Category Archives: Mini Maker Faire 2013

Meet the Makers: Central Illinois Aerospace!

We are happy to announce that the Central Illinois Aerospace rocketry club will be joining our ranks as makers this year. For the previous two years they have been at the Faire, and last year they showed us how to make paper saucer rockets, and this year they plan on having another full paper rocket design! They will also be showing rockets, videos, and other rocket paraphernalia the club has built (i.e. launch pads and a launching systems control box). They will have show & tell with a high-powered rocketry covered too.


With a focus on safety, education, and FUN, the CIA holds workshops, and educational programs for schools and other groups, and most importantly, bi-monthly launches.
Thank you CIA for joining our crew of makers at this year’s UCMMF!

Want to be a maker in the Faire? Fill our out Call for Makers today!

The Call for Makers, Performers, Tinkerers, and Crafters is Now Open!

UCMMF IMCOur call for makers is now open!  Any groups or individuals interested in participating in this event should complete this simple application. Deadline for applications is September 6th. 

Last year our Faire featured more then 20 makers and over 400 community members were in attendance. With your help, we would like to make this year the biggest UC Mini Maker Faire ever!

Photo Grid Past Faires

A little about the event:

Designed to feature both established and local “makers”, the Urbana-Champaign Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music, art, and educational workshop installations. That being said, if possible we would like all projects to be encouraging of participation from an audience of all ages.

The Faire will be held at the Independent Media Center in downtown Urbana from 10am to 4pm held on Saturday, September 21. We’ll provide tables and chairs and electricity(if requested). We’ll handle all the publicity, and we’ll work with you to connect us all through Facebook and Twitter to get the buzz going. We are supported again this year by an Urbana Arts Council grant, so there’s no cost to be a Maker and attendees will get in free.

Have a project idea, or know someone who might? Let us know! We are looking for a diverse group of talented individuals to showcase so Apply Now.

Any person or organization who embraces the  DIY or DIT (do-it-together!) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience is encouraged to apply.

Here’s some suggested ideas for topics that we’re looking for:

  • Robotics
  • Kinetic & Installation Art
  • Music Performance
  • Hacks of Any Sort
  • Homesteader Projects
  • Workshops and Speakers
  • 3D Printers & Digital Fabrication
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • Student Projects
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Sustainability
  • Green Tech
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Puppets
  • Kites
  • Bicycles and Human-Powered Machines
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)
  • Food and Beverage vendors please write for more information.

Have any questions? Email

Here’s to the third Urbana-Champaign Mini Maker Faire! Let’s rock this!

Happy Making!
Monica Carr
UCMMF Planning Committee

3rd Annual Mini-Maker Faire Funded by Urbana Arts Grant

The 2013 Urbana-Champaign Mini-Maker Faire was awarded an Urbana Arts Festivals grant again this year! Thanks to everyone who voted for it and thanks to the Urbana Arts Council!

Event Details:
UC Mini-Maker Faire – September 21, 2013
10am – 4pm
Location: Urbana-Champaign IMC, 202 S. Broadway

Complete event details including maker/group registration will be coming soon!