2016 Faire Recap

What can we say? We love this event! The 2016 Dover Mini Maker Faire was a lot of fun. Here are just a few highlights.

We had robots playing soccer!

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We had a once-in-a-lifetime convergence of characters!

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We had dancing robots!

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We had high-tech demonstrations!

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We had a whole lot of scientific discovery!

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We had inventors of all ages!

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We even had amazing food!

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Maker Faire FAQs

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We get a lot of great questions about our annual Dover Mini Maker Faire every year, so we thought we’d gather all the answers in one place here on the blog!

Let’s start with the basics…

WHAT: Dover Mini Maker Faire
WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2016
WHO: Anyone can come to the Faire! It’s not just for kids and families.
WHERE: The Faire takes place in Dover, NH and is spread out across four locations: inside the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, outside the museum in both upper and lower Henry Law Park and across the river at One Washington Mill. There are TWO entrances to the Faire…one directly by the big blue crab that guards the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and outside the entrance to One Washington Mill.
HOW MUCH: If you buy tickets online before midnight on Friday, August 26, tickets are $10/person. Tickets at the door for the general public are $12. Kids 5 and under get in for free. Children’s Museum of NH Members pay only $7 IF they show their Membership card.

WHAT: The Dover Mini Maker Faire is a one-day festival where “Makers” of all kinds gather to show what they are making and share what they are learning. It’s a chance for anyone interested in the “Do-It-Yourself” movement to learn new things and go home inspired. Makers are spread across the 4 locations and offer hands-on, interactive demonstrations and workshops throughout the day.

And now for the more in-depth Q&A!

Q. Where do I park?

A. Metered parking is FREE on the weekends in Dover, or there are lots of parking spots in the 45 Orchard Street parking garage (which costs $0.75/hour). Learn more about parking in Dover here.

Q. How do I get there?

A. Driving in downtown Dover can be a bit confusing. We suggest using 10 Henry Law Ave as the address if you are using a GPS. Or, if you want to go straight to the parking garage, use 45 Orchard Street. Learn more about driving to the Children’s Museum of NH in Dover here.

Q. Will it be crowded?

A. The Faire is so spread out across the 4 locations that even though we had 1600 people attend last year, it didn’t feel crowded. The most crowded areas are inside the museum.

Q. Can I bring my kids to play in the Children’s Museum of NH during the Faire?

A. No. The Children’s Museum of NH’s exhibits will be full of Makers and the staff is completely occupied with the Faire, so we are closed for regular museum visits on Saturday, August 27. However, we hope you’ll consider bringing your kids to the Dover Mini Maker Faire since it is a very family friendly event with lots to see and do.

Q. Can I use my library pass to get into the Faire?

A. No. Because Saturday is a special event and the Children’s Museum exhibits are closed, we can’t accept library passes.

Q. Will there be food to purchase?

A. Yes! This year there are 8 food vendors: Boogalow’s Island BBQ, Hot Potato, Juice Burger, Kona Ice, People’s Popcorn, Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, Terra Cotta Pasta and Vagabond Coffee Car. There are also many downtown dover restaurants within a 5 minute walk of the Faire.

Q. Is the Faire handicap accessible? 

A. Yes, the entire Faire is handicap accessible.

Q. Can I bring food into the Faire?

A. Yes, feel free to bring water and food into the Faire and eat it outside in Henry Law Park. There isn’t a space inside the museum to eat.

Q. What if I have a food allergy?

A. Please convey any food allergy concerns to each food vendor and use your best judgement.

Q. Are there restrooms at the Faire?

A. Yes! There are restrooms inside the museum and One Washington Mill, and port-a-potties in lower Henry Law Park.

Q. I have a friend or family member who is a Maker. Can I get in for free?

A. Congrats on having such creative friends and family! Makers can invite their friends and family, but unless you are a volunteer, you will have to pay admission into the Faire.

Q. I forgot to buy tickets online. Can I buy them at the Faire?

A. Of course! Come to one of the two entrances and use cash or credit to pay for your tickets.

Q. I want to learn more about next year’s Dover Mini Maker Faire. How do I keep in touch?

A. Sign up for our Dover Mini Maker Faire e-newsletter and we’ll keep you up-to-date throughout the year and give you sneak peaks about all the great things we have planned.

Q. You didn’t answer my question! How do I get in touch with someone?

A. You can always call the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire at 603-742-2002 or email questions@childrens-museum.org and we’ll do our best to answer all your questions.

Food Vendor Highlight

Terra Cotta Pasta, Co.

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CMNH Communications Intern, Dave Nassoura had the enviable task of sampling some of the food from one of our August 27, 2016 Dover Mini Maker Faire food vendors.

Terracotta Pasta Company is coming to the Dover Mini Maker Faire once again! I had the chance to stop by their Dover headquarters and try one of their unbelievable meat ball subs. I’m going to be honest, I haven’t always been the biggest meatball sub guy so when I heard that’s what I was having I wasn’t overly excited. But once I saw the size of the meatballs and tasted the sauce that went with it, I was hooked. Terracotta does a meatball sub the way it should be done, lots of meat, lots of sauce, and loaded with provolone. Simple, because it doesn’t have to be complicated to taste great.

I also go to sit down with long time Dover location production manager Corey who started as a cook and prep worker at the facility 10 years ago and worked his way up to a management position. The passion Corey has for food is evident just listening to him talk for 5 minutes. Terracotta loves their pastas and that really does come through in the quality and freshness of every product. Corey explained to me how much creating a quality product means to him, “that’s one of my favorite parts of the job” he said “to be able to give people something I know is a quality product and see them satisfied”.

Corey also said that despite 10 years of experience he is always learning new techniques and loves that he gets to come to work everyday and still push the boundaries of his craft and better himself. He also talked about how much of a family the company is and how everyone really comes together during the production process leading up to events. The whole Terracotta Dover team loves doing events because they get to interact with the public and see the satisfaction on people’s faces as they enjoy the product they have worked so hard to create.

Terracotta Pasta will have their famous meatball subs at Maker Faire this year along with raviolis, fresh garlic bread, and pizzas! I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Terracotta Pasta company and highly recommend checking them out next Saturday August 27th!

Don’t wait to purchase tickets to this year’s Faire! Online tickets are only $10! They are $12 at the door.

2016 Schedule

Dover Mini Maker Faire Workshop & Demo Schedule

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You won’t have to wait till Saturday to plan your visit to the 4th annual Dover Mini Maker Faire! We’ve got your programs here, and below. We were just looking through the schedule and noticed that almost HALF of the Makers this year are NEW to the Faire and have never participated before. That says a lot about how creative our local community is. Let’s celebrate that innovation in a big way this Saturday!

Share the Faire with your friends, and buy your tickets today!


 

IMAG7750All Day – Rocket Launching
Lower Henry Law Park
Create and test your own paper rocket with the folks from Air Rocket Works!

All Day – North East Ghostbusters Alliance Taskforce Ecto
Roaming throughout the Faire
Find them as they look for 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! The Ghostbusters love to chat about their gear and how it’s made!

All Day – The New England Garrison of the 501st Legion
Roaming throughout the Faire
The New England Garrison of the 501st Legion-members of the Star Wars costuming fan club will be patrolling the Faire and love to meet their galactic fans! 

10:30am – Story-Telling
Inside the Children’s Museum of NH
Join 16 year old author and illustrator Lauren Tarbuck as she reads from her book “Room of Shadows”, a story about five year old Maria who is afraid of all the shadows in her room and what her mom does to calm her fears.

balloon-lady2-MF1510:30am – Balloon Artist Terri Marsh
Inside One Washington Mill
She’ll teach you how to make your own balloon creations!

11am-3pm (runs every 30 minutes) – 7th Settlement Brewery Tours
On location across the street from CMNH. Sign up at their booth in Henry Law Park
Join 7th Settlement brewers for tours of their micro brewery and learn about the science and history of brewing. 

11am – NAO Humanoid Robot
Inside the Children’s Museum of NH
Learn about and see NAO, the world’s leading humanoid robot perform live!

Noon – Sub Zero Ice Cream Stage Show
Henry Law Park Stage
Sub Zero will show you how “cool” science can be! We’ll explore the states of matter, the relationship between volume, pressure and temperature and even the Leidenfrost effect. With visual experiments performed before your eyes, you get to interactively participate by providing your hypotheses as to what the outcome of the experiments will be!

12:30pm – Balloon Artist Terri Marsh
Inside One Washington Mill
She’ll teach you how to make your own balloon creations!

12:30pm – NAO Humanoid Robot
Inside the Children’s Museum of NH
Learn about and see NAO, the world’s leading humanoid robot perform live!

1pm – How to Publish A Book
Inside the Children’s Museum of NH
Have a great idea for a book but don’t know how to get it published? Children’s author Layne Case, owner of AMITY Publications, will lead you through the process of how to become a published author.

1:30pm – Ghost Bubbles with the Ghostbusters!
Henry Law Park Stage
Who you gonna call when you want to create some swirly, whirly ghost bubbles?

2pm -Short “Short Film Festival”
Inside the Children’s Museum of NH
“Signing” by Gina Catalfo Nelson. “Rocketship” by Alfred Thomas Catalfo. Excerpt from “The Man Who Wasn’t Tex Magru” by Narrow Street Films. Films will be followed by a Q&A with the Directors.

2:45-3:30pm – Build Your Own Egg Drop Container
Inside the Children’s Museum of NH
Can you create a container to keep little Eggie safe from a drop off the Museum roof? We will find out at 3:30pm when we launch our design from the front of the Museum!

3pm – Narrow Street Films Stunt Team
Henry Law Park Stage
The NSF stunt team has been creating stage and film action pieces for close to ten years and have over 100 years combined martial arts experience. Join them for a workshop to learn the ins and outs of making a cool, dynamic and dangerous (looking) action scene.

3:45pm Egg Drop Launch from the Children’s Museum Roof!
Whose egg-saving designs will survive the three-story drop? Come and find out! (Workshop to build your own egg drop container is from 2:45-3:30pm inside the Museum.)

4pm – T-Shirt Slingshot Finale
Henry Law Park Stage
Join us to say goodbye to Maker Faire 2016!

A short “Short Film Festival”

This year, for the first time, we’ll be showing some short films at the Dover Mini Maker Faire! We’ve dubbed it our short “Short Film Festival” and it really will be short…no more than an hour, including a Q&A with the Directors. We know there’s a lot to see and do at the Faire, but there are a lot of talented local filmmakers doing great work, and we wanted to include them!

The first two films are “Signing” by Gina Catalfo Nelson and “Rocketship” by Alfred Thomas Catalfo. These Dover-based, Father-and-daughter filmmakers have never shown their films together, so this is an exciting first!

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“Signing” is a 10-minute short film about a teenage boy who begins to fall in love with his new neighbor, only to find out she is hiding a secret. The film premiered in June 2015 at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, CA. Since then, “Signing” has won 4 awards of merit from the Best Shorts Competition, including Women Filmmaker.

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“Rocketship” is a 15-minute family drama in which an unlikely bond is forged between a lonely boy and an elderly man claiming to be a former astronaut. The film was an Official Selection of the 17th Dances With Films festival in Los Angeles, one of the industry’s premier showcases for emerging talent. “Rocketship” is inspired by the rocketship sculptures of local artist David Random.

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The third film will be a short excerpt from “The Man Who Wasn’t Tex Magru” by Narrow Street Films. This film follows the comedic exploits of a young man trapped in a dangerous situation involving gangsters, thugs, and kidnappers. With no where, or no one to turn to for help, young Wayne Young must stand up to stop the bad guys, save the girl, the day and hopefully himself. Made in the classic style of Abbott in Costello ‘Tex Magru’ is a fun film for the whole family.

The films’s Directors will all be on hand to answer questions from the audience at the end of the viewing. Then, as an added bonus, stick around for a stunt fight workshop with the stunt crew from Narrow Street Films! They’ll show you how to create a dangerous (looking) fight scene.

All this is included in admission to the Saturday, August 27 Dover Mini Maker Faire. Don’t wait to buy your tickets! They’re only $10 online, but cost $12 at the door. Kids 5 and under get in for free.

Food Vendor Highlight

Hot Potato Food Truck

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CMNH Communications Intern, Dave Nassoura had the enviable task of sampling some of the food from one of our August 27, 2016 Dover Mini Maker Faire food vendors.

Hot Potato Food Truck, based out of Newmarket, serves Barbecue and specialty fries all over New England. The truck was started by two brothers who both have experience working in the food industry, one in barbecue and one in the Toronto food scene. A little over a year ago the two decided to come together and use each of their strengths by experimenting with smoked meats, BBQ techniques and of course French fries. Hot potato has a simple but efficient menu that includes pulled pork, smoked sausage and poutine, which is made up of fries, cheese, gravy and usually some sort of meat. The Ayotte brothers like to have fun with what they make, often changing their menu week-to-week with a variety of things like Jamaican jerk pulled pork and beer battered haddock fish tacos.

I hit the Hot Potato food truck on a 90-degree night at Henry Law Park in downtown Dover. I could smell the smoked meats as I walked up to the window of the truck. I decided to play it safe and go with a classic pulled pork sandwich with fries. When I got the food I knew it was going to be one of the greatest pulled pork sandwiches I’d ever eaten before I even took a bite. I was holding the perfect pulled pork sandwich piled high with coleslaw and tastefully dressed with extra BBQ sauce. As I took my first bite I quickly realized the passion and time that was put into this sandwich. This sandwich had to have been made by someone who is dedicated to the craft and has gone through a lot of trial and error in order to arrive at such a spectacular product. The levels of flavor were so complex and strong. I couldn’t get it into my stomach fast enough! And all around and beneath the sandwich is an endless supply of fries.

Don’t wait to purchase tickets to this year’s Faire! Online tickets are only $10! They are $12 at the door.

“Meet the Makers” of 2016

Signed up to participate in the Saturday, August 27 Dover Mini Maker Faire:
63 Makers
8 Food Vendors (yum!)

Makers coming from:
28 New Hampshire towns (13 from Dover!)
6 Maine towns
2 Massachusetts towns
1 New York town

Sponsored by:
12 Business Sponsors
3 Media Sponsor

Buy your tickets today!

Let’s meet more of the 2016 Makers!


Entertainment Technology Explorations with the Girl Scouts

 

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There’s an old saying that all work and no play makes life pretty dull. But if you learn the ins and out of entertainment technology, you can end up with work that’s all about play! Come join the Girl Scouts and explore the science behind animation, amusement park rides and sound effects with a selection of activities from the Junior Girl Scout Entertainment Technology Badge.


Full Blast

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Madeleine Nossiff’s work crosses many disciplines from painting to writing, ceramics to printmaking and from music to sculpture. She has created a larger than life metal sculpture of a rocket ship which has a colorful fabric lining. Faire goers will be welcomed inside the rocket to immerse themselves in playful imagination.


VELCRO® Brand Kids Lounge

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The VELCRO® Brand Kids Lounge is where kids and adults alike can get inventive with arts and crafts, investigate under microscopes, create imaginative stories and color, and learn and play with a broad range of VELCRO® Brand hook and loop products. Stop by, relax, invent, create and play with one of this year’s Dover Mini Maker Faire sponsors!


Tap House Media

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Tap House Media is a boutique marketing and advertising agency in Dover, NH, focused on delivering powerful visual solutions through a variety of media outlets. Tap House TV is a closed loop digital display advertising channel right here in the Greater Dover region, created specifically for advertising and supporting local businesses.


New Hampshire Destination Imagination

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New Hampshire’s Incredible Creativity Connection, or NHICC, is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering teamwork, creative problem solving, and innovation in New Hampshire. Each year teams of up to seven students work together to solve a challenge and present their solution in the form of a skit at one of their regional tournaments. Through the Destination Imagination Challenge Program, students improve in creative and critical thinking, explore their curiosity, build on their unique strengths, learn how to design and manage a project, and gain the skills needed for the 21st century workforce.


Great Bay Trout Unlimited

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Stop by GBTU’s table and they’ll help you learn how to tie flies and cast a fly rod! Great Bay Trout Unlimited is a non-profit group that works to conserve, protect and restore southeastern New Hampshire’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.


3D Hubs

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3D Hubs is world’s largest online marketplace for 3D printing services. With service providers connected in over 160 countries 3D Hubs makes it easy for product designers and engineers to find the right 3D print solution for prototyping and small production runs. By providing local access to cutting-edge 3D printing technologies 3D Hubs is accelerating a future of distributed on-demand manufacturing. Founded in 2013, 3D Hubs is headquartered in Amsterdam.


Making & K-12 STEM

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There is broad support for updating K-12 Science and Math education to effectively incorporate Engineering and Technology (STEM). Despite this, many questions persist: what exactly is STEM? How is it different from the status quo? How can STEM be integrated in K-12 education? These are some of the questions that David Benedetto from the NH Department of Education will explore at the Faire. Stop by and consider the connections between the Maker movement and the STEM education movement.

Food Vendor Highlight

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Popzup in Dover, NH is giving popcorn lovers a healthier option. Last November Julie Lapham and her husband Marty started a gluten and GMO free popcorn company with healthy products that don’t sacrifice taste. I had the chance to tour their facility in Dover and see first hand how they make Popzups. What makes Popzup different from other popcorn companies is their attention to detail and their passion for pure popcorn and seasonings. It was evident to me as soon as I stepped into their facility that Julie and Marty are passionate about popcorn. Every single tiny detail is explored and engineered to a tee to ensure the highest quality popcorn possible.

This process all starts in Pennsylvania on a farm where Popzups source their popcorn kernels from a family operation that has been doing it for four generations. Julie and Marty only purchase the highest quality popcorn kernels that are grown in the perfect environment by people who are extremely passionate about the whole process. This attention to detail results in a popcorn that has no added oils or bi products that you normally find in store bought popcorn. Popzups are sold to be made in your home so you get fresh popcorn every time. The box of popcorn comes with instructions on how to make it on the stovetop or in the microwave using the 100% chemical free box that the kernels come in.

Every box of Popzups is assembled right in the Dover facility by Julie, her husband Marty and a little bit of help form Julie’s father. The operation is modest but much more efficient than when they started. Julie tells me they started out filling each popcorn kernel bag by hand. They now have a machine that fills the bags automatically and can do what used to take Julie and Marty 4 hours in just 10 minutes. The bags are then hand packaged by a small team of employees. Julie told me about how they have given a group of disabled young adults the opportunity to have their first job assembling boxes and packaging their products. She said “it brings them so much joy to be able to say they have their own job and are making money every week, it’s a really great opportunity for both of us.” It is this type of compassion and caring nature that comes so natural to Julie and Marty and really transfers into every aspect of their operation.

popzup1Popzups also has a great collection of seasonings to put on your popcorn. Once again, all their seasonings contain only pure ingredients and do not contain any artificial flavoring. They have naturally made flavors like cheesy taco, sweet sriracha chili, and Vermont maple. You can really taste the pure ingredients in each seasoning and how it is different from an artificial store-bought seasoning. Popzups truly was the best popcorn I’ve ever had. I’m so used to normal store-bought popcorn that has chemicals and oils mixed in the bag, but when Julie made a bag of Popzup there was absolutely no oil at all. It was completely pure. I’ve never had popcorn like that and it was really cool to taste a food in its pure form for the first time. The seasonings really bring everything to the next level in the perfect way. The seasoning shakers allow you to put as much as you want, too!

Popzups truly is an amazing business. Everything is done with such care and attention to detail that it’s impossible for it to not taste good. Popzups is located in One Washington in Dover and ship to locations across the country. Julie and Marty will be at the 2016 Dover Mini Maker Faire popping all day, I highly recommend you stop by and experience first hand the greatest popcorn out there.

 

“Meet the Makers” of 2016

Did you know that the Dover Mini  Maker Faire on Saturday, August 27 is not necessarily something you have to do with the kids? We know, we know…it’s being organized by a Children’s Museum, and we get how that looks. But seriously, over half the people who visit the Faire come sans kids! Adults, teens, grandparents, kids, robots…we promise we’ll have something to inspire all ages!

Buy your tickets today for only $10! They’re $12 at the door and kids 5 and under get in for free.

And now…more 2016 Makers!


New England Garrison of the 501st Legion

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Can you think of any other fair where you can see a Jawa in a Yellow Submarine? The New England Garrison, a group of folks that are part of the 501st Legion Star Wars costuming fan club, will be roaming the Dover Mini Maker Faire again this year! Friendly Stormtroopers and more will be on hand, learning from Makers and of course…looking for those droids!


Segway, Inc.

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Segway is making their first appearance at the Dover Mini Maker Faire! Discover their innovative and energy conscious products. Whether you’re developing a robotics app, taking on a new adventure, exploring the sights or focusing on improving employee productivity, it’s more fun to do so with style. Simplify your world and enjoy work and play that much more with Segway!


La Violet

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Tanya and Lauren Violette, members of a talented family of inventors, will be creating 3-D printed earrings on their Ultimaker 2. We will have various designs, shapes and colors to choose from.


Compressed Air Powered Marshmallow Shooter
and Paper Air Plane Launcher

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Sean Violette, another member of a talented family of inventors, will be showing off his Compressed Air Powered Marshmallow Shooter. It shoots marshmallows over 100 feet at approximately 120+ mph! Sean will also share his motorized paper air plane launcher that he demonstrated on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last year!


Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race

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Lowell, MA is organizing its first Kinetic Sculpture Race, to be held on September 24. Kinetic sculptures of all shapes and sizes will race through the streets of Lowell and even brave the waters of the Merrimack River! We’re excited to have one of the teams building a sculpture for this race, Team Think Tank, and the race organizer himself, Michael Roundy on hand at the Dover Mini Maker Faire! Come by and see the progress Team Think Tank has made and learn more about the race.


Lights, camera, ACTION!

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The Narrow Street Films stunt team has been creating stage and film action pieces for close to ten years. Members have some impressive training including military training, weapons handling, guns, knives, swords and bo staff handling and much more. Members of the NSF Stunt team will be hosting a workshop on the ins and outs of making a cool, dynamic, and dangerous (looking) action scene!


CSI Dover

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Discover the world of forensic science! St. Thomas Aquinas High School demonstrates the process by which criminal evidence is collected and processed. Learn how math, science and even your body can play an important part in helping police officers solve crimes. CSI has landed in Dover!


Lost Woods Turning Company

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Jeff Lukach creates beautiful wooden objects like bookmarks, guitar picks, bowls, and even magic wands! He’ll be on hand at this year’s Faire, selling his wares and doing wood turning demos. Lost Woods Turning Company is where nerdy meets fine woodworking!


Corky’s Projects 2.0

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Corky Mork is a “Maker” in the truest sense of the word. “I’ve been a Maker of electronic and mechanical things long before the term was popular,” he said. Not only that, but Corky has been a Maker presenter at the Dover Mini Maker Faire since its inception four years ago! He’ll be back again this year showing off more of his fun creations, as well as his collection of unusual robotic toys.


NH Lego League

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This year the NH LEGO League will be debuting a brand new LEGO Robotics game for students from across NH to compete in next spring. The game will be the first in a series of challenges that will crown New Hampshire’s best LEGO robotics team. The game uses LEGO Mindstorms robotic equipment and in a hands-on competition that has been called the fastest 300 seconds in LEGO history.


“Meet the Makers” of 2016

The Dover Mini Maker Faire is only 2 weeks away! We often get asked “What is a Maker Faire,” and we’re not going to lie, it’s a tough question to answer. How exactly can you sum up a Fair that doesn’t have a ferris wheel, but does have science demonstrations, robots, 3D printers and the like? Regardless of how we talk about it, one word we always use is “FUN!” We promise you’ll learn something new, try something awesome, and go home inspired. So buy your tickets today!

Let’s meet more of this year’s Makers!


Delicious Science with Sub Zero Ice Cream

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Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt from Nashua, NH will show you how “cool” science can be! We provide a look at the states of matter, the relationship between volume, pressure and temperature and even the Leidenfrost effect. With visual experiments performed before your eyes YOU get to interactively participate by providing your hypotheses as to what the outcome of the experiments will be! Science is delicious! Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt will also have their food truck at this year’s Faire.


Google Cardboard Virtual Tour Demonstration

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Have you always wanted to see a tour of the statue of Liberty, but never had the chance? Want to visit the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire when it’s closed, in the comfort of your own home? Now is your chance! Make it Active, LLC, a Google Trusted Photography Street View Partner, will be at this year’s Faire with a Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Demonstration, along with simple instructions on how to build your own Google Cardboard at home!


The Science and History of Brewing with 7th Settlement

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The Brewery team at 7th Settlement will lead groups of 10-15 people (any age) across the street from the Children’s Museum of NH to and through their 7 barrel brewery. They’ll talk about the ingredients, history and science it takes to brew beer from the malting process, hop and yeast cultivation to the full brewing methods. We will also talk about NH and Dover’s brewing history. The tours do not include tastes, but the restaurant is open during the Faire! 7th Settlement is also providing their popular “Juice Burger” food truck at the Faire if you prefer!


UNH Lunacats

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UNH Lunacats is a UNH student organization comprised of Engineering and Computer Science students who gather to design, build, and compete their robots. They’ll be bringing their miner robot, which they designed and built for last year’s NASA Robotics Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Station. They’ll share ideas of the improvements they are going to implement based on the competition results.


N.E.G.A.T.E (North East Ghostbusters Alliance Taskforce Ecto)

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They’re baaaaack! Our local Ghostbusters will be roaming around Dover, 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! The Ghostbusters love to chat about their gear and give lessons on how to fight ghosts. Who knows, Stay Puft and Slimer may even make an appearance at this year’s Faire!


The Northeast Buccaneers

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The Dover Mini Maker Faire will be taken over by these pirates, entertainers and merri-makers this year! Don’t be surprised if they challenge you to a sword fight, try to educate you on proper pirate etiquette or demand to take a selfie with you! Don’t worry, they’re friendlier than they look.


Makers of Manchester

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Makers of Manchester” is a community meet-up group of innovators and inventors that love tinkering with everything from robotics to household items. This year they will have a variety of show-and-tell projects from their meetings. They’ll show things such as how to make useful plastic ribbon from a bottle that would otherwise be thrown into a landfill.


Usbourne Books & More

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Usborne Books & More is on a mission! They want to put an end to the illiteracy crisis in America. Educational Consultant Gina Teolis will be on hand selling educational, high quality, affordable and uniquely interactive books for all ages. These books are for every stage of life, from birth to adulthood!


Balloon Art

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Terri Marsh is back with her amazing balloon creations! This year she’ll be creating a tropical balloon sculpture with two 5-foot palm trees and balloon animals! She’ll have three workshops throughout the day during which Faire-goers will be invited to create their own balloon animals.


Clay, Awakening an Earth Resource

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Do you ever wonder about what is under our feet as we walk a country field or even a backyard? Learn to recognize, simple-test and awaken natural clay with Vicky Anderson. Using Native American techniques, bring your clay into a workable state, and then create a small item such as a totem or container.


Maine State Library

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The Maine State Library will be joining us at this year’s Faire and will be bringing some fun equipment! The Kudo 3D is an SLA (stereolithographic) 3D printer. It essentially works by projecting UV light to harden a special resin, layer by layer, to create a 3D object. It’s just one of the awesome tech devices available in their Makerspace.


NEMO Equipment

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Dover based company NEMO Equipment returns to exhibit some of its cutting edge outdoor industry designs. Stop by and learn about the creative process, how the gear is made, the technologies used, and how NEMO equipment can help fuel your next adventure!