Maker Faire Moving Forward to September 12 Faire

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThe Maker Faire committee is finalizing plans for this year’s Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, to be held in the Camden Amphitheatre on Saturday, September 12, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The committee is still looking for volunteers to help with events the day of the Faire and to help present various projects and exhibits. Please contact Ken Gross at the Camden Public Library for more information.

09-06-2014 Maker Faire 014x240The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire has already lined up several extraordinary Makers, including Stephen Abadessa who is a returning Make rand who will present classes in Arduino “101” and “201” as an introduction to the fascinating and approachable world of miniature processors and programming. He recommends that participants come with an Arduino already in hand, although everyone is welcome at his workshops whether they have an Arduino in hand or not. Arduinos can be ordered online for $10-$20, search for Mini-USB-Board-for-Compatible-Arduino-DIY.

09-06-2014 Maker Faire 064x240Makers at this year’s Faire will also present drone demonstrations with images relayed to a base laptop in Harbor park, various alternative vehicles on Atlantic Avenue, thermal imaging family portraits, colored thermal-sensitive slime, a leafblower-powered hovercraft, a monster mod podge collage.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThe Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is hosted by the Camden Public Library, Mid-Coast Magnet, and presented with support of Electricity Maine and the Bangor Savings Bank.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto Caption: Makers from the 2014 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire showcase activities featuring origami, larger than life bubbles, stone archway construction, and 3D printing . . . to name a few.


Be a Maker in 2015!

The Call for Makers is now open for the Saturday, September 12, 2015 event!

Want to show off something neat you like to make? Click here to fill out the application!

New this year – you will receive a decision within a month. So don’t hesitate, apply today and lock in the date!

call for makers now open 2015

Announcing 2015 event!

The next Midcoast Mini Maker Faire will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2015! More details to come soon as well the Call for Makers. If you can’t wait to apply, shoot us an email to

Elf cars

Elf cars

Thank you, thank you!

Dear Makers, Organizers, Participants, Sponsors and Weather, thank you for making the 2014 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire happen! It was an absolute blast, despite you, humidity, showing off.

We’re sifting through hundreds of photos and more will be coming in the next few days. Here are just a few, in no particular order and not everyone may be included here. In the meantime, thank you!!


Second Annual Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is around the corner!

It’s funny how you put a date on the calendar a year away, and then, suddenly, boom, it’s here! Here we are just a couple of days away from the 2nd Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, crossing “t”s and dotting “i”s as we print the event programs, touch base with volunteers, and tie up dozens of other ends to bring you the best day we can. And the rest is up to you – come learn, make, participate, laugh, create a memory. If you’re taking pictures, we’d love it if you shared! Post to our wall or tag us on Twitter with #midcoastminimakerfaire.

I feel compelled to say that this is a rain or shine event. There is little bits of doubt in the forecast at the time of this writing (on Tuesday), but that may all very well change to all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. Wait, hold the rainbows, don’t they usually follow precipitation?


New this year:

– Coffeeman will be there to fill caffeine needs

– Darling’s Photo Booth

– Blackstone Accelerates Growth seminar for enterpreuners and anyone else, really, who is interested in learning about state resources for starting your own business. Preregister here, for the 1pm workshop.

– Admission is by suggested donation – $2/person or $5/family to help us cover the costs of renting the tent, tables, etc. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at the registration booth.


Hope to see you there!

Introducing 2014 Makers – Little Free Library

Little Free Libraries  are community-building art projects — small, mailbox-like structures that house free books! There are nearly 15,000 Little Libraries across the country, but only about a dozen in Maine. We want to encourage people to share their love for reading with their neighbors and install a Little Library in their yard.

At the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, Chelsea Avirett, Tom Weiss and Dena Davis will collaborate to make 2-4 Little Libraries and share information about the project. The libraries will be decorated with found objects (like pennies, buttons, etc.). These libraries will include books donated by local businesses to get people started with their library collection. Each little library will be raffled off at the end of the day.

little free library has lots of links if you’d like to see media coverage. “Little Free Libraries have been featured in thousands of stories in newspapers, magazines, broadcast news, blogs, websites and online news services around the world, reaching hundreds of millions of people.  New stories are published daily, reaching architects, urban and rural planning experts, moms, teachers, hobbyist woodworkers, youth and community development specialists, literacy and education advocates, librarians and just plain people.”


Introducing 2014 Makers – Lego Robotics Team – Rockland RoboGeeks

The students of the RSU 13 Lego Robotics Team, The Rockland RoboGeeks, will showcase some of their Lego Robotic Creations. The will have a hands on Lego bridge making activity. VillageSoup had a great article about these young makers this year.

Photo credit Knox Village Soup

Photo credit Knox Village Soup

Introducing 2014 Makers – DIY Merry-go-round swing

Arthur Haines will be here, setting up his  homemade three person solar powered merry-go-round swing. It can be enjoyed by kids or adults. Come swing with us!


Introducing 2014 Makers – Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search Program

Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search Proorigami4gram will be here with a number of origami models.

The modular origami models shown involve several identically folded paper units (or modules) assembled into a finished model. It has wide range of practical applications, in fields as diverse as robotics, hydraulicorigami tube bending, protein folding, sheet-metal bending, and air-bag folding. Math lovers, engineers, scientists and physicians will be excited to note that most models resemble the crystal structures they work with. The mathematics of modular origami has been in-depth analyzed by mathematicians, engineers, scientists and architectorigami2s. Most folding and unfolding problems are attractive from a pure mathematical standpoint, from the beauty of the problems themselves.
The maker of the models – Eva Szillery obtained her Ph.D. in Mathematics in Hungary at the prestigious Eotvos Lorand University. She started folding modular origami as an application for the teaching of mathematics. origami3

All photos are from the MMSETS’ Facebook page.




A seminar for enterpreneurs by Blackstone Accelerates Growth

There will be a free “Entrepreneurs Seminar” offered by our sponsor, Blackstone Accelerates Growth at 1:00 pm on September 6th (Faire day!) in the library, to inform everyone of resources from Maine Technology Institute (MTI), the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED), and the University of the Maine that can help you start and grow your Printbusiness in Maine. Whether you have an idea for a new startup or are managing an established business, this free workshop will bring together resources from some of Maine’s most prominent partners to answer your questions. Space is limited and registration for this free event is required. You can register online or by calling the library at (207)236-3440.