• 6x The Power - What Will You Do?

    With a Quad Core processor and 1GB of RAM the Raspberry Pi is even more amazing!


  • BeagleBone Black

    We now have the very powerful BeagleBone Black in stock along with a number of handy accessories - Get yours today!

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  • Emerging Objects

    This brand new kit is a great starting point for beginners to electronics and Arduino microcontrollers. The kit includes necessary electronics and access to the 4 week online class!

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  • The Raspberry Pi Model B+ is on Sale!

    With the release of the Raspberry Pi 2B, we now have a new low price for the Pi Model B+! While supplies last.

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  • All the Arduino essentials in one convenient kit!

    Build 15 unique projects with the included components to learn the basics of electronics, programming, and interfacing with the real world!



Ultimate Raspberry Pi Case?

Solid block of aluminum? Check.

Haas VF-2 Vertical Milling Machine? Check.

Ultimate Raspberry Pi Case? We think so!

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Arduino Night – Tonight at 7:00 PM

Tonight is Arduino Night at Makerspace Nanaimo – we will be starting at 7:00 PM so come on in and see what is happening!

What is an Arduino Night?
An Arduino night is a gathering of people interested in Arduino. At an Arduino night people tinker, collaborate, and learn together in a fun social atmosphere. At one table there may be a discussion about the best way to read multiple sensors and output the data to the web while at another table there may be a group working their way through the very basics of the Arduino Starter kit – there is always something for everyone!

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Putting BC to Work

BC Robotics President & CEO, Chris Caswell, had the opportunity to chat with Drex on the CKNW program Drex Live Monday evening. The segment titled “Putting BC To Work” is focused on technology and innovation this week, something BC Robotics is very well versed in. If you did not have a chance to catch the segment live, it is available online via CKNW’s website.


The Arduino Zero is here!

The new Arduino Zero Pro is here! This is the newest iteration of Arduino based on the Uno footprint. The board is powered by Atmel’s SAMD21 MCU, which features a 32-bit ARM Cortex® M0+ core. Unlike most Arduino, this one is equipped with a 10 bit analog output pin and 12 bit analog input pins.

One of its most important features of this new Arduino is the Embedded Debugger (EDBG), which provides a full debug interface without the need for additional hardware, significantly increasing the ease-of-use for software debugging. EDBG also supports a virtual COM port that can be used for device programming and traditional Arduino boot loader functionality.

For more information on the Arduino Zero check out its product page!


Makerspace 1st Anniversary!

This Saturday Makerspace Nanaimo will be celebrating its 1 year anniversary. The event begins at 12:00PM and runs to 3:00PM at Makerspace Nanaimo (2221 McGarrigle Road). There will be 3D printer demos, Raspberry Pi to try out, and a number of awesome member projects. If you have not been to the Makerspace, this is the day to check it out!

Makerspace Nanaimo is a membership driven community lab: a blend of workshop, studio space, social hub, and educational facility where members can share tools, resources, and knowledge.


VIU Engineering Bridge Design Contest – Part II

What a great day – students from the VIU First Year Engineering Program were out presenting their bridge projects today. The goal of the project was to build a prototype bridge that would be a suitable replacement for the Portal Rail Bridge spanning the Hackensack River in Northeastern New Jersey. Many of the students have been visiting us over the past few weeks, picking up different parts for their project, so today it was nice to finally see how they used everything to create their bridges. Photos:
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VIU Engineering Bridge Design Contest

First year engineering students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) are building model bridges with popsicle sticks to test their design skills – and now they want the public to help choose a winner.

Their creative bridge designs will be on display Friday, April 10 in the upper cafeteria (Building 300) at VIU’s Nanaimo campus from 9 am to 2 pm. The public is invited to stop by and celebrate the achievements of these engineering students and provide feedback on how well they met their design objectives.

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