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Soldering Level 2 Workshop

Makerspace Nanaimo will be hosting a level 2 soldering workshop.

When: Saturday, October 17th @ 1:00pm
Where: 2221 McGarrigle Road, Makerspace Nanaimo

We will be learning to solder a Game of Life kit. This kit will include soldering 16 LEDs, 16 resistors, 1 capacitor, 1 tactile button, 1 18 dip socket, and a battery pack.

The Game of Life is a 1-player game created by John Conway in 1970. The game simulates ‘colonies’ that grow or die based on the colonies around them. This electronics project plays Conway’s game automatically once assembled. Completed kits can be connected together as modules, allowing for much larger display.

Makerspace Nanaimo will provide the soldering iron and kit. The workshop will cost:
Non-Members – $25.00
Members – $20.00

Payment can be made at the workshop; they accept cash and all major credit cards. All proceeds from this event go towards further development of Makerspace Nanaimo.

Space is limited due to number of soldering irons, so be sure to sign up early by emailing soldering@makerspacenanaimo.org

Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving weekend is upon us once again in Canada and that means two things: lots of turkey, and there will be a few changes to the operating hours of our showroom over the holiday. Our holiday weekend hours are:

Saturday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Back to normal! (10:00AM – 9:00PM)

As always, online orders placed after 2:00 PM on Friday will ship on Tuesday, October 13th. Online orders placed for pickup in store will be available during our business hours.

Raspberry Pi 7” Touchscreen

Official Raspberry Pi Display

The long awaited and greatly anticipated Official Raspberry Pi Display is here! Have you ever looked at your Raspberry Pi and noticed a strange header with “Display” written beside it? Since early in the Raspberry Pi’s development there has been a plan for an official display to use that special port.

The screen is a 7” 800 x 480 resolution screen with capacitive touch capable of tracking up to 10 points simultaneously. We think the screen is perfect for home automation or a car computer, but ultimately your imagination is the limit!

For more information on the Official Raspberry Pi Display please check out its product page!

New Hours of Operation

We would like to introduce our new hours of operation during October, November and December! Effective October 1, 2015, we will be open Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm. Our shipping cut off times will remain the same; 2:00pm Pacific time (5:00pm Eastern time) for Canada Post and 12:30pm Pacific time (3:30pm Eastern time) for UPS services.

Soldering Workshop – Level 1

Makerspace Nanaimo and BC Robotics will be hosting two level 1 soldering workshops.

When: Saturday, September 26th @ 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Where: 2221 McGarrigle Road, Makerspace Nanaimo

In this workshop we will be learning how to solder a blinky light. This will include identifying each of the components, locating where they go on the circuit board, and soldering them in place. The circuit uses a capacitor, LED light, resistor, transistors and battery pack. Don’t know what these pieces are? Come stop by and ask!

All tools, equipment, and kits will be provided; all proceeds go towards further development of Makerspace Nanaimo and workshops just like this one!

The workshop will cost:
Non-Members: $15.00
Members: $10.00

Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early by emailing info@bc-robotics.com or soldering@makerspacenanaimo.org