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Tickets are on sale!

Tickets are on SALE! For the 2015 OCMMF happening at Irvine Valley College from 10am to 5pm on Saturday May 9th, 2015.

You will find us outside the Performing Arts Center on the west side of campus off of Jeffery Rd, park in Lot 5.

The Eventbrite link is HERE!

Early Bird Adult: $6

Early Bird Child: $4

We will be offering Early Bird prices through March, so don’t wait to get the best price!

What are you Making?  Show it Off, apply to be a Maker.

Maker–A documentary on the Maker Movement is showing at OCMA tonight

From the OCMA website:


In the DIY spirit of Riot Grrrl, OCMA offers a special screening of “Maker,” a feature-length documentary on the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture and economy in the U.S. From the producers of the internationally acclaimed “Design & Thinking,” “Maker” looks into a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together culture fueled by passion and powered by the advent of new technologies. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the Maker Movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age.

Director: Mu-Ming Tsai 
Feature documentary
Running time: 65 minutes

Hope to you see you there!

Squishy Circuits


Squishy Circuits are a project from the University of St. Thomas to allow kids and adults to explore electronics and create circuits using play dough.

By whipping up some simple ingredients you have in your kitchen, you can build circuits that light up, move, and that can be use to explore concepts like resistance, conductivity, and things like parallel and series circuits.

To make up a batch of squishy circuits, follow this easy recipe from Make Magazine. All you will need are ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen, some batteries, and some LED’s.  Use this lesson plan to get started with your experiments.

Let us know in the comments what are the cool things you make and learn with this fun project!

Keep on making!
- The OCMiniMakerFaire Team

Sparklecon 2.0


The hackers over at 23b Shop are hosting Sparklecon 2.0!

January 23-25th, 2015

Why Sparklecon?
The name is designed to promote a less formal and more fun approach to infosec and hacker topics. Rather than cultivate an image of corporate meetings or scary blackhats, Sparklecon is intended to be more of a familiar, “around the campfire” experience. This is similar to how Euro events like CCC and OHM work.

Schedule includes:
Music from Tim Marmex (maker of Rythemcore Alpha)
Simple Circuits in Minecraft
Video Game Challenge
Failwaffle Breakfast
and Tons of other fun stuff

Plus they have the Angry Electric Pickle 2.0, which looks awesome and slightly dangerous!

Head over the Sparklecon 2.0 website and RSVP.

Until next time, keep on making!

Steam Maker Fest – Pictures

We spent our Saturday at the Steam Maker Fest and had a fantastic time.  Below are some pictures from the event.


A pipe organ!

Make Your Own Monster!

Chickens!  (Actually he holding a rooster!)

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Learn to solder!

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Congratulations to the Steam Maker Fest Team for putting on a great show!

Inland Empire Mini Maker Faire

Hello!  Our good friends at Vocademy in the Inland Empire will be hosting a Mini Maker Faire Saturday October 4, 2014. 

They are looking for Makers, Attendees, Vendors and Volunteers!  Please check out the Inland Empire Mini Make Faire website for up to date information!

The OCMMF team will be there volunteering and having fun.  Hope to see you there!

~The OC Mini Maker Faire Team

Please check out Make:OC for upcoming Maker events in OC.

June 2014 Update


Hello Makers!

Yesterday, President Obama proclaimed June 18 to be the National Day of Making and also hosted a Maker Faire at the White House. The event was a celebration of you, the makers. 

You can find out more at If you look closely, you may even see our very own Gene Sherman of Vocademy!

You can also take the “Building Maker Communities” pledge at  and find different ideas on how to spread the making message.

We have a few upcoming events that you may want to bring your family and friends to.

Sunday June 22 is Factory eNova’s 1st Birthday. They hosted the laser cutting segment of our manufacturing trifecta. They will be having a BBQ in the parking lot  and you can see the cool stuff that people have made. Get some ideas, get inspired, learn, and make!

This Monday, June 23, we are co-hosting the Hardware Show N’ Tell  put on by our friends at OC Worx. It’s going to be held at the eagerly awaited, brand spanking new,  makerspace, Urban Workshop. While I can’t guarantee that there will be a collection of fine whiskies at this location, (the ones who attended the last event know what I’m talking about),   I can guarantee that there will be thought provoking conversation and very interesting people, (and power tools)!

Tentatively planned for Sunday June 29, the Make:OC will be hosting a Smoker Build.  We’ll be using Smokey Joe Jr grills and Steamer Pots, to make some smokers. Even if you aren’t into BBQ, feel free to come by for some fellowship. I’m sure there will be plotting on how we plan to take over the world, (with the 2015 OC Mini Maker Faire).

If you would be interesting in hosting an event, please let us know.  Thank you all for the positive impacts you are making to your communities.

Try something new and keep making!

- Arman, Bequi, James, and Chris

Note: The above graphic was cropped from the website.

Help the OCMMF


Dear Friends in the Maker Community,

It has been our great honor to organize and present the Orange County Mini Maker Faire over the last two years.  It’s through your generosity, that we’ve been able to share the passions and talents of our wonderful and growing Maker community with more and more people. Because of the trust that you have granted us, we feel that it is our obligation to let the community have a say in deciding the future of the OCMMF.

The current OCMMF Organizing Committee consists of active volunteers who have taken on many leadership roles.  The Committee feels it is time to pass the reins to new blood.  We are seeking individuals who have the passion and time to carry on this amazing event.  There are critical leadership roles that must be filled as well as volunteer roles in various areas that may suit your skills, talents and interests. Unless we can fill the leadership roles, a future Faire is unlikely.

A detailed outline of the organizational structure necessary for a successful Faire can be found here: OCMMF Core Team Leadership and Organizational Structure v.3

Please join us at the OCMMF organizational meeting on March 27th, 7PM to find out more check the meet up site at

Currently we have scheduled the meeting at Del Taco 25521 Commercentre Dr. Lake Forest in the downstairs training room.

Help us Make this show happen. We won’t be able to do it without you.

The Year of a 100 Maker Faires!

Congratulations to the whole Maker Faire Team and all the Mini’s around the world!


Arduino Holiday Star

This year at work there was a contest to make the best ornament for the Christmas tree.  We, the IT Department, almost never participate in these activities.  Well, this year we did.  At work I was shown a star cut from a computer motherboard by Robert.  Amanda asked, “Hey, can you put lights on this?”  I said “Yes, I can use an Arduino”.  I took the star home to made a prototype.


The prototype took a couple hours to cobble together and program.  The program makes the lights dim, get brighter and blink using an Arduino UNO some LEDs and resisters. I brought this back to work and everyone liked it.  A few more holes were drilled and given back to me with a CPU glued into the socket.

Below it he back of the ornament I ended up with…


The finished ornament!  There was no hole for the LED on the leg with the power plug, so I brought the LED around to the front of the star.


My workstation on the kitchen table with a $5 soldering iron.


The ornament did not win the contest at work.