Dublin Maker is a one-day, hands-on, family-friendly, free, outdoor celebration of making on the Physics Lawn at Trinity College Dublin. Dublin Maker 2015 took place from 10am to 6pm on Saturday 25th of July. It’s a chance for the entire family to try their hand at making everything from paper planes to crafty circuits. Dublin Maker takes the form of a ‘show and tell’ experience where makers demonstrate what they are making, and share what they are learning.
The festival event itself is a culmination of ‘hack, craft and make’ activities. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds, coming from all over Ireland and beyond. Dublin Maker featured over forty groups of makers from across the country and had over 10,000 visitors.
The UCD OSA Student Chapter teamed up for the first time with the NUIG Student Chapter as makers in Dublin Maker as Light2015. We came together to promote the International Year of Light and to demonstrate how light is used in our everyday lives though lots of hands on experiments and demonstrations including;
- Medical imaging, surgical procedures, and even diagnoses rely upon the use of light. An example is Tissue Viability (TiVi) imaging, which is method of determining blood concentration in tissue using a standard digital camera and a laptop. This is a nice example of a very simple medical imaging system, using easy to understand image processing and components that many people have available at home.
- Light based smartphone apps using the camera of smartphones to capture meaningful changes in the light, such as the redness in the skin or even the heart rate.
- Interference with light (laser and white light) using a Michelson Interferometer.
- Making UV bracelets and LED badges.
- Optical illusions to show the different ways in which light works.
- Laser graffiti
— Light 2015 Ireland (@light2015irl) July 26, 2015