Next Meetup

Learning Maker Skills: Past, Present, Future
This month's meetup is all about learning electronics, soldering, coding, 3D modeling, and other Maker skills. How did you learn what you use today? How will we learn these skills in the future? Our invited guest is engineer Frank Brennecke (http://brennecke.org) from Berlin, who has created cool hacks with Philips educational electronics kits from the 70s and 80s to use them for today's technologies like digital TV (see photo above). His work has been featured in c't Make and at Maker Faire Hannover. You'll also be able to try out one of the legendary Lectron electronics kits that Braun star designer Dieter Rams helped shape in the 60s, and that continue to be updated to this day (http://lectron.de, http://lectron.info). The InfoSphere lab for STEM education at RWTH Aachen University will be there and bring some kits from MIT spinoff LittleBits (http://littlebits.cc), illustrating how electronics can be learned today. Some local electronics and DIY shops will be there to show where makers can shop in Aachen. Bring your electronics kits, books, apps, etc. that you learned your skills from! Anything goes, from 60s educational kits to YouTube tutorials from a twelve-year old or a helpful simulation app on your iPad. Also, as usual, bring a project you've been working on that you'd like to show others. As a glimpse into the future of learning these skills, we'll provide a sneak peek of some ongoing research projects from our lab to change the way we teach and learn electronics, Arduino programming, and computer science. You'll be fine with German or English at the event. Our meetups take place at our research lab, but we have a wide mix of attendees of all ages, not just students. Dorkbot.de (http://dorkbot.de) has some profiles of regular attendees, and more details in English and German.

RWTH-Informatikzentrum, Room 2222 (Lehrstuhl i10, 2. OG)

Ahornstr. 55 · 52074 Aachen

What we're about

Public Group

We are DIY makers, product designers, electronics hackers, artists, 3D printer builders, geek dads and their daughters - anybody from 9 to 99 doing "strange things with electricity"! We meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 18:30 until late. Our meetups are very informal; just sign up here and bring a project you've been working on if you like. We usually have most folks coming from Germany, but also people from the Netherlands and Belgium, thanks to Aachen's unique location, plus frequently other nationalities. If you speak German or English you'll be fine! We get together, bring out our projects, have some soft drinks and pizza, and start tinkering or chatting with each other. We offer free access to our Fab Lab Aachen (http://fablab-aachen.de) and its 3D printers, lasercutters, PCB mills, and electronics workshop (you just pay for materials). We offer quick 20-min talk slots if someone would like to share something with everybody (or ask for help!). We've also had some cool special guests, such as Mitch Altman and Burkhard Kainka. We have been meeting every month since 2009, when we started this as the Aachen chapter of Dorkbot (http://dorkbot.org), an international network of makers and artists. More details about upcoming meetups can be found at http://dorkbot.de .

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