On 2 July 2012, the Westport Library held a press conference announcing the opening of its Maker Space. Watch the four minute video by clicking on the link below:
Over the course of six weeks, 13- to 18-year-olds (as well as their parents and teachers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with popular maker personalities—including Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing, Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe of EepyBird (the Coke and Mentos guys), Jimmy DiResta (co-host of Dirty Money on the Discovery Channel) and Limor Fried (founder of Adafruit Industries) — and other creative makers on fun projects themed around “the art of making.” Our goal is to encourage everyone this summer to make something and share it with their friends and family.
Making is a wonderful way to experiment and explore, to try to do new things, and mostly to let your imagination get the best of you. Making is fun (and it’s also a great way to learn, even if it is summer!). Making can be done indoors — even in a small space, like a kitchen table — but it’s also great to go outdoors to make things you can play with in the backyard or park.
Making could mean traditional arts and crafts projects, or science projects, but it could also use innovative technologies and processes that enable you to create something entirely new.
Every Monday through Thursday morning, beginning Monday, July 16, a Maker Camp “counselor” will post how-to instructions for a new project, right here on MAKE’s Google+ page. Some of these projects will overlap with ones in MAKE’s 3D “School’s Out” special issue, our first-ever summer issue devoted entirely to kids.
These projects are great for families to do together or for teens to do on their own. Many of the projects involve materials and tools that you can find around the house. Camp Director Nick Raymond will host a Hangout On Air in the afternoon so campers can post questions and comments and share photos and videos of their projects.
The first project at Maker Camp is our popular compressed air rocket. You’ll see from his post below that rocket guru Rick Schertle is our guest counselor for this project, and will be with us in New York to launch Maker Camp (and rockets!) with a Hangout today at the New York Hall of Science.
It wouldn’t be summer camp unless you were able to meet a lot of great, new friends who share your love of making. You’ll find that other campers will inspire you to come up with new ideas for projects.
Maker Camp is free, and open to everyone with a Google+ profile (you must be over 13 to have your own Google+ profile). To participate, simply follow +MAKE
Whether you build rockets or race cars, make T-shirts or experimental music, or discover nature or new things in the community where you live, I hope that you’ll have a blast at Maker Camp.
Use this link to see more!
A great story by Adam Savage in Wired magazine (20.07) about becoming a maker. Click here or the image below to read the full story.
A great story of what a box and some creativity can create:
The Westport Library is the first library in Connecticut to have a 3D printer. The printer was donated to the Library as a result of the Westport Mini Maker Faire, CLASP Homes and the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club.
The 3D printer will be used for programs involving community members from Westport and surrounding communities.
The weather was warm and the crowds were out to see the ducks race for the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Great Duck Race on Saturday.
We were pleased to see how many people stopped by the Westport Mini Maker Booth where Michael Staw demonstrated his homebuilt CNC router alongside John D’Ausilio’s MakerBot Replicator:
Both Michael and John created duck-themed items: duck carving with the CNC router and orange ducks were created with the MakerBot. The crowds continued all day.
Kerstin Warner’s energy helped passers-by learn about marshmallow shooters, makers, LEDs and generally kept the energy high.
The “Maker Duck” is a tribute to all of the sponsors of the inaugural Westport Mini Maker Faire that occurred on April 28, 2012. Along with flags with the logos of all of the sponsors displayed on the duck, the duck can be remotely controlled, driven around and includes large, colored LEDs that decorate it.
The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club is a major sponsor of the Westport Mini Maker Faire. All proceeds raised from the event go to support local organizations. Please support this event by buying a duck race raffle ticket from any Westport Sunrise Rotary Club member or at the merchants listed on the duck race Web site.
Please come out on Saturday, June 30 to enjoy the day and watch the ducks race. Admission to the event is free and the entire family is invited.
Cablevision’s News Channel 12 provided television coverage of the Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 28, 2012. One of their news broadcasts can be viewed here:
Many thanks to Gordy Waterman for shooting the footage and the Westport Library for putting together the following 7 minute movie of the Westport Mini Maker Faire 2012: