This year, the IBM EX.I.T.E Camp initiative took place in Faro, at the University of Algarve through Instituto Superior de Engenharia. From July 4th to July 8th 2016, 33 young girls from schools all over the city, were welcomed to the Campus, where they learned about technologies and engineering. And we also played a small role, by opening up the hackerspace doors and presenting some of our projects to them, explaining a bit about what hackerspaces are, the open source movements and of course, other stuff like 3D printing and CNC machining, among other things.
After the huge success that was Lisbon Mini Maker Faire 2014 with over 9000 visitors, here we are again at Maker Faire 2015, which as you’d expect, surpassed all expectations from the previous one with around 14000 visitors.
This year there were about 120 projects from different areas, from 3D printing with printers developed by the makers themselves, to robotics, solar powered vehicles, CNC’s, customizable skate boards, a low cost Geodome, an optic intercommunicator, a vintage videogame museum, countless garage projects, etc. Here I’ll do a small summary mainly focused on the projects representing Algarve, which were able to get 1 best in class of science prize and 5 maker of merit awards … Congrats to you all!
Last Thursday, the University of the Algarve organized once more its annual open day, where it showcases their curricular offers to young students from all over the regional high schools. The Electrical Engineering Department asked us to be a part of the event and to prepare a small demonstration of our own projects to help motivate and inspire these young minds.
With Lisbon Maker Faire 2015 almost here, we feel like now it’s the perfect time to remember last year’s event!
Maker Faire is the greatest show and tell in the world! Originally created by Maker Media , it’s an event to celebrate arts, crafts, engineering and science projects associated with the Do It Yourself (DIY) movement where the main focus is the sharing of knowledge, experiences and ideas.
In the past April’s 11th, another open day took place at University of the Algarve. An initiative that received dozens of high school students, providing them with a small visit into the world of knowledge and investigation. This important informative event, plays a fundamental role divulging UAlg’s last studies and projects, allowing students to obtain relevant information that will allow them to make a good decision about their future in higher education. (more…)