Meet the Makers

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is proud to announce this year’s makers, who will exhibit, demonstrate and teach at the third annual faire on August 18, 2013, from 10 am-4 pm at Buhl Community Park and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

A 3D head scan printed by HackPittsburgh in 2012. Photo by Larry Rippel

A 3D head scan printed by HackPittsburgh in 2012.
Photo by Larry Rippel

A co-presentation of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh  and  HackPittsburgh, and primary event sponsor MAKE magazine, Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2013 is made possible with the support of The Spark Fund, The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Pepsi, Agora Cyber Charter School, Autodesk, Inc. and pairNetworks.

Proposals from a broad spectrum of 65 regional makers were received for the 2013 Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire ranging from local roboticists to hackers to kid inventors were accepted May 1 through July 31, and selected by Faire planners based on the following criteria:

  • Handmade or homemade projects made by individuals, clubs or start-up companies
  • Made projects or making processes that use new technologies or old technologies in new ways
  • Interactivity for adults, as well as kids – teach, share and demonstrate!
  • Innovation, Creativity and Inventiveness
  • WOW factor                           

Click here to tour the makers, including projects in 3D Technology, Robots, Rideables, Electronics, Hackers, Indie Crafts, Sustainable Living, Water, and Spectacle. Each slide includes website links and more to learn about each exhibiting project of the 2013 Faire.

Highlights include:

  • HackPittsburgh: Faire co-presenters HackPittsburgh will inspire YOU to be a maker with their inventive, sometimes-wacky, always impressive project showcase.  Whether it is a bot, turbine or solar panel this is a showcase that should not be missed!
  • PowerWheels Car Races: Cheer as the Power Wheels Racers take on the M3Bot-2
  • Robot Takeover: FIRST Robotics Teams take over the Faire—Girls of Steel Robotics Program will show off their Frisbee shooting, pyramid climbing robot, EVE. The Sarah Heinz Advanced Robotics Program’s robot can play Ultimate Assent. FIRST Robotics offers Fairegoers a chance to drive robots in the competition field using hand-held controllers.
  • Game of Drones: Kind of like basketball except with a Personal Unmanned Air Vehicle (drone) and ping pong balls.
  • Handmade Arcade: the people from Pittsburgh’s largest indie craft faire teach participants how to make their own buttons, and learn some embroidery.
  • Learn to Solder: This Faire favorite is back! HackPittsburgh and the MAKESHOP team up to help you learning everything there is to know about soldering.
  • Blacksmithing Demonstration: Touchstone Center for Crafts will cover the history and fundamentals of blacksmithing.
  • Rookie of the Gear Pitching Machine: See the first trial run of the Pitching Machine that has been created at MAKESHOP. Teaching artists and kids visiting the Children’s Museum have built a large-scale catapult that will make its debut pitch at PNC Park at the end of the summer.
  • Whimsy Engineering: Witness a bike mounted bubble blowing apparatus coasting through the faire, a large vortex cannon shooting smoke rings and color smoke filled bubbles into the air.
  • SparkTruck: This educational build-mobile from Stanford d.school is traveling across the USA this summer to incite creativity and invigorate STEM skills of children by providing free workshops where they learn to use 3D printers, laser cutters and LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics toolkits.
  • Emergency Tetherball Kit: Play Your City is a challenge to make the city better by making it more playful with a tetherball game that can be attached to a streetlamp or pole to create play anywhere, anytime.

Plus 3D Workshops, LED Wearables, DrawBots, Cuddly Circuits, Floating Origami, and more!

For Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2013 tickets, directions and more information visit www.pghmakerfaire.com.

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