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Making stuff at Science Gallery

Makeshop
Picture from Science Gallery’s Makeshop. (Photo credit: David Ramalho)

I used to write about Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland, a lot on my now defunct blog The Art of Science. They have now been open for a couple of years, and are huge proponents of hands-on science, art, and learning. This week they’re debuting their new MAKESHOP.

MAKESHOP is a new collaborative workshop space where you can learn everything from cross-stitching to DIY robotics, from origami to 3D printing. It’s for everyone from novices to advanced makers, the only thing you need to get involved is a curious mind and a yearning to make stuff.

We’ll be running these free, drop-in workshops over the weekend to celebrate the opening:

  • LED throwies – LED throwies were developed by the Grafitti Research lab at Eyebeam’s R&D OpenLab. LED throwies are a simple combination of a magnet, LEDs and some sticky tape and allow you to attach coloured lights to any (ferromagnetic) metal surface. They are called throwies because they can be thrown in clusters to attach to high up metal objects and structures for impressive colourful interventions in public space or simply to liven up your fridge door.
  • Paper Toys – The status of the paper toy lies somewhere between an art object, admired for it’s ultra cool design and a quirky DIY aesthetic. Choose from a range of templates in the form of flat 2D pattern that you can fold together and transform into awesome paper toys by some of the worlds best paper toy designers. Alternatively you can colour in your own blank template to give your paper toy a unique look.
  • Extract your DNA – Ever wonder what your made up of? In this simple extraction workshop you will be able to isolate your own DNA strands from your saliva and take home a sample to keep.
  • 8 bit Cross Stitch – Inspired by the simple grid layout of retro computer characters, 8 bit cross stitch combines old world craft with old school aesthetic. You’ll learn the basics of needle work and take home a starter kit that will get you well on your way to making a wonderful wearable.
  • Drawing Robots – Drawing Robots are autonomous drawing robots that people can make without any knowledge of electronics. Participants connect a battery pack to a weighted motor, some paper cups and magic markers and watch as the drawbots begin to draw incredible images by bouncing around on paper.
  • Read about more activities here.

What a great space to explore and play! The Science Gallery is one of the many reasons I’d love to visit Dublin someday. Science Gallery has lots of exhibits rotating in and out throughout the year, and a coffee shop to hang out at after your science-y/artistic adventures.

Have you ever been into the Science Gallery? What was it like? What about the one opening in London (see related articles below)? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Walk in Workshops | Science Gallery

The Science Gallery in Dublin provides a space to explore science, technology, and art in its multiple facets.

In June, they ran workshops “a selection of walk in workshops and a chance to test out the speed and accuracy of a penalty kick, thanks to the institute of Physics.”

Different programs included:

Bristlebot
Make a simple vibrating robot with a scrubbing brush and a small motor.

DNA Extraction
It might sound painful but all we need is a little bit of your saliva for you to actually be able to see a small amount of your very own DNA.

LED Wrist Band
Turn up in techno style at the festival season this year with this simple LED wrist band, a simple circuit using a 3 V  battery and an LED

Origami Bucky Ball
Explore the unusual construction of a Bucky Ball through the art of origami. With the simple building blocks you can build Bucky Balls out a variety of materials.

BeetleBot
A slightly more complicated robot, the BristleBot appears like it has some expensive sensory equipment enabling it to reverse away from a barrier. Find out it’s secret at this make and take.

Find out about more of their programs via Walk in Workshops | Science Gallery.