We’re back at Pi Towers after a weekend of making and meeting some of our favourite YouTubers at Makers Central.
Lots of lovely people came over to tell us about their Raspberry Pi-based projects (and to raid our sticker stash). Here are just a few highlights from photographer Alasdair’s eight million terabyte SD card.
Visitors got the chance to rubber-glove up and take a sharp object to a slab of ice that was being transformed into the Makers Central logo. The actual ice sculptor got out a chainsaw at one point. Disappointingly, we were not permitted to join in for that part.
They put a miniature iron forge inside the event space. At the opposite end to the ice sculpture, happily.
This boy cleverly matched his Ghostbusters cosplay to one of the cars on display. There was also a Delorean and a replica K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider.
We, meanwhile, chose to emulate Ruth Amos of Kids Invent Stuff. She looks delighted – no NOT harrowed, simply delighted. Loads of young people drew their ideas for hat-based inventions, and Kids Invent Stuff will make one of them in real life soon.
This little robot was a super smooth drive. It has a Raspberry Pi brain and a Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera capturing its journeys.
The buggy robot creator also had a couple of retro gaming tabletop arcades on their stand. The Star Wars-themed one definitely had the biggest queue all weekend.
We were devastated that we never made it round to the slime-making stand, but half the kids who came by the Kids Invent Stuff booth had a cup of the stuff, so we still got to play a little.
I managed to make a functioning puppet, despite not touching a sewing machine since taking GCSE Textiles at the turn of the millennium.
It took over an hour to make and it is now my best friend.
Explore maker projects in our magazines
If you were at Makers Central and picked up one of the magazines we were giving away, here’s where to go for subscriptions:
The MagPi subscription (comes with a free Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W)