Apologies for the low quality photo – just wanted to share some progress with the Pact scoreboard over the last few weeks. The PCBs are mostly assembled, the board itself is mostly ready. Next up: buttons and Arduino firmware!
The courier showed up today, with a really neat new board from Adafruit – the Feather M0 Express. It is essentially a break out board for the Microchip (formerly Atmel) ATSAMD21G18, which is the same ARM M0+ micro used in the Arduino Zero, plus a 2MB flash memory, RGB LED, and a LiPoly charger. It’s not too expensive at $20USD, nice and tiny, and I think could be a real hit.
Using the Feather M0 Express from Arduino IDE almost couldn’t be easier – just add the Adafruit Board Manager URL to your Arduino IDE settings, then install the “Adafruit SAMD Boards” – instructions at https://learn.adafruit.com/add-boards-arduino-v164 .
Notes from the recent board meeting, which is open to all members. Discussing financials, running of the makerspace, and how to help the makerspace succeed.
Apologies for posting this so late, this is the first time I’ve had any free time to type it up. This is a direct transcription from my notebook, so it’s a bit jumbled.
Financials: Bank account getting low – epxect to be able to get more promised pledges + some members putting in more, to get us through to March.
Paul is doing high-school afternoon classes next year, in contact with local high-schools. This wil help put the word out about the Makerspace.
Corporate sponsorship? Tools and/or money, grants.
Need ~$7000 per year.
Looks like some members will need to put in more to keep bank ok, rather than solely rely on memberships. [Some board members put their hands up for this]
Why haven’t we heard from some pledges?
Things we haven’t done:
- Become charity
- Try to get grants. eg from DCC, EDV (Economic Development Unit)
Need to have board elections.
Add more board members. Board voted to add: Chris Edwards, Reece Arnott, Brian Paavo – based on existing involvement.
Start next year with general meeting and elections. Also have 1st year anniversary / official opening celebration (to build profile).
Need to make the workshop more welcoming, feel like a play room.
- Unfinished projects visible
We should use the mailing list more.
Idea: How does it work? / Dismantle workshop. Fun, get to learn how something works, and gets parts and consumables to use for later projects.
Thursday nights: Open every night, but do talkws less often. More social – sit around coffee tables and talk. More projects / normal workshop.
Need bigger/better project screen.