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At our March Meeting, we were treated to a showing of an EPIC piece of artistic engineering from STEAMIE recruit Marion Normand.

Marion is an artist/teacher who loves making things.    Marion's video is called "Will it ?".   In Marion's words "Do you ever that feeling of willing something to happen, like willing a penny to roll into the winning place in a funfair ...?...".

If you are already feeling the anticipation from the image above, just click it to see what happens.  Remember to turn up your computer sound or use an external speaker.

More, please Marion,  MORE!


The next STEAMIE is on Friday 7th July at 10 am to 11+.

 

 

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2016

The Orkney International Science Festival September 2016

The main input to the Festival from the T-Exchange focussed on fashion and upcycling.   This was demonstrated by 3D printing on Family Day when members of the public were able to make a range of flowers, necklaces and bracelets.  These were made from 3D printed compomponents using a post-forming process developed by Bill Graham.  Also on show was a novel digital technique devised by Mark Dammer and applied to Schlieren photography for the visualisation of air flow..   The 3D printed flowers were evolved by member/artist Selena Kuzman and three artist friends to enhance fashion creations using upcylced materials.   These were exhibited on mannequins at various sites around Kirkwall during the Festival.

One shop widow display is shown below together with scenes from Familly Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Findhorn Bay Arts Festival ran from 21st to 26th September and included:-
Culture Day Forres was on Saturday 24th September.

The T-Exchange held our third Science and Ingenuity Fair on Culture Day,
NOT in the Forres Tolbooth this year but in The St. Johns Lodge.

 

2015

The T-Exchange at The Orkney International Science Festival 2015

With T-Exchange member Howie Firth being the director of the festival, it was inevitable that other T-Exchange members were 'attracted' to contribute.  Mark Dammer and Bill Graham rushed forward with suggestions.  This resulted in five visits to Orkney Primary classes with Bill exploring forces, gravity , flight and how to get to Mars followed with Mark building 'Mission Control' skills with pupil groups on how to manage a 'Mars' rover.




 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

   Mark on Mars



Since Saturday is also for working, both members took part in Family Day in the King Street Halls with Mark's face capture software counting the visiting public and Bill doing something on 3D printing.  Mark also explored 'Mars' again with all comers. 

Great fun was had by all.

 

 

 

Picture copyright OISF
 

 Bill casting some light on 3D printing



Summer Club for youngsters

The Summer Club on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of July in the Findhorn Village Centre was a brilliant success with 40 children "getting stuck-in" over the two days.  This was true a "hands-on" introduction to technology for those in (or just left) Primary school.    The children (and not a few of the parents) learned to use basic tools, take the domestic gadgets we see around us to pieces and extract the useful bits.   They also siezed the opportunity to be creative with plastic food cartons, fibre-tip pens, Sellotape and a small electric motor.  The resulting "Doodle-Bots" went on to create some of the best artwork we've seen for a while!  A great time was had by children, parents and the T-Exchange team. 
 

The STEAMIE Hangout

A good number of visitors to the T-Exchange have said that they would like to come to our meetings but their Friday evenings are "pre-allocated" for various reasons.   To provide an opportunity for such people but also to allow members who never get enough time to sit down and exchange thoughts with others (one of our main aims) we came up with the idea of a monthly "hangout".

Anyone is welcome to come, without gizmos or gadgets, except a phone or tablet (full or empty of ideas) and join in for a chat over coffee.   We thought that an ideal venue for this would be The Social Area of Horizon Scotland on Forres Enterprise Park.   The Social Area has recently been improved by the addition of a small cafe selling, tea, coffee and bacon butties etc, - on weekdays, mornings only.   Their objective being to attract more people into Horizon Scotland and get them exchanging ideas.   Of course, this is exactly what the T-Exchange aims to do.

So, whether you are a retired maths/physics professor, an unemployed school leaver, an artist looking for new media, an engineer looking for a creative challenge, or somone thinking about a change in career, you are welcome to drop  into the STEAMIE Hangout  on the first Friday of each month, between 10:00 and11:00.

 

Hardware

See the PRODUCT REVIEWS page for a review of the 'Maplin' robot arm.

 

Older News

Christmas greetings direct from Sweden by VLF radio at 8:00am on Christmas Eve - 2014

The 90 year old Swedish Grimeton Very Low Frequency radio transmitter has been restored and will be used on Christmas Eve to send a Christmas message from Sweden.  As the transmitter transmits at only 17.2kHz and has over 200kW of power its range is immense.  If you plug a long piece of wire into your computer microphone socket, you should be able to pick up the signal, which is in Morse code.

Click on the image below for  bigger picture (PDF file).

 

 

 

 

 

There will be a test of the transmitter at 7:40 UTC on Christmas Eve with the message at 8:00 UTC.

If you want more information on how to pick up the signal you can contact T-Exchange member Mark Dammer via the contact link on his web site www.mdammer.net.

If you know about these things, you might find a real-time harmonic analyser will help.

Here is one - Spectrum Lab, Mark can point you to others.

 

Science and Ingenuity Fair - Sat. 27th September 2014

The T-Exchange contributed a "Science and Ingenuity Fair" as part of Culture Day in Forres on Saturday 27th September.   A few pictures from a very busy and successful day are shown below.

         

Satellite Tracking

Scotland's first statellite, UKube-1, is now in orbit and T-Exchange Member  Mark Dammer has brought his expertise and home-built technology to bear immediate fruit (well, radio signals from the new satellite !).

Brilliant Mark!!
What else can you do for a tenner?

You can get the full story on the Spaceport Scotland Website.