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From traditional printing press to blinky circuits

Were you here with us at the Marquee, Science Centre Singapore for our first lead-up family workshop for the Singapore Mini Maker Faire last Saturday? It was an amazing array of activities and we hope you had managed to cover everything if you were here.

Check out some of the station activities that were arranged!
LED activities/ Using DIY remote buttons for Scratch software
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Learn about simple circuits by making a blingtastic circuit

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Sciencey games: Kendama
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Amaker3D: Open source 3D printing
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3D modelling and design with Henry Wong and Darren See
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Quilling and paper crafting with Priyanka Datta
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Solder your own wireframe models by Pan Yew
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Colour Me – by artist Richard Kearns
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Communicate your Science: a “Be a writer” talent hunt and children’s talk show, by Sindu Sreebhavan of Kids Parade Magazine
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If you had missed this workshop, no worries, there will be other opportunities. Do watch this space or follow us on our Singapore Mini Maker Faire Facebook Page! Remember to block your calendar for our actual Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014 which will happen on 26 & 27 July 2014 at Senja-Cashew Community Club.

Make your own conductive inks!

A drawing done with conductive inks

A drawing done with conductive inks

Did you know that you can use a simple recipe to make your own conductive inks, and you can use these conductive inks to draw your own circuits? Yeo Wee Kiang, a fresh PhD graduate from the National University of Singapore shared how he discovered the joy of making your own conductive ink and how it could be applied for educational purposes.

About the maker and the workshop

Wee Kiang graduated just 2 weeks ago from the National University of Singapore with a PhD in Chemoinformatics. He shared that while waiting to go overseas for his post-doctoral training in January next year, he began to explore and tinker with several different things beyond his own discipline.  He dabbled with the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, Squishy Circuits, discovered commercial conductive inks and finally came up with his own recipe of conductive ink that could be made out of non-toxic food-based ingredients. This is something he believed is simple enough for anyone interested to use it for educational usage, hence he decided to conduct an inaugural workshop at this year’s Singapore Mini Maker Faire to show how electrical circuits can be not made up of messy wires, embedded into creative drawings, very colourful and very safe. Wee Kiang shared that he has no plans to commercialise the idea and encourages all to make use of the idea and improvise it to add fun and creativity in the learning of electronics. Kudos to Wee Kiang’s generous maker spirit!

Involvement with the Singapore Mini Maker Faire

Like Chinmay (initiator of the “Learn to breadboard electronics” workshop), Wee Kiang is one of the first few followers of the Singapore Mini Maker Faire. He recalled how he first heard about the Faire when William Hooi, part of our organising team, introduced it at Barcamp Singapore last year. He visited the Faire after that and found it to be very interesting. Wee Kiang expressed his views on how the maker culture here should not be limited only to a niche group of people. Indeed, we also hope to spread the maker spirit to as many as possible, and we hope that all the amazing makers at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire can inspire the uninitiated.

Do not miss this interesting workshop that is designed for children (6 years and above) as well as adults, happening on 28 July, 3.45pm – 5.15pm at Colony Room (Level 4), *SCAPE. There is a workshop fee of $6 which is payable at the SMMF counter at the Colony Room. Adults accompanying children can join in for free, while individual adults can join in at the same fee. Workshop places are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Learn to breadboard electronics – the blinky light edition

If you have been checking out interesting electronics projects on MAKE magazine, or on our Facebook Page, here is your opportunity for your own hands-on experience!

The Singapore Mini Maker Faire would like to introduce a workshop on how to make simple LED-based blinky light circuits using basic electronics components and breadboards, happening on 28 July, 11.15am – 12pm at SCAPE Colony Room (Level 4).

About the workshop

New Picture (5)The idea is to use a kit (which will be provided) to build a simple circuit which blinks faster or slower depending on brightness of the ambient lighting.

Breadboards, which are easy tools to quickly build electronics circuits, will be used, and participants can experience electronics in a simple and fun way.

At the end of the workshop, participants can also bring home the blinking LED circuit!

About the person behind the workshop

This workshop is the brainchild of Chinmay Pendharkar, an avid follower of the Singapore Mini Maker Faire since its beginnings.

Chinmay shared that the idea came about while he was reading the MAKE blog article and he felt that this simple and fun workshop could be run at our local Mini Maker Faire to get people interested in the maker culture and to start tinkering with electronics and circuits.

Chinmay said that when the Singapore Mini Maker Faire was first held last year, it was already a good start, featuring various projects that many people are making.

He is happy to see the Singapore Mini Maker Faire grow this year, with an exciting lineup and a good variety of makers and tinkerers that are involved, and he felt a sense of hope for the Singapore Maker Movement and potential for it to grow bigger and larger.

About the way forward

When asked about the way forward, Chinmay expressed hope for the Singapore Mini Maker Faire to become a regional convention that could attract participation from neighbouring countries and more types of makers in areas which are not seen in our local maker scene, and for inspiring “movers” and “shakers” in the global maker community to come to Singapore to share their passion with the local makers through workshops, forums and seminars.

What about you? What kind of future would you visualise for our Singapore Mini Maker Faire?

It is unfortunate that Chinmay is not able to join us in person this year, but the workshop will still be run by his fellow electronics enthusiast, Shanmugam.

No pre-registration is required, but places will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Simply make payment ($5 per pax) at our counter at the Colony Room to confirm your workshop place.