Monthly Archives: March 2012

If You Build It, They Will Come

Many thanks to Dan Woog for his story on the Westport Mini Maker Faire on his “06880″ blog:

http://06880danwoog.com/2012/03/26/if-you-build-itthey-will-come-to-the-maker-faire/

Updated Westport Mini Maker Faire Posters Available!

We are pleased to have to update our posters in order to add organizations who have agreed to sponsor the Westport Mini Maker Faire.  The new sponsors are:

Please download and use the following posters:

Westport Mini Maker Faire

Remember, the Call for Makers is open until Sunday, April 1, 2012.  Apply online by clicking here.

Maker Faire Interview on “10 Minute Strategy”

Peter Propp with Shore Communications interviewed Mark Mathias, co-chair of the Westport Mini Maker Faire for Peter’s “10 Minute Strategy” broadcast.  Click here to read the story and watch the video.

Westport Mini Maker Faire Posters Available

We are pleased to announce that three Westport Mini Maker Faire posters are now available for general distribution.  They are:

Please download and email to anyone who would be interested in the Faire or print and post anywhere people would see the posters.  Be sure to obtain permission before posting.

Spread the word about Connecticut’s FIRST official Maker Faire event, the Westport Mini Maker Faire!

Connecticut’s First Maker Faire Event!

WESTPORT, Connecticut, March 5, 2012 – Calling all Makers!  The first official Maker Faire event in Connecticut is coming to Westport on Saturday, April 28!

 

Mike Ogrinz with one of his first robots in 1979 and with his B9 robot that will be at the Westport Mini Maker Faire.

Do you love to make things or see how things are made? Have you made or seen something—anything—different, amazing or innovative? Know someone who has? Have an idea for something wild that needs to be made? If so, the inaugural Westport Mini Maker Faire is for you. It’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness – a celebration of the Maker movement – to take place inside the Westport Library and on Jesup Green from 10 am to 4 pm.

Maker Faires are places where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, musicians, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.

Here’s what Bedford Middle School teacher and Organizing Committee member Kerstin Warner said about Maker Faires:

“The cool thing about them is how accessible they are, how open-ended and truly creative.  There’s everything from inventions to workshops on how to make or program things, to circus performers, artists, great food and visitors wandering around in a wide range of costumes – it’s anything goes, really,” said Warner. “We hope hobbyists, enthusiasts, and students who tinker outside of the everyday spotlight will join us.”

Call for Makers

If you’re a Maker and would like to apply to be an exhibiting Maker at the Faire, submit your application at www.westportmakerfaire.org.  Typical makers run the gamut of science, art, performance, crafts and engineering.  Deadline for Maker Applications is Sunday, April 1, 2012. “We are extremely proud to offer the stage to our community Makers and hope you will join us!” said Mark Mathias, co-chair of the event.

The Westport Mini Maker Faire is presented by CLASP Homes in partnership with the Westport Library.  CLASP Homes is an organization based in Westport dedicated to providing services for adults with mental disabilities and is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2012.  “The Library is thrilled to be part of this event. It’s the kind of thing we support and encourage—helping the community come together on something new and innovative, something that allows people to connect and create,” said Library Assistant Director and event co-chair Bill Derry.

About Maker Faire

The inaugural Maker Faire (www.makerfaire.com) was held in San Mateo, CA, and in 2011 celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event with some 100,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional flagship faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events are now being produced around the United States and the world.

For more info, contact Roy Fuchs at royfuchs@snet.net or (203) 856-4321 or visit the web site www.westportmakerfaire.org.

“Don’t Be Bored. Do Something”

Here’s a great story about a 14-year-old boy who let President Obama fire his marshmallow cannon in the White House.  The boy, Joey Hudy, gave President Obama his business card with the tag line “Don’t Be Bored.  Do Something”.  Great job, Joey!

Joey Hudy. The boy who told President Obama to "Don't Be Bored. Do Something."

Click here to read the full story.

Click here to see the video of President Obama firing Joey’s marshmallow cannon!

About Westport Mini Maker Faire

The inaugural 2012 Westport Mini Maker Faire is produced by CLASP Homes in partnership with the Westport Library.  The event will take place on Saturday 28 April 2012 at the Westport Public Library and adjacent Jesup Green in Westport, Connecticut.

About Make Magazine

MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.

About Maker Faire

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a 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, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.

The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2011 celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event with some 100,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional flagship faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the world, including Westport Mini Maker Faire.