The metal lathe’s shiny new cover

The lathe in its new cover near its friend the tiny geodesic dome.

The lathe in its new cover near its friend the tiny geodesic dome.

A few of TOG’s members got together and put a metal lathe in the workshop. The workshop is the most appropriate place for it, but also the place it’s most likely to gather dust (from other people’s projects, the lathe will get plenty of use). So the first project for the lathe was to build it a cover.
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Science Hack Day Dublin

Science Hack Day DublinScience Hack Day DublinIMG_20141011_211001 (1) is a 36 hour hardware and software hackathon. A social event with creativity and love of science at its heart.  Each year it brings together coders, designers, scientists, engineers and makers simply to make interesting things. Why? For adventure, for playfulness, for science! This year the event moves to UCD on the 15th & 16th November.

Here in TOG, we have been looking forward to Science Hack Day since the last one ended. Over the past few months we have been stock piling cool hardware, boards and sensors just for two days of fun. We plan on moving most of our electronics lab to UCD to help people get making. Check out the photo to the right for some of the gear we will be bringing.


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Short Talks for Science Week

Science Week Logo It’s that time of year again, when we all pile into the common room and enjoy some great science talks. There’s no entry charge, just turn up early to claim the best seats. The space will be open from 6.30pm with talks commencing at 7pm sharp. Each talk will be 10 minutes long with a chance to ask questions. We’ll pause half way through the evening to stretch your legs and get a tour of TOG before the last few talks.
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When: Thursday 13th November from 7pm
How much: Free!
Where: TOG

Talks are described below in the order we received the abstracts :)
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November 2014 Book Club

Thanks to everyone who made it to the warm, cosy, October book club meeting. Great to be back to the tea and biscuits model. Due to popular demand (and scheduling conflicts) we’ve decided to move the meetings to the second-Friday of every month. The next meeting is Friday, 14th November, at 19:30.

The book chosen is one that swept the awards this year, ‘Ancillary Justice’ by Ann Leckie.

The novel follows Breq — the sole survivor of a starship destroyed by treachery, and the vessel of that ship’s artificial consciousness — as she attempts to avenge herself on the ruler of her civilization.

New members, both tog-members and non-members, are welcome! Just bring a sacrificial snack ;) See you next month!

EL Wire Workshop

As halloween is drawing near, Tog will be holding an electro luminescent wire workshop this Saturday 18th October from 2pm until 5pm .  This is a great way to add a glowing element to any costume or accessory.

For €20 you will receive two metres of  precut el wire, colour can be picked and paid for on the day. Along with this there is the portable power pack, batteries included. The power back can be set to flash the el wire, turn on and off.  Guidance in soldering el wire and appending to garments on the day. The 2 meter lengths come presoldered so soldering is not neccessary unless you need to attach several wires together. For this reason it’s over 18s only.  Bring any clothing or wearables you may need to work with on the day. More el wire can be purchased if required. No pre booking required.