September 7: Midcoast’s Mini Maker Faire: Geeks and Families Come Together to Make, Connect, and Discover
Photo Caption: Jory Squibb of Camden demonstrates his “hybrid” electric bicycle to Daniel and Ethan Navarro of Rockland.
Squibb will be one of the “Makers” exhibiting his “tinkering results” at the Maker Faire on September 7. Jory’s Sunbeam car is 2/3 battery powered and 1/3 bicycle pedal-powered, and weighs a mere 105 pounds. The range on battery power alone is 80 miles.
“I’m so glad you’re doing a Maker Faire,” said Squibb. “It’s just what kids need, before they get wired into the computer. Virtual Reality spoils you for real reality, and this real-world tinkering is just fascinating.”
CAMDEN, Maine – Midcoast Maine’s Mini Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, is geared up for the first annual fair, to be held on September 7 at the Camden Public Library. The Maker Faire is a show of ideas, energy, creativity, and fun that will excite and inspire attendees about the world of making. This is a free, family-friendly event open to all ages.
This year’s event, running from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Library’s Amphitheatre, will proudly display over 20 maker exhibits, giving access to the thought leaders and top innovators from the maker movement, awe-inspiring attractions, and much more. Featuring do-it-yourself science and technology,
robots, crafts, and art, this family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness is a joyous celebration of the “Maker movement.” It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, and students. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect, and inspire aspiring Makers.
Some of the Makers that will be showcased at the Faire will be:
Edward Seidel, Underwater Robots — These small underwater robots can be built for $60.00 and allow anyone to explore the underwater world of Maine. With the addition of a video camera, scientific equipment, or other components you can have a powerful tool to study the aquatic world without having to get wet!
Peter Homer — Peter makes space suit gloves that improve hand dexterity and mobility. Compared to NASA’s current model, his gloves are more than twice as flexible. Peter won both NASA Astronaut Glove Centennial Challenges, in 2007 and 2009. His hands-on demonstration glove lets you experience how it feels to work in space.
Ella Simon — The Icycle Bicycle is a pedal powered ice cream cranker. https://www.facebook.com/icyclebicyclemaine
Midcoast Yarn Ninjas — The Mid-Coast Yarn Ninjas are a group of rogue knitters and crocheters who stealthily beautify the town with fiber art. They would like to teach people to knit/crochet at the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, and get bystanders to participate in helping to create their next installation. https://www.facebook.com/MidCoastYarnSquad
Nathan Davis — His project is an interactive art installation comprised of a computer and large monitor on which algorithmic art evolves in real-time, and an iPhone with which to control the algorithmic art. He programmed both the software that drives the art and the iPhone app that controls it.
UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center — The Center’s hands-on presentation activity is called “Inventing a Floating Wind Platform” and involves using everyday materials (dowels, foam, empty plastic bottles, rubber bands, balloons, etc.) to construct “scale model” floating offshore wind platforms. They then attach a pinwheel (wind turbine) to the top, and help participants test their inventions in a traveling wind and wave tank (50-gallon fish tank with fan and wavemaker).
The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is fortunate to have the Camden Public Library as its sponsor and the Midcoast Magnet as a co-sponsor, and appreciates additional support from MTI (Maine Technology Institute).
Maker Faire began in 2005 in San Mateo, CA by the people behind MAKE and CRAFT magazines. Maker Faire has also appeared in Austin, Detroit, and New York City. Mini Maker Faires have started to sprout up around the United States, including events in Ann Arbor, Sebastopol, Aspen, Kansas City, and Boston.