What we're about

Makerspaces are not-for-profit communities of people who share tools, knowledge and ideas to Make Things - whether a rug, a robot, or a rocking horse. We are looking for like-minded individuals to help establish a Makerspace serving the Basingstoke area.

Whether your preferred tool is a needle, a brush, an Arduino, a lathe, a computer or a plane, as long as you like making things, we'd love to see you! Check our website at http://basingstokemakerspace.org.uk/ for more information.

Please join our Google Group for free, and join the conversations between creative people in Basingstoke. We are building a network of like-minded people, which is a useful resource to all of us. Find it at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/bsk-makerspace - it is open and public, so go take a look!
Better still, join our forum on our website, and write a blog on your maker projects to put on the website and share with us all.

Upcoming events (5+)

Raspberry Pi Night

Basingstoke, Makerspace.

£25.00

• What we'll do Our regular gathering for Makerspace members interested in Raspberry Pi hardware and software. • What to bring Raspbery Pi, Power Supply, SD Card. Any other parts you want to make use of. • Important to know If you park in the car park outside collect a pass so you don't get a fine. • Cost FREE to fully paid up members. £25 to non members.

Makerspace Open Evening

Basingstoke, Makerspace.

Come and meet the members of Basingstoke Makerspace, and see how your local Makerspace is developing so far. Note that as this and all Meetups are advertised on Facebook, on our website and elsewhere, generally we get an attendance of 15-25 people when we have a talk on an open evening, and at least 10-20 on a typical open evening, so those signed up through Meetup to attend are just the tip of the iceberg... What is a makerspace? A makerspace is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, soldering irons and even sewing machines. A makerspace however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a makerspace. If you have cardboard, Lego bricks and art supplies you’re in business. It’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a makerspace. These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence. Some of the skills that are learned in a makerspace pertain to electronics, 3D printing, 3D modelling, coding, robotics and even woodworking, Makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being utilised as incubators and accelerators for business startups. There have already been some amazing success stories (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/07/7-successful-products-to-emerge-from-san-franciscos-techshop/241291/#slide3) that have come out of makerspaces to date. • What we'll do Weekly open evening when you can come along and chat about your projects and what you would like to achieve. • What to bring Bring your ideas and projects to work on. • Important to know If you park here you need to display a permit. Park if there is space and ask for a permit to display. If you are a paying member you can keep the permit.

Basingstoke Cafe Sci: "A brief Tour of the Universe ... with Tony Hersh"

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE TO BASINGSTOKE MAKERSPACE. The speaker for the July 2019 meeting of Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique at The Basingstoke Makerspace will be Tony Hersh from Newbury Astronomical Society. The subject of this evenings talk will be "A brief Tour of the Universe ... with Tony Hersh". DESCRIPTION: Astronomers are getting a much greater understanding of our Solar System, stars, galaxies and the rest of the Universe around us but there are still huge amounts that are unknown. Tony is a keen amateur Astronomer and an active committee member of Newbury Astronomical Society and will be taking us through some of the more recent findings in Astronomy and highlighting some of the mysteries and unexplained observations in a talk open to everyone. VENUE: The Makerspace doors will be open from around 6.45pm before the talk which starts at 7:30pm, so you can get yourself a drink of tea or coffee and biscuits. This is a chance for a social chat with other participants and to have a look around the Makerspace facilities. Makerspace is not a licenced premises, so is unable to supply alcohol, but you are welcome to bring your own. PARKING There is paid for parking in the evening opposite the building in Jacobs Yard or free parking behind the building at Kwik Fit on Southern Road. Please do not park at the front of the building unless you have a Makerspace parking permit. SCHEDULE The talk and discussions start at 7.30pm prompt and will aim to finish around 9:00pm. Everyone will be welcome to stay and have a chat with the speaker and Makerspace members after the talk. The format of the evening is usually a talk of 30 to 40 minutes, followed by a short break so you can refill your cup of tea or coffee before the questions and discussions about the talk. Cafe Sci talks are free and open to everyone. We will however be encouraging a donation towards the speakers expenses, venue and the tea, coffee and biscuits supplied during the evening. There will be a jar for you to put your donation into on the evening. Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology. Hosted by: Bob Clifford, Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique Organiser

Makerspace Open Evening

Basingstoke, Makerspace.

Come and meet the members of Basingstoke Makerspace, and see how your local Makerspace is developing so far. Note that as this and all Meetups are advertised on Facebook, on our website and elsewhere, generally we get an attendance of 15-25 people when we have a talk on an open evening, and at least 10-20 on a typical open evening, so those signed up through Meetup to attend are just the tip of the iceberg... What is a makerspace? A makerspace is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, soldering irons and even sewing machines. A makerspace however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a makerspace. If you have cardboard, Lego bricks and art supplies you’re in business. It’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a makerspace. These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence. Some of the skills that are learned in a makerspace pertain to electronics, 3D printing, 3D modelling, coding, robotics and even woodworking, Makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being utilised as incubators and accelerators for business startups. There have already been some amazing success stories (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/07/7-successful-products-to-emerge-from-san-franciscos-techshop/241291/#slide3) that have come out of makerspaces to date. • What we'll do Weekly open evening when you can come along and chat about your projects and what you would like to achieve. • What to bring Bring your ideas and projects to work on. • Important to know If you park here you need to display a permit. Park if there is space and ask for a permit to display. If you are a paying member you can keep the permit.

Past events (140)

Makerspace Open Evening

Basingstoke, Makerspace.

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