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*Proto pic
*Proto pic
* [http://www.theroboticist.org/ The Roboticist] (Seattle-based robot club for young kids)
* [http://www.theroboticist.org/ The Roboticist] (Seattle-based robot club for young kids)
* [https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9esWAj9mpBLNmRlMWYxZjUtZjJjMi00NTdhLThmNjUtMmM5ZDk5NTZmMzBh/preview Maker Club Play book] link to a document about setting up a maker club for older children.
* [http://youngmakers.org/ Young Makers website] the site where I found the above play book.
= Actions =
= Actions =

Revision as of 21:25, 18 February 2013


To enable makers and their families and friends to come together, make things and have fun.


In order to progress and get the club set up quickly and reduce the required legal work this will be for existing members, their families and their guests. The classroom will be the main location used, possibly making use of the kitchen and maybe demonstrating some of the equipment in the workshop.


Next meeting early March



  • Sunday mornings: 10-12
  • Weekly to enable access for as many as possible, as people will be away and unable to attend every week


  • We should have a committee of at least 3 members to organise and administer the club
  • We should have a set of club rules, on top of the Makespace membership rules
  • Parents are required to attend, it won't be possible to drop of kids and collect them later
  • Full control of children is required as Makespace has potentially dangerous equipment
  • Number of kids dependent on behaviour, typically up to 2 as we already have a majority of parents with 2
  • Three strikes rule on behaviour, three bad behaviour instances and the child will not be permitted back
  • Repeated ‘guests’ need to consider membership
  • A committee member should attend each day, be there 15 mins early and organise refreshments and projects plus ensure clear up afterwards.

Potential Projects

We need to have some level of structure to the sessions, especially at the start, after that attendees may want to do their own things. Some project ideas could be:

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Basic skills
    • Soldering
  • Standard kits e.g. Adafruit
  • Chain reaction
  • Competitions
    • Catapults
    • Cars
    • Robots
  • Laser cutter demo
  • 3D print demo
  • Educational component – e.g. what is this resistor doing?
  • Sewing
  • PaperCraft
    • I have a set of PaperCraft designs of locks, combination, cylinder etc, which are interesting to build and result in a working (but fragile) lock, RodW
    • Build hats and helmets with cardboard and hot glue
  • Use 123D catch to capture 3D models, possibly heads
  • Use 123D Creatures to design 3D monsters and cartoons, then 3d print them.
  • Egg dropping - create an enclosure/system to protect an uncooked egg when dropped from a set height, or fired from a catapult. BC
  • Water rockets - build an water rocket from a soda bottle, and launch them (may need to be a 2 week project, build rockets one week and launch them the next week) BC
  • Make a timing system for toy cars. BC
  • pin hole cameras. BC
  • spy stuff - make badges, long distance mic, spy cameras, spy gadgets. BC

Longer Projects

  • Create a mold and cast something - low tech by cutting out layers of ply, vacuum mold a heated plastic sheet and cast chocolate.
  • Conductive Fabric - Sewing, sensors and simple circuits.
  • 3D generative programs, create program (in openscad) that will generate 3D models, add parameterisation via thingiverse customizer script, 3D print
  • Create a polagraph, draw quirky pictures slowly
  • Raid Make magazine, Vinyl PCB Resistencourages custom/artistic circuit diagrams and the process teachs circuit board basics
  • build a maze solving robot and enter it in to Competitions. BC
  • build 3D printer - maybe a reprap. BC




  • Initial investment
    • Makespace ?
    • Founding members?
  • Weekly fees
    • £2 each non member to cover refreshments and consumables


  • Communication – who, when, how?
  • Wiki page, web page, twitter, calendar, meetup pages
  • Founding families
  • Outreach targets ?
  • Sources for kits and spares
  • Refreshments: Squash, snacks
  • Are two members needed for each club event so that one can escort non members through the space if required?
  • Future coordination with other groups?
  • Committee meetings – how frequently? Monthly initially
  • How many people interested?
  • Who will actively attend?
  • Next meeting end of Feb


Some links that could have useful information for us going forward:


Action Owner Expected Date Comments
Create a Meetup for the next meeting
Start separate discussions on the Google group for the areas that need to be clarified Steve U
Talk to Laura about the legal elements Steve U
Contact details for Maria Kettle at Engineering Faculty Meg W done - but did not contact Maria as need to set questions first
Contact friend at the Seattle kids' robotics club for tips on setting up a club Meg W done - waiting for reply
Define the steps to set the club up
Define what we need to get access to the Makespace classroom
Membership for Chris, Meg and Rod Chris V, Meg W, Rod W
Risk assessments – what needs to be done?
Do we need at least one founder in attendance?