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Learn to Build Cool Kits with Mitch Altman at MadLab

Gareth Halfacree

If you're in or around the Manchester area on Saturday the 2nd or Sunday the 3rd of May, you're in for a treat: the wonderful MadLab, the 3,000 square foot former shop more properly known as the Manchester Digital Laboratory, is playing host to noted maker and all-round fun guy Mitch Altman for a workshop on building various electronics kits. Aimed primarily at those who are unsure about soldering, although open to all, Mitch - co-founder of the Noisebridge hackspace in San Francisco and inventor of the infamous TV-B-Gone universal IR remote - is in the country for this weekend's Maker Faire UK 2015 and has brought plenty of toys: the aforementioned TV-B-Gone, the meditative Brain Machine, LED cubes, games, persistence-of-vision writers, the MintyBoost battery-based USB charger, and programmers for microcontroller chips such as those found in an Arduino-compatible. Entry is priced at a very reasonable £2, while the kits cost between £10 and £20 each and are available from Mitch on the day. More information, and the all-important booking link, is available from MadLab's website.

Mitch Altman is back and we’re running one of his famous workshops: Making (Various) Cool Kits. Mitch has taught thousands of people to solder and make cool things with microcontrollers – at workshops, hacker spaces, hacker conferences and schools. If you’ve ever been curious about electronics, this is the workshop for you. Anyone and everyone can learn to make cool things. And it’s fun. And easy. And may involve turning off TVs in the Arndale Centre.

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