The California Institute of Robotics

The California Institute of Robotics (CIR) is a technological learning institution that is leading the way in robotics sciences and engineering specializing in the robotics field. An education in robotics is a life enhancing and rewarding opportunity that enables students to imagine, theorize, design, and create our future. CIR will be having a drawing for a FREE SparkFun Redbot ROBOT (with an online course) at the OC Mini Maker Faire this weekend May 9th 2015!

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Also coming soon CIR grand opening is scheduled for November 1, 2015 and registration opens in Spring 2016.


Vocademy: The Makerspace

Vocademy is a place to learn, a place to make things and a community of like-minded people. Create and learn with Vocademy at this year’s OC Mini Maker Faire – May 9th 2015!

Gene Sherman, Founder/CEO of Vocademy, “Vocademy is an idea that I have had for many years. A place that teaches everyone hands-on, vocational, and DIY (Do It Yourself) skills and use those skills to build, create, and learn anything they desire.”

This past year, Vocademy was invited to participate in the first-ever White House Maker Faire on June 18th as an honored maker and to promote the importance of “making” for our country, our citizens, and especially our kids.



FABWorks is a state-of-the-art DIY Maker facility located on the UCI campus, a joint venture between Samueli School of Engineering and Calit2. They feature many tools ranging from milling machines and laser cutters to sewing machines and 3D printers. Come visit FABWorks at the OC Mini Maker Faire and turn your ideas into reality!



Learn to Solder

Learn to Solder Badge Kits have been used to teach thousands of people of all ages how to solder at Maker Faires across the country. It’s a simple, fun way to learn how to solder or teach others to solder. Once complete, you’ll have a great blinky robot that you can proudly wear.  Come make very your own badge at OC Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, May 9th at Irvine Valley College from 10am – 5pm.


To learn more about creating your own solder badge, visit:



Unleash your inner hero with Crafteeo at OCMMF 2015!

Introduction to Crafteeo from How-Lun Chen on Vimeo.

Check out Crafteeo Kickstarter project for Arduino powered helmet and armor that will light up your imagination. Whether it is your first time programming a micro controller or if you are an expert, our helmet and armor gives you ability to train your programming skills in a fun and exciting way. Start with blinking the light then make the helmet and armor your very own by fully customizing the lighting effects with multi-color glowing effects. Projects are made from high end cardboard material, the short sword projects is a great introduction to Crafteeo projects.

Tinker the Robot

Tinker the Robot was created to be taken apart, put back together, colored on, programmed and just tinkered with. Invented by Kay Yang, who spent most of her childhood taking things apart and sometimes putting them back together, she wanted to create a toy that was designed to be tinkered with.


Tinker the Robot is a robot friend that teaches girls and boys about electronics and programming! Have fun and create crafts with Tinker the Robot at this year’s OC Mini Maker Faire 2015!

Gabriel’s Wooden Electric Kart

14 year old Gabriel has been passionate about building, making and putting things together. He has been attending the Bay Area Maker Faire since he was 10 years old and has always dreamed of entering one of his creations in a Maker Faire. For his current project, a Wooden Electric Kart, Gabriel was inspired by an article on Karts and Wheels in his Make Magazine (Issue 26). As soon he got home from summer vacation, he started working on his cart.


Read more about Gabriel’s project and see for yourself this incredible Electric Kart that he built at the OC Mini Maker Faire – Saturday May 9th at Irvine Valley College.

Makersville and Club Ten with Legos

Compete for LEGO prizes, try your hand at designing your very own board game with Makersville & Club Ten at this year’s OC Mini Maker Faire May 9th!


Makersville provides events, activities, facilities for makers of all ages. In their Makerspace is a computer lab, a Thermofax silk screen maker, a Bukobot 3D printer, an Oculus DK2, a MindWave headset, SparkFun inventor kits, EV3 robots and a generous supply of LEGO bricks, purchased with special builds in mind. At the OCMMF 2015 learn to design your game with Unity and Construct 2, create game art, LEGO building, also sewing and spinning of wool.


Try out the world’s coolest personal electric vehicle SkatE-Pods at the OC Mini Maker Faire May 9th.


SkatE-Pods can be ridden as an Electric-Skateboard, Carveboard or with the installation of the re-attachable handlebar, be ridden as an Electric-Scooter. It is your neighborhood personal transporter that can take you to your friend’s house, go to the grocery store, or just hang out in the park. With SkatE-Pods, you’ll be able to interact more with the people in your community, save on gas, and have fun at the same time. Just a week away to cruise on SkatE-Pods at this year’s OCMMF 2015.

Snappie Sticker

Snappie Sticker will be sponsoring the picture taking at this year’s OCMMF! Keep an eye out for the stickers which will be all over the Maker Faire. Snappie Stickers use NFC empowered stickers to give each picture you take a unique watermark. Try to capture as many cool photos as you can! Be sure to download the app before Saturday!