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Workshops at Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2012

Here are just a few of the many workshops and activities at Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2012!

Cascade Science Squad

Cascades Science Center Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to sparking children’s interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through hands-on activities that stimulate creativity, encourage exploration and inspire active learning for children to unlock their full potential.  At the Seattle Mini Maker Faire, the kids will have an opportunity to participate in fun science activities led by the volunteers of the foundation.

Cascade Science Squad - Real Science Real Fun!

Joy Guild’s Creative Reuse Challenge

The Joy Guild is a village of creative-minded people who seek fun, playfulness, and inspiration to live a happy life. Continue reading

Cutting-edge 3D printing in Seattle

Meet the engineering students of WOOF at Seattle Mini Maker Faire!  The Washington Open Object Fabricators (WOOF) is a collaborative and cross-disciplinary group of the University of Washington’s finest engineering students who are dedicated to the advancement of 3D printing technology. Their primary focus is to educate the UW community on additive manufacturing and leverage the collective knowledge of the student body to develop and use 3D printing for the creative, economic, and social benefit of all.

3D printer at UW

Accessibility to 3D printing at the individual-level will lower barriers to innovation and ultimately change the way people live, work, and create. 3D printing means faster prototyping, unbounded creativity, reduced carbon footprint, and a world where people have greater accessibility to the products they need. At our booth, we will showcase hardware innovations that reflect this vision. Imagine a portable 3D printer that is the size of toaster. Or imagine a 3D printer that can fabricate edible and delectable frosted treats. You are likely to see these innovations and more at Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2012.    Continue reading

Presentation Schedule for Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2012

You can also find the list of Makers and Workshops on the Makers page.

Saturday June 2, 2012

Start End Title Speaker
10:10 10:30
Unwise Microwave Oven Experiments
Bill Beaty
10:40 11:05
Mind-Controlled Robots
Joshua Madara
11:10 11:40
Citizens in Space
Edward Wright
11:50 12:30
Electronic Cloud Chamber (Radioactivity!) and Arduino Laser Show
Rich Olson
12:40 12:50
Rob Jellinghaus
12:55 13:25
Hazard Factory
Rusty Oliver
1:35 1:50
Folk Art painting on recycled objects
Ruth Moen
1:55 2:25
Computer Security 101, with Alice & Bob
Jerry Whiting
2:35 3:35
Thought 2 Thing in an Hour or Less – 3d Design and Print Workshop
Larry James
3:45 4:15
The Tesla Gun
Rob Flickenger
4:20 5:00
Resurrecting old computers
Jerry Whiting

Sunday June 3, 2012

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How to make an Interactive Exhibit for Maker Faire

By Nina Arens

Designing a booth for Maker Faire may seem like an intimidating project. Festivals like these attract a broad demographic, a lot of questions, and all sorts of people with different interests and objectives. Combine it with the fact that visitors hardly ever linger at an exhibit longer than 8 minutes, and it may feel downright impossible.

But don’t fret! You are a Maker! You CAN make a fun, interactive exhibit!

Whether you’re a multimedia artist, a laboratory scientist, a basement tinkerer, or a vendor, every made object can have an interactive element. It may not seem apparent right away, but no matter how complex, all ideas are a built on simple foundations.

Design Take-Home Projects from Complex Ideas

Imagining just how a visitor could take home a piece of your display can be difficult. Especially if your project is a long process. Or requires special tools. Or an attention span.  Here are some ideas to help you do it with a little creativity.

Protein Chains with beads and pipe-cleaners


Protein Chains with beads and pipecleaners

Protein Chains with beads and pipecleaners

I wanted to convey how a cell makes its proteins to 4th grade girls at Bailey-Gatzert Elementary. Obviously, I couldn’t bring them to my lab, or have them visualize something. And certainly they wouldn’t sit still for a lecture. Instead, I adapted a beading activity to simulate the biological process in similar ways. At my booth, girls worked to thread and fold “pipe-cleaner proteins” using the letters in their names as a recipe. Continue reading