The Adventures of a Box

A great story of what a box and some creativity can create:

MakerBot Replicator at Westport Library’s New “Maker Space”

The Westport Library unveiled their new Maker Space at a press conference this morning.  In the Maker Space is a new 3D printer, a MakerBot Replicator:

Dennis Wong with the MakerBot Replicator donated to the Westport Public Library by CLASP Homes and the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club

Dennis Wong of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club and member of the Westport Mini Maker Faire Organizing Committee with the MakerBot Replicator donated to the Westport Public Library by CLASP Homes and the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club

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.

Westport Mini Maker Faire at the Great Duck Race 2012

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:

Kerstin Warner, Michael Staw, Mark Mathias and John D'Ausilio at the Great Duck Race 2012

Kerstin Warner, Michael Staw, Mark Mathias and John D'Ausilio at the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club's Great Duck Race 2012

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.

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