
I would like to learn programming with arduino
Designing
How to make a robot with laser eyes
How to do different types of Java
How to make a living robot
How to make a phone

And those, I believe, gives us enough material for several more camps. Keep learning an Keep Making!

Hour of Code SG

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a week ago that Singapore students should be taught to “code, prototype and build things, to fail fast and learn quickly.” Hour of Code SG aims to teach children how to begin coding in an easy and interactive manner.

The Hour of Code  was launched in the US in 2013 as an online campaign to introduce coding to the public in a friendly and interactive manner. The Hour of code campaign introduces kids aged 5 and up into programming. This year, we are bringing the Hour of code to Singapore through a series of interactive activities. Activities are free, no pre registration is required. Admission to Science Centre applies to non members.

Activities at a glance. AM sessions are from 10am to 12.30pm and PM sessions are from 2.30pm to 5.00pm

Station Activities 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th December AM and PM, 13th December PM only

Coding with Scratch
Coding with Blockly
Lightbot
Turtleart

Coding Unplugged
Pixels to pictures
Codes and Cryptography

Tech Showcases

8th December 2.30pm-5.00pm: Programmers: Students of ITE college East with Arthur Pedida

How to build a robot car: This Robot car can be autonomous using sensors to avoid obstructions and find his ways. Additionally, it can be modified & equipped with Bluetooth module in order to communicate and be controlled by Smartphone.

8th December 2.30pm-5.00pm: Programmers: Cadaq

Raspberry Pi Camera

8th December and 9th December 2.30pm-5.00pm: Programmers: Mantej Singh

Lego NXT robots

9th and 10th December 2.30pm-5.00pm: Programmer: Melvin Zhang

Play a game which has artificial intelligence: I got interested in Computer Science at an early age when playing against a chess program and wondering how a machine could play better than a person. Through this project, I got to go back to my favorite topic in Computer Science and had the opportunity to interact with users and developers from around the world as we worked together to improve the software.

9th December. 10.00AM-12.30PM: Programmer: Kiruthika

What lives inside a computer?  Join in a tear down session where we will take apart an old computer and peripherals to understand what are the components that make up the machines that we use everyday.

11th and 12th December. 10.00AM-12.30PM: Programmer: Andy Giger

Illustrations of the usefulness of coding : I have a few processing sketches, ranging from complex scientific simulations to simple quick sketches, that I could showcase as illustrations of the usefulness of coding. A possible example: http://andygiger.com/science/e-coriolis/.

13th and 14th December, 2.30pm to 5.00pm: Programmer: John O Brien

Respberry Pi Beerbot: Steer a home-made remote controlled robot with Beer (or Coke) can grabbing capability over wifi! See what the robot sees using a Raspberry Pi camera! Drive and activate the can grabbing claw over an SSH connection! Ask insightful questions! Find out More about John at http://jweoblog.com/

From now till Maker Faire 2015

Upcoming maker workshops and maker camp

Register for Making Things Move: Maker workshop on 18th October 2014

Register for Making Music: Maker workshop on 15th November 2014

Register for the Maker Camp 2014

The Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014 may be over, but we have a series of very exciting Maker events planned for both Makers and public starting October 2014. Details will be up very soon, so watch this space.

Are you a Maker? Get in touch to facilitate  in our workshops and Maker camp

A big thank you!

Its been just over two weeks since the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014 and we are completely overwhelmed by the number of articles that have made their way into the online and traditional media about the Maker’s movement and the Singapore Mini Maker Faire. Thanks are in order to the Makers and the many groups whose support made the Singapore Mini Maker Faire such a huge success.

Sponsors
The Singapore Mini Maker Faire was part of the Singapore Science Festival and we would like to thank the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A-Star) for supporting all the events of the Singapore Science Festival. We would also like to thank the following sponsors
Autodesk Asia Pte Ltd
Intel Mobile Communications South East Asia Pte Ltd

Evernote
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore for their co-organization of the Singapore Mini Maker Faire Education Day 2014.
Also a big thanks to Make Magazine for their licensing and support in the organization of Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014.

Press coverage of Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014.

Live in the City: FM 93.8 interview on the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014, 26th July 2014
Yahoo News: Think Singapore Lacks Creativity? The growing maker movement here will surprise you
Experience the Power to Create at National Engineers Day and Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014
Asia One News: Look! a scarf for Dino
Lianhe Zaobao interview with Pan Yew, Guangyan, Nishant and Bart
Sculptor creates figurines from clay: Interview with Sze Sze

Arduino for you ?

Come and find out what the Arduino is, what it can do, why is it so popular and much more.
In a sentence, the Arduino is a programmable controller that lets you control electronic devices (like LEDs) to perform tasks (like turning on the lights when someone is present).

Schools use Arduino to teach science, programming and electronics in a fun way. Tertiary students use it for their final year projects to show-case concepts. People leverage on its readily available resources to build their own electronic gadgets.
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We will be showing Arduino projects that you can build, as well as different types and sizes of Arduino that you may want to consider using for your own projects. We will also be showcasing the SGuino, the First Arduino designed and produced in Singapore targeted at Young Makers.

You may want to check out the article at the following link which gives a brief introduction to the Arduino. (http://blog.3egadgets.com/?p=309)

Programme for the Makers only Nite on 26th July

We will be closing the doors of Singapore Mini Maker Faire to the public at 7pm on Saturday, 26th July 2014. From 7-9, after dinner, there will be a networking session, where Makers will be able to visit each other’s booth. Some presentations will also be made, including the 3D design challenge that was conducted as part of SMMF ’14 as well as exciting happenings and opportunities that makers can look forward to in the later part of this year.

The Singapore Mini Maker Faire 3D Design challenge
26th July 2014, 7.30pm
The inaugural SMMF 3D Design challenge was sponsored by Autodesk Singapore. A wide variety of participants took part in the training sessions.

Upcoming events for Makers
26th July 2014, 7.45pm-8.45pm
Some exciting announcements on Maker events from Science Centre Singapore and Art Science Museum

Presentations on 27th July

Light magic by Kiki Tay, 11.00am

How to make Education by Technology and Art, Masakasu Takasu, 12.00nn

Technology and arts can making a lot of fun. Fun is most important for children growth. It is not only fun, but also Kickstart to growth of children! Let an use technology and art for education. Yes,We Can!

Tatting by Joyce Lim, 1.00pm

Bio printing by Fan MingWei, Bio3D technologies, 2.00pm
Introducing 3D printing and bio-printing, and why they matter.

Leaves with memories, a clay demonstration Davy Young, 2.45pm
A short demo on ceramic leaf making

Design thinking for Makers, Elda Webb, 3.30pm

Using Evernote to Make, Evernote, 4.15pm
Evernote is helping the world remember everything by building innovative products and services that allow individuals to capture, find and interact with their memories. Evernote apps are available on all major computer, web, mobile, and tablet platforms. For more information, please visit: http://www.evernote.com Register to find out more

 

Presentations on 26th July 2014

 The circus Show, by Rhys Thomas, 11.00am

Nico Nico Gakkai Style presentation by Makers, by Masakasu Takasu and various makers – 11.30am
Join Maker Masakasu Takasu and our Makers in Singapore in this presentation, where Makers who create in several different domains come together to share their work in 3 minutes.

Tiny Electronics by Gabriel Perumal, 12.40pm

3D Design, by Badari Hidayur, Autodesk , 1.15pm

Crowdpricing for Makers by HaystackT, 1.50pm

Tesla Coils – How to Make Lightning at Home, by GuangYan, 2.20pm

Gao Guangyan shares his projects and experience as a maker and engineer, known for his crazy home projects and Musical Tesla Coils. Follow his journey and learn how he makes lightning at home with an introduction to Tesla Coils, and view up close the inner workings and see hair-raising live-demos of some new Musical Tesla Coils he has built including a new large one in the Science Centre Singapore

Zen Glove, by Gaurav Gupta, 3.00pm

PCDuino by Jingfeng Liu, 3.35pm

Tatting by Joyce Lim, 4.10pm

Bioprinting by Fan MingWei, Bio 3D Technologies, 4.45pm
Introducing 3D printing and bio-printing, and why they matter.

Making for social change by Veerappan Swaminathan, 5.20pm
How can Making and Social Change go together? In this presentation, we will be sharing come of the cool Social Innovation projects of Sustainable Living Lab, Singapore’s first Makerspace. Veera is the Kampung Tinkerer and co-founder at the Sustainable Living Lab. Trained officially as a mechanical engineer, he spent his formative years being a general nightmare around the house by taking apart (and not always putting together) all kinds of stuff and starting new organizations in LAN gaming, credit card marketing, competition planning, tinkering and sports. He is listed on several biomedical device patents and has built solar cars, wind turbines, EEG headsets and agricultural drying equipment. Being in land-strapped Singapore but wishing to have a garage like all inventors seemed to have in movies, led him to start the Sustainable Living Lab which is Singapore’s first and only Makerspace focused on social innovation, sustainability and technology.

Juggling by Choo Zheng Hao, 6.25pm
Juggling: a physically and intellectually demanding skill which happens to be strangely addictive too. Learn how juggling as a hobby has evolved over the last few decades with the pervasive reach of the Internet. Take a look how social media has radically changed this obscure hobby into a global interactive community.

Presentations at SMMF ’14

An exciting programme awaits participants at SMMF ’14. In addition to the booths and workshops, we are also happy that there are presenters who will share their work with us. There will be (almost) continuous presentations during SMMF 14, right in the sports hall at Senja Cashew CC where stories will be told and lessons shared. Here is a quick summary of the presentation schedule

Saturday, 26th July 2014

Sunday, 27th July 2014

Makers Nite on 26th July 2014, 7.00pm

What will you learn at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014?

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Spanning arts and crafts, Science, Engineering, 3D printing and robotics, a series of workshops awaits participants coming to the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014.  So what will you learn when you come for SMMF 14?

Here is a quick breakdown of workshops by categories.

Engineering/ Science
Maker Culture
Arts and Crafts
3D Design/ printing

Need a summary of the workshops schedule?