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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

(Sponsor’s Blog) Evernote Maker Series: Building a Half Pipe Skateboard Ramp

(Cross-posted from Evernote Blog)

In celebration of our participation at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire, this week we’ll be publishing a series of blog post telling awesome Maker stories building and making stuff using Evernote.

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Ever since his parents put up a ramp for he and his brother to skate on when they were just kids, Troy Malone, General Manager for Evernote in APAC has always tried to make sure he had a small half pipe wherever he lived. A half pipe was more than a place where Troy skated and had fun. It was a place that has captured the memories of many wonderful afternoons.

Now that he can skate with all three of his kids, it’s even more of a blast as he sees them learn and get better. Building a half pipe from scratch is definitely not an easy task. From doing research to the actual making, lots of time and effort is needed.

Follow Troy’s journey below to see how he uses Evernote to simplify the making process.

No-Fuss Researching

Clip Away

Researching for a project as huge as this is not an easy feat. There is information scattered everywhere on the web; articles ranging from just a paragraph to pages long, different methods with various difficulty levels and material lists with all sorts of tools he has never heard of. At times, it is tough for Troy to just look through all the web materials, let alone decide on the best method and material list. Troy uses the Evernote Web Clipper to clip online articles for a later read when time allows. Besides, with the smart search function, Troy is able to search within documents, articles and pictures to quickly pull out articles he has previously clipped when needed.

Bringing Your Shopping Lists with You

Troy uses Evernote to store the list of materials that is needed and pulls them out whenever he needs to refer to it. He is able to type the list up on his computer when he is home, and then access it from his phone when he is at the store. This allows him the flexibilty to pick up materials from wherever he is or whenever he passes by a hardware store.

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Checked!

Since the materials cannot be found in a central area, Troy visits many places to source for materials, and this cannot be done in a single day. Troy creates a check-list to ensure that he never misses out any tools or accidentally purchase two of the same item. This helps Troy clear his head as he no longer needs to rack his brains to think of what he has bought or has missed.

Building of the Half Pipe

Saving Blueprints

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Troy saves all his blueprints and plans on his computer and syncs them for easy access from his phone. He follows instructions from the materials he finds online to make the correct transitions. He checks off each step on his list when completed to determine his progress.

Remembering Everything

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Troy also enjoys taking photos, from the beginning till the end of the project. He captures most of his pictures on his phone and then saves them into Evernote to be synced to his computer. This helps Troy ensure that the memories of building the half pipe with his children are never lost.

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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)

“Fix it, Give it” – A project by the Singapore Academy of Young Engineers and Scientists (SAYES)

Good Karma ToyThe Singapore Academy of Young Engineers and Scientists (SAYES) will be embarking on a “Fix It, Give It” project to collect unwanted toys and work with volunteers to give the toys a new lease of life. The toys will be donated to one of the children’s home in Singapore.

A collection box will be set up at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire at Senja-Cashew CC (at the registration booth). If you have mechanical or electronic toys which are spoiled and you would like to contribute them towards this meaningful cause, SAYES would like to appeal to you to bring them down to us this weekend. A very big THANK YOU to you in advance!

If you have any enquiries about the project, please email to sayes@science.edu.sg.

(Sponsor’s Blog) Evernote Maker Series: Building Robots with Evernote

(Cross-posted from Evernote Blog)

In celebration in our participation at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire, this week we’ll be publishing a series of blog post telling awesome Maker stories building and making stuff using Evernote.

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Grace Chia is a student in Singapore. Together with a team that comprises of more than 12 students who reads Electrical, Computer, Mechanical Engineering, as well Computer Systems, project BumbleBee Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) was founded. The objective of the project was to build an underwater robot that could perform tasks by only relying on its software and sensors.

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Building a robot from scratch and working with such a big team was definitely not an easy task as there were many different ideas and various logistics that needed to be consolidated. With the help of Evernote Business, Grace and her team have finally achieved first success with their underwater robot.

Evernote – connecting ideas

Creating a network of ideas

The AUV has many sensors, actuators, electrical boards and connections. Across the 4 different subteams of Mechanical, Electrical, Software and PR, there is overwhelming amounts of information which is almost impossible to manage without Evernote. Evernote helps Grace and her team connect ideas and keep track of each team’s progress. They’ll put down the research they’ve found to share with the different teams and even pen down Reminders to keep track of where they’re heading.

Simplifying Search

Since the project comprises of different teams with varied capabilities and knowledge, the search function from Evernote works magic for the teams as it makes it easy for different members to learn more about their teammate’s work by entering a simple term he knows off his head.

The Related Notes feature also intelligently suggests some notes which may be relevant when a member is working on an idea. This prevents any overlapping of ideas or activities and also promotes continuity of the project. Any new additions to the team can now review related notes as he/she pens down his considerations or doubts.

Administration work no longer a hassle

Finance as a shared responsibility

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Grace and her team have an entire notebook that is filled with electronic receipts and pegged to the very top of the list is a full Purchases Excel Sheet where members add in all their purchases. It allows the entire team to be kept updated about their individual expenses. This helps inculcate a sense of individual responsibility towards the project spending and also helps avoid overspending.

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Snap and share

Being students with no fixed work-desks, Grace and her team have meetings everywhere. Evernote comes in handy by allowing them to upload snapshots or materials over a variety of platforms. When using white-boards, they’ll snap a picture using their mobile phones and have it sync-ed to Evernote on their Windows laptops or iPads. Besides, Evernote recognizes handwriting in images too.

Staying on the same page

For a greater outreach effect, Grace and her team are working on creating their very own Evernote Brochure on-the-go where all members can have access to publicity materials.

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Sponsors logos in all sizes, individual agreements as well as sponsorship mileage are uploaded into this notebook for quicker referencing. To gain access to places and to tackle registration issues, the team details list is also available on Evernote, making it a one-stop for all information required by the project members.

Have you used Evernote to make?

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.