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2 Days until Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire

Today’s Featured Maker:
Pittsburgh Knot Tying Club

The Pittsburgh Knot Tying Club will build on site a platform structure held together with knots and lashing. As well as a large visual draw to the fair, the platform will be the base for members of the club to teach basic knot tying to children and adults at the event. Although the public will not be climbing on the structure itself, it should provide an inspiration to think big in the little art of knot tying. Club members will have a variety of cordage and examples on hand to teach some basic knots that everyone should know.

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3 Days until Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire

Today’s Featured Maker:
Heather Kropf

Heather is a singer-songwriter with three self-produced albums. Heather’s most recent CD was virtually all home-made and co-produced with her partner bassist/engineer/arranger Randall Venturini. She also has art background.

You can see Heather’s performance at the Maker Faire- 2:00 pm in the Theater!

Visit Heather’s website.
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Heather

4 Days until Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire

Today’s Featured Maker:
Corissa McClay
MakerCraft Jewelry

MakerCraft makes it possible for you to create custom items by using mobile technology.

MakerCraft Jewelry lets you select from a collection of beads and charms and drag and drop them to create a personally designed piece of jewelry. You can then order the piece pre-assembled or as a DIY kit with custom instructions to assemble yourself. Explore this unique designing app on iPads at our Pittsburgh Maker Faire display.

Visit MakerCraft Jewelry website.
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MakerCraft

5 Days until Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire

Oops- there was a miscounting of how many days until the big day. It is now 5 days before the event!

Today’s Featured Maker:
Lauren Capehart
Wool Spinning and Dyeing with Chinchillas 1957

Lauren will show you:

  • How to spin yarn from wool, grocery sacks, t-shirts, etc with a spindle
  • How to make spindles from everyday objects at home
  • Finished objects from hand spun yarn on display
  • How to knit and crochet
  • Demonstrations of how to dye wool with water, Kool-Aid and vinegar in a microwave, simple explanation of “acid dyeing” and how dye becomes colorfast

Hand-blended fibers for spinning, handmade spindles and dye-at-home kits will be available for sale.

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Wool Spinning and Dyeing with Chinchillas1957

7 Days until Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire

Here is a young maker with a very cool project:

Today’s Featured Maker:
Kerry Snyder
The Homemade Segway

Kerry is going to demonstrate the Homebuilt Segway-like balancing scooter that he built for his High School Senior Project.
Read Kerry’s blog.
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Homemade Segway

8 Days until Pittsburgh Maker Faire

Today’s Featured Maker:
Jet Townsend
open source digifab demo

Jet will bring a hacked/modified MakerBot Cupcake (open source 3d printer) and Lasersaur (open source laser cutter) and demonstrate onsite digital fabrication. He will be printing and cutting/etching items to be given away as part of this demo.
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9 Days until Pittsburgh Maker Faire

Today’s Featured Maker:
The Girls of Steel

The Girls of Steel is an all-girl high school robotics team with facilities and mentors based at the Carnegie Mellon Field Robotics Center. Starting its second year in the international FIRST Robotics Competition, the Girls of Steel hope to share their knowledge and opportunities with girls and boys alike and demonstrate their robots Crush, a 100+-pound robot, and Squirt, a minibot.
Visit The Girls of Steel website.
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Girls of Steel

10 Days until Pittsburgh Maker Faire

This project comes with a great impact both in size and sound:

Today’s Featured Maker:
Dana Dolfi
The Great American Horn Machine
The Great American Horn Machine is a mobile operational collection of steam whistles and Ship and Train air horns.

The Great American Horn Machine

Pittsburgh is hosting our FIRST Mini Maker Faire!


Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is a family fun festival featuring do-it-yourself robots, mobiles, instruments, electronics, 3D printing, soldering, wool spinning, Christmas lights, alternative energy and much more.  The Faire celebrates the best of DIY creativity through demonstrations, performances and hands-on workshops by over 70 makers. YOU will make, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired!  This is the first Mini Maker Faire hosted in the region and is a co-presentation of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and HackPittsburgh.

We have selected our makers!

More than 70 inventive, creative makers and maker organizations will present, demo, perform and teach at Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire.  Makers include:

  • Hack Pittsburgh
  • Deeplocal
  • ASSEMBLE
  • Spare Room Workshop
  • Girls of Steel/FIRST Robotics Team 3504
  • The Traveling Pittsburgh Craft-O-Tron
  • Artist Ryder Henry

Click here to see the full list.

For more about Maker Faires and Pittsburgh Maker Faire, check out the About page.