Westport Mini Maker Faire “Maker Duck” Wins Top Honor at The Great Duck Race

The duck submitted by the Westport Mini Maker Faire named “Maker Duck” won the top honor at today’s Great Duck Race sponsored by the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club in Westport, Connecticut:

Nick Mathias with the winning duck from the Westport Sunrise Rotary's annual Great Duck Race. The duck's name is "Maker Duck", from the Westport Mini Maker Faire.

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 Mini Maker Faire is produced by CLASP Homes in partnership with the Westport Library.

See Us at The Great Duck Race

The Westport Mini Maker Faire will have a booth at the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Great Duck Race:

The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club's annual Great Duck Race

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 News Channel 12 Coverage of the Westport Mini Maker Faire

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:

Westport Mini Maker Faire: The Movie

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:

WICC 600 AM Interview by Mike Bellamy of Mark Mathias

On Wednesday, May 23, 2012, Mike Bellamy of radio station WICC 600 AM in Bridgeport, Connecticut interviewed Mark Mathias about the inaugural Westport Mini Maker Faire.  Listen to the 10 minute interview by clicking either window below:

WICC 600 AM Interview of Mark Mathias by Mike Bellamy

Wall Street Journal: Tinkerers Unite! How Parents Enable Kids’ Creativity

Excellent story in the Wednesday 23 May 2012 edition of the Wall Street Journal about tinkering and student creativity.  Click here to read the story.

Rich Addicks for The Wall Street Journal

Rich Addicks for The Wall Street Journal

Westport Mini Maker Faire in Fast Company Magazine

The Westport Mini Maker Faire, its mobile app and the app’s creator, Michael Winser, were included in Fast Company magazine.  You can read the story by clicking here.

Mobile App for Westport Mini Maker Faire 2012

Mobile App for Westport Mini Maker Faire 2012

Maker Faire Announcement at Westport Board of Education

At the Westport Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 30, Board of Education member and Maker Faire co-chair Mark Mathias made an announcement about the Maker Faire and provided each Board member with their own “marshmallow shooter” and Maker Faire T-shirt.  Click here for the story.

T-Shirts for Westport Board of Education Members

Westport Board of Education Receiving Westport Mini Maker Faire T-Shirts

See the video here:

Images from the Westport Mini Maker Faire

Click here for some early images from the Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 28, 2012, courtesy of Marcia Logan with the Westport Library.

Here are some highlight photos from the slide show:

Arcbotics

Working on a robot

Making Pottery

Making Pottery

Conversation with a robot

Conversation with a robot

Use the Westport Mini Maker Faire Mobile App

If you have an Apple or Android mobile device, you can use the Westport Mini Maker Faire mobile app.  Scan the following QR code:

Westport Mini Maker Faire Mobile App QR Code

Westport Mini Maker Faire Mobile App QR Code

Alternatively, you can go to my.yapp.us/MAKER.

The app lists the schedule of events, Makers and their locations and a live Twitter feed.

Software for this app provided by
Yapp.