Category Archives: Maker Day

Join us at the World Maker Faire New York this Weekend!

Be sure to plan on attending the World Maker Faire New York this weekend.  All information is available at www.makerfaire.org.

Join us at World Maker Faire New York

Two Westport makers are part of the official program:

Mark Mathias, Westport Mini Maker Faire Founder and Co-Chair will be on a panel called “Mini Maker Faires: Building Local Maker Community Around the Globe” on Sunday from 11 am – Noon.  See details at:  http://makerfaire.com/pub/e/9385.

David Pogue, New York Times technology columnist, Scientific American columnist, CNBC correspondent and PBS “Making Stuff” host will be speaking on Sunday from 12:30 – 1 pm in the Auditorium.  See details at:  http://makerfaire.com/pub/e/9342.

We hope to see many local makers this weekend in New York.

See Us At This Weekend’s Blues, Views & BBQ Festival!

The Westport Mini Maker Faire has been invited to participate in this weekend’s 5th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival:

Blues, Views & BBQ Festival

Please stop by and see some of the interesting maker projects, including the Westport Library’s new Makerbot 3D printer!

Join Us At World Maker Faire New York

We are taking a school bus to the World Maker Faire New York on Saturday 29 September 2012.  This bus trip and pricing is for students and their chaperones, particularly low-income students.  $20 gets you a round trip ticket and admission to the Maker Faire.  Click on the image below to download the flyer.  More information available at nymakerfairetrip@westportmakerfaire.org or by calling 203-226-1791.  We hope you can join us at the World Maker Faire New York!

Join us on our bus trip to the World Maker Faire New York 2012

 

Westport Mini Maker Faire: The Book

We are pleased to announce that the photo book for the Westport Mini Maker Faire 2012 is now completed and available for viewing and purchase.

Many thanks to Kerstin Warner who put it together as well as for all of the photographers who contributed photos to the book.  So see the book and optionally order one, click here or click on the photo below:

Westport Mini Maker Faire 2012 Photo Book

Westport Mini Maker Faire 2012 Photo Book

Westport Library Announces Design Contest for 3D Printer

Today the Westport Library announced a design contest for the MakerBot 3D printer in the Library’s Maker Space.  The intent is to stimulate people’s interest in designing and making things.  Categories exist for Ages 5-11, Ages 12-17 and Ages 18 and over.  Click here to go to the Westport Library Web site or here to open up the PDF application form.

The contest ends 22 August 2012.

Westport News: “B9 robot, no ‘bubble-headed booby,’ wows Westport crowd”

Great story in the Westport News about Mike Ogrinz and his B9 robot at the Westport Library on Wednesday 1 August.  Click here or on the photo below for full story:

Mike Ogrinz and B9 Robot at Westport Library - Photo: Meg Barone / Westport News freelance

“Danger, Danger, Will Robinson!” Mike Ogrinz and his B9 Robot

Tonight (Wednesday 1 August 2012), Mike Ogrinz will be at the Westport Library from 7 – 9 pm with his replica of the B9 robot from the “Lost in Space” television series.

Click here or on the photo for more information.

Mike Ogrinz and his replica of the B9 robot from the television series "Lost in Space"

Be sure to attend this event for the whole family!

New York Times: What Happened to the Craftsmanship Spirit?

The following article appeared in the Sunday 22 July 2012 issue of the New York Times:

A Nation That's Losing Its Toolbox

The article discusses how people are losing their ability to do and make things as much as they used to.  Given the continued rise in makers around the world, this trend away from Do-It-Yourself is reversing itself.

Bipedal Cycling Robot Can Balance, Steer and Correct Itself

An inspiring video of a robot riding a bicycle:

Obama Administration announces a plan to create a national STEM Master Teacher Corps

STEM Master Teacher Corps

Today, the Obama Administration announced a plan to create a national STEM Master Teacher Corps, which will recognize and reward 10,000 exceptional science, math, technology and engineering teachers in our nation’s classrooms. Educators who join the STEM Master Teachers Corps will make a commitment to champion the cause of STEM education in their respective communities, and will receive additional resources to mentor math and science teachers, inspire students, and help their communities grow

A world-class STEM workforce is essential to virtually every goal we have as a nation – whether it’s broadly shared economic prosperity, international competitiveness, a strong national defense, a clean energy future, and longer, healthier, lives for all Americans.  By creating a STEM Master Teaching Corps to inspire students, and by giving these educators the necessary resources to teach well, we are investing in America’s future.

To learn more about the administration’s efforts to promote excellence in STEM education visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp

View this article in its original form on the White House Web site at:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/18/numbers-10000?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl