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26 March 2018Family Day engineering activities for Findhorn



3D printing, plastics recycling, a Mars rover made from scrap, and an organic orchestra – these are some of the activities in a special day at Findhorn Village Centre on Saturday 10 March.

It’s being run by the T-Exchange, the Moray-based ‘makerspace’ set up to promote the uptake of new small-scale technology with particular potential for communities.

"There’s a lot in the news about the advance of artificial intelligence and robotics and the threat to jobs,” says T-Exchange chair Bill Graham, “but there’s a huge challenge for us all in dismantling and recycling, which opens the way for new jobs and new opportunities."

Bill will be bringing along the remotely-controlled Mars rover which he made out of scrap parts. Its chassis was made from metal strips from an old greenhouse and its wheels from old model aircraft, and he added in a video camera which can adjust its position to send images of its whereabouts to a Mission Control screen.

Another of the day’s activities will be 3D printing, with guidance on how to design an object for printing and then watching it slowly build up out of a spray of plastic. Some of the plastic used will be recycled from waste, with an opportunity to try out some first steps in the process.

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