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Greenpower Formula 24 – The Bragin’ Fifers Team

One of the makers appearing at this year’s Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire, Formula 24 introduces young people to key aspects within engineering, mechanics, design/technology, science and greenpower through the building of a single seater battery powered racing car.

The project works with young people in both F24 (11–16 years old) and F24+ (16-25 years old) categories. Participants gain confidence and skills as they have the opportunity to develop new skills that many young people may not ordinarily have the chance to try their hand at.

The programme provides participants with an innovate and unique insight into engineering, mechanics, science and green power in a fun and interactive way and offers progression routes for those who want to develop their skills further.

Check out some pictures of the project below:

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If you’d like to meet the team and learn more about the project head along to this years Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 19 Aprilclick here to get tickets.

Maker Focus: Dale Wood

It was impossible not to fall a little bit in love with WALL-E, the brave wee robot from Disney Pixar’s amazing film. But few of us would dream of going to the lengths of engineer Dale Wood. He has embarked upon a remarkable journey to build a life size model of his favorite Robot.

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With incredible attention to detail Dale has incorporated sensors and Arduino programming into the design.

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Will you come and meet WALL-E (and Dale), at the Mini Maker Faire?

Maker Focus: Illuminating Geometry

Today’s post focuses on artist Jenny Dockett , who creates magic with paper and light.

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Using a variety of recycled papers, card and material; she builds complex icosahedron lanterns and fills them with LEDs. Mesmerising effects are achieved by the light passing through different thicknesses and colours of the papers.

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These solid shapes have been known since ancient times and were described in some detail by Pythagorus, Theatetus, and Euclid. Plato assigned each shape to one of the four classical elements. The cube represented Earth, the octahedron air, the icosahedron water and the tetrahedron fire. But what of the dodecahedron? Plato said it “was used by the god for arranging the constellations in the whole heaven”.

Jenny will be creating an illuminating geometry room at the Mini Maker Faire – we can wait!

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2014 Makers Announced

Exciting news… we’ve just announced the first batch of makers who will be participating in the 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire!

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We’ve pulled together an exciting and diverse bunch with makers from a wide range of disciplines including engineering and electronics, arts and crafts, science and sustainability, music, maths and much more…

This year’s line up features chillies, a one-man-band, some noisy toys, underwater robots, a biotech laboratory in a 13×11 inch box and the world’s first pedal powered hydraulic hybrid Reliant Robin pick up to name just a few!

See the makers page of our site for a full list of makers confirmed so far and keep tuned as we’ll be adding more information on some of the participating makers to our blog in the run up to the event. Announcements about workshops and talks happening at the event will also follow soon.

The 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire will take place on Sunday 20 April at Summerhall and tickets are available now – click here to book.