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Free Arduino Workshop

The Makerspace is announcing a FREE workshop next Wednesday, November 15th from 4pm – 6pm!

You will learn how to use Arduino IR remotes to control stepper motors. These components are some of the Arduino’s most useful and will open up the doors to lots of different projects.

Attendance: Open to all

Difficulty: Easy


Click here to sign-up and secure your one of 6 spots.

Celebrating Halloween at the Makerspace!

This October 31 marks our first e-textile and sewing workshop. This staple of the Maker movement will be a regular feature of The Commons Makerspace throughout our future events and workshops. E-textiles be used to control motors, servos, lights, and sensors and are a great and unique way to augment wearable projects and costumes.

In this workshop, we cut, sewed, stitched, and stuffed our own light-up pumpkins. After stitching both by hand and using one of our sewing machines, the Makers used LEDs and LilyTiny micro-computers to bring their pumpkins to life. At the end of the workshop, the Makers had practiced incorporating electronics into textiles, hand-sewing, and machine-stitching. They also, of course, were able to bring home their own free, unique, and light-up Halloween decorations!

Please see below for some pictures of the event.

It’s not too late to sign-up for tomorrow’s workshop where we will be covering Arduino servos, motors, and sensors. (Sign up here)

Some of the pumpkins:


Makers stitching their pumpkins:


One Maker wanted to show his house pride!

Upcoming Makerspace Workshops

3D printing drop-in Come and print your own 3D model. All levels of experience and design completion are welcome.
Every Thursday 1pm4pm

Sticker making drop-in Make your own unique laptop stickers for free.
Friday (Oct. 27) 1pm4pm

Halloween pumpkin build Learn how to sew while making a fabric pumpkin. The exact time can be voted for on the sign-up. (sign-up here)
Monday (Oct. 30) from 5pm – 7pm

Arduino workshop #2 Learn Arduino programming and prototyping while using servos, motors, and sensors. (sign-up here)
Wednesday (Nov. 1*) 4pm – 6pm

*This is the correct date (not Nov. 18)

Have any workshop ideas of your own? Click here to submit them.

The Makerspace Clock Workshop: In Conclusion

Last Wednesday was the 2nd and last day for our build-your-own clock workshop. During the first session, students were introduced to Fusion 360, which is a free-for-students, cloud-based, and intuitive 3D modelling software. After quickly learning the basics, students spent the rest of the session designing their own, unique clock faces. Fast-forward to last Wednesday, and the clocks were all roughly milled out. The students then brought their projects to life by sanding, cutting, and assembling their own timepieces.

Having started with no 3D modelling experience, the completion of last week’s session marks the end of a successful introduction to 3D design and “Making” in general. By going from nothing more than a computer file to seeing the designs become reality, this workshop illustrates how fun and easy “Making” really is. When all was said and done, this workshop covered lots of new skills, including introductions to 3D design and CNC milling, sanding and wood-working, and clock-building in general.

If you have any interest in bringing your own creative ideas to life, come visit the Commons Makerspace for an inclusive environment where learning is done by doing! You can also sign up for our email newsletter HERE so you can keep up-to-date on all our drop-in programs and more free workshops.

Free Clock-Building Workshop

Learn the basics of 3D modelling as you design and build your own wooden clock!

Please bring your own laptop. If you don’t have access to a laptop, there is a limited number that can be provided for your use. The software we will use is a popular modelling program called fusion 360, for which we will email download and setup instructions.

Schedule: The workshop will be held over two sessions (both of which need to be attended) from 6 PM to 8 PM on Wednesday, September 27 and Wednesday, October 4.

If you would like to participate, please sign up here.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email for more information.


3D Modelling and Makerspace Drop-In

Come visit us Thursdays from 1 – 4 PM and take advantage of our 3D printers, sewing machines, vinyl cutter, and more!

To use a 3D printer, please (for best results) bring a laptop with your model in Fusion 360. If you don’t have a laptop or a Fusion 360 model, that’s OK; extra computers and help will be available on-site for any modelling questions you may have.

Prices are charged to your MUN account and they will be based on print time and materials.

Also available for use are two Singer Stylist sewing machines and a Cricut Explore Air 2.

the Makerspace Newsletter

Signing up for the Makerspace Newsletter will keep you informed on new workshops and the services that the Makerspace can provide. Click on this post and then click here to fill out the form.


Summer Pup Pup Boat Workshop

Picture of a pup pup boatThe Makerspace is hosting a workshop to build a Pup Pup Boat. This is a two-day workshop. On the first day, we will teach you in the basic use of Fusion 360 and then you will have some free time to design some boat components. Your parts will then be printed between classes and on the second day, you will assemble your boat.

To sign up for this workshop, please fill out this google form.

Schedule: 6:00 pm on July 19th and 26th

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