2015 Dover Mini Maker Faire Schedule

We know you’re getting ready to plan your Saturday, and we wanted to make that as easy as possible for you! So here is the schedule, program and map for the August 29th Dover Mini Maker Faire. Please note that the schedule is broken up by location.


INSIDE THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
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All Day – “Monsters: Friend or Foe?” Cartooning Workshop
Comic artist Emily Drouin will be leading this fun workshop for all ages and offering caricatures.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Papermaking
Experiment with making your own paper using recycled and natural materials.

1-2 p.m. – Fun with Circuits & Makey-Makey
Learn how to create a keyboard, game controller or mouse out of…anything! These special circuits are so user friendly.

3 p.m. – Your First Video Game Workshop
Learn how to program a video game on a Raspberry Pi computer. No experience necessary!


OUTSIDE IN HENRY LAW PARK

All Day – 7th Settlement Brewery Tours
on location across the street from CMNH
Join 7th Settlement brewers for tours of their brewery and learn the process of making beer, responsibility and accountability and humans’ history with beer. The brewers will also talk about their Root Beer making!

10:30 a.m.-Noon – Manchester Community Music School
Henry Law Park Stage
The MCMS Summer Band is made up of professionals, amateurs, alumni, music teachers and students.

12:30-1 p.m. – Seacoast Men of Harmony
Henry Law Park Stage
Enjoy this all men’s based acapella chorus. They sing in the Barbershop style, which is characterized as four-part close harmony.

2-2:30 p.m. – Maurizio Paura
Henry Law Park Stage
Enjoy a musical performance by guitarist Maurizio Paura.

3 p.m. – T-Shirt Slingshot
Henry Law Park Stage
Jane Bard, President of CMNH will be flinging t-shirts into the crowd!

4 p.m. – Coke and Mentos Finale
Henry Law Park Stage
Another great reason to stick around to the very end of the Faire is our giant Coke and Mentos Finale in which lucky guests will get to be the ones to drop the Mentos into the Coke bottles and be up close to watch the action!


OUTSIDE IN LOWER HENRY LAW PARK
All Day – Rocket Launching
Create and test your own paper rocket with Keith Violette!

10:30 a.m. – Seed Bombing Workshop
Learn how to make these pocket-sized flower seed “bombs” that will make it easy to do a little gorilla gardening!

11 a.m. & 3 p.m. – Paper Airplane Launcher Demo & Making
Come see Sean and his Paper Airplane Launcher that were featured on a segment of “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.” Also, fold your best paper airplane and see if it will survive a 60 MPH launch and find out how far it will fly!

11 a.m. & 3 p.m. – Hexa-Flexa Demo & Making
Come make a cool “Hexaflexagon” which is a folded strip of paper transformed into a cool piece of color changing origami. Come fold and color your own!


INSIDE ONE WASHINGTON MILL
All Day – Bay State Ghostbusters
Roaming throughout the Faire
Say hi to the Bay State Ghostbusters as they investigate spooks, spectres and ghosts in our very own downtown Dover. Participate in challenges and become an honorary Ghostbuster!

11 a.m.-Noon – Balloon Art: Learn how to make Balloon Dogs

1-2 p.m. – Balloon Art: Learn how to make Balloon Hats

3-4 p.m. – Balloon Art: Learn how to make Balloon Fish

Makers vs. Makerspaces

There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be a “Maker” in a community of Makers, vs. being a member of a Makerspace. Manchester, NH is a city that is bursting with ingenuity, technology and entrepreneurs, and has attracted many Makers, all looking to accomplish the same thing: Offering support to people wanting to learn, invent and of course…make. I sat down to talk with two groups from Manchester who often get bundled into one in the public’s mind, The Makers of Manchester and Manchester Makerspace. I asked them to explain the differences between their groups and where they see themselves heading in the future.

Q. First off, what exactly is a “Maker?” Or, I guess a more interesting question might be, what isn’t a “Maker?”

Makers of Manchester: 
“I think just about everyone is a Maker in some way,” shares Ryan Sutton. “Whether they make a robot, software, a book, a painting, a birthday cake, etc. I don’t think anyone really goes through life buying everything in the exact final form they want to use it. I feel a ‘Maker’ in the ‘Maker Community’ is someone who is looking to share and grow their experiences as a maker with others in the community.”

“And as for those people who ‘aren’t Makers,'” laughs Paul Beaudet, “Well, internally we call them ‘Muggles!'”

Manchester Makerspace:
“A Maker is a person who enjoys solving problems,” says Jesse O’Brien.

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Q. There are two Manchester groups interested in supporting the whole Maker Movement, but you have focused on different ways of doing that. Can you describe the differences between Manchester Makerspace and Makers in Manchester?

Makers in Manchester:
“From my perspective,” answers Ryan Sutton, “the Makers in Manchester group is focused on building and fostering the community around Making. I really like our ‘Project Days’ that we have been having at SEE Science Center, which take on a ‘clubhouse’ feel, people coming in to work on their project or get help with areas they are challenged with. The space at SEE certainly isn’t a ‘full service’ makerspace but I was impressed what was able to be ‘packed in/packed out’ this past weekend and the progress people were able to make on their projects.”

Manchester Makerspace:
“In the simplest terms,” says Jesse O’Brien, “Manchester Makerspace encourages makers by providing workspace to makers who don’t have everything they need at home. All makers need a space to work, the primary distinction is whether they want to work in their own private space and outfit it with their own tools or in a shared space, where tools are outfitted and maintained by the community.

Q. How did each of your groups get started?

Makers in Manchester:
“Makers in Manchester has been around since Spring of 2013,” shares Brenda Noiseux “but the idea was seeded in the Summer of 2012. My friend John Shaver and I are costumers, prop makers and general tinkerers, and we weren’t finding enough time to work on our own projects. By creating a group, we thought being around other Makers would not only inspire us, but also that the monthly Show-and-Tell would help keep us accountable to working on our own projects. Along the way, we’ve expanded the organizational team to Paul, Ryan, and Rich Maynard and we also merged with another Maker meet-up group.

Manchester Makerspace:
“The Manchester Makerspace has gone through a few leadership groups so far,” says Jesse O’Brien “but this year has been the first time that an official non-profit organization was formed, and our small Board of Directors is now organizing plans to get founding members involved in decision making and build-out.

Q. I would consider myself a novice Maker. Which group would best suit my needs?

Makers in Manchester:
I’m sure both groups would be great for novices as everyone I have ever ever met in both groups are more than willing to help new people who are interested in something they can help with,” says Ryan Sutton. “The groups do provide different levels of services and costs which may sway someone one way or the other.”

“It really depends on the Maker’s interest,” says Paul Beaudet. “If they’re interested in machinery or car lifts, then the Makerspace is something to consider. If they’re interested in smaller hobby projects of the ‘carry in, carry out’ variety, then the project space at SEE may be something to consider.”

manchester-makerspaceManchester Makerspace:
“If you already have the tools you need to complete your project,” says Jesse O’Brien “Makers in Manchester is the perfect place to show your project off and get advice from other Makers. If your project is larger than you’re equipped to handle yourself, (perhaps it requires a milling machine, but you don’t want to buy a $10,000 machine for one project) the Manchester Makerspace would be able to save you a lot of stress and money.

Q. I like the sound of being a Maker, but I have ZERO experience! It feels intimidating to just show up to a meeting with no real project in mind. Can people come to your meetings to learn as well as make specific things?

Makers in Manchester:
“Absolutely!” says Ryan Sutton. “The monthly Thursday meetings are a great way to get ideas and learn what others are doing.”

“That’s actually a more common feeling then I might have thought,” says Paul Beaudet. “I would say, come in to a ‘Show and Tell,’ check it out and see where you may want to start, or if someone else inspires you. It’s a friendly and inclusive group. It is nice to know there is someone that is willing to help.”

Manchester Makerspace:
“Come to any meetup with Makers in Manchester, or go to any Makerspace (Portsmouth, Nashua, Manchester, Lowell, etc.) and start asking questions,” suggests Jesse O’Brien. “A big part of being a Maker is trying things until something works, and the process of becoming a Maker is your first chance to do that.”

Q. Are there fees involved in being a part of each group?

Makers in Manchester:
“There are currently no fees,” says Brenda Noiseux. “Our monthly ‘Show and Tell’ will always be free and open to the public, but we’re still working out the details on events like Project Days.

Manchester Makerspace:
Manchester Makerspace will charge a monthly fee (less than $100, but our payment structure is not defined yet), says Jesse O’Brien. “That money goes toward renting an industrial space ad keeping it stocked with tools, supplies and utilities.”

Q. WHY should people care about the Maker Movement and what has it brought to your lives?

Makers in Manchester
“For me,” says Ryan Sutton “the ‘Maker Movement’ has been great! I think I would have been doing the same things or at least the same type of things without it, but having like-minded people to get ideas from, bounce ideas off of, then show the results is a lot of fun. The level and varied knowledge in the group has certainly made my projects better since joining.”

“As Jesse mentioned,” says Brenda Noiseux “there’s a lot of problem solving and critical thinking that come with being a Maker. I think these two skills are critical to our everyday lives. The genuine excitement and energy of our Maker community invigorates me. It doesn’t matter if you’re an artist or an amateur robot builder, I learn so much from my fellow Makers and find different angles for my own projects. Now, if only I had the time to do them all!”

“This may sound left field,” says Paul Beaudet “but self sufficiency in an increasingly interdependent world is something that fascinates me. It’s been said that self sufficiency is more of a direction than a destination and that is an important note. Makers build all sorts of odd things, but the exercise of doing so stretches some important brain muscles. For instance, I build keyboards. But no one in the modern world will likely ever have to build their own, never mind build one to be ‘self-reliant.” It’s just my interest and it builds on my skills to do other things that could be better seen as self-reliant. Makers just have the drive to ‘do-it-themselves.’ The community aspect of the Makers Movement gives me the confidence that I’m surrounding myself with the people that could best survive a zombie apocalypse. So there you go. You should care about the Maker Movement if you want to survive the zombie apocalypse,” he laughs.

circuitsManchester Makerspace:
“The key component to the Maker Movement,” says Jesse O’Brien “is to enable ‘normal’ people to innovate. Encouraging curiosity, creativity and new ideas isn’t new, but making it possible for everyone to participate is a relatively new concept. It’s important to show the world that people can do awesome things without a massive organization pushing them.”


You can learn more about Manchester Makerspace by visiting their website at http://manchestermakerspace.com

And you can join the Makers in Manchester at their monthly meetings, see them at the 2015 Dover Mini Maker Faire, or visit their website www.makersinmanchester.com to learn more.

Week 9: Fabulous Makers of 2015

nhptvMake an Insect- NHPTV, our dedicated Media Sponsor for Maker Faire, will be offering a hands-on activity for young participants. Learn how to create a butterfly or dragonfly with just a few simple materials and a clothespin.

crossfitEverProven CrossFit Kids– EverProven CrossFit and its CrossFit Kids program will be challenging Maker Faire attendees to an obstacle course that will include running, climbing, carrying odd objects and more! The course will be adaptable to all ages and levels of fitness ability and shows that fitness can be functional and most importantly, a whole lot of fun!

usborneUsborne– Usborne Books & More publishes unique and educational books for everyone from infants to teenagers and promotes literacy and creativity among all ages. They will be bringing a wide selection of their books to Maker Faire, including Things to Make & Do books, brain games & activity books, See Inside and Look Inside books to learn more about how things work, science experiments, Kid Kits such as Dino Excavation and a Slot Together Castle project. Of course, there will be fiction books to choose from as well and a story-time too. Usborne will be selling their books at the Faire as well, like one of their biggest sellers, Shine-a-Light book, where you can reveal hidden pictures with a flashlight!

ridgewingRidgewing Guitars– The Ridgewing Guitar is a hyper-modular version of a standard full-size guitar, which breaks down in seconds to fit in a violin-sized case and reassembles to pitch in seconds! Anyone can become a “Ridgeing Master” and create their own version of any of the basic components of the guitar using its interchangeable parts. The guitar is also self-tuning and includes a fully-programmable Bluetooth controlled light show. Stop by their booth at Maker Faire to check out this one-of-a-kind instrument!

Observe the Weather with Mount Washington Observatory– Join Mount Washington Observatory to learn how you can observe the weather in your own backyard and learn how meteorologists observe the extreme weather on the summit of Mount Washington. An Observatory educator will lead an activity at the top of every hour to observe current weather conditions (including temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction, and precipitation). Record your own observations on an official form and the Observatory will actually send your data in to be used in weather forecasts!

doverlibraryDover Public Library: Create Mini-Books– Come by and see what’s new at the Dover Public Library, sign up for a library card, and learn how the library can help your maker-ing or crafting. Attendees will be able to make mini leather or cloth book pendants that can be placed on a string as a necklace.


Future Tech Women
– Future Tech Women is a NH-based group of women and men in technology who empower the next generation of women technologists through inclusive initiatives that drive awareness and advancement of women in technology-related fields. They will have hands-on activities teaching kids about tech-related careers, including a career wheel, fortune teller, surveys and a recommended reading list for all ages! Future Tech Women will also have a Maker Faire Scavenger Hunt for kids to complete and win prizes!

One Story Houses- Erin Mawn, a school librarian from Maine, found a neat way to combine her two passions, children’s literature and creating dollhouses, by creating her own replicas of literary homes! Dorothy’s house in Munchkin land, a shop in Hogsmeade from Harry Potter, the Ingalls family’s log cabin, and the Ninja Turtles’ sewer lair are just some of the creations she has made over the years. She will be showing off her creations at Maker Faire, providing a unique glimpse into the imaginary world of books.

Breathe In Breathe Art – Breathe In Breathe Art is the name of an Art Revolution. Artist Bre Cuddahy creates handmade zentangle and watercolor art. Creating art can be a very relaxing and rewarding experience. Creating Zentangles promotes a calm and relaxing energy by focusing on small designs that create a larger image. All we ask you to do is give it a try and Breathe in, Breathe Art. There will be small samples to try making your own Zentangle and participate in the 2 larger group Zentangle designs that will be there.

Hampstead Academy FIRST Lego League Robotics – Experience the best way for kids to get introduced to robots: Lego EV3. Learn from a competing robotics team and discuss programming and building tips. Work side-by-side with a team member to design, build, program, and run an EV3 robot! Step to the table and test your work on the obstacle map. Ask us about:

  • Substance X Erosion Control
  • 2015 Trash Trek Challenge
  • Winning NH State and competing at Global Championships
  • Hampstead Academy

Week 8: Fabulous Makers of 2015!

Paddlecraft – Come check out these awesome hand crafted paddles and kayaks made right down the road in Rochester, NH.

Seacoast Men of Harmony – The Seacoast Men of Harmony is a Dover-based men’s a cappella chorus. They sing in the barbershop style which is characterized as a four part close harmony. They are affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society‘s Northeastern District. Come see them perform on the Rotary Pavilion stage in Upper Henry Law Park.

InMoov Humanoid Robot – Maker Roe Cole shares his latest project, building a life-sized humanoid robot called InMoov. InMoov was designed and powered using open source software available to anyone who would like to 3-D print and animate their own robot. Featured in a recent issue of MAKE magazine, InMoov is inspiring makers worldwide to adapt and advance this project in true maker spirit.

Paper Airplane Launcher – Sean is back for a third year at Dover Mini Maker Faire showing off his invention: a Paper Airplane Launcher that was featured on the “Fallonventions” segment of “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” on April 24th. You can fold your best paper airplane and see if it will survive a 60 MPH launch and find out how far it will fly.

CrabNewScarfPublic Art Sculptures – CMNH artist-in-resident and official ‘basement sculptor,’ Nathan Walker will open up his shop to let visitors in to explore the process of turning found objects into giant metal works of art. Finished sculptures as well as works in progress will be available to see.

Assistive Technology in New Hampshire – Assistive Technology in New Hampshire will be showcasing assistive technology and doing device demonstrations, as well as providing information on reuse and loans for individuals with disabilities to maximize independence at home, school, work and play.

Your First Video Game – Learn how to program a video game on the popular Raspberry Pi computer that sells for only $25.  They will teach makers during this workshop how to create their very own video game using Python on a Raspberry Pi computer. A limited number of Raspberry Pi kits will be available for makers to take home with their video game on it, ready to hook up to a TV and play! No experience necessary!

Fun with LEDs – A new collection of projects using LEDs and micro controllers from Corky, have a booth for the third year in a row at Dover Mini Maker Faire.

  • TwirLight: A POV (persistence of vision) toy that creates patterns when manually spun, optionally with music.
  • Addressable LED light strings driven with an Arduino
  • ChromaCane: a walking stick shows colorful patterns with a strip of addressable RGB LEDs. Arduinio controlled.
  • Renard Christmas light controller for a light display synchronized to music

Hexa-Flexa-Fun – Lauren is back for a third year at Dover Mini Maker Faire showing you how to make a cool “Hexaflexagon!” A hexaflexagon is a folded strip of paper transformed into a cool piece of color changing origami. Come fold and color your own!

UNH Tech Camp – UNH Tech Camp is offered by the College of Engineering and Physical Science at the University of New Hampshire and makes available the benefits of the UNH research campus to the community-at-large. Come make bouncy balls using borax and elmer’s glue. The programs engage young people in interactive hands-on and problem solving activities in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Fluidity of NH LLC – Fluidity of NH is promoting their service, which is a business that caters to 16-22 year olds looking for local employment. They will have the capability for employers to post jobs and job seekers to create online profiles.

Learning LEGO Robotics – Join the NH LEGO LEAGUE Kings of Konstruction for a hands on “Intro to Programming” lesson. Kids ages 4-104 can learn the basics of programming a LEGO robot from this years NH FLL programing champions. If you have never programmed a robot before, our kids will teach you everything you need to know to get that mechanical LEGO-bot moving. Sign up early for your 20 minute spot as spaces sold out quickly last year.

Week 7: Fabulous Makers of 2015

UNH Cooperative Extension: Science Literacy– Design, build and launch your own paper rocket using air pressure and watch it land in designated target zones! How long will yours stay up in the sky? UNH Cooperative Extension will also be promoting their annual 4-H Maker Challenge and are hoping to gain momentum for next year’s event.

blastfrompastA Blast from the Past- Come check out two vintage electronics with modern twists! Peter Adams and Nathan Kiesman, 13 and 14 years old, respectively, have restored vintage tech and brought it into the 21st century. Make phone calls on a Western-Bell phone that has been converted into a working cell phone! Or, play a song on a Rockola 477 vinyl jukebox, working again with the help of a Raspberry Pi!

lostwoodsLost Woods Turning Co.- Lost Woods Turning Co. are a two-man team making fine, handmade, woodworking, metal and leather products. They will be selling bowls, cutting boards, leather accessories and even some items with a more nerdy focus, like magic wands and vampire stakes. They will also be doing wood turning demos outside.

toolsTools of Times– Come by and view tools from the collection of the Woodman Museum in Dover that span two centuries. Try your hand at guessing what the tools are designed to do. Or, help create a 17th century board game!

NEMO Equipment, Inc.– NEMO is a Dover-based company founded on a commitment to adventure, to the fearless pursuit of uncharted paths. They believe meaningful adventures are possible for everyone, anywhere, if you bring the will, the imagination and the right gear. NEMO will be selling their award-winning outdoor equipment at Maker Faire in addition to displaying tents, sleeping bags and assorted camping gear for attendees to play with and explore.

googlecardboardAn Introduction to Virtual Reality – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit Paris, London, Tokyo or New York City? Using nothing but a smartphone and Google Cardboard, we can now visit all of these places and many others without ever getting on a plane in this immersive virtual reality experience. You can also try out a number of games, videos and other activities. Tour a museum, watch a movie, maybe even test drive a car! The possibilities are endless!

airrocketsCompressed Air Rockets – Come build your own rocket (that you can keep) and launch it as many times as you like in Henry Law Park! Using just a regular sheet of copy paper and humble masking tape, create a rocket that will fly hundreds of feet in the air. We’ll supply the materials to make the rocket, you supply the creativity to make the rocket your own. Experiment with different fin designs, different nose cones and find out what works the best and flies the highest. There is no charge for this activity, but small donations to cover the cost of materials is appreciated. Air Rocket Glider ARG kits and compressed air rocket launchers will be available for purchase as well.

Balloon Art – Come by this booth during Maker Faire and check out Terri Marsh’s balloon art! In addition to building unique balloon sculptures throughout the day, Marsh will be demonstrating how to create balloon art in a public, hands-on experience. You will even be able to take your balloon creation home with you!

Week 6: Fabulous Makers of 2015

lunacatsUNH LunaCats– UNH LunaCats will be demonstrating their robot which competed in NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The competition is built around a Martian-simulated environment where robots must mine as much “Space Dirt” as they can in 10 minutes. Come by this year’s Maker Faire to check out their competition robots!

turnkeyTurn Key Innovations– Turn Key Innovations’ mission is to promote innovation and accessibility of personal 3D printers by providing high-quality customer service, products and support. They will be selling a Kossel 3D printer package at Maker Faire, which includes a fully assembled and tested 3D printer complete with installation and training.

Veteran Resort-Chapel– Veteran Resort-Chapel is a 501-c-3 charity that works to help homeless US Military Combat Veterans and promote awareness of the issue to the public through their tiny home on a trailer. At this year’s Maker Faire, they will provide a “trashformation” art project in addition to talking about their cause.

Sensor-bilitY– Sensor-bilitY will be selling their unique products that were designed by an 11-year-old with autism at Maker Faire. They create sensory tools and toys such as weighted lap pads, fidgets and chewlery designed for children on the autism spectrum, complete with fun colors and textures! In addition to selling their toys, they will also have a sensory table activity.

r2buildersR2 Builders Club– Maker Faire attendees will once again be able to spot R2D2 roaming around the Museum during the event! R2 Builders Club is an international community who build their own replica robots of the iconic Star Wars character. When you see R2 and his builder, be sure to talk to them to learn more about how he was made!

portcity-makerspacePort City Makerspace– Based in Portsmouth, Port City Makerspace is a shared tool shop whose mission is to provide everyone, from beginners to experts, with the tools and space to create whatever they imagine, be it something wooden, metal, electric or 3D printed. They will bring a variety of projects made by their members to Maker Faire including a 3D Chocolate Printer and CNC Engraver. They will also be helping people make their own light-up robot badges and raffling off various hand-made items.

Lowell Makes– Lowell Makes is the largest Makerspace in Lowell, Massachusetts and they will be displaying some of their projects at this year’s Faire. Come on by and play a tune on their fruit piano or charge up your phone on their solar-powered charging station!

Week 5: Fabulous Makers of 2015!

seaperchSeaPerch and Flinking Demo– Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and UNH will be back at Maker Faire, demonstrating Remotely Operated Vehicles as part of the Office of Naval Researched STEM Outreach Program. Attendees will get the chance to drive their own Remotely Operated Vehicles in a 1000 gallon tank or even in the Cocheco River! SeaPerch will also have a Flinking activity for students to try their hand at achieving neutral buoyancy.

Maurizio Paura– Composer, singer/songwriter, and guitarist Maurizio Paura will be performing at Maker Faire. Come to the Faire and check out his music! When he is not performing or composing, Paura volunteers at the Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover as a therapeutic musician.

Seek Its- Erika Carly has created her own hand-made versions of the Find It toys called Seek Its. Maker Faire attendees will get to make their own Seek Its, for a small fee, to take home with them. She will also be selling other Seek Its, wire trees, and beaded metal bookmarks.

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Portsmouth Public Library– The Portsmouth Public Library will be returning to this year’s Maker Faire and will be encouraging attendees to get crafty, techy, and skilled at the library! They will be providing a few different hands-on craft projects for anyone to try.

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Handmade Productivity- Do you have a secret dream to travel the world? An “evil” plan to take over…the garden? Handmade Productivity will help you make those dreams a reality by giving you tools to organize and inspire yourself. Come by their booth and create a pocket journal to capture brilliant ideas or any thoughts that come in your head during the day, make a bulletin board out of repurposed materials or even create an inspirational sign to motivate yourself.

Week 4: Fabulous Makers of 2015

3Dhub3D Hubs– 3D Hubs helps connect people who own 3D printers with people who want to 3D print. They have over 17,000 printers in 160 countries around the world! They will be bringing a 3D printer to Maker Faire, offering printing demos and promoting local and personalized manufacturing through 3D printing.

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Saving the World from Dull Coffee Routines!– Jennifer Berube, resident of Lempster, NH, designs and creates the “More than Coffee Scoop,” sure to make every cup of coffee anything but dull! Each scoop can be completely customized with high-quality gemstones, glass beads, and wire and Jennifer will be asking for custom orders at Maker Faire in addition to selling previously-made scoops. She will also be selling her line of recycled teacups that can be used to feed birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds and will brighten up your garden.

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Shockwave Robotics Dover High School– Dover High School’s First Robotics Team 4546 will be displaying their competition robot for this year and teaching Faire attendees the foundation of how robots are made. Come check out their interactive displays and learn how mechanics, engineering, and programming come together to make a functioning robot!

Raspberry Pi Guy– Dan Norris will be back at this year’s Maker Faire to demonstrate his mini Raspberry Pi FM broadcast station. Participants will be able to use the project to broadcast messages to a nearby FM receiver. He will also be bringing a “super computer” cluster, a panoramic DSLR camera system, and an RGB LED matrix message screen, where people will be able to type in messages and have them appear on the screen.

High Voltage and Wireless Electricity– Meet Forrest Veilleux, a 12-year-old homeschooler who loves to scavenge old electronic parts and build working projects with what he finds! He will be demonstrating many of his creations, including the Solid State Tesla Coil, Jacob’s Ladder, Slayer Exciters, High Voltage Flyback Driver, Joule Thief, and High Voltage Capacitor Flash Circuit. Come see sparks and light, while hearing the cracking sounds of high-voltage electricity! Observers will also get the opportunity to hold florescent tubes and watch them light up wirelessly at varying distances.

Week 3: “Meet the Makers Update 2015”

20150328NHStates_jeff-182-X3New Hampshire Destination Imagination– New Hampshire Destination Imagination encourages students from kindergarten through college to have fun, take risks, focus, frame, and solve challenges with their education. Incorporating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), they are focused on 21st century learning programs that promote teamwork and prototyping. They will be bringing a hands-on activity to Maker Faire called “The Grape Crusher,” where participants will design and create a protective device to keep a grape from being crushed. Other similar activities will be offered as well.

zKelGn1Idoon4mAh3VBgYe6M8EChEyq-98zq3jidBtQBay State Ghostbusters– They are back for their third Maker Faire! Though, the local Ghostbusters will not have a table at the Faire, you will be able to find them all over town, looking for spooks, goblins, ghosts, and ghouls. They’ll test your psychic powers and may even have a treat for you! Be sure to ask about and collect their personalized trading cards too!

3D Printing from Hanscom Middle School– Come see how this school in Massachusetts is using 3D printing to teach students math in a creative and fun way and how you can do it too! They will be making everything from puzzles and mazes to constellations to ancient pyramids using 3D printers at Maker Faire. They will also have a few laptops for participants to design their own projects.

10325208_845038902208378_5815752477968757120_nEPLIS Comics with Emily Drouin– EPLIS Comics is a fun for all ages sci-fi, action-adventure comic book series written be Emily and Jeremy Drouin and illustrated by Emily Drouin (for more of her work, check out http://www.emilyatplay.com). Emily and Jeremy Drouin will be leading a workshop called “Monsters: Friend or Foe” throughout the day, teaching kids how to draw cartoons from Disney movies, TV shows, and comics and talking about what makes certain characters cute vs. scary. They will also be selling their comics, drawing caricatures, and providing free coloring pages.

makers-dover-paulMakers in Manchester– This group will be bringing some of their own makers to the Faire, where they will be presenting their projects. At last year’s Maker Faire, projects included robotics, ham radio, prop making, and a haptic keyboard. Come by their table to check out what they have created this year!

Week 2: “Meet the Makers 2015 Update”

claytransformed_marisavitoloDecorate Clay Ornaments– Local artist Marissa Vitolo will be back at Maker Faire this year, helping attendees decorate their own ceramic ornaments for just $1 per person. People will be able to use Sharpies or permanent paint for their creations and will tie a hemp thread to it at the end for hanging purposes.

unh_iolSnap Circuits with UNH InterOperability Laboratory– Come and learn about the basics of electrical engineering and circuitry with members of the UNH-IOL. Attendees will use snap circuits from kits to blink lights, spin fans, and play music.

8ec09c2cd556a14c0151087bf9a384d4Granite STEMWorks– Previously UNH LunaCats, Granite STEMWorks promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education across Seacoast NH, with a focus on robotics, space exploration, and NASA. They will be bringing a few robots to Maker Faire and will be giving out paper models of NASA spacecraft for people to take home and build.

SummerbandManchester Community Music School Summer Band– This 40 piece band made up of professionals, amateurs, alumni, music teachers, and students will be performing their music at Maker Faire. Conducted by Ed Doyle, they perform at various locations in Manchester and around the state.

Vintage Robot– Vintage Robot creates unique robots from recycled materials like old computers, watches, comics, maps, pendants, and stamps. They will be showcasing some of their robots at Maker Faire as well as selling hand-crafted recycled items, robot T-shirts, and artwork.