Events Schedule for Westport Mini Maker Faire

The events schedule for Connecticut’s first official Maker Faire event, this Saturday’s Westport Mini Maker Faire, has been announced:

Note:  Blue events are held outside in the Performance Area while Red events are in the McManus Room.

10:30 am

  • Battle of the Homemade Bands
  • Balam Soto – The Body Sound Suit is a bio-gesture capture and trigger system inspired by the arduino drum project.   The suit will be worn and the audience will view how human gestures and body movements are translated into data, and then into sound and images.

11:00 am

  • Homemade Band Jam Session
  • Miggs Burroughs -”Eyedeas and How to Get Them” – you will be part of a creative team to help graphic artist Miggs Burroughs develop a logo.

12:00 Noon - David Heim – See how to use Google SketchUp to create an accurate 3D model of a Fender Stratocaster, the classic solid-body electric guitar. Not only will you see how the model comes together, you will also learn the basics of SketchUp, a powerful and free 3D drawing program.

12:30 pm - Rube Goldberg Experiment, Group 1

1:00 pm - David Pogue – Westport resident, technology writer, technology columnist and commentator and personal technology columnist for the New York Times, an Emmy-winning tech correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, weekly tech correspondent for CNBC, and a columnist for Scientific American.

2:00 pm

  • Rube Goldberg Experiment, Group 2
  • Jeff Del Pappa - How does a Maker TV show actually get made? The first US participant on the TV series Junkyard Wars, opens the curtain and talks about what goes on backstage.

3:00 pm - Dalton Ghetti – Dalton Ghetti will tell about himself and the history of his intricate amazing pencil carving art.

Along with the scheduled events listed above, expect a number of unscheduled events to keep the day interesting!

You can download the entire official Program Guide by clicking here.

Sign up for the “Battle of the Homemade Bands” by clicking here.

Sign up for the “Rube Goldberg Experiment” by clicking here.

Sign up to volunteer by clicking here.

We’ll see you at the Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 28, 2012!

Westport Mini Maker Faire Program Guide Available for Download

Yesterday, the Maker Faire tent was put up.  Today the official Westport Mini Maker Faire Program Guide is available for download.  Click here or on the image to download the Program Guide:

Many thanks to Alex Reardon, Jillian Greene, Bill Derry and Joan Hume for their efforts putting this together!

Tent Up for Westport Mini Maker Faire

The tent for the Westport Mini Maker Faire went up on Tuesday on Jesup Green:

Westport Mini Maker Faire Tent

The tent for the Westport Mini Maker Faire went up on Tuesday!

If you haven’t yet, please click one of the links below to:

We’ll see you on Saturday, April 28 from 10 am – 4 pm!

More Updated Westport Mini Maker Faire Posters

We are pleased to make available updated Westport Mini Maker Faire posters that add a few new sponsors, including:

  • Gault Stone
  • ACE Crossroads Hardware
  • Baker Graphics
  • Localendar

Westport Mini Maker Faire Poster

Click the following links to download the new posters:

 

Coverage of Westport Mini Maker Faire this Week

Here’s a great story about the Westport Mini Maker Faire that was in the Connecticut Post this week:

http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Westport-joins-the-Maker-movement-with-day-3492055.php

A similar story was also in The Hour:

http://www.thehour.com/story/523734/maker-faire-making-its-way-to-westport-on-april-28

Westport Mini Maker Faire Video – Including Talking Robot!

To learn more about the Westport Mini Maker Faire — including a conversation with a robot who will be at the Faire – please view the video at:  http://bit.ly/I7h7Gu or click on the video below.

Thank you to the staff at the Westport Library for producing the video!

Announcing the “Rube Goldberg Experiment” – Apply Now!

Calling all people with wacky imaginations!

Come compete with like-minded inventors and zany tinkerers in the Rube Goldberg Experiment at the Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 28 at the Westport Public Library.

Teams comprised of 3, 4 or 5 members will be given an assortment of materials and 90 minutes to assemble a machine that can perform asimple task (flip a pancake or crack an egg for example).  The more interesting the design and the more energy transfers the better.

Two rounds of competition with two to five teams per round will result in some unorthodox and entertaining contraptions.  One round is for students & teachers and the other round open to teams that have pre-registered.  All decisions of the judges will be final.

Interested in creating kooky contraptions?  Contestants should sign up by going to the Westport Mini Maker Faire “Contact Us” page (http://www.westportmakerfaire.org/contact-us-2/), fill in your contact information, select “Enter ‘Rube Goldberg’ Competition” from the Subject drop-down menu and then tell us about your group in the Message area.

Announcing the “Battle of the Homemade Bands” – Apply Now!

UPDATED INFORMATION!  ANNOUNCING “Homemade Band Jam Session”

Maker Faires are not just for watching, they’re for participating, too!

We are pleased to announce the “Battle of the Homemade Bands”, sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, a friendly competition of groups of people to see who can create music and play instruments with materials and items not normally associated with musical instruments, although having fun is the most important factor.  Instruments can be percussion, winds, strings, or anything you can think of!

There are two events that people can join:

First, “Homemade Band Jam Session.” Participants are given a unique opportunity to test their known or unknown musical skills using items not usually associated with musical instruments. There will be materials and “musical instruments” available at the Faire; however, if you have come up with your own homemade musical instrument, feel free to bring and showcase your creation and performance in a one-of-a-kind forum of creativity.

Second, “Battle of the Homemade Bands.” This is a friendly group competition. The objective is to see who can create music and play instruments with materials and items not normally associated with musical instruments, although having fun is the most important factor.  Instruments of either can be percussion, winds, strings, or anything you can think of!

Groups typically will consist of people from a group such as a school or club, but can be people who just show up the day of the event.  Basic rules are:

  • The band must be comprised between 3 and 6 members.
  • The instruments must be non-electrical.
  • The instruments may not be electronically amplified.
  • The instruments must be made from materials readily available that are not normally associated as a musical instrument.

Participants in the Battle of the Homemade Bands must bring items necessary for assembly at the Faire.  Some tools and materials will be available at the Faire, but plan on bringing your own.  Assembly and testing of the musical instruments must be done at the Faire during the contest time.

Each band will have 20 minutes to set up, warm up/test and perform their selection.  Each band will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Instrument creativity
  • Difficulty of Melody
  • Quality of the harmony
  • Performance cohesiveness of all Band Members
  • How much FUN the band seems to be having

All decisions of the judges will be final.

Contestants should sign up by going to the Westport Mini Maker Faire “Contact Us” page (http://www.westportmakerfaire.org/contact-us-2/), fill in your contact information, select “Battle of the Homemade Bands” from the Subject drop-down menu and then tell us about your group in the Message area.

This event is graciously sponsored by:

Westport Downtown Merchants Association

Westport Downtown Merchants Association

Volunteer at the Westport Mini Maker Faire

If you’d like to be involved at the Westport Mini Maker Faire, now is the time to sign up.  Individuals or groups can volunteer to help the day of the Faire by signing up at:  http://www.westportmakerfaire.org/contact-us-2/.

On the page, go to the Subject field and select ‘Volunteer!” from the drop-down menu.  In the message field, tell us what you’d like to help with or just say you’d like to volunteer.  If you’re part of a group that would like to volunteer, please indicate the name of the group and the number of people in the group.

Maker Faire to Celebrate Invention

Excellent coverage of the Westport Mini Maker Faire on WestportNOW today: http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v2_5/comments/37653/