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!
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.
Littlefreelibrary.org 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.”
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
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!
Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search Program 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, hydraulic 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 architects. 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.
All photos are from the MMSETS’ Facebook page.
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 business 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.
Brought to you by Farnsworth Art Museum of Rockland:
Write and illustrate your story in just six words. Personal historian meghan Vigeant and artist Alexis Immarino will be on hand to guide the writing and design of an illustrated six-word memoir. Participants will have the option of having their finished pieces photographed and shared with the community, possibly online or as a book!
Walking on eggshells? Come out and see for yourself! Equipment provided – eggs. Equipment needed – bare feet. Lindsay of Sweet Tree Arts will be here to share the magic and science of eggs!
Jasonwill introduce us to cyanotypes!
Cyanotype is a simple 19th century photo proofing/printing process also used to make blueprints and decorate clothing. Participants can make photograms and print negatives in bright sunshine and develop in water. Wonderful rich blue prints are the keepsake!
Tim develops a microcontroller board called Ansteron Board, which can work with a variety of sensors and control devices like LCD, motor, speaker. Makers can use it as “the brain” of their projects. An important point is that the Ansteron Board is programmed using a flowchart-like visual programming language which is easier to learn and use for people who have little or no programming experience. It is also a good tool for teaching as well.
His exhibit will include 4 to 5 small demo projects to show what Ansteron Board can do. Tim will bring one robot hand built with 4 RC servos that will play a memory game, a digital clock built with LED ring, a self-balancing robot and a device that plays random sounds (could make you laugh) when you push the button. They’re all built with Ansteron Board.