Dover Mini Maker Faire set for August 23, 2014

Dover Mini Maker Faire

Dover Mini Maker Faire

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is hosting the second annual Dover Mini Maker Faire in Dover, NH on Saturday, August 24, 2014. Last year’s event — the first-ever Maker Faire in New Hampshire — featured more than 50 makers and attracted over 1,200 attendees.

This year, the museum will be working with community members and local organizations to develop an even more amazing day of invention and creativity! Makers and interested visitors can follow updates from Dover Mini Maker Faire on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest. Maker applications and event tickets will be available later this spring.

ABOUT MAKER FAIRE:

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2012 celebrated its seventh annual show with some 800 makers and 110,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), and Tokyo are the home of “featured” Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world. Dover Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

About MAKE Magazine

MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. Subscribe here.

BESIDES THE MAGAZINE AND THE FAIRE, MAKE IS:

  • a vital online stream of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
  • a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
  • a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
  • Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions
  • a book publishing imprint with best-in-category titles on introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, Arduino and more.

Thank You to our community collaborators!

DMMF PinAmazing events don’t happen in a vacuum. In developing plans for the Dover Mini Maker Faire, the Children’s Museum of NH worked with a group of key advisors from New Hampshire and beyond. These enthusiastic individuals shared our vision to bring a Maker Faire event to New Hampshire and contributed in myriad ways to the success of our event.

HUGE thanks to:

Angela Sheehan

Clint Crosbie of Port City Makerspace

Alex Nunn of Seacoast Makers

Lindsey Wright of Seacoast Robotics

Richard Cecchetti and Tara Hicks Johnson of the Sea Perch program

Mark Critz of FIRST Robotics

Tim Tabor and Taylor Poro from the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Wayne Moulton of New Heights Adventures for Teens and Sages of RPG

Nathan Walker

Rob Worobey of Black Sparrow Industries

John McColley

Karrah Kwasnik of Genius Switch Studio

Doug Ridley of Vital Design

Dylan Haigh and Kristy Martino of Haigh & Martino

Jim Harvey of Letgo Your Mind

Chris Evilsizer of Metis Networks

So what can I see and experience at Dover Mini Maker Faire?

We’re ecstatic to share that more than 50 makers from around New England will be joining us for our very first Maker Faire in Dover! Our planning committee had a goal of 30 and we’ve blown that out of the water, thanks to the enthusiastic support of our local maker committee and grassroots promotion that has spread far and wide.

Check out the list of makers who will be joining us on August 24th, along with a quick preview of what they’ll be sharing with attendees.

Lunar Robot built by LunaCats team

Lunar Robot built by Luna Cats team

UNH Luna Catsdesign & build a Lunabot vehicle

ReVision Energy:  solar-powered water fountain demonstration

Open Org of Lockpickers – Southern ME chapter:  learn about locks, how to pick them and reuse them

Marissa Vitolo Glass/Ceramic Accessories:  create earrings, brooch, pendant, ring

UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences:  build a STEM compass

MakerCrabScreenPrint

Screen print crab logo onto your tee

Port City Makerspace:  screen printing of Dover Mini Maker Faire logo

Art Lab for Kids:  make art using a recycled map

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Centermake & launch paper rockets

Bike Part Art:  creative projects related to physics, engineering

Giants In The Woods – band that mixes traditional instruments with electronics like cell phones, tablets to create electronica music performance

Get MESY (Math, Engineering, Science & You, program by NHPTVhands on engineering challenges

Art by Emily Drouin

Art by Emily Drouin

Emily Drouin:  comic book art

JesterType:  open source Arduino-based human interface device that converts gestures into text

New England Model Engineering Society: learn about making working models of steam engines, gas engines, Stirling engines and more

Steampunkinetics

Steampunkinetics

Steampunkinetics:  display of Steampunk art & design

TDB Monsters:  making monsters w/recycled art

Air Rocket Glider:  building & launching rockets

Squirrelcat Designs:  face and body art including temporary glitter tatoos, plus knit items and painted horseshoes

Nathan Walker:  demonstrating how to make large-scale recycled metal art

GTR Kit Car

GTR Kit Car

GTR Kit Car:  Roe Cole will be displaying sports car custom-built from a kit

New Heights Stilt Troupedemo of stilt making and stilt walking

New Heights:  Makey Makey demo

Olde Englande Ironworks: Demonstration of traditional blacksmithing techniques

SeaPerchGirl

SeaPerch Tank

SeaPerch:  attendees can drive Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles in a 1000-gallon tank

Corky’s Projects:  variety of DIY tech projects

Tiny Little Room:  making hand-sewn creatures

Jean O. Hearn Fiber Creations:  felting demonstration

Mad Science of Southern NH & Northern MA:  Science Exploration Station

UNH Precision Racing Team

UNH Precision Racing Team

UNH Precision Racing Team: Look for the team with its car in the Big, Loud & High-Flying Zone!

Port City Makerspace:  demonstrating a variety of projects

Cris & Company:  making hand-crafted gifts, some with recycled materials

Iron Pour:  melting cast iron into molds – make a resin mold

TRACIMOC comic art

TRACIMOC comic art

TRACIMOC:  transforms comic books into wearable art, will have DIY station to make pin/keychain/zipper pull

Michael Lang:  30-minute workshop on how to tell a story; the art of storytelling

Anabean Designs:  childrens/infants tutu’s & dresses

One Story Houses:  doll houses and miniatures

3-D Printing Demo:  demo of Maker-bot THING-O-MATIC 3-D printer

Hottie Biscotti Bakerygluten-free & vegan baked goods

RepRap Prusa 3D Printer:  demo of open source 3D printer

TribeyHybridTRIBEY:  bicycle/snowboard electrically powered hybrid demo

Paint for Fun:  kids can make plaster art

Raspberry Pi Projects for Evil Genius:  robot car and radon detector controlled by Raspberry Pi

Lone Oak of Rochester:  ice cream making demo & samples

Ikibuku Hooping Co:  make a hula hoop

Pam Tyson:  demo of making quilted art

PolyRecoveryPicPoly Recovery:  sustainable plastic recycling demo

Assistive Technology:  iPad solutions made with corrugated plastic & Loc-Line, demo of mini McGyver tape kits

Discovery Toys:  demo of learning toys and sets

Steven Abbadessademo of Wood Gassification process, taking wood chips and converting them to synthetic fuel gas, same as used in Victorian days

UNH Interoperability Labs: learn how to control lights using simple programming

So you want to be part of Dover Mini Maker Faire …

Dover_MMF_logos_TwitterYou’ve heard about it for weeks or months now: New Hampshire’s first-ever Maker Faire is coming to Dover on August 24th. You’re thinking it sounds cool but you’re wondering if what you do would be right for the event. Or you’re wondering if you can sell things at Dover Mini Maker Faire. Or you just plain don’t know where to start.

We’ve got an easy answer for you.

Anyone interested in the Dover Mini Maker Faire is invited to fill out a simple “Call To Maker” form online. The application is a straight-up Google form where you can tell us more about what you do and how you think you’d like to be involved:

Call To Makers Application

Just fill in the form and it will be submitted right to the Programming Committee. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so you should hear back from the committee within two weeks. We have more than 20 makers approved thus far but there is still room for more. Whether you program underwater radio-controlled robots, make life-size super-hero puppets or create dazzling duct-tape fashions, we want to hear from you!

If you have other questions, you can reach the Dover Mini Maker Faire team by sending an email to makerfaire@cmnhemail.org. It’s that simple and we can’t wait to hear from you.

Children’s Museum hosts New Hampshire’s first Maker Faire

The Maker Faire is coming to New Hampshire! The first annual Dover Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2013 in and around the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover. This is the first time a Maker Faire has been held in the Granite State.

“We are over the moon about bringing Maker Faire to our state,” said Justine Roberts, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of NH. “This event aligns perfectly with our mission to ignite children’s creative potential by challenging them to think big. What better way to bring our mission to life than with this amazing event that showcases our community’s creativity, engages children’s imaginations and inspires them to be the makers of tomorrow.”

The Dover Mini Maker Faire takes after its enormous parent event, Maker Faire, which hosts 110,000 visitors in San Mateo in May. The Dover Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event, but will follow the Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

“Make, create, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.”

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the Dover Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations. A Call for Makers will open on Monday, May 6.

In developing plans for the Dover Mini Maker Faire, the Children’s Museum of NH gathered a group of key advisors from New Hampshire and beyond to be part of the steering committee. Individuals and groups currently on the Dover Mini Maker Faire include: Angela Sheehan, Clint Crosbie of Port City Makerspace, Alex Nunn of Seacoast Makers, Lindsey Wright of Seacoast Robotics, Richard Cecchetti and Tara Hicks Johnson of the Sea Perch program, Mark Critz of FIRST Robotics, Tim Tabor and Taylor Poro from the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Wayne Moulton of New Heights Adventures for Teens and Sages of RPG, artist Nathan Walker, Rob Worobey of Black Sparrow Industries, local maker John McColley, Karrah Kwasnik of Genius Switch Studio, Doug Ridley of Vital Design, Dylan Haigh and Kristy Martino of Haigh & Martino, Jim Harvey of Letgo Your Mind and Chris Evilsizer of Metis Networks.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2012 celebrated its seventh annual show with some 800 makers and 110,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), and Tokyo are the home of “featured” Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world. Dover Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

Follow the development of the Dover Mini Maker Faire on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Maker Faire: Exploring New Materials

We are really excited to be bringing a Maker Faire event to New Hampshire for the first time on August 24, 2013! Our mission is all about inspiring kids’ creativity and pushing them beyond perceived limits, and that’s what Maker Faire is all about, too: celebrating creativity, imagination and innovation.

We will be opening our Call for Makers on May  6, and we can’t wait to see who will be part of our first Maker Faire. What kinds of cool ideas and technologies will be shared? What will we see and learn and try for ourselves? How much fun will it be to have so many creative makers and tinkerers in one place?

We will be sharing more about the Dover Mini Maker Faire as plans develop, but in the meantime, here’s a link to an inspiring video clip from a TEDX Talk by TED Global Fellow Catarina Mota. Technology development is moving fast, and the “smart materials” she’s demonstrating are the way of the future.

TED Talk Catarina Mota

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