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!
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.“
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…
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.
OC Mini Maker Faire 2012 in the OC Register!
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!
We are all supper excited about the first ever Orange County Mini Maker Faire on Saturday. Attached to this post is the schedule.
Enjoy the schedule!
We can’t wait to see you there!
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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!
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Tagged activities, Beall, clothing, crochet, DIY, do-it-yourself, fashion, free, hands-on, homemade, knitting, no-sew, OC Mini Maker Faire, sewing, Swap-o-Rama, T-shirts
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!
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Tagged activities, Beall, DIY, do-it-yourself, free, hands-on, lego robot, Legos, MindStorms, NXT, robot, sumo-bot