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

makeshop

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.

Announcing our 2012 Selected Makers

The Faire is pleased as punch to announce the selected makers for Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2012! They are an incredible collection of inventors, artists, hackers, crafters, teens, kids and adults but what connects them all is the love of making and the desire to teach, entertain and inspire YOU!

Click here to Meet the Makers of 2012!

The Handheld Tesla by Luke Kambic is just one of the electrifying projects at the 2012 Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire!

Tickets Now On Sale!

Don’t miss the excitement of the 2nd annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire this September! The Faire will present 6 hours of demos, workshops, performances and spectacle that highlight the cutting edge and creative work of makers throughout southwestern PA. From amazing 3D printers to inspiring kid inventors, bring the whole family and reserve your tickets now! See our Attend tab for extra info and a list of discounts.

Seeing the Future at PMMF 2011. Photo by Larry Rippel

2013 Call for Makers Is Closed

Thank you to all the creative, inventive makers who applied to exhibit at this year’s Faire.  Stay tuned for the big announcement of the full list of exhibiting makers at Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire on August 18!

Blacksmith from Touchstone Center for Crafts;    Photo by Larry Rippel

Blacksmith from Touchstone Center for Crafts at Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2012.
Photo by Larry Rippel

BONUS DAY

Today, Thursday, August 16, is a surprise BONUS DAY for maker applicants to the Call for Makers! If you meant to apply, started to apply or just now heard about the incredible plans for Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire, get your application in before midnight tonight. Click here to begin.

Making music in the giant DIY yurt during Pgh Mini Maker Faire 2011.