MadLab

A creative space for geeks, artists, designers, illustrators, hackers, innovators and idle dreamers.

Venue Type:

Campaign or initiative, Association or society

Opening hours

Monday-Sunday 10am til 9pm

Admission charges

Charge depends on activity.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
laser cutting

Introduction to Laser Cutting: Acrylic Keyrings at MadFabLab

  • 28 February 2018 6:30-10:30pm

Vector graphics files allow images to be scaled up without losing their quality, meaning vector drawing is an essential skill for any budding digital maker.

Who is this course for?
This workshop is suitable for everyone, including young makers aged 11+. All under-18s must be accompanied by an adult (all participants need their own tickets).

Equipment you’ll need
All equipment will be provided on the day, you just need to bring yourself.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Where

MadFabLab
42 Edge Street
Manchester
M41HN

Getting there

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The MadFabLab is in the Northern Quarter in Manchester.

There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport.

By tram
The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus
The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train
MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations.

By air
From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car

If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Alternatively, there is an NCP Car Park roughly two minutes walk away. Also, be warned that the Northern Quarter has a somewhat inscrutable one-way system so bring your sat nav.

By bike

Cyclists are always welcome and we have cycle storage next door at MadLab (36-40 Edge St).

Additional info

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

Unfortunately, the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.

Admission

£21.43

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-laser-cutting-acrylic-keyrings-at-madfablab-tickets-41044386866

arduino

Introduction to Arduino at MadFabLab

  • 10 March 2018 10am-1pm

This workshop will start at the beginning, introducing the Arduino and explaining why it’s such a big deal, walking you through the creation of many basic electronic projects and catapulting you into the world of making, prototyping and creative technology invention.

Over the years Arduino has been used to make all kinds of things, from tiny wearables to large-scale interactive installations. Here are a few of our favourites:

LEAP. A live-action game which pits players against a laser-equipped robot security system gone rogue
Rachael Moat (Arduino Manchester) creates prototypes which encourage children with severe communication and learning difficulties to interact with the world around them
Ardu-Sat, a “low-cost space research platform”
Analogue Synthesizer hacking, with Arduino and Moog
Versatile, beginner-friendly, and above all fun, this workshop will give you an insight into how to get started with your own excellent digital-physical projects!

The course fee covers the day’s workshop tuition, as well as the cost of an ARDX Experimentation Kit from Oomlout (worth £62!), containing an Arduino Uno (Classic) and all the wires and electronic components (LEDs, sensors, motors, buttons) you need to carry on tinkering at home!

Who is this course for?
This is an entry-level workshop, for those new to electronics prototyping, writing software, and potentially both.

Basic computer skills (opening software, editing files and so on) are required, and some programming experience (e.g. Javascript or Python) would be useful but not essential.

Equipment you’ll need
You will need a laptop running a recent version of an Arduino-compatible operating system such as Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. Make sure it’s got a working USB port to connect and program the Arduino.

Lunch isn't provided on this course, but you're welcome to bring a packed lunch with you. Or try out one of the tasty and varied eateries on our doorstep.

What will you learn?
How to connect and configure an Arduino Uno, and upload programs to it
How to use a breadboard to prototype circuits, and interact with components through software
What different kinds of components exist and how to use them
How to communicate between an Arduino and your computer
How to expand your Arduino, and where to find devices, support, and inspiration for new projects

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£115.21

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-arduino-at-madfablab-tickets-41039925522

Lego people with tablet

Stop Motion Animation at MadFabLab (for ages 8+)

  • 11 April 2018 10am-12pm

MakoEducation’s Lego Stop Motion Workshop is the perfect activity to get young people to discover and show off their creative talents.

This workshop will take you through the process of planning, building, shooting, editing and publishing stop motion movies while bringing Lego characters to life.

Your short-film will be uploaded to our YouTube account so that you can watch it at home and share it with family and friends.

All equipment and materials for this session will be provided. All you need to bring is yourself. If you wish to bring any Lego pieces to feature in your movie, you are more than welcome to do so. Just remember to take them home with you!

We are offering two types of tickets for this workshop so please ensure you are purchasing correctly:

Animate Together: Share your building blocks with a friend or sibling and animate together
Animate Solo: Explore the possibilities of stop-motion animation with your very own building blocks and animation station
Who is this course for?

No animation experience is necessary.

Children must be accompanied by an adult (ticket not required).

Equipment you’ll need

All equipment will be provided on the day, you just need to bring yourself.

FAQs

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

Unfortunately, the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15

Admission

From £21.43

Laser cut wooden tiles

Introduction to Laser Cutting: Wooden Coaster Tiles at MadFabLab

  • 19 April 2018 6:30-8:30pm

Want to get creative with laser cutting?

Learn to add the personal touch in this two hour introduction to laser cutting. Starting with the basics of designing in Inkscape, you’ll go on to create a beautiful, unique wooden coaster etched with your photo.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all abilities, and we welcome beginners with no previous experience of laser cutting and etching.

Equipment you’ll need

All you’ll need to bring for the workshop is a photo from your collection. All other materials and equipment will be provided on the day.

What will you learn?

How to create a simple shape in Inkscape, a free, open source graphics editor.
Manipulating your photo with GIMP
How to transfer your design to the laser cutter, using Laserscript 5.3 software
Setting up the laser cutter to watch your design come to life
FAQs

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

Unfortunately the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£21.43

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/introduction-to-laser-cutting-wooden-coaster-tiles-at-madfablab-6/

Wordpress logo

Advanced WordPress

  • 19 — 20 April 2018 10am-4:30pm

If WordPress is your business – as a developer, power-user, or marketing pro – this is the course for you.

Over two days Mike will teach you advanced techniques that will give you a competitive edge. You’ll learn insider tips and tricks for managing sites, both for yourself and your clients: from customising your admin screens to e-commerce via event management, building membership sites, utilising the power of child themes, and picking the perfect production and marketing tools.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with the WordPress CMS. You’ll need to have some programming know-how, but in-depth expertise isn’t essential, however, a little CSS knowledge and how to use a text editor and an FTP program is desirable.

This advanced course is ideal for those who are already comfortable building WordPress sites but are looking to work in the field professionally – perhaps wanting to make a living building or creating more sophisticated WordPress sites. It will also benefit marketing and promotional companies looking to take their clients’ sites further, as well as those who want to bring their website creation and maintenance in-house.

Sounds a bit scary? Take a look at our Intermediate or Build your first website with WordPress courses instead.

Course Syllabus

This course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.

Day one

Introduction
Overview of theme: Theme frameworks, child themes, and vertical themes
Advanced theming: Anatomy of a child theme
Exercise: Let’s create a child theme
Functions.php: Media sizes and some useful snippets of PHP code
Exercise: Beefing up Twenty Eleven
E-commerce in depth: Eshop and WooCommerce
Event Management: Events, calendars and tickets
Advanced content plugins: Types and views
Day two

Multiple users in depth: Adding workflow and responsibilities
Multi-site and BuddyPress: Building a community or social network
Third-party authentication: Logging-in with Facebook and Twitter
Building a membership site: Overview and some useful plugins
Production tools: Branding the admin screens
Marketing tools: Stats, mailing lists, and more
Enhancing the admin for your clients: Some useful tools and plugins
Free for all, Q&A, show & tell
Please note: This course does not teach WordPress development (PHP coding). There is a small amount of copy and paste PHP in the child theme module.

Equipment you’ll need:

Laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed.
Web browser: our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too.
Text editor (see below)
FTP client: we suggest FileZilla
You may also wish to consider bringing:

Sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses.
An external mouse if you prefer using one.
We suggest these text editors:

Windows: Notepad++ (free), EditPad Lite (free)
OSX: Text Wrangler (free), Textmate (£), Coda (££), Espresso (££)
Linux: Bluefish (free), KompoZer (free)

If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you.

Cost

The course is £400 (inclusive of VAT). This covers:

Two days tuition
Lunch and refreshments on both days
An electronic copy of the teaching materials
One month’s free hosting, to test and refine your site
Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

Book via Eventbrite
Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
We also accept card payments in person
Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£414.49
Includes -
Two days tuition
Lunch and refreshments on both days
An electronic copy of the teaching materials
One month’s free hosting, to test and refine your site
Booking your place

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/advanced-wordpress-4/

drone hovering over someones hand

Code-A-Drone for adults at MadFabLab

  • 26 April 2018 6:30-8:30pm

MakoEducation’s Code-A-Drone workshop shows participants the power of coding in a fun and creative environment.

During this workshop, you will learn how to pilot a mini-drone using block-based coding and swift. After mastering how to take off, fly, turn, do stunts and land safely, you will be given a range of challenges that put these new skills to the test.

Participants will be provided with an iPad to write their code and a mini-drone to attempt the different challenges. No previous coding or drone flying experience is necessary.

We recommend that all participants are aged 16+

We are offering two types of tickets for this workshop so please ensure you are purchasing correctly:

Never-Drone-Alone: Share in the act of coding with our +1 tickets. You’ll get to share your mini-drone with a friend/loved one/bearable colleague
Code-A-Drone-Alone: If you can’t bear the idea of sharing your mini-drone, this ticket will allow you to enjoy the activities all to yourself
Who is this course for?

No previous coding or drone flying experience is necessary.

Equipment you’ll need

All equipment will be provided on the day, you just need to bring yourself.

FAQs

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

Unfortunately, the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/code-a-drone-for-adults-at-madfablab-2/

schematic of Arduino

Introduction to Arduino at MadFabLab

  • 12 May 2018 10am-4pm

Try your hand at coding with electronics

Learn all about the Arduino (a programmable circuit board and software) and how it can be used to build imaginative projects.

This workshop will start at the beginning, introducing the Arduino and explaining why it’s such a big deal, walking you through the creation of many basic electronic projects and catapulting you into the world of making, prototyping and creative technology invention.

Over the years Arduino has been used to make all kinds of things, from tiny wearables to large-scale interactive installations. Here are a few of our favourites:

LEAP. A live-action game which pits players against a laser-equipped robot security system gone rogue
Rachael Moat (Arduino Manchester) creates prototypes which encourage children with severe communication and learning difficulties to interact with the world around them
Ardu-Sat, a “low-cost space research platform”
Analogue Synthesizer hacking, with Arduino and Moog
Versatile, beginner-friendly, and above all fun, this workshop will give you an insight into how to get started with your own excellent digital-physical projects!

The course fee covers the day’s workshop tuition, as well as the cost of an ARDX Experimentation Kit from Oomlout (worth £62!), containing an Arduino Uno (Classic) and all the wires and electronic components (LEDs, sensors, motors, buttons) you need to carry on tinkering at home!

Who is this course for?

This is an entry-level workshop, for those new to electronics prototyping, writing software, and potentially both.

Basic computer skills (opening software, editing files and so on) are required, and some programming experience (e.g. Javascript or Python) would be useful but not essential.

Equipment you’ll need

You will need a laptop running a recent version of an Arduino-compatible operating system such as Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. Make sure it’s got a working USB port to connect and program the Arduino.

Lunch isn’t provided on this course, but you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch with you. Or try out one of the tasty and varied eateries on our doorstep.

What will you learn?

How to connect and configure an Arduino Uno, and upload programs to it
How to use a breadboard to prototype circuits, and interact with components through software
What different kinds of components exist and how to use them
How to communicate between an Arduino and your computer
How to expand your Arduino, and where to find devices, support, and inspiration for new projects
Lunch

The course will break for an hour at lunchtime. Please feel free to bring a packed lunch or there are plenty of nearby lunch options in the Northern Quarter.

FAQs

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

Unfortunately the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£110
The course fee covers the day’s workshop tuition, as well as the cost of an ARDX Experimentation Kit from Oomlout (worth £62!), containing an Arduino Uno (Classic) and all the wires and electronic components (LEDs, sensors, motors, buttons) you need to carry on tinkering at home!

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/introduction-to-arduino-at-madfablab-5/

MadLab
36-40 Edge Street
Northern Quarter
Manchester
M4 1HN
England

Website

madlab.org.uk/

E-mail

office@madlab.org.uk

Telephone

0161 839 6324

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