New England’s Makers have really risen to the Maker Faire challenge this year! We now have over 60 Makers signed up to participate at this year’s Dover Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, August 27. It’s the most Makers we’ve ever had! Now we need your help in advertising the Faire and selling tickets. Download a flyer to put up around your town, and invite your friends to see all the fun and action.
And if you haven’t done it yet, don’t wait to buy your advanced $10 tickets. If you wait till you get to the Faire, the price is $12/person. Buy them online here!
Let’s meet some more Makers!
Granite STEMworks educates kids about science and engineering. Caleigh McPherson, NASA Ambassador will be on hand to educate you about the upcoming OSIRIS-REx mission that will send a spacecraft to an asteroid. Faire goers will learn about the technology behind this mission and how astronauts will use a robotic arm to pluck samples from the asteroid’s surface and then return to Earth! Play with robots, take home a paper spacecraft model and more!
Madison Foster and Marie Hoehner, students at the Seacoast School of Technology will have a Fisherntechnik robot for guests to play and interact with. Fisherntechnik has robot kits that offer a variety of robotic products that can be combined however you want. These young Makers, in collaboration with their teacher Vaso Partinoudi, will have a computer running a program that controls their one-of-a-kind robot.
The Woodman Museum has an extensive collection of antique items that have ties to Dover’s rich history. At this year’s Faire they will have a unique display of antique tools on display. Can you guess what they’re used for? Stop by and play some colonial era games!
Compressed Air Rockets
Come see the Violette Family’s newly redesigned compressed air rocket launcher v2.2 and join in the fun! Just add a bike pump, paper and tape to make rockets that launch hundreds of feet. You can also launch foam rockets, gliders, rocket gliders and bounce rockets. These simple products are designed with teachers and educators in mind!
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) has been testing networking and data communications products since 1988! Using their knowledge, tools, services and relationships, they work to enable the next generation of technology and engineers. They’re back at this year’s, Faire showing guests the basics of electricity using SnapCircuits.
Go Solar NH
Zach Haithcock from Go Solar NH will be showing how photovoltaic solar cells can be used to power your home with clean efficient energy that works towards eliminating your electric bill and helping the environment by cutting down on carbon emissions.
Sensor-bilitY, from Northwood, NH, makes affordable multi-sensory toys and tools for kids. They’ll have their products for sale as well as fun tables set up with all sorts of hands on play. The interactive sensory tables are designed by a 12 year old “creative director” who is on the autism spectrum.
Nashua Robot Builders
Nashua Robot Builders, which is an informal club of people (and robots) that meet monthly at MakeIt Labs in Nashua, will be bringing a variety of robots that members have built or are in the process of building. Stop by and learn about their club and their robots.
Tough Jets Radio Controlled Airplanes
Tough Jets Radio Controlled Airplanes were designed by life-long RC modeler Wayne Roberts of Kittery, Maine, to be the highest performing fun scale RC propjet on the market. His incredibly accurate models of T-14 and T-15 fighter jets will put a smile on any face! The planes are capable of speeds over 60 mph while still capable of landing at near zero ground speed.
Hands on Learning with Barnes & Noble
The Newington, NH Barnes & Noble team will offer hands-on demonstrations about coding and electricity! They’ll have Ozobots, which are tiny robots that combine the physical and digital worlds, and help to demystify the basics of coding. Play with some electronic building blocks, Little Bits, and see if you can complete the circuit to power a light bulb!