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We had a blast with 1,800 faire-goers at the second Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire on September 22nd! Tell us what YOU think of this year’s faire:

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For ongoing maker-related programs, as well as news of next year’s Faire, please stay connected with us on Twitter and Facebook. Watch for the Call for Makers early next summer to showcase your own talent in the next Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire.  See you in 2013, Pittsburgh!

2012 Meet the Makers: Hackers

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Get a sneak preview of Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire by category each day until the big day, Sept. 22nd! Today’s featured category is Hackers. In maker culture, “hackers” are people who seize the reigns of an existing technology and repurpose it to their own ends. They are tech-savvy, inventive, resourceful and often have great senses of humor! Here in Pittsburgh, hackers are a the unsung geniuses of maker culture – until Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire.

Come to the Faire to experience over 1,000 sq. ft. of hacker projects by HackPittsburgh, co-presenter of the Faire. (All of their projects are noted by an asterisk below). Meet their hacker friends from Columbus, Ohio, the Central Ohio RepRap and MakerBot Operators User Group, who will demonstrate 3D printing all day. Learn more about HackPittsburgh and how to get involved in their club throughout the year at www.hackpittsburgh.org.

Don’t miss the Faire races, where HackPittsburgh’s fastest projects will burn rubber to the finish line! Races will be held at 11:00, 12:45 and 3:00 pm, weather permitting.

Bottle Nose & Thinking Cap*
Bottle Nose converrts range finder data to electromagnetic pulses; Thinking Cap electrostimulates the prefrontal cortex to induce a flow state

Button Making with HackPittsburgh*
Make 1″ buttons using artwork samples or create your own button to wear!

Central Ohio RepRap and MakerBot Operators User Group
See demonstrations of 3D Printing by visiting makers from Ohio.

E-bike Dashboard*
System to display battery condition and other data.

Electric Ï€ 3.14159…*
An electric bicycle setup with a high power electric hub. See event listing for race times.

Find the Buzz*
A mesh network that takes decibel readings throughout the Faire, to see who’s projects are generating the most buzz!

Get 3D Scanned*
Have you ever wanted a 3D model of yourself? Stop by our booth to get scanned by the world’s first consumer 3D depth camera – the Xbox Kinect.

Jane “Cyber” Doe*
Explore the Uncanny Valley through multimedia art of the HackPittsburgh centaur Jane “Cyber” Doe.

LED Pong board*
A 7×10 grid of RGB LEDs for prototyping programs for controlling the LEDs in our shop window.

M3Bot*
A somewhat large semi-autonomous robot for utility. See event listing for race times.

Matt’s Maniacal Menagerie of Marvelous Machines*
Matt makes things, communities, machines, events, and gadgets!

Morse Code Wearable Alarm Clock*
A small bandolier with an arduino, switch, buzzer and LED for setting and announcing timers.

Musical Images*
Images are scanned pixel by pixel and the resulting colors are used to generate musical notes.

Paint Chip Pixelization*
Famous paintings are reduced to 10 colors and composed entirely of 1.25″ paint chip squares.

Eli Richter will race HackPittsburgh’s PowerWheels racer during the Faire.

Spray paint can shaker*
A small table top drill-motor powered device for shaking up cans of spray paint.

Utility Top Hat*
A crocheted top hat that holds several dram vials and other electronics

Vertical Wind Machine model*
A vertical axis wind turbine

Wind Turbine*
A 6 foot wind turbine made from found items and simple construction. Suitable for charging 12volt batteries for offgrid power or emergency

006 PowerWheels Car*
006 is our PowerWheels car that took 1st in the drag race and 1st in the Moxie race at this year’s Detroit Maker Faire.  See it race at 11:00 am, 12:45 and 3:00 pm during the Faire, weather permitting.

 

2012 Meet the Makers: Electronics

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Get a sneak preview of Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire by category each day until the big day, Sept. 22nd! Today’s featured category is Electronics.

The Electronics Area of the Faire will MAKE you see everyday household electronics with new eyes. Learn the basics of circuitry by hacking electrical toys with the knowledgeable young makers of the Children’s Innovation Project. At Makey Makey’s tent, you’ll discover how to turn everyday objects into touchpads for a banana piano or an alphabet soup keyboard.  Talk to your coffee machine through the internet with iOTOS and years from now, you’ll remember how you first experienced the “Internet of Things” during Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2012. Learn more about all 3  below and experience them live on Saturday!

Children’s Innovation Project
Children from Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5 will teach YOU how to set up various circuits, read and write schematics and hack electrical toys for new inventions.

iOTOS – An Internet of Things Operating System
Our platform allows things to easily talk to the internet that don’t normally talk to the internet. Then we talk to those things.

Makey Makey
MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering and everything in between.

2012 Meet the Makers: Mad Science

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Get a sneak preview of Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire by category each day until the big day, Sept. 22nd! Today’s featured category is Mad Science.

Explore this eclectic bunch of inventors, mathematicians, programmers and artists whose projects will fascinate and inspire you – from the genius of a tiny engine powered by the warmth of a palm to the wonder of Ben Sak’s ultralight rubber-band powered planes. Oh, and if you see some kids roaming the Faire dressed like giant planets? Just a stroke of mad science from ASSEMBLE.

Calcubot
“A Toy That Makes You Think” from Cognitive Tool & Die

Digital Dream Lab
Try this interactive museum exhibit to explore basic computer programming principles

F1D Flying
I will demonstrate the art of building and flying ultra-lightweight rubber band powered indoor free flight airplanes.

Hot Air Engines
A display of low temperature hot air Stirling engines.

Planets Parade / Planet Making **
Invent and name your own Extrasolar Planet, inspired by the Planet Parade. The Planet Parade were participants in a large planet making workshop that involved paper mache, sweat, glue and e-textiles at ASSEMBLE.

Spark
Visit Spark to learn how the Kids+Creativity Network is empowering children and youth through the creative use of technology, media, and the arts.


** denotes MAKESHOP Maker Micro Grant Recipients funded generously by The Grable Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation with support from The Sprout Fund.

2012 Meet the Makers: 3D Printing

3D Printing

Get a sneak preview of Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire by category each day until the big day, Sept. 22nd! Today’s featured category is 3D Printing.

If you’ve been hearing about 3D printers and itching to see one yourself, don’t miss this year’s Faire! The 3D Printing Area features two makers who demonstrate just how amazing the printers are for a variety of creative and inventive purposes – like mechanized animated 3D printed robotic hands! They’ll be running several printers throughout the day. In addition, outside in the Hackers Area, you’ll find the Central Ohio RepRap and MakerBot Operators User Group and can have your own body 3D scanned by HackPittsburgh. See it in all dimensions LIVE at the Faire.

InMoov
Be amazed by mechanized animated 3D printed robotic hands.

RepRap 3D Printing
See a self replicating rapid prototyper display/build.

2012 Meet the Makers: Wearables

Get a sneak preview of Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire by category each day until the big day, Sept. 22nd! Today’s featured category is Wearables.

The Wearables area of the Faire includes lots of make-and-wear opportunities for you to transform in true Maker Faire style for the rest of the day. These coupled with the open sewing machines humming all day in the MAKESHOP™ will give you ample opportunity to create a wearable for YOU to strut down the 30-foot runway during the Wearables Fashion Show at 2 p.m.! Hosted by comedian Gab Bonesso, it will feature the wearable sculptures of three incredible teen design teams + an open call to walk the catwalk in things YOU’VE made! Anyone who wants to join the show should meet at the Theater at 1:30 to enter the fashion show lineup. Tell your friends!

Constructing Identity**
Sensational costumes by GLBTQ teens will strut the runway in the Wearable Fashion Show at 2 pm.

Draw Your Own T-Shirts!
Draw your own t-shirt with Spare Room Workshop

Movable Type – Kinetic Poetry**
Transform yourself into live poetry and step into Mad Libs. Fun will ensue and photo opps will abound with Literary Arts Boom.

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse: Reuse-a-Palooza
Create wearables or imaginative sculptures with reclaimed materials.

Shine So Bright – Make Light Up Clothing Easily, Cheaply and Safely
Make light up clothes with 10-year-old entrepreneur Aria Eppinger, whose circuit sewing kit for kids recently won Warren Buffet’s Secret Millionaire’s Club contest. See event listing for details.


** denotes MAKESHOP Maker Micro Grant Recipients funded generously by The Grable Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation with support from The Sprout Fund.

2012 Meet the Makers: In the MAKESHOP

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Get a sneak preview of Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire by category each day until the big day, Sept. 22nd! Today’s featured category is In the MAKESHOP™.

MAKESHOP is a beautiful new all-ages maker space for families at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh that has been getting attention from all over the country since it opened on the same day as last year’s Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire. This year, MAKESHOP will house an eclectic mix of maker experiences that will WOW you no matter how old you are! Dig through bins of fabric to sew your own upcycled wearables at the sewing machines, learn to solder as you make your own blinkie badge to wear around the Faire, see the “handheld lightning” of maker Luke Kambic’s portable tesla coils and much more. Get a sneak peek of each project below and experience them all on Sat., Sept. 22nd.

CoDe lab, Float Beijing
Our projects provide a meaningful, or fun interaction between people and the environments surrounding them, like our weather-predicting kite.

Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley, Inc.**
See the creative fashions designed by GoodGuides youth from deconstructed old clothes.

Handheld Tesla Coil
A portable lightning generator that lets you manipulate plasma with your hands.

Learn to Solder
Soldering electronics is an easy-to-learn skill! Put together your own custom kit with Wayne and Layne and teaching artists from HackPittsburgh and the MAKESHOP. We provide all the tools and supplies.

The MAKESHOP Show
Look for the camera crew of The MAKESHOP Show, covering this year’s Faire with kid maker interviewers.

The Patchwork Tote Project **
See upcycled totes from The Dreams of Hope Patchwork Tote Sewing Project at this years QAMP!

Upcycled Sewing in MAKESHOP
Stop by the MAKESHOP to learn about repurposing and sustainability as we reimagine old clothes, accessories and more!  Dig through our bins of clothes and fabric to find something that can be upcycled in whatever way you can imagine.

The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project **
Repurpose tote bags to help food pantry clients

** denotes MAKESHOP Maker Micro Grant Recipients funded generously by The Grable Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation with support from The Sprout Fund.

2012 Meet the Makers: Robots + Monsters

Robots and Monsters

Get a sneak preview of Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire by category each day until the big day, Sept. 22nd! Today’s featured category is Robots and Monsters.

Be enchanted – and terrified – by the Robots + Monsters area of the Faire! You’ll find five completely diverse robot projects, from playful, therapeutic bots to large scale FIRST Teams to the inventive animal prototypes of roboticist Jason Bannister. Venture into the monster room if you dare to experience the artistry and process behind the monster masks of maker Adam King. Preview all these projects below and see them LIVE at Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire.

Finch and Hummingbird: Robots for the classroom and the playroom
Program and build robots designed locally by BirdBrain Technologies LLC

FIRST Team 3062
See St. Joseph High School FIRST Team 3062’s robot entry for the Rebound Rumble competition.

Girls of Steel FIRST Robotics FRC team #3504
Girls of Steel will drive their robot, Watson, demonstrate its actions, describe its construction, and talk about FIRST robotics and STEM.

How to Make Monsters
See ghoulish life-size rubber monster masks, props and puppets and learn how to make your own monsters. *May not be suitable for small children.

Mechanimals!
One-of-a-kind robotic creatures by Jason Bannister.

Romibo Robot Project
Play with Romibo, a pet-like social robot designed for therapy, education, and fun!

2012 Meet the Makers: Rideables

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Get a sneak preview of Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire by category each day until the big day, Sept. 22nd! Today’s featured category is Rideables.

The Rideables area of Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is over 1,200 feet of wheels, including an arena for riding in! Each exhibiting maker project involved adults and kids working together to design rideable inventions. You’ll have a chance to build a rideable yourself with Tubular Travelers and mini gravity cars with the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination or accept the puzzle challenge of NRG2DO. See below for the full list of Rideable Makers. Each is an award winning project of the MAKESHOP Microgrant Competition 2012: Rideables.

Balloon Craft and Gravity Cars
Make Balloon Craft and Gravity Cars with the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination and Boyd Community Center.

Book Cart by Propel Schools
See a remote control operated car on wheels that can carry books for students who use crutches or a wheelchair.

NRG2DO
Challenge yourself with this pedal powered kinematic energy project by The Church Institute. Challenges begin at the top of each hour throughout the Faire.

Tubular Travelers
Design, assemble and ride vehicles built with this modular rideable system invented locally by Art Energy Design.

What’s In Your Cart?
See rideable prototypes built by kid makers using 3D modeling software and inspiration from everyday objects.

In addition to the Rideables at the Faire, don’t miss the live races outside in Buhl Community Park at 11 am, 12:45 and 3:00 pm!

MAKESHOP Maker Micro Grant Recipients funded generously by The Grable Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation with support from The Sprout Fund.

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is TOMORROW!

The big day is finally, almost here.
The weather is looking great – we are expecting a beautiful fall day!

There will be 70+ makers at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh tomorrow, inside and out. You will see amazing, creative projects ranging in areas of DIY crafting and sewing to building, robotics, engineering/technology and puzzle making. The full list of makers is here.

There are several live performances planned throughout the day too.
Here are the highlights:

12:00- Faire Opening by the Great American Horn Machine – Out front of the museum
2:00Heather Kropf Live – Theater
3:00 – Pittsburgh Polka by the Great American Horn Machine – Out Front
4:00 – Premiere of The MakeShop Show – Theater
5:30 – Steam Whistle Talk and Salute to Makers Past and Present by the Great American Horn Machine – Out Front

Follow @PghMakerFaire on Twitter for live tweeting throughout the Faire tomorrow! If you are at the Maker Faire, tweet us your photos too!

See you all tomorrow!