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We Hope to Find Volunteers Under the Tree This Year!

Greetings from the OC Mini Maker Faire Team,

Our first event is behind us and we consider it a wonderful success thanks to all the excellent people who helped make it happen, including our amazing volunteers.   Now we are looking forward to next year and OCMMF 2013 to be bigger and better but, we can’t do it without the help of some passionate, dedicated, hardworking folks like you who are willing to volunteer some time and energy.    We are looking for a few good people to join our core Leadership Team to help us not only throughout the year but, especially on event day to keep things organized and running smoothly.  We’ll also be needing general volunteer help the day of the event, read on for some details.
Leadership Team Members needed include:
Accounting/financial Supervisor
     Someone with experience to help make sure we’re handling our finances properly, getting taxes paid right and following the rules, this is mostly a mentor/advisory position.
Fundraising Team
     Help us make connections and find businesses and individuals with the Maker Spirit who are willing to invest a little money in the OC Mini Maker Faire and help it to grow in the years to come.
Area Leaders (aka Mini Bosses)
     People who will be in charge of specific areas during the day of the OCMMF event.  Duties include but, are not necessarily limited to: helping to recruit volunteers for your area before the big day, checking in Makers & Vendors in your area and helping things run                       smoothly in your area during the event.   Many areas have a theme like Fiber Arts (yarn, cloth, etc), Maker Stage (music, demos, speakers, etc), vendors (small Etsy type vendors selling their wares), robotics, Homegrown Village (gardening, beekeeping, etc)
       No particular experience is necessary for this position we just need some dedicated, excited people who are willing to put in the time and energy to make it the best they can.
As a Leadership Team Member you will be fed and cared for the day of the event, 10 of your friends and family will be admitted for free to the event and you will have the pride of knowing that you are helping the Maker Community in Orange County become awesome.
General volunteers for the day of the event. 
These people will work for a few hours the day of the event with such tasks as ticket sales, runners, set-up crew, clean-up crew, etc. they will have the rest of the time to themselves to enjoy the event.
Please contact Bequi at Bequi@OCMiniMakerFaire.com if you’re interested.   You can also follow the progress of OCMMF 2013 via FacebookTwitter and Google+.
“There are 3,010,232 creative people in Orange County and we want to bring you together to share your passions.   We believe that when this happens you’ll not only inspire each other but everyone around you.  Join the movement, discover the Maker in yourself.” 


 

3D Printing and Hackshop

Saturday was the Grand Opening of Deezmaker in Pasadena, Southern California’s first 3D Print shop and Hackerspace!  It was indeed a grand celebration with plenty of local makers, hackers and geeks in attendance to welcome the new space.

photo by Goli Mohammadi

Located in a small strip mall right off the 210 freeway on Hill St in Pasadena, this place was brought to life with the passion and enthusiasm of Diego Porqueras, the financial support of his dad, Romulo, and lots of moral support from many friends and family members who were all there to celebrate the beginning of a wonderful and unique thing.

Printbl.com’s PLA filament available at Deezmaker

Diego first heard about 3D Printers from a CNN report on the MakerBot, afterwards he went to CrashSpace and attended some MakerBot Monthly meetings and was hooked.  Soon after he purchased and built his first 3D Printer which was a Prusa Mendel kit from RepRap and that led to the development of his own 3D Printer the BukoBot.   Diego wanted a machine that was more easily expandable to accommodate larger print jobs as well as inexpensive and easy to build.

Diego (right) checks out a 3D printed car shell at the Grand Opening.

A year ago the pieces started coming together and Deezmaker began to take shape, you know things are meant to be when that happens.  The new shop has a very comfortable feel sporting both a roomy area for workshops with two pull down screens and a corner for relaxing stocked with a growing library and a guitar.

Currently the shop is open for the purchasing of parts and filament but, once it’s fully operational it will be open for 3D Printer rentals, as a Hackerspace and will offer a variety of workshops and classes as well as a place to purchase 3D printers and parts.  One of the best things about being at the Grand Opening was seeing the people who had come from just down the street as well as people who had traveled up from the depths of Orange County to support this endeavor.  It was good to see many familiar faces and to make new friends in the maker community.    I was especially pleased to see a Likeame photo frame which had been purchased by Diego, it served as yet another physical reminder of how this community supports one another.Something to watch for in the next few months is a 3D Printer Kiosk opening up at the Irvine Spectrum in Orange County in January 2013.  Imagine being able to go to the mall and have your design printed up while you wait.  Or you can place larger orders and pick them up later.   Brian may also host a pop-up store at OC Mini Maker Faire 2013.

The 3D printer is growing in popularity, more and more people are finding amazing uses and building better, faster, bigger machines.   One day 3D printers will be as common as ink and paper printers, Deezmaker is a step in that direction.

For more information on Deezmaker contact Diego at:  (657) 333-MAKE or email: Deezmaker@gmail.com.

Lemonade Game

You may have been hearing about this thing called Arduino lately and wondering what it is, well, here’s an introduction from MAKE that’s a good place to start getting an idea.

Now, if that’s got you excited and you want to learn more here’s an opportunity to get in there and do some hands-on learning!

Trish Tsoiasue, through her Lemonade Game Project, has arranged for Sparkfun to come to Long Beach on October 15th & 16th and offer Arduino classes at the  Long Beach Sea Scout base,  5875 Appian Way, Long Beach, CA 90803.

Oct. 15th, 2012 ~ 1:00pm – 5:00pm ~ $35.00 or $70.00

Halloween LED Light Up / SparkFun Electronics

Sessions on the use of the LilyPad Arduino. It provides the capability to add lights and more to your sewing  projects. This is an introduction to artists, sewing inclined, home costumers.  It involves learning about sewable electronics components and the LilyPad.

Ideal For

  • Middle and High School science educators interested in learning how to use sensors, do basic programming with a microcontroller, and find many resources to take classrooms in different directions.
  • Programmers who want an introduction to the Arduino.
  • Artists who have some technical ability and want to make their art move.
  • College students in Engineering and the Arts.

OCT. 16TH, 2012 ~ 9:00AM – 6:00PM ~ $145.00

TOOLS FOR MAKING THINGS MOVE/TAKE HOME ELECTRONICS/SPARKFUN  SESSIONS #1 & 2

This is an introduction to the Arduino for the technically inclined.  Some small exposure to programming is preferred, but not required.  In the event of low registrations, Session #2 will be folded into Session #1.

Session #1 – No soldering will be performed. Session #2 – Soldering will be performed in this session.

Take Home equipment value $125. A SparkFun Inventor’s Kit, Additional Arduino compatible dev board.

Space is limited.                                                                                                                              For more information or to sign up for a session visit Trish’s blog                  Handmade Penguin.

A little more about trish and the lemonade game

Trish Tsoiasue is working to grow the Maker Ohana in Long Beach as creative Handmade Penguin.
She has a degree in Computer Science and has worked in a technical field for over 30 years. She is committed to community, and is a co-founder of 501c3 non-profit Shared Science which works to bring engineering and technology programming to youth with current focus in the Long Beach area.
Trish attended the San Mateo MakerFaire in 2012 as an Education Day volunteer, a MakerCorps volunteer and as media.  She has continued in her quest to bring Making to Long Beach as a Blogger for the Belmont Shore Patch.  Since June 25, she has been blogging daily about Makers and Creatives in Long Beach in a game she has created called The Community Lemonade Game.

Her current phase of her mission to bring Making to Long Beach is to find multiple spaces interested in collaborating on setting up makerspaces in Long Beach.  So far, so good…
Trish also volunteers heavily with the BSA Long Beach Area Council.
Trish invites everyone to make Lemonade with her.  If you’d like to catch up on Trish’s scavenger hunt through Long Beach, follow her game from day 1.  It’s a lot of following, so if you’d just like to pick and choose, follow her blog directly.

Inspiring Young Minds

James and I took our 11 year old son, Miles, to the September meeting of the Robotics Society of Southern California hoping to inspire him.  Boy did it ever! RSSC club meetings always start with someone presenting a class on a chosen topic, for this meeting it was TI MSP430 Microcontroller by Texas Instruments.

After a short lunch break we reconvened for the Robot Contest.  This month it was Walking Robots, the guidelines were as follows:

Walking Robot Contest   —-    Proposed Rules
 
The contest entries must be autonomous walking robots with at least 2 feet. 
No wheels are allowed on the robots.
Start and finish lines will be installed 6 feet apart on the floor using 3/4″ wide black plastic electrical tape.
Robots will be placed at the start line. Basic score will be seconds of time required to pass the finish line.
Time limit of 5 minutes to reach the finish line.
Robot with the lowest score wins the contest.
 
Score can be lowered if:
    Robot has only two feet, subtract 60 seconds from the score.
    Robot passes the finish line, turns around and returns to the start line, divide score by 4.
    Robot stops at finish line, subtract 60 seconds from the score.
Entries varied from right out of the box bots to hacked bots to  fully designed and built from scratch creations.

Stryker, winner of the Walking Robot Contest.

Jim Two Foot, runner up.

Walking Robot Contestants

The final segment of each monthly meeting is Show and Tell, this month began with a presentation on a Circular Navigation System.

Martin Mason brought in his TurtleBot, which utilizes ROS voice control and is programmed to follow movement.
A DARwIn-OP (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence) was also brought in.   Said to be “…an affordable miniature-humanoid-robot platform with advanced computational power, sophisticated sensors, high payload capacity and dynamic motion ability to enable many exciting research and educational activities.”  -Dennis W. Hong PhD Virginia Tech
And darn cute too!  DARwIn is able to get up on it’s own if knocked over and was programmed to find and kick a red ball.   The presenter forgot to bring a ball so a young man wearing red shoes volunteered to be kicked by a robot.
We all had a great time and Miles is looking forward to next month’s contest which is to make a Line Following Bot.  For more information on the Robotic Society of Southern California, including the rules on the Line Following Bot Contest and their meetings head to their website: http://rssc.org/

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!