Greetings from the OC Mini Maker Faire Team,
Greetings from the OC Mini Maker Faire Team,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The final segment of each monthly meeting is Show and Tell, this month began with a presentation on a Circular Navigation System.
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:
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!
They have a photo slide show too: http://www.ocweekly.com/slideshow/maker-faire-the-beall-center-for-art-and-technology-37316140/
Thanks OC Weekly and Charles Lam for the article.
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
“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.
“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.“
Give or take a few thousand details
And now for next year…
We had an astromech droid and robots.
We had cupcakes and Quadcopters.
We had things in motion… Cecil the SeeSaw and Nick on his home made powered skateboard.
We had music from Jason with his Cigar Box Guitars and the sounds of 3D printers.
DAT Space ran a Learn to Solder Booth.
What a Great Day!
Someone pointed out this video to us on YouTube!
Thanks to everyone that came out and helped out. It was fantastic!
[Hey Bill Hsu, thanks for taking these pictures!]
Just bought three copies of the OC Register for keepsakes and to send to Internet Limited family.
When walking around the OC Mini Maker Faire look at the signs! Natalie made all the signs for our event! They look fantastic!
Wanna know something else? Natalie is Producing and Hosting the Swap-o-Rama Fashion Show!
Thank you Natalie!
The OCMMF is just hours away and I’m thinking about how we got here. I think it was a dare. Really I think Pam dared us to do a Maker Faire. Amanda said it was a great idea. But Bequi took the dare. Then I held on tight to Bequi’s hand. Maybe that’s not how it really went down, but it’s how I remember it.
There are many pivotal moments in this story and many people to thank, but here are a few moments that really stick out.
At some point Anna became our first sponsor (Thanks Anna!), which meant this project had surpassed idle chit-chat. (For this we are grateful, please buy or sell your house with Anna Child from Coldwell Banker! Please tell her the OCMMF sent you. She is totally cool and a great realtor!)
This is where the real fretting started, someone else believed in the project too!
At some point Bequi walked into the Beall Center for Art + Technology when it was under construction for an exhibit. She marched on up to Samantha and David and asked if they would host a Maker Faire. They replied, “How could we not host a Mini Maker Faire!” Thank you Samantha! Thank you to the Beall Center for Art + Technology and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Thank you!
Thank you to Make Magazine for sharing your brand with us and all the fine people who helped us like Sabrina.
Thank you to the rest of the core team: Amanda, Pam, Michelle and Paige (and Samantha) for doing a great job with almost no money.
Thank you to all the Kickstarters and silent donators. You know who you are!
Thank you to the Makers, the inventers, the tinkerers, the dreamers and commercial makers for Making, for which there would be no faire! I had a great time meeting all of you at meetings and meet ups.
Thank you Bequi for just being awesome and inspiring and Making a Faire and taking me with you.
I’m sure if you ask anyone on the core team, they all have their own idea on how this all started. Some people say it started with a dare.
Thank you, to all the people I have not yet thanked (like Mathobotix)