Maker Faire 2014 Survey

Seattle Mini Maker Faire this year at the EMP was a huge success!
We’d love to make 2015 an even better year, so if you could fill out our survey on this years event, the team would appreciate it!

Thank you!

Spotlight on Sponsors: Logos Electromechanical

Logos Electromechanical produces and sells a variety of electronic modules for the hobbyist and small scale researcher, largely based around the Arduino ecosystem. We design and sell the Zigduino, an Arduino variant with a built-in 802.15.4 radio, perfect for sensor networks and remote control.

Make sure to check out the Logos Electromechanical booth on Level 3 at Seattle Mini Maker Faire!

Spotlight on Sponsors: OpenBeam & The Metrix Open Hardware Alliance

Thank you to OpenBeam & The Metrix Open Hardware Alliance for generously sponsoring the Seattle Mini Maker Faire for two years running!! Make sure to check out their booth this weekend!!
OpenBeam & The Metrix Open Hardware Alliance is a loose knit group of friends working on Open Source Hardware.  The group is loosely affiliated with and can be found hanging out at Metrix Create Space.
OpenBeam is a low cost miniature extruded aluminum construction system, similar to the larger T-Slot systems used in industry for automations project and machine framing.  It uses standard M3 nuts instead of proprietary T-nuts and injection molding to lower the cost of joining components.  Recently, in close collaboration with Johann Rocholl, OpenBeam completed the design for the OpenBeam Kossel Pro and the OpenBeam Kossel Reprap.  These Open Source 3D Printers highlight the versatility of using OpenBeam in the desktop automations and robotics field.
The Axios is an Open Source ergonomic keyboard featuring modular components and a design to better match the hand’s natural resting position reducing strain in both the wrists and fingers. The Axios is user programmable as well, allowing a near infinite number of layouts to be stored on the board itself and requiring no special drivers. It’s modular nature allows for a wide degree of adjustability and customization giving the user more control over their comfort and laser etched backlit keys let the user make it their own.
Members of the group can be found at Metrix Create Space, Seattle’s premiere retail maker space.  Open noon to midnight, 7 days a week, Metrix is located on Capitol Hill and includes a wide array of tools for bringing creations to life.

Call For Volunteers

Seattle Mini Maker Faire is looking for Volunteers.

We need some able bodied people to help with setup and tear down, we need greeters and ushers to help guide people around the museum, and lots more!

If your interested in helping, please click on this link and fill out the form.


Fear Not Makers!!

We have had such an overwhelmingly amount of fantastic applications that we need more time to work out logistics, which is holding us up in sending out acceptance notifications. If you have applied to be a maker, we will be notifying you regarding participation no later than Friday of this week! We appreciate your patience…this event will be EPIC!! 

Last Chance to Apply!

There is still time to apply to be a maker at Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2014! The application deadline is Saturday, January 25th.

We have partnered with the EMP Museum to create one of the most dynamic Mini Maker Faire experiences yet. We are expecting record-breaking attendance at this landmark venue as well, so get your application in now and join in on the fun!

Do you know any Young Makers ready to show off their projects? We have several spots reserved just for youth, aged 10-17.

Thanks for Making!! 

Seattle Mini Maker Faire Deadline Extended to January 25th!

We have officially extended the application deadline for Seattle Mini Maker Faire to January 25th. That is an extra 10 days to put the finishing touches on your applications, and EXTRA time for you to spread the word to all your Maker friends and forums!

A big thank you to all the Makers who have submitted applications already. We are looking forward to reviewing them all, and will be sending out acceptance confirmations on February 1st.

Do you know anyone that would be interested in being a part of Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2014? If so, please encourage them to apply!

Thanks, and happy Making!

-Seattle Mini Maker Faire Team

Maker Faire 2014!

We are proud to announce that Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2014 is coming March 22nd-23rd at the EMP Museum!


Tickets will be available soon.

If you are interested in showing off the amazing stuff you’re making please apply to exhibit or present.

We look forward to reading your application!
-Seattle Mini Maker Faire Team

Printing and Gadgets Were Never This Exciting (and Inexpensive!)


Block Printing and More! at West Seattle Tool Library

Block Printing and More! at West Seattle Tool Library

If you’re looking for something active and artistic to do with your family this summer, come stop by the Seattle Mini Maker Faire this June 8th and 9th! This faire will feature several projects that will allow you to experiment with all kinds of material in order to make that perfect gadget or toy.

For example, at the project, “Block Printing and More,” adults and children will be able to make their own artwork and buttons using handmade woodblocks! Also, while other adults and children are busy crafting away, you can even get a chance to take a tour of West Seattle Tool Library’s mobile tool lending trailer, where you can “learn more about the concept of tool lending libraries and some of the various programs, workshops and a sampling of what our members have created. Some featured items on display include a solar powered chicken coup, automated slide duplicator, beer making equipment and a multiple firing paper rocket launcher!” says Greg Kono, representative of West Seattle Tool Library. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about what tool markets can provide you with as well as make some sustainable, useful, and fun creations of your own!

Pop and Print! Book

Pop and Print! Book

If you like books, come check out “Pop and Print!” “This is a walk-in project where tools, materials, and templates will be provided to make a small, one page book or pop-up card, and all materials will be from recycled books, magazines, paper and other found materials, and it’s extremely family friendly!” says Amber Chiozza of Pop and Print.  The workshop will cover accordion fold books, basic pop-up structures, and tunnel books, and is a fantastic way to create unique styles of books or cards using the handy pop-up structural technique!

Finally, for those of you who love to play with your gadgets and toys, come visit “Smarthinks,” where you will be able to create your own toys for under ten dollars each! Experiment with designing such toys as “Safe Flamethrowers,” Folding Travel Ukuleles, Water-Squirting Harry Potter Wands, and Singing Best Friend Rings among others. If you’re the hands-on, off-beat creative type with several zany and wonderful ideas, this is the place you need to check out!

Whether you’re the artsy literature type, the daring, off-beat creative type, or, you simply love to build things, come visit the Seattle Mini Maker Faire tomorrow and Sunday from 10am-6pm! It has something for everyone to enjoy and you won’t leave feeling disappointed!

Come Visit Hacker Scouts at Seattle Mini Maker Faire!

Busy Participants at the Hacker Scouts Booth

Busy Participants at the Hacker Scouts Booth

Catherine Seitz Nichols

June 4, 2013

Why Hacker Scouts?

I’ve been asked why I decided to get involved with Hacker Scouts instead of a traditional scouting organization.  Originally, I was inspired to start a group in Seattle called the Geek Scouts, but after participating in last year’s Seattle Mini Maker Faire, I soon found out that there was far more interest than I expected.

We decided to join forces with the newly formed Hacker Scouts, based in Oakland, California because they developed a well thought-out program that perfectly aligned with our ideals and values that appeals to a wide age-range of kids with different learning styles and abilities.

When considering what kind of group I want my family to be involved in, it was very important to me that it be an organization that is open to all children and family members.  Hacker Scouts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or religion in their educational programs and activities.

While I am happy to see that the Boy Scouts are now allowing gay kids to participate, excluding gay parents sends the message that there is something wrong with them, and that they are not equal.  Personally, I feel that participating in the group would be condoning discrimination.

I also wanted to participate in a co-ed group where girls had the same opportunities as boys.  My father was an Eagle Scout, and he and my older brothers were active in the Boy Scouts.  After a few weeks as a Brownie in the Girl Scouts, I soon discovered to my dismay that they did not have the same types of exciting projects that the boys did, such as the Pinewood Derby.  I wasn’t interested in cooking or crafts, so I quit (for the record, I think the Girl Scouts organization has come a long way since then, and has a lot more to offer girls today).

I want to be a part of a group that values diversity, not just tolerates it.  Diversity is strength in nature and in communities.  Collaboration and cooperation are key to success in science, technology and art.  I’ve seen what these values can do in the Hacker and Maker communities in Seattle, and I believe drawing on inspiration and talent from all quarters can only make for a stronger organization and richer experience.

When our kids grow up, no matter what career path they chose, they will be encountering and working with people of different sexes, beliefs and backgrounds.  Beginning this process at an early age makes this a natural part of life.

Hacker Scouts is inspired by the Open Source movement and ideology.  Sharing knowledge leads to faster progress, and deeper learning.  Having access to a group of mentors who are knowledgeable in many different areas is a powerful asset, and we would like to bring that opportunity to as many kids who are interested as we can.  We are actively looking for ways to involve families from economically and socially diverse communities, and would welcome any support in that goal.

Another point that impressed me about the Hacker Scouts program is that is a STEAM-based program, where art has a place right alongside science and technology.  Artistic endeavors inspire creative thinking, and technical know-how helps bring creative ideas to fruition.  Our society has divided these two areas of knowledge erroneously.

There is science behind all art, and having a background and familiarity with artistic concepts and ideas can greatly enhance science and technology.  Critical thinking and creativity make for a more balanced, productive and joyful life.

And last on this list, but first in importance is the goal of having fun.  Making and learning together with my family is my favorite activity.  The journey to get an alternative scouting group going in Seattle was inspired by how much fun I’ve had making projects with my son, and how excited he was when his dad taught him to solder at Metrix with an electronics kit from Spark Fun.

Seeing parents and kids working together at our Open Labs has been hugely rewarding.  While the program may not be right for every kid, any kid who is motivated and interested can find support for their ideas and help along the path to their goals.

We are currently holding bi-monthly Open Labs at Metrix Create:Space in Capitol Hill before we begin the formal Hacker Scouts program, and having a few off-site activities this summer.

The program is geared to kids ages 8 and up, but we have activities available for younger kids, and the Hacker Scouts are in the process of putting together a program for kids 5-7 called Sparks, which is expected to be released this fall.  Because there has been so much interest, we are also planning on expanding to the Eastside and North of Seattle soon.

We had a great time meeting local families at the Seattle Mini Maker Faire last year, and are looking forward to meeting more this year.  Families that are interested in learning more about Hacker Scouts can stop by our booth to meet some of kids and parents involved, and make a fun hands-on project.


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