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Videos from Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2012

Over 2,800 people participated in the workshops, interactive exhibits and presentations at Seattle Mini Maker Faire on June 2nd and 3rd at the Seattle Center.  We hope you were inspired to make stuff, to join a local maker space, or take apart your old printer and tinker with the components.  We gathered links to some videos to further inspire your creativity and kindle your desire to do something that requires safety goggles.

Here’s a little interview with me, Christin Boyd, at the faire and showing how we made Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2012.  Filmed and edited by Howard Gutknecht.

 

Technology with Intent crafted this short video showing artistic glimpses at some of the most visual and kinetic activities at Seattle Mini Maker Faire:

3D Video of Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Make Something

Oak Harbor High School RoboticsWe hope you enjoyed meeting the makers at the faire. You can take a class, rent awesome tools, attend a lecture, or join one of the maker groups who exhibited at Seattle Mini Maker Faire.  You can contact the makers through the their websites, which are listed on our Makers page.

Your kids can join a FIRST team, the Geek Scouts, or the Science Squad. We had two FIRST Robotics teams at Seattle Mini Maker Faire, Oak Harbor Robotics Club (pictured here) and Team XBot.

It’s hard to justify buying a laser cutter, or building your own metal foundry, so why not rent the workshop space and take a class from a pro at All Metal Arts, Metrix Create: Space, or Pratt Fine Arts Center?

Don’t you NEED a pair of metal wings like the ones from All Metal Arts (pictured below)?

Make something.  You’ll be glad you did.

-Christin Boyd, Producer, Seattle Mini Maker Faire

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

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
Holofunk
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

How to design your Maker Faire booth

On March 3rd we hosted a workshop to help local makers design their booths and get ideas for interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. We will repeat the class in late April or early May. Here are some highlights from the workshop:

Part 1: Meet the team and General Booth Design


Key points: A few signs will help attendees understand your project, but don’t let the signs form a barrier between you and the public. Open shelving gives you more vertical space to display parts, projects, tools and components. Practice setting up your exhibit at home and test your hands-on activities with friends and kids.

Part 2: Examples of interactive exhibits


Key points: Let people see and touch.  Show some interesting raw materials, show what things look like in-process, half-way done, and parts that broke during your design trials. Let the public experience the process of making with all of their senses!  Great hands-on activities are ones that simplify the process to their essential components or symbolize complex things with simple analogs, for example make strings of beads as an analog for protein chains.

Part 3: Hacker Space booths and group exhibits


Exhibit what a group of geeks can accomplish with a little sharing of ideas, tools, and space.

Thank you to Steven Bradford, videographer,  from the Seattle Film Institute.

-Christin Boyd, Producer, Seattle Mini Maker Faire