Taking apart the webcam
It started with just a handful of students who readily took up the hands-on challenge to build their own microscope by hacking a webcam.
In a short while, the two tables that were full of gadgets gradually drew attention, until a point that we can hardly view what was happening at Marc Dusseiller’s pop-up biotinkering space.
Wondered what else were done at the pop-up makerspace held at Science Centre Singapore on 13 Mar 2014?
Using the glue gun to fix the camera to the base
Within the short 2 hours, the impromptu participants tried their hands at taking things apart, and putting them together again, and experimented with different items that they could view using their DIY microscope, including a live spider and a cotton stainer!
Lots of spontaneous efforts were also put in into ensure the live insects are viewable on the DIY microscope, amusing the crowd watching the demonstration.
Marc also brought along plenty of interesting gadgets which captured our attention.
Check out the two suitcases he brought his stuffs in! One of them is a “Lab in a suitcase” while the other contains stuffs that he made. Inspiring, isn’t it? Seems like some people will start packing their own maker suitcase/bag soon!
Marc’s lab in a suitcase!
Maker tools in a suitcase!
If you are looking forward to some tinkering and making, check out the next pop-up event on 22 March at Tampines Central Community Club.
This 22nd March, join Maker Elda Webb Embark in a journey to discover your inner maker. Take joy in the creative capacity of your mind. Making is not a passive activity, fill your imagination with inspiration, generate ideas and understand your world without fears and discover how to keep doing this over and over again until you feel it is right.
Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, she is a curious person by nature. Design Thinking has being her problem solving secret. Pupil of the Montessori system, she pretty much used its principles all the way into University. Her curiosity to solve problems in a holistic manner guided her to study Architecture, where she found a great tool to help her overcome her lack of drawing skills. She discovered the world of Computer 3D modeling and started sharing her knowledge as an assistant teacher for the Visualization department at her alma mater the Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM). She worked at several companies as a graphic designer and 3D modeller creating renders and other visual media for their marketing departments. She now works for Autodesk as a Senior Learning Content Developer here in Singapore, creating visual content to showcase the new features of AutoCAD and its verticals. She believes that we should be proactive and design solutions to our everyday problems and make them a reality by acting upon them. But she understands that in order for anybody to think like a designer and start making things we need to let go of our fears and put the designer’s hat to start thinking like one and to remind us that we can all start by making something and be a designer in our own way. Always tinkering about problems and a long list of solutions, you can find her folding paper and watching a movie to relax or checking out TED.com, design books and all sorts of other platforms for inspiration. She is always on the look for things that could help her solve or understand problems better. Her tagline How flexible is your imagination? pretty much summarizes the way she approaches any challenge and how we all should approach the problems that come along our way while being a Maker.
If you are coming to Science Centre Singapore on 13th March 2014, do drop by at the Annexe Foyer. Marc Dusseiller - transdisciplinary scholar, cultural facilitator and artist – will be setting up a mobile Makerspace from 11am onwards at the Annexe foyer. So, drop in for some spontaneous bio tinkering and be surprised.
Marc performs DIY workshops in lo-fi electronics, hardware hacking, microscopy, music and robotics. He has coorganized the DIY festival Zurich, workshops for artists, schools and children as the former president of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio and nanotechnoloty research and dissemination (Hackteria) in a DIY fashion in kitchens, ateliers and in developing countries.
Students who went to the Senja-Cashew Community Club on 4th and 5th January for their Edusave Merit Bursary Awards were pleasantly surprised to walk into a hall full of activities – and very unusual activities too.
In one corner, 3D printers were humming, printing what kids doodled on the app – doodle 3D. Kids were walking around with 3D printed flowers, butterflies and even their names. Other children took their first foray into making with electronics as they tried out Hackidemia SG’s classic offerings – Vibrobots, Zombie Signalizers and Little Bits.
Parents stood back and watched, proud and at the same time apprehensive, as kids as young as 4 tried wielding a saw and mallet at the woodworking station. Makers from different parts of Singapore and different walks of life came together with a singular goal – to instill the value of hands-on making to parents and the empowerment it gives to young children who delight in the simple pleasure of seeing and loving what they have made with their own hands.
Check out the video uploaded at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire Facebook Page!
The maker roadshow at Senja Cashew Community Club was jointly organized by Science Centre Singapore, Singapore Mini Maker Faire, Hackidemia Singapore, Silicon Straits, Simplify3D, Sustainable living Lab and Senja-Cashew Community Club, leading up to the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014 later on this year.
This blog entry has been contributed by Dr Kiruthika Ramanathan, Science Centre Singapore.
“Imagine a wild way to play the piano, then make it using everyday stuff: fruits, stationery, people, even candy! The secret to a great invention is clever use of electrical conductivity and a little computer code.
Participants will invent their own device by connecting everyday materials to the computer then turn them into piano keys by programming their behaviours in Scratch. This workshop is a fun introduction to inventing and programming; perfect for kids to tinker, play and explore adventurous ideas.”
How do you like the sound of the above? If the visual cannot get to your mind yet, try clicking on this video. :)
Yes, this will be our first official pre-Maker Faire Workshop leading up to the July Faire, conducted by Playlab.me! If you are keen to join us for some tinkering fun, here are the details!
Date: Saturday 30 Mar 2013
Venue: Einstein Room (Level 2)
Cost: 1 adult +1 child (7-12yrs) ( $50 (for members), $66* (for non-members)
*Cost of programme include admission to Science Centre
Registration opens till 29 Mar.
Please email email@example.com for registration and enquiry.