We are the T-Exchange, a registered Makerspace established eight years ago and currently specialising in a range of technologies including Raspberry Pi, Arduino micro-controllers, 3D printers and Robotics. We have held the status of a Scottish registered charity, since July 2018 with our main charitable objective being the promotion of STEM Education, particularly targeted towards the young people of Moray. For example in Autumn/ Winter 2019-20 we ran a soldering and electronics course for 8 yrs and over in Findhorn.
During the last year we supported local events such as Open Doors Day in Forres. At AJ Engineering we set up several displays and a range of practical tasks. In November 2019 T-Exchange organised a 3D printer event @St Giles Centre, Elgin, showcasing our own self-built printers, 3d animal shapes, machine parts and a range of learning materials including a DNA coding kit.
In previous years we attended several science festivals including Inverness, Strathpeffer and Orkney, providing educational displays and hands-on activities in schools. At the latter several of our members worked with local schools to provide practical age-appropriate workshops e.g. in computer coding (Scratch and Microbits).
Orkney International Science Festival 2019 Orphir and Stenness Primary Schools / Family Day
Technical Knowledge and Skills
Many of our members possess knowledge and skills honed over many years in fields of Education, Science, Computing and Engineering. Recent examples include an extensive Covid-19 PPE Visor project involving the use of our own 3D printers and 3D Modelling software. We are also using website design tools, as we edit our website to better meet our future needs. We are happy to share our extensive experience for the benefit of others and to this end we develop targeted displays and practical activities for public events.urses plus several computer coding clubs for young people across Moray.
To grow a self-sustaining, open, community group with space for:
- the exchange of ideas and concepts
- the public sharing of knowledge, particularly scientific, technical and economic
- acquiring of both practical and theoretical skills
- briefings and workshops by specialists
- the stimulation of creative, even ingenious ideas
- facilitating experimental investigations through the provision of tools
- the design and prototyping of high added-value products
- stimulation of and support for entrepreneurial action
- a friendly, fun environment with lots of tea and coffee
i.e. Making challenging, interesting, if not always useful things.
in case you were wondering,
The “T” stands for Thinking, Tenacity, Technology, Telecommunications, Tools, Talk, Talent, Tantrums and the essential Tea.
We aim to exchange all of these creatively.