“Meet the Makers” of 2016

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


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!

Fishertechnik Robot


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.

Woodman Museum


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

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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!

Snap Circuits


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

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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!

Food Vendor Highlight

Boogalows Island BBQ


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. He wisely chose Boogalows Island BBQ!

Boogalows Island BBQ, formally located in Kensington packed up their meat smokers and took them on the road in their Boogalow BBQ food truck. I got a chance to stop by and meet owners Sharee and Dave at the recent Stratham Fair. Sharee who is Jamaican herself made sure I got the full experience and hooked me up with a big plate of everything from mango chicken to Jamaican jerk pork and a refreshing Jamaican grapefruit soda called ting. I found myself in meat heaven as I stuffed my face with a Jamaican jerk drumstick fresh off the meat smoker. Everything was so flavorful and the meat smoker made the chicken fall right off the bone. The best part was that Sharee gave me a cup of spice jerk sauce which I proceeded to pour all over everything. Enter cloud nine!

boogalowsislandbbq-webIf you like spice Boogalows is the place to try, but if spice isn’t up your alley they’ve got you covered too. The mango chicken on a stick was definitely my favorite of the assortment of meats I had. The sweet flavor of the mango marinade was truly something I had never tasted and something I now need to taste again.

After my truly amazing island BBQ meal I got a chance to talk with Sharee who told me how the truck came to be. She said she noticed there weren’t many options for Jamaican BBQ in the area and decided that her and her husband Dave would follow their dreams and open a restaurant. Her husband Dave has been a chef for 20 years and she had worked in the hospitality industry. She said she “enjoys giving people what they want and making them happy,” which really does show as I watched her interact with each and every customer to make sure they got exactly what they wanted. She even replaced a customer’s meal when they realized they had accidentally ordered something spicy. The great knowledge and hospitality of Sharee coupled with Dave’s chef skills and those beautiful meat smokers makes the Boogalows Island BBQ truck a must “eat” for this year’s Dover Mini Maker Faire. Stop by and experience it for yourself!

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

We have 58 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! While the official deadline was last Friday, we could be convinced to let a few more sign up…so…don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions, either through email or on our Dover Mini Maker Faire Facebook page.

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!

Now let’s meet some more of our talented Makers!

Makerspace at the E-Center


Makerspace at the E-Center is UNH’s first ever Makerspace! It is now open to all students and recent grads of UNH Durham! Their goal is to embrace and create opportunities for ideas, creativity and innovation, in a safe and accessible Makerspace environment. Come by the booth this year to learn more about new programs and opportunities being offered!

Form Lab


Form lab is an art studio run by Joe and Rachel Montroy. They use a variety of materials, primarily metal and clay to make sculptural and functional objects. Stop by their booth to play with some clay and watch them demonstrate a variety of techniques, such as throwing on the potter’s wheel and bronze casting.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. The IEEE is represented locally by the NH section covering chapters for radio communications, robotics, Women Engineers and other associate societies

New Hampshire Public Television


Stop by New Hampshire Public Television’s table, make a wild crafty critter and learn about all of the great educational programing and services they offer for kids and families.

How to Publish a Book


Have a great idea for a book but don’t know how to get it published? Stop by and meet Children’s Author Layne Case, owner of AMITY Publications. She’s been writing children’s books, poetry and developing literacy programs for young kids for decades! Meet Layne, read her books, ask questions and get inspired.

Cider Hill Homestead Honey


Ever wanted to learn about keeping bees? Heather Razin a beekeeper from York, Maine will be on hand at this year’s Faire. While she’ll leave the bees at home, she’ll have her bee suits for Faire guests to try on, learn about beekeeping equipment and of course a chance to taste honey!

Port City Makerspace


If you’ve ever needed a certain tool to finish a project and didn’t know where to go, or if you have no space to work on that thing you’ve been wanting to make, or if you’ve been looking for a place to hang out with creative and innovative thinkers, look no further than Port City Makerspace. This community of creative makers will be on hand offering hands on activities and games. Join them and you might get to play a giant game of chess or try your hand at soldering!

“Meet the Makers” of 2016

There are only two weeks left to sign up to be a Maker at this year’s Dover Mini Maker Faire! We’ve already got an exciting line-up of participants, but would love to add more, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions, either through email or on our Dover Mini Maker Faire Facebook page.

And if you haven’t done it yet, don’t wait to buy your advanced $10 tickets. The price goes up after August 26th! Buy them online here!

Now let’s meet some more of our talented Makers!


Clay Ornaments


Artist Marissa Vitolo works in her garage studio making functional and decorative ceramics as well as experimenting with fused glass. She’ll be back at the Faire this year with her popular “Paint a Clay Ornament” activity. Marissa’s work is earthy and colorful and she loves to play with contrast through color texture and size. Stop by and learn all about clay from Marissa!

The Raspberry Pi Guy


The Raspberry Pi Guy is back with more exciting projects with the Raspberry Pi, an affordable credit card-sized computer. The new Raspberry Pi model 3 will be showcased! A limited number of these will be available for purchase along with copies of his new book, Raspberry Pi Electronics Projects for the Evil Genius which features exciting new experiments you can do with the Raspberry Pi.

Dover Public Library


The Dover Public Library has so many resources besides book! Stop by their booth and find out what’s new at the library, sign up for a library card and learn about how the library can help you with your maker and crafting projects. The library puts on a number of events every day that promote creativity and growth in children of all ages.

NAO Humanoid Robot


Chartacloud Technologies is back with the NAO Humanoid Robot! NAO is a robot that helps and inspires kids to learn in the classroom. NAO interacts with touch, voice or vision and is designed for educational interactions with children ages 5 and up. See NAO, the world’s leading humanoid robot, perform live at this year’s Dover Mini Maker Faire!

Solder Art


Jennifer Stanley is an electronics technician who has used her micro-soldering skills in the medical field to make unique Solder Art! Her art is created by heating and flowing silver/tin solder onto a copper board while the paint adds accent to the picture. Jennifer will be selling her pieces at this year’s Faire!

Pretty Aud Face Paint


Pretty Aud Face Paint is not your average face paint table. Audrey designs and creates unique and creative face paint and henna tattoo designs. Kids and adults alike can request custom patterns and designs for her to illustrate freehand, or they may choose from her catalog. So charge up your imagination and get a beautiful face paint you’ll never forget!

Art by Francois


Francois, a dentist-by-day turned artist has spent the last decade painting beautiful seacoast landscapes and cityscapes. He will have various eclectic art items, posters, art magnets, prints and originals on display and for sale. Stop by and contribute to an interactive pastel painting this year!

“Meet the Makers” of 2016

Makers of all kinds have been signing up to be a part of this year’s August 27th Dover Mini Maker Faire and over the next month we’ll give you some sneak peeks of what to expect right here on our blog.

Have you been on the fence about signing up as a Maker or a presenter? The deadline, August 5, 2016, is fast approaching, so let us know what your questions are and we’ll answer them! You can always reach out to us at questions@childrens-museum.org, or leave us a message on our Dover Mini Maker Faire Facebook page.

Oh, and don’t wait to buy your tickets to this year’s Faire. If you buy them online here before July 31st they’re only $8 (Kids ages 5 and under get in free).

Now on to the Makers of 2016!

Dover Shockwave Robotics

This talented high school robotics team competes regularly with their robotic inventions in the FIRST Robotics competition, founded by NH entrepreneur Dean Kamen. They’ll be bringing their creation from the 2016 competition which was designed to complete tasks like scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, flinging inner tubes onto racks, hanging on bars and balancing on beams. DSR will hold demos throughout the day, showing off the amazing skills of their robot.

One Story Houses


These aren’t your typical dollhouses! Inspired by various children’s books and films, Erin, the master architect of these playful houses, has created miniature versions of Stitch’s (from the move “Lilo and Stich”) surf shack and even a Harry Potter-themed house!  Erin is a children’s librarian and greatly enjoys expressing her love of literature in a way that encourages readers to play and create new narratives. Her houses often utilize items that are repurposed and/or made from recycled materials.

Vintage Robot

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designs and hand-crafts Robot apparel and accessories for humans. Perfect for any lover of robots and technology of all kinds, Vintage Robot has everything to satisfy your Robot merchandise needs. Come check out their popular robot-themed posters and T-Shirts. They also have a line of upcycled products such as necklaces made from old computer parts!

Assistive Technology in New Hampshire

Using unassuming materials like old political signs, Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH) provides NH residents with easy to assemble tech that is improving lives and educating the public about differently abled people. ATinNH is a program provided through the UNH’s Institute on Disability (IOD).

Young Inventors Program


NH’s Young Inventors (K-8) creative minds will be featured at this year’s Dover Mini Maker Faire! Their creations have included everything from 8-year-old Roddy MacMillan’s “High and Dry Backpack Stand” to 10-year-old’s Dexter Gubud’s “Robo Challenger: A Solar Powered Basketball Training Partner.” At the Faire this year they’re inviting you to stop by and try your hand at their Mousetrap Game and help build a Rube Goldberg machine!

The Cupcake Queen


12 year old Jenelle Whitten has always had a passion for cooking and for the past year has been mixing and making her own cupcakes! She has perfected 3 cupcakes that she now promotes and sells. Stop by to try a cupcake and learn more about an amazing young entrepreneur who is following her dreams.


Stay tuned for even more sneak peeks at our Makers of 2016!

2016 Call to Makers now open!

Please note the call to makers has closed on Sunday August, 14th. We look forward to hearing from you next year!

Have you made something really cool you want to share with the world? Or do you have a special skill you would like to demonstrate? There are many options for participating in Dover Mini Maker Faire. You can have a table or booth to share what you’re working on, or you can apply to do a talk or group presentation. You might be a performer, or your company might have a cool new product to showcase. Your project can be as complex as a robot or drone, or a creative activity just for kids.

The Call to Makers for Dover Mini Maker Faire 2016 is now open! Whether you have joined us before or you are brand new to the Maker Faire experience, we want to hear from you about what you’re making and how you’d like to share it on August 27th.

The Call to Makers application process is pretty simple. Just fill out the Google doc at this link and submit it for review by our committee. You will hear back from the committee in 6-8 weeks, or sooner if they have a question for you.

Please note that this is the brand new Call to Makers application for 2016. If you submitted an application any time earlier this year using the 2015 form, you need to be sure to re-apply.

We look forward to hearing from you! We expect Dover Mini Maker Faire 2016 — our 4th annual event — to be even bigger and better this year. We are still the ONLY licensed Maker Faire event in New Hampshire so don’t miss this opportunity to share your stuff with hundreds of interested people of all ages.

2015 Dover Mini Maker Faire a Huge Success!

This year’s Dover Mini Maker Faire went off without a hitch. We’ve got this whole thing down to a science it seems.

Guests were excited and engaged.
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Makers were glowing from all the attention and from the opportunity to show off their projects.
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Staff and Volunteers helped the entire thing run smoothly.

Check out our full album highlighting all the
great Makers from 2015 over on Facebook.

And our sponsors were the backbone of the entire event.
We really couldn’t have done it without their support. 
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Thank you once again to:
Fidelity Investments and their Unique College Investing Plan

Our Media Sponsors: NHPTV and NHPR

Other Sponsors:
ENH Power
Alexander Technology Group
Prime Buchholz
Beswick Engineering
The Rowley Agency
Great Smiles, PLLC
Construction Services of New Hampshire
Chinburg Properties
Holy Rosary Credit Union
Leone, McDonnell, and Roberts
Garrison Women’s Health Center

And the Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England for providing the Diet Coke needed to pull off our Coke and Mentos grand finale:

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.


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!


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!

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!

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.


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:

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