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What do YOU make?

Last year we hosted a great variety of people who Make! This year we’re asking – What do YOU make? Apply today and share with our community the awesome stuff you make.

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Call For Makers for 2014 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is now open!

Come join the fun! Tell us what you make! Fill out the application today! Are you a performer? Would you like to participate with an art installation? Do you have a project-in-the-making? Would you like to volunteer? We’d love to hear from you.

New to the Maker movement? Check out this video from the 2013 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire of what the event is like.

MMMF 2013 from Camden Public Library on Vimeo.

Midcoast Mini Maker Faire 2014 – here we come!

Plans are in the making for the second annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, to be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Camden Public Library and Amphitheatre. In a few weeks, the Calls for Makers will open up to receive Maker applications and we’ll post more about that here when it happens.

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Midcoast’s Mini Maker Faire: Geeks and Families Come Together to Make, Connect and Discover

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.”

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.

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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).

https://midcoastmakerfaire.com/

http://www.librarycamden.org/

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.

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Maker Faire Poster – Download & Spread the Word!

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What do YOU make?

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Everyone makes something with their hands. How about you?
Be a Maker at the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire. It’s free and you get to share your passion with the community, inspiring others to create too.

County Fair for the people

Another great description of what the heck Maker Faire is – from the Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 Recap…

Maker Faire has been called many things by many people.  But we can all agree it is best experienced in person!  We hope you have been able to enjoy one of the many Maker Faire events around the World – there is nothing quite like it.

It is bigger and bolder than one can imagine.  It is the new County Fair for the people.  A place where it is cool to be smart and one can witness a spectacle of making and creating.  Maker Faire is an event where makers love to share their ideas and innovations with those who want to have fun and learn at the same time.

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Makers, Crafters, and Performers wanted – Call for Makers!

Makers, Crafters, and Performers wanted for first annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire 
on September 7, 2013

Call for Makers Closes July 12

The Maker Faire is coming to Camden! The first annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2013, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Camden Public Library and Amphitheatre. Admission is free for all ages. The Call for Makers, Performers, and Crafters is open now through July 12.  Any groups or individuals interested in participating in this inaugural event should complete the simple application by July 12.

APPLY HERE

The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire takes after its enormous parent event, Maker Faire, which hosts 90,000 visitors in San Mateo in May. The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event, but will follow the Maker Faire motto of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering: “Make, create, craft, recycle, build, think, play, and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology!”

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.  

Andy White is a local “maker” whose workshop is in Thomaston. Andy is on the selection committee of the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire to be held at the Camden Public Library on September 7. He recently attended the Maker Faire in San Francisco and returned with wonderful tales and great enthusiasm for the event. “The Maker community here in the midcoast is exceptionally strong,” he says. “We are rich with creative makers, artists, tinkerers, boat builders, and inventive minds. The term ‘Maker’ may be unfamiliar here in midcoast, but I think it is an exciting label that many of us will identify with and gain inspiration from. I’m looking forward to seeing what our makers come up with for Midcoast Maker Faire this fall!”

Andy White is a local “maker” whose workshop is in Thomaston. Andy is on the selection committee of the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire to be held at the Camden Public Library on September 7. He recently attended the Maker Faire in San Francisco and returned with wonderful tales and great enthusiasm for the event. “The Maker community here in the midcoast is exceptionally strong,” he says. “We are rich with creative makers, artists, tinkerers, boat builders, and inventive minds. The term ‘Maker’ may be unfamiliar here in midcoast, but I think it is an exciting label that many of us will identify with and gain inspiration from. I’m looking forward to seeing what our makers come up with for Midcoast Maker Faire this fall!”

Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is at heart a celebration of makers and making. It is about spreading the concept of the identity of “maker.” America, and New England specifically, has a long tradition of ingenuity and tinkering. Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is a place for inventors, artists, thinkers, and learners to get together and share their passions and ideas. It is a place to inspire the next generation of makers.

Everyone is a Maker. Are you a garage tinkerer? Inventor? Like to experiment? Like to create, cook, sew, weld? We are looking for hands-on activities you can share with the community!

Submit an application to exhibit your creation. Makers and creators will be listed and featured on the website in early August. The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is fortunate to have the Camden Public Library as its sponsor and the Midcoast Magnet as a co-sponsor. “The Library’s mission of ‘Read; Connect; Discover’ is well served by an event such as this,” says Nikki Maounis, the library’s Executive Director. “We hope to attract Makers of all sizes, interests, and talent. Show and Tell was always one of my favorite activities as a child, and now we get to experience it all over again!” The Maker Faire is also a perfect match for the mission of the Midcoast Magnet to support “innovative projects that foster creativity, livability and economic vitality.”

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.

Follow the development of the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire on its Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/MidcoastMakerFaire