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
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