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Build, tinker, make and play! For anyone with imagination, The Brighton Makerlab lets ages 8 to 80 create cool stuff with technology.
125 backers pledged £4,578 to help bring this project to life.
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A Makerlab, eh??  

A space designed from the ground up on the simple ethos that everyone should know how to create cool stuff - like robots AND automatons AND electronic textiles AND scribbling machines AND cardboard monsters AND, well, you get the idea! 

Kitted out with all the components and technology to make teaching science, engineering and electronics SUPER fun, it’s a one-of-a-kind educational space that’s the first in the Country to specialise in creative learning through technology.

We need your support to help get young people programming robots, exploring Minecraft universes, cooking-up circuitry and making a small corner of London Road the place where infinite imagination meets awesome technology. We've got an AMAZING range of workshops and sessions that are exclusive to Kickstarter and perfect for the upcoming APRIL HALF TERM, so what are you waiting for - get pledging and help be part of something the whole city can be proud of!

Who are we?

We’re MakerClub, just two guys that believe teaching science and tech should be serious fun. We got together with some of the UK’s most amazing workshop providers and hatched a plan to create a bustling hub for creative technology courses and after school clubs for ages 8 to 80 in the heart of Brighton. 

We run our own workshops and even won the education commision for the 2014 Brighton Digital Festival with our family electronics treasure hunt, Oggbots. We also run a yearly educational and technology summit called Spark Festival with our friends at Long Run Works.

By using things like, 3D printers, Minecraft, arts materials and simple electronics, we believe you can unleash your inner creative genius and discover a new inner confidence simply by making stuff!

Just some of the providers already using the space
Just some of the providers already using the space

Laptops and Lasers forever!  

We need your help to make it amazing. By supporting us through Kickstarter, you’ll be helping to buy in-house laptops for those that can’t afford them and getting us a high powered laser cutter, to turn the space into something truly extraordinary.

These tools will allow us to extend the amount of workshops we can run, provide a far more rich educational space and allow for more creative learning experience. 

Our Perks!

All our perks are real courses and experiences that you or your kids can do when we launch on March 30th - if we have already confirmed a date for the course or workshop, you’ll be able to see it in the pledge box.  Most workshops occur on Weekends, after-school or in the upcoming April Half Term. Please be aware of age limits, although we are flexible for those with a little more experience. 

Where does the money go? 

Risks and challenges

The biggest unknown for us, is whether enough people actually want to learn about coding, robots and exploring creativity through technology. Having seen how much young people love our workshops, we have a hunch they do, but is it enough for the space to be sustainable?

We want the Brighton Makerlab to be shining beacon for other such initiatives across the UK and think this city is the best place to start that dream - but until we open those doors we simply don’t know!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    THANK YOU!! You get your name on the 'maker plaque' in the space and get a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $45

    LEGO WeDo ANIMAL ROBOTICS WORKSHOP / 3 hour workshop / HALF TERM / Monday 6th April / 9am - 12pm / 6-9 Years old / Use Lego® WeDo kits to assemble 'wild animal' robots, then learn how to make them move and make sounds using simple computer programming software!

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    LEGO MINDSTORMS ROBOTICS / 3 hour workshop / Tuesday 7th April / HALF TERM / 9am - 12pm / Ages 10-14 / Assemble a 'Mars rover' robots, then learn how to program them to move and complete challenges using the Lego programming software!

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    LET'S BUILD ROBOTS! / 2 hour workshop / April Half Term / Age 9+ / Learn to build robots using the Arduino micro-controller. Included in the price is the micro controller and all the wires, servos and cables you'll need to build your own robot buddy.

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    Pledge £80 or more About $103

    GIFT VOUCHER. Can't decide the best course for you? We will be adding more courses for all ages, from virtual reality, to games development, to making your own quadcopters. Our £80 or more gift voucher will be redeemable for any and all of these courses, and even split between them.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $128

    MINECRAFT REDSTONEEven if you're a seasoned Minecraft pro, there's something for you to learn. From basic traps to lighting systems and powered machines, Redstone offers Minecraft players a whole new range of opportunities to create amazing things.
    1 full day course / 9am - 4pm / 2nd April / EASTER / Age 12+ /

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    Pledge £150 or more About $192

    LET'S BUILD ROBOTS! Learn how to code with our experts in Arduino and create your own sensor loving bots that you can take home and experiment with, this 6 week course will teach you everything you need to know to start inventing robots of your own!
    / 6 Week Course / Ages 9+ / Every Thursday from 16th April / 6pm - 7pm /

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    Pledge £200 or more About $256

    CODING GAMES WITH JAVA / 2 day course / 9am - 4pm / 30th & 31st March / HALF TERM / Age 12+ / This courses uses gaming as a fun and creative way into key computing concepts and coding basics. Students will use Java to build their own games, developing the confidence to apply their new-found coding skills within the Java framework.

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About $2,551

    BECOME A SUPER SUPPORTER! We’ll run a super fun robotics workshop in the space for 10 friends/work colleagues, plus if you are a company, get your logo on one of our 3D printers and all our laptops.

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    PERSONALISED 3D PRNTED RING / Choose any 5 letters and we’ll print off your own personalised ring, plus your name on our thank you plaque.

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    Pledge £24 or more About $31

    BLOCKBUILDERS WORKSHOP / 2 hour workshop / Saturday Session / Ages 6+ / Explore Minecraft in Virtual Reality, then use it to redesign your local area! A completely unique experience for young blockbuilding minds.

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    INTRODUCTION TO 3D PRINTING / 2 hour workshop / Every Saturday in May / 16+ / Ever wondered what all the fuss about 3D printing is about? We’ll give you a crash course, even getting to take a 3D printed figure home with you!

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