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Planning for 2013

Now that we’ve (mostly) recovered from the success of our first ever OC Mini Maker Faire we’re beginning to look to the coming year.     On the top of the list is arranging a date that will not coincide with other major events that attract like-minded people.    With that in mind we’re considering the first couple of weeks in August 2013, anybody out there know of potentially conflicting events for that time frame?

Next on the list is expanding and improving our repertoire of activities, Makers and cool things to see and do.     There are some activities that we know we want but need help in making them happen, here’s a list of our top favorites:

  • Arduino workshop
  • Make Play Day (open making and free-build with piles of random stuff to create with plus tools, hot glue guns, tape, etc.)
  • Paper Rocket Make and Launch
  • Programming workshops (like Scratch, etc.)

What we need are volunteers or groups to help supply and run these activities so, if you or anyone you know might be interested please contact us at Info@OCMiniMakerFaire.com.

Also, if you have an idea for a great booth, we’d love to hear about it!

Making Memories at the OC Mini Maker Faire

By core team member Pam Dowling

“You have totally inspired me. I can do this.  I’m going to crochet Christmas gifts this year.”

~Attendee in the Fiber Arts Room

And that was what it was all about, inspiring each other and discovery.

 

“I did not know you could do that.”

~Dad attendee in the Fiber Arts Room when his son sat down and started knitting with no help.

It was crazy.

I NEED A BREAK!” shouted Michelle Jensen, Swap-O-Rama at once point.   We got her one.

Fears were faced by many.

“Oh no, oh no I can’t do that, I’ll mess up!”

~Attendee in the Fiber Arts Room.  She did hold a pair of knitting needles and took home some yarn and instructions.

Thank you so much.

~Numerous attendees

It was amazing, crazy, scary and showed off the good side of humanity.  People were sharing, creating, inspiring, helping and just being.

My faulty recollection of how this all came together goes something like this:
  • Bequi and James took me up on the dare
  • Amanda is the hardest working person I know
  • Anna gave the financial jump start
  • Samantha gave invaluable guidance, support and wanted this adventure
  • Michelle created the Swap-O-Rama
  • Paige kept those volunteers working
  • All the Attendees that had interest in coming
  • THE MAKERS sharing their passion

Give or take a few thousand details

Creating a Minimaker Faire is not something you do.  It is something you experience.  I am so blessed to have been fortunate enough to be a part of it all.  It is a memory I hold close to my heart.

 

And now for next year…

Fiber Arts Room and Fashion Show!

Are you a Fashionista?  Would you like to be?  Well, this is the event for you!

At the First Annual OC Mini Maker Faire you can come design  your own special style at the Swap-o-Rama in the Fiber Arts room!  Then, at 3:00pm you can show off your style at the Fashion Show in the Winifred Smith Hall, a beautiful venue for presenting your own flair.

But that’s not all!   Throughout the day there will be demos of all kinds in the Fiber Arts room including:

  • 11-11:30 Crochet Basics
  • 11:30-12:00 No Sew T-shirt Bags
  • 1:00-1:30 Knitting Basics
  • 1:30-2:00 Sew Fabric Flowers
  • 2:00-2:30 No Sew T-Shirt Modification

Whether you’re a beginner or a long time fiber-crafty person there’s something here for you!

Come join us and Discover the Maker in Yourself!

Lego Sumo-bot Build and Wrestle

Do you know a youngster 7 years or older that likes Legos?  How about robots?  What about both together!

Every summer Mathobotix hosts a day camp program at the Beall Center for Art + Technology for budding engineers teaching the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math using teamwork and Lego components.

This year they are opening their doors on Saturday to offer a great one day program at the OC Mini Maker Faire!  Price is included with your ticket!

Sign-ups are open to kids 7 years and up.   Go to the Beall Ticket Booth  any time between 10:00am and 1:45pm to sign-up for the 2 hour workshop which begins at 2:00pm in the Beall.  At 4:00pm the kids can put their Sumo-bots to the test against each other in the Sumo-bot Competition at the amphitheater!

Learn to Solder!

We are happy to announce that the Learn to Solder kits are here!

And the DAT MakerSpace  group of UCI has agreed to run the Learn to Solder booth for us!

Soldering is the process of joining two or more pieces of metal using a third filler metal which has a lower melting point than the pieces being joined.    It is often used with electronics, plumbing, jewelry and many other applications.

Now, at the OC Mini Maker Faire, you can learn this simple but useful skill and make something to show off.   Purchase your kits through Eventbrite for just $2.50 and pick them up at the gate on the day of the event.   We’ll provide the soldering irons, solder and instruction.

Our little Learn to Solder kits came to us from the Maker Shed and were the official Learn to Solder badge at the 2012 Bay Area Maker Faire.

The LED eyes blink randomly and the battery is removable so you can turn it on and off.

Sorry, James, wrong kind of iron!

Robotics Society of Southern California

Meet Maya and her dad, Thomas.    Maya builds robots like the two she’s showing in this photo.  The one she’s holding came from a kit but the one on the table next to her is a hacked toy that, when it was new, just rolled back and forth.  Now, Body not only rolls back and forth but also moves his arms and head via voice command.  Not to shabby for a 6 year old, eh? Her dad, smiling proudly in the background, also builds robots.  He built Robot Betty9 and Elvis Robot, both of which are going to sing at the OC Mini Maker Faire.

Thomas invited me, Bequi, to attend a meeting of the Robotics Society of Southern California and talk a little bit about the OC Mini Maker Faire.    I accepted his invite and had a great time.

I was introduced to Walter, the President of RSSC, and he explained to me the day’s activities which included open meet and greet time, invited speakers, a robot competition and a show-and-tell at the end.

There were about 30 people at the meeting and during the meet-and-greet I spoke with several of them about various projects they were working on.   There was a two foot tall manufactured robot that a gentleman had hacked and replaced the arms  on for better functioning ones and added cameras and sensors so that it can guide it’s self around a room.

Another gentlman is working on a wheelchair that can be used for Ballroom Dancing!  He showed me video of the prototype and I was impressed.

My favorite part of the day was a the Robot Competition.  Five robots were challenged to traverse a long  T-shaped hall end to end passing open doorways and other anomalies in the wall; making three turn-arounds, including one at a glass door, and ending in the same spot that it started.

Being that it was purely for fun it was a bit chaotic and I’m not sure exactly who the winners were but, here are some photos of the contestants.

The day ended with a show-and-tell, unfortunately, I could not stay so I only caught part of the first one which was of a CNC machine.

Before I left the club voted and decided unanimously to move next month’s meeting to a different date so that the whole club can come to the OC Mini Maker Faire and run a booth as Makers!   I’m excited to see what they bring to share, I hope that Maya brings her wonderful creations and inspires other kids.

Next Saturday I’ve been invited to the Riverside Robotics Club, it should be another good time!

 

 

Call for Makers extended (vendors closed)

Thank you to everyone, both Makers and vendors, who filled out the Call for Makers application!

At this time we have more than enough vendors so we will be closing that part of the application and no longer accepting vendors.

However, we are extending the Call for Makers (Makers only) portion until June 15th so, if you haven’t joined us yet but are still interested in exhibiting your project please let us know soon!   You can reach the application by clicking on the button on the right side of the screen labeled Call for Makers.

Discover the Maker in Yourself!

Twenty-Two

As I write this we have 22 hours left on the Kickstarter campaign and only 27% of funding to go!   So far the amazing outpouring of support has been humbling, to each and every person who has pledged we thank you with all of our hearts.

To all of the Makers who have filled out the Call for Makers application or intend to, we welcome you aboard and thank you for joining us.  Without you there would be no Mini Maker Faire at all.

To all of the independant businesses who have signed on as vendors, we appreciate your efforts and are excited to see all the wonderful wares you have to sell.  Thank you for joining us.

To everyone who has so far purchased a ticket, thank you for believing in us and know that your purchase also helps to fund this marvelous event.

Only $661 left to go, we’re almost there!

Kickstarter Update

There’s  a mere 5 days left on our Kickstarter campaign and we’re only 29% funded, with your help we can bring the first Mini Maker Faire to Orange County!  Click here  for the latest update.

Thank you!!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bequi/oc-mini-maker-faire/posts/234040

Maker Faire Day Two

Bay Area Maker Faire, like walking through the dreams of 900 people…

Some people dream of fire…

Others dream of Death Defying Crazy 8 Bicycle Races!

This person dreamt up conductive paint, added some LEDs and batteries and, voila, created a card!

Perhaps a little more like a nightmare would be the AK47 toting Garden Gnomes and the Cthulu Thinker…  I love it!

Some people dream in kinetic art and found objects.

Do robots dream of electric sheep?

This was an amazingly intricate beaded beauty, the rainbow anemone and shrimp moved gently as if pushed by unseen waves.

This gentleman had a dream of connecting Lego servo motors to Smartphones.  The kids sure liked his dream.

How about a giant robot suit made of cardboard?

These kids never thought they’d be in a robot petting zoo luckily, someone dreamt it up!

 

And what better way to end a fabulous Maker Faire weekend than with the eerily dreamy half light and strange crescent shadows of a solar eclipse?

Perfect.