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Hornby Island was an inspiring place this summer. People everywhere were busy growing, building, making and creating. The Hornby Spark Society held some workshops where people learned about arduinos, sensors, programming ultra-sonic range finders, wearable LEDs, lily pads, conductive thread, disassembling machines, identifying mechanical parts, hot glue gun safety and making robots.

The Spark hosted a Repair Cafe hosting 20+ participants including some repair experts and some needing items repaired. The group worked together with willingness and enthusiasm to fix 2 bikes, a paper shredder, 2 chainsaws and a weed-wacker. This event was supported by the Repair Cafe Foundation. To learn more visit repaircafe.org

This Fall The Spark will host another bigger brighter LED workshop (think Halloween costumes!), another Repair Cafe, Robot Camp at the Hornby Island Community School as an after-school program, and a presentation from the consultant preparing a report on the building requirements for the old Firehall.

We will also resume regular meetings, the next being held Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30pm at the Firehall.

We would like to give special thanks to all the participants and volunteers that made the summer workshop series a great success.

In other good news, we received a grant from the Community Fund for $2000 to help start a tool library, contingent on receiving the old Firehall as a workshop space. We thanks all the donors and Board for their assistance on this project.

Next Workshop: Wearable LEDs РSunday, October 22 from 2:00-4:00pm at Room to Grow. In this workshop you will learn to make things that light up! (Google wearable LED projects). We will be using conductive thread and making a small circuit to attach a LED light. This workshop includes: instruction, LEDs, battery, conductive thread and felt. If you want to work with a pillow or old t-shirt to experiment with, please bring that with you.  All other supplies provided including the LED lights. This is an easy, basic workshop that will be fun for everyone from ages 10 and up. It will expand on knowledge learned in the summer workshop but no previous experience is required.

Cost for the workshop is $20 to cover the cost of materials.