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You Control the Robots at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Come to the Seattle Mini Maker Faire, and you can play with and learn to build robots! The Seattle Mini Maker Faire will feature several projects with robots, each with its own unique twist!

If you want to drive a robot, come see “Logos Electromechanical,” which is “the home of the Zigduino, an Arduino variant with a built-in radio,” says Pierce Nichols of Logos Electromechanical. “We’ll have a couple of remote-controlled robots based around the Zigduino for attendees to drive!” If you love remote-control cars or like to race your friends, visit Logos Electromechanical, check out their Zigduino product, and play around with their fantastic robots!  Pierce can help you purchase components to build your own robot toy or robot servant.

Makelangelo - A robot that draws amazing pictures!

Makelangelo – A robot that draws amazing pictures!

Dan Royer of the organization Marginally Clever will showcase robots in the arenas of art, automobiles, and animals, featuring a Makelangelo mural –drawing robot, a crab robot, and a HOG line-following robot, in addition to making other designs, such as meccanum cars! If you’d like to see how a robot can make artistic masterpieces, how a robot can imitate an animal, or learn about alternative ways to make a car, this is the project for you!

xbot001

Want to learn about robots from champion robot builders?  Xbot Robotics is a team of students and mentors with a history of winning robot competitions and earning awards for their teamwork and sportsmanship.

Build an Automaton at Seattle Mini Maker Faire and take it home with you.

Build an Automaton at Seattle Mini Maker Faire and take it home with you.

At Seattle Mini Maker Faire, you can build a robot at the XBOT Robotics Automaton booth.  Kate Thibodeau of XBOT Robotics says, “An automaton, once called an old fashioned robot, will introduce you to the concepts of gears, cams, levels and converting rotary motion to linear motion. We have parts created using our laser cutter.”

Robots can imitate cars, animals, artists, or anything you want to program robots to mimic.  Come to the Seattle Mini Maker Faire and see how much fun you’ll have exploring what these robots can do!  Kids 15 and younger attend for free!  Get your tickets online now for $15 adult, $8 student.

Art Workshops @MakerFaireSeattle

For all you creative and artistic people out there, check out the Seattle Mini
Maker Faire on June 8 – 9! While not just for the technologically and
scientifically inclined, projects at this year’s fair include unique and
artistic hands-on projects.

Some of the best directors started out with a good story and a small budget.  Try your hand at Tabletop Moviemaking!  The structure for this workshop is informal, where people can drop-in, make a movie and then check out more of the fair.  To speed things up, all the backgrounds, characters and props are laser perforated so you could easily pop them out and stage it in minutes.


We invite you to record your movie on your smart phone!  You can leave the workshop with your story on your phone!  “Creativity is necessarily chaotic and messy,” says workshop creator,  Brick Maier .  When he ran the workshop in LA he says, “It was kind of amazing to see just how quickly the students would stage a story, and how different each set was even though they were starting from a common set of materials.  I think this is an excellent demonstration of how we all have a unique perspective and given an opportunity will showcase it through the stories we tell.”

You can learn a new skill and practice in a supportive workshop at “Circuits from Simple Things.” Add LEDs to paper and fabric using  ordinary household items!  Tamara Clammer, Doer: Maker Advocate at Brown Paper Tickets, leads a hands-on activity  where each visitor will draw a picture and add a circuit using an LED,  aluminum tape, and a 3V battery.  Learn the basics of e-textiles from Fay Shaw of bitwise E-textiles; visitors will use jewelry tools to prepare  LEDs and sew circuits with conductive thread.  This is a perfect  workshop to try something new and practice your artisanal skills!  Come  check it out!

Another great garage project is “Scroll Wood Shop,” by Cliff Nelson. Mr. Nelson “cuts 16-24 piece jigsaw puzzles out of postage stamps glued to plywood, pentomino and hexiamond math puzzles that use 12 natural hardwoods for animal shapes of my own design, and jigsaw coasters that marry function with the beauty of natural wood grain.”

Scroll WoodshopHe plans to “demonstrate how he makes his puzzles with his scroll saw and will even provide fairgoers with a kit that provides clear instructions about how they can make their own intricate puzzles using scroll saws”.  This project is a great one for anyone  who enjoys woodworking and do-it yourself projects!

And last but not least, for all of you who love to build things out of paper, then “Artigami Flights of Fantasy” is the place for you! ArtigamiLearn how to construct wreaths, kites, crystals, aircrafts, and castles from Miss Karah Pino of the organization, “Unwind your Mind and Get Creative!” You will leave with a whole new knowledge of the mathematical, scientific, and creative aspects of crafting origami, and will get to take home several new trinkets that you can play around with and share with friends!

So, for all of you aspiring artists out there, take some time at the start of summer to participate in the workshops at Seattle Mini Maker Faire! You’ll get to learn and make some really neat art projects, and you never know what will get your creative juices flowing.

Lights, Camera, Action at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Looking for something to do this summer? Are you itching for something interactive, unique and exciting to do with your family and friends? Well come and check out the Seatttle Mini-Maker Faire June 8th and 9th from 10 am to 6 pm! There will be over 60 interesting and exciting projects using some really cool technologies that you can play with! For example:

Experience VRcade, full motion gaming.  Co-creator Jamie Kelly describes the experience as “a virtual-reality arcade platform that allows players to wear a 3-D headset and surround sound headphones while having every inch of your body tracked and placed inside of a video game. The set up requires a truss system with motion capture cameras and several computers. Players will be fully immersed in the virtual world and will be able to shoot targets, monsters, and interact in a wide variety of ways in a number of different scenarios. Players can move, duck, jump, and run just like they would do in real life. Their appearance can be anything, from a fantasy creature to someone resembling their own likeness. Props such as swords and guns are also tracked in real time.”

Another project at Seattle Mini Maker Faire lets you check out history through the lens of stop-motion animation, where you’ll get to “work in teams and use critical thinking and problem solving skills to develop 21st century skills with new technology and stop-motion animation. This project lets you  learn by bringing the world to life, instead of watching the world through video games and books,” says James Ewing, creator of the “If I Had a Time Machine: eMagination Animation Project.” For all of you interested in time travel, history, or stop-motion animation, this is the project for you!

Finally, if you’re a big concert-goer and love experiencing the different light schemes at shows, then you’d have a blast getting to play around on an actual concert light board, pushing buttons and getting to watch different lasers interact! Come visit Christopher and Alex’s project “Photon Funtimes,” where you just might get inspired getting to see how putting on a light show works!

Photon Funtimes

Photon Funtimes

Olympia Circuits and OlyMEGA Makerspace at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Seattle Mini Maker Faire is excited to showcase Olympia Circuits and OlyMega Makerspace, along with 60 other makers, at the Seattle Center on June 8th and 9th. Tickets are on sale now and at the door.

OlyMega Makerspace

At last year’s inaugural Seattle MakerFaire, OlyMEGA Makerspace brought Desktop Ballistics, a Light Painting Booth, 3D Printing, Handmade “Faerie Doors”, Open Source Games/Game Engine, LeOlympia Arduino Board, and more. We’ve grown since then, with new members and a bigger, more industrial makerspace.
This year, OlyMEGA will again be pulling out all the stops for Seattle Mini Maker Faire. We’re still firming up a few of the projects, but confirmed projects include a “3D Bubble Printer”, Interactive/Touchable Projections, Rattan “Luminary” Animal Art, Electric Bike Conversion, Paper Marbling, and hopefully more as time, space, the laws of physics permit.

Olympia Circuits

Olympia Circuits makes Arduino based boards for learning how to use Arduino and for various applications.  The revolutionary Arno Learning System is a new way to learn Arduino programming.  It cuts out many of the barriers to Arduino and includes a comprehensive book.  Additionally, Olympia Circuits creates specialized boards for environmental data logging, controls, and generally fun projects.
Arno board from Olympia Circuits

Call for Makers, Seattle!

Seattle Mini Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. Join the fun and apply to run a booth or workshop at Seattle Mini Maker Faire, June 8-9 at the Seattle Center!  Applications are due by April 1st.

The first step to participating in Seattle Mini Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells us about yourself and your project. Entries can be submitted from individuals as well as from groups, such as hobbyist clubs and schools. Please provide a short description of what you make and what you would like to bring to Seattle Mini Maker Faire, including links to photographs and/or videos of your project. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and highlight the process of making things.  

Click these links to learn more about how to apply as a Maker  (adults) or a Young Maker (ages 10-17).