What You Missed: Robotic Hearts and Hacked Hamsters in Bristol

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What You Missed: Robotic Hearts and Hacked Hamsters in Bristol


On August 22, 2015, At-Bristol Science Centre hosted the return of Bristol Mini Maker Faire. Showcasing the projects of 70 makers from around the U.K.’s South West and beyond, the event was attended by over 900 people of all ages.

Visitors came to celebrate and be inspired by human ingenuity, craft, and technology, with a wonderfully diverse range of activities, perspectives, and disciplines, and a day packed with sessions, talks, and workshops.

Highlights of the event included:

  • Martin the ‘hacked’ hamster, who was brought by owners Beth and Dave, home enthusiasts who tinker with projects around the house. Visitors to the Mini Maker Faire got to draw their own ‘smart pet houses’ which were live tweeted from the @ismartinrunning account during the day.
  • Giant knitting from local Maker Helen Featherstone – this drop-in workshop was a real hit with visitors, and resulted in a super long, multi-coloured scarf made from 12 t-shirts!
  • Petduino kits from Maker Circuitbeard, who comes from a web design background, but is now making moves toward tech projects.
  • Rusty Squid’s ‘Heartfelt’ project, which proved to be a really engaging, emotive activity, where visitors could hold robotic hearts in their hands, and feel someone else’s heartbeat. Visitors were able to meet the team behind these hand-held robotics heart, listen to the story of their development, and reveal the mechanisms inside.
  • Robots a-plenty, with Shonkbot workshops from Bristol Hackspace, robotic dinosaurs, and ‘Giant Sketchy,’ the giant sketching robot.

See coverage of the day itself through this Storify of the Bristol Mini Maker Faire and find out more about At-Bristol Science Centre here.


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Jen Forster

Jen has been at At-Bristol Science Centre for just over 2 years, doing PR for the wide range of exciting and wonderful things that At-Bristol does. An educational charity, At-Bristol houses the UK’s first 3D Planetarium, has over 250 hands-on exhibits and rolling seasonal programming, and welcomes over 250,000 visitors every year.

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