Tinker Equipment

Tinker Equipment

About the Tinker Equipment

The Lyons New Media Centre has some electronic (and non-electronic) items available to students and staff to sign out and tinker with, to see how they work. The idea behind this equipment is to promote creativity and exploration into an unfamiliar area...all the while, having some fun. Students and staff can check out the equipment for a few hours and figure things out. This is our makerspace of sorts...experiment and explore.

Two of the booths in Lyons are available for people using the Tinker equipment or if preferred, the consultation room can be booked.

Tinker Tuesdays

The Centre will host a Tinker Tuesday on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 1-4pm. At this time, all tinker equipment will be available in the LNMC classroom for students and staff to drop by and try out.

What is Available:

Name, Description & Image Loan Period Special Instructions Links & App Info

Dash

A blue and orange robot

A blue and orange robot with lego-compatible attachments on its head.

24 hour loan (can be taken out of LNMC) Compatible with iOS or Android phone. Free app to download.

Apps for Dash (all but Xylo should work with our robot).

Challenges for Dash

Ollie

A black robot

A black, cylindrical robot with white accents. There is a wheel at either end of the cylinder.

24 hour loan (can be taken out of LNMC) Compatible with iOS or Android phone. Free app to download.

Phone apps:

Ollie by Sphero

Draw n Drive

BB-8

The orange and white robot from Star Wars

The orange and white spherical robot from Star Wars known as BB-8.

24 hour loan (can be taken out of LNMC) Compatible with iOS or Android phone. Free app to download.

Phone apps:

BB-8 App Enabled Droid by Sphero

Tutorial:

Tutorial: Getting Started with BB-8 App Enabled Droid || Built by Sphero

Eggbot

Prints designs on spherical objects

A white printing unit with exposed wires, used to print designs on spherical objects.

2 hour loan period in LNMC only

Needs power & computer -- book an Edit Studio to use. 

Uses Inkscape software - available on computers in Edit Studios.

Works on spherical shaped objects (eggs, light bulbs, ornaments, balls, etc.).

Eggbot wiki page

Circuit Scribe Maker kit

A circuit drawing kit.

An open box showing the circuit drawing kit inside.

2 hour loan period in LNMC only With a non-toxic conductive silver ink pen and interactive modules, create a variety of different electronic circuites. Learn how electronics work by understanding input, process, and output signals in your circuits. --

Google Cardboard VR glasses

VR glasses

Quantity - 3

A pair of Google Cardboard VR googles are pictured. They are boxy and made out of cardboard.

2 hour loan period in LNMC only

Compatible with iOS and Android phones.

Need to download the Cardboard app.

Variety of other VR apps are available. (See links.)

Best Google Cardboard apps

15 best VR and Google Cardboard apps and games

Samsung Gear VR glasses

VR glasses

A Samsung VR headset.

2 hour loan period in LNMC only

Compatible with Samsung phones (Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge). Check compatibility.

Comes with user manual.

Download VR apps from the Oculus store.

Origami Kit

An origami kit shows multi-coloured paper cut into perfect squares. The purple sheet looks like it has already been folded once before.

2 hour loan period in LNMC only online instructions, or sign out book --

Colouring Kit

Several colouring sheets can be seen with pencil crayons set atop of the sheets. There is also a hard-case pencil case filled with more pencils.

2 hour loan period in LNMC only online colouring sheets, sign out pencil crayons or colouring book --

Knitting Kit

Two skeins of blue yarn rest against each other. Some of the yarn has unraveled and wraps around a pair of orange and black knitting needles.

2 hour loan period in LNMC only online instructions, sign out yarn & needles

Starter Tutorials:

How to Knit: a Complete Introduction for Beginners, Part 1

How to Knit: Step-by-Step Tutorials for Beginners (Tuts+)