Workshop reports: News from the Fablabs and the maker scene

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At the #HackTheSummer Academy, young people can tinker with sustainable projects until autumn, the new Berlin GoodLab also focuses on sustainability and a workshop with tool rental is to be built in Munich.

Maker Andreas Kopp wants to open an open workshop with tools for rent on the Isarvorstadt market hall in Munich. There, neighbors should have the opportunity to do handicrafts together, exchange ideas and borrow tools. The equipment is already in place, including a circular saw, a 3D printer and a laser cutter. What is still missing is the approval of the city. The artist would like to place several office containers next to each other on the market hall square. The city administration is critical of the whole thing and fears for security if there are too many offers on the site.

Andreas Kopp is already bidding a program for children and young people in the open workshop Inventors Guard that stands in an old tram in Bahnwärter Thiel Atelierpark and was a guest at many Maker Faires. He’s also been running one since July 6th Tool rental at the Pixel am Gasteig, which should be open until the end of September.

CalliopEO is a new campaign for the Calliope mini microcontroller. Schoolchildren up to 7th grade have the opportunity self-written code on the international space station to send. The aim is to develop creative programs that enable more precise insights into the environmental conditions on the ISS: How warm is it on the International Space Station? Do the astronauts have light up there? In which direction is the Calliope mini pointing? These questions are answered directly from space.

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A SpaceX space capsule will fly to the ISS in autumn. On board is the German astronaut Matthias Maurer, who will run the programs on the Calliope mini on board the ISS. In addition to CalliopEO, 35 experiments are already on his mission plan. CalliopEO will start the new school year in the course of the summer.

Young people aged 12 and over can also learn sustainability and digital skills this summer at the HackTheSummer Academy. The first phase runs until September 30th and offers time to develop a product how we can shape the world into a sustainable living space. The Academy provides a range of free, digital educational offers for this purpose. For each completed offer in the areas of brainstorming, sustainability and digital skills, participating students receive a badge.

You can take part alone, as a team or as an entire class. In order to implement their own sustainability ideas, the young people also have the opportunity to bring various experts from the subject areas into the classroom or at home for online workshops free of charge. The number of badges collected determines the qualification for participation in the second phase: the workshop weekend in Berlin in October 2021. There, the teams can work on their ideas together with their mentors and exchange ideas with professionals. This is followed by the prototyping phase in which the groups create their first dummies. Finally, the products will be presented in the final phase, the digital exhibition in January 2022. The Gesellschaft für Informatik is behind the project. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the focus is on the interplay between digitization and sustainability.

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In October in Berlin the GoodLab the young tinkerer open, in the construction house at Moritzplatz. The main focus of the Fablab should be tinkering with sustainable topics. In addition to open craft times, afternoon workshops are also planned, as well as project days and training courses. Interested teachers can already register for free school project days and training courses – by e-mail to [email protected]

As the Märkische Allgemeine be reported in the Wustermark Provide 600 nodes in the community with 3D-printed signs. These are intended to enable visually impaired and blind people better orientation. In addition to the municipality’s coat of arms, you can feel and read the real name of the street in black and Braille. They are attached to the existing street poles at a height of 1.40 meters so that they can also be used by wheelchair users and small people.

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In 2020 the first purchased metal sign was erected. At 130 euros each, this was an expensive affair, after all, around 1,800 to 2,400 signs should be set up in the community in the future. The building authority manager Wolfgang Scholz therefore had the idea to produce the signs himself. To achieve this, two 3D printers with the plastic PLA are used every day. It takes about twelve hours to print a street sign. With the current unit price of 4.40 euros, 300 units are to be produced by October.

  • News Makerspace in Mannheim: There is now a Tech Hub in the Mafinex Technology Center.
  • Open Health HACKademy runs for the fifth time this month. From August 11th to October 20th, open source tools for people with disabilities will be developed again.
  • Call for Workshops: Happylab Vienna is looking for workshops for its “School of Makers”.
  • On September 8th the Application deadline for Meet and Code 2021 – Anyone who offers a coding event for children or young people between September 1st and October 31st can receive a grant of up to 500 euros through the initiative.
  • AI workshop for school classes: The DIGIT research center at Clausthal University of Technology offers a deep driving workshop. From October 4th to 14th, teachers can take their classes from the 9th level Try out deep learning with model vehicles. Registration closes on September 24, 2021.
  • Jugend Hackt is offering again for the first time from October 8th to 10th a hackathon on site an, im Efficient – room for inclusion in Berlin.
  • Call for Papers: “Repairing, improvising, re-arranging” is the topic of the 2022 annual conference of the interdisciplinary body Technikgeschichte of VDI next March. Contributions can still be submitted until October 15th.

These and other dates are constantly updated in our event calendar. You can also enter your own dates there. Do-it-yourself places near you can be found in our makerspace card – The upcoming Maker Faires are also listed there. Did we miss something? Then we look forward to your advice.


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