Monthly Archives: March 2016

Meet Noisy Toys



Noisy Toys is all about having fun experimenting with sound:

  • Workshops that involve creative thinking about science, music, technology and sustainability.
  • Excitingly dangerous stage shows and demonstrations, stand alone, or part of our Interactive Installations.
  • Science busking walkabout acts with our Audio Assault Buggy and Bass Station.

Noisy Toys are bringing their Audio Assault Buggy to the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on 10 April. The Audio Assault Buggy is a mobile Science Busking Buggy loaded with strange and wonderful up-cycled sonic weaponry for you to experiment with. Catch the Audio Assault Buggy as it travels round Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire. The Noise Technicians will be testing various objects: noses, ears, bananas, and anything else you can find. Are they really helping people learn about sound, vibrations and circuitry with their hand-made built-from-junk instruments?  Are they engaging people in random noisy creativity for pure scientific experimentation?  Or are they actually conducting sophisticated tests on an unsuspecting public, under the subtle guise of bumbling inept scientists? Who knows…they certainly don’t that’s for sure! It’ll be fun finding out so come and try some experiments- if you can find them. Listen out for Squeaking noses, Zapping slinkys, Screeching junk-violins and Booming Bass Drives.

Come and participate at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on 10 April. Get your tickets here.

Meet ASCUS Lab


“A lab is somewhere you can’t go unless you’re a scientist”…not anymore! ASCUS believes that a laboratory should be a facility accessible to everyone, like a library, so they’ve opened their own at Summerhall in Edinburgh and it sits at the intersection of art and science.

The ASCUS Lab is:
‐A permeable membrane between research / academia and the rest of us: a place where hands‐on engagement happens.
‐A community space for people to meet, explore, debate, learn and experiment together.
‐A space for independent research in art and/or science, and for citizen science.
‐A place for research, development, testing, demonstration and experimentation.

ASCUS Art & Science is a non‐profit organisation dedicated to bringing art and science (in their broadest sense), and artists and scientists, together.

Visit the ASCUS Lab and delve into the weird and wonderful world of DIY Bio. The ASCUS Lab is present in Summerhall year round and for the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire they’ve invited some exceptional ‘Bio Makers’ to join in on the fun. From live Taxidermy to DNA analysis, there will be plenty to excite the bio-curious! Check out their website for programme updates and more information.


Meet Wee Replicators

Wee Replicators introduce themselves! You can meet them at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 10 April. Tickets are available now.

Wee Replicators is a small business offering digital making experiences for kids and adults alike. We run weekly 3D printing clubs for kids 6+ where the children can experiment with 3D printers, 3D printing pens as well as 3D modeling software. The aim of these clubs is to give children the creative freedom to use these tools. Through research we have discovered that the few schools that have 3D printers rarely allow the children to make and create what they want. Logistically it just isn’t feasible to give everyone access in a school environment at the moment. We are hoping to conduct research to inform the way that schools can roll out the technology to ensure that it is exploited to its full potential in an educational context.


Additionally, over the school summer holidays in 2016 we will be holding a number of half day, week long courses to give kids the opportunity to learn different digital skills. These include Android app design and development, designing for 3D printing, electronics using Arduino, and more. By giving kids the opportunity to learn these skills at a young age we can be sure that they have a greater chance of success by not only consuming our digital culture but contributing to it in a way that they have a say in the design of their future.

Since starting the business in 2015 we have introduced over 200 kids and countless adults to developing technologies. We hope to significantly increase our reach throughout 2016.

Visit our website for more information.

Meet Robotical

We caught up with Alexander from Robotical to find out more about their amazing robot Archie*.

At Robotical we’re making a low cost walking robot that’s more than a toy. Fully programmable, 3D printable, and really hackable and expandable. Our little robot can walk, turn, dance, kick a ball, and more – add a camera and you can even get him to play football! He’s designed to be a great way to get into robotics – for example, by programming movements in Scratch – but to also let you get into some really advanced topics if you want to.


The robot was born as a side project from my PhD. I wanted to make a walking robot that was cheap and easy to build, easy to program, but which had a huge amount of capability. It had to be really expandable – it works standalone but can also hold a Raspberry Pi, and all the parts can be customised and 3D printed – and it had to be something that would be as easy to get started with as a toy. I came up with a mechanism for the legs which I thought was pretty neat, and designed the rest of the kit around that, 3D printing all the parts at home.

We’re now trying to go from these functional prototypes to a real product, and will be crowdfunding soon!

*Archie won’t be called Archie for very much longer… it turns out that name is already taken, so he needs a new name! If you suggest the name we choose, you’ll win a robot! Find out more here.

Robotical will be at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 10 April. Get your tickets here.