- Mini Maker Faire 2011 Photos
Here is a google+ album to give you a small sample of all that happened in 2011: Mini Maker Faire 2011 Album
- Mini Maker Faire was a HUGE success!
Take a minute to “like” us Facebook to see the awesome photos and see what a glimpse of what we’re planning for next time around!
See you next year!!
- Don’t miss out! Maker Faire is tomorrow!
Here’s the list of Makers….
Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign
Things you never knew you could make with extra bike parts.
Central Illinois Aerospace
Model rocketry…how can you pass up that?
Making electronic musical instruments.
Costume Closet of the Independent Media Center
Learn some handy and creative sewing and crafting techniques.
The place where kids are actually allowed to take apart the toaster to see how it works!
See how you can use a vinyl cutterto make stickers and a mini-mill to make your own circuit boards.
The I.D.E.A. Store
Help fold miles and miles of paper chains for a community art project.
Robots. Micro-controllers. Soldering Irons. Do we really need to keep going?
Mathematical Paper Art with Jonathan Manton
Designing and creating mathematical paper art.
Combine microtonality, computer programming, and instrument building to see what odd music you can make.
How to start your own zine and create your own book.
School for Designing a Society
An ongoing experiment that asks the question,
“What would I consider a desirable society?”
Finding ways to marvel us with engineering science!
- Your project is awesome During the process of planning this Mini Maker Faire, particularly in findingpeople to have booths, do demos, and so on, I’ve talked to quite a few makers.It has really been amazing, and I’ve had a chance to go deep on blinking lights,discuss the finer points of micro-controller design, argue about the importanceof tool-chains, and generally geek out at people’s projects. I have learnedthere are quite a few really cool projects out there, (and I’m pretty sure thismeans there are even more waiting to be found). All these things are prettycutting-edge, high-tech, making from brilliant makers. I’m sure then, that youcan understand my confusion (and I’ll admit it: frustration) when people say“Oh, my project is not really booth-worthy”.On the surface this is a really befuddling phenomenon — for example: how couldsomeone not realize that creating a brand new electronic instrument fromscratch is an amazing feat? I once talked to a guy making a quad-copter whosaid “it’s really nothing special, there are much better designs out there”. Ithink there is clue to the problem in that statement. It is easy to get lost inthe [web distortion field](http://www.ericsink.com/articles/Boundaries.html).People see pages of plans, videos of results, and articles praising those whohave done similar projects, particularly within communities of makers. Theyassume that at this point what they are doing is no big deal, because (to quotethe song) “it’s all been done before”. This is understandable really, when youlook at the internet you see communities devoted to everything.Enthusiasts can collect and share their accomplishments. This hasamazing results — rapid iterations of plans result in new, complex, projectshappening faster than ever. Unfortunately though, it seems to promote this odd,myopic view, where people judge their results against the state of affairs inthe community. By doing this, they miss (or forget) just how cool theiraccomplishments are.In one sense, this is just modesty on the part of the makers — they know ofsomething cooler and admit it. In another sense, (the Maker Faire sense), thismyopic view can be a bit damaging. The point of the Faire is to present newstuff to people who have never encountered it before. Just because yours is the400th frobulator rather than the first, doesn’t change one important fact: it’sreally freaking awesome. It may not make the front-page of frobulator weekly,but it is also way cooler than any solder-by-numbers kit. Even moreimportantly: outside of the frobulation community, almost no one has heard ofyour frobulators — even if they would be really interested. People sometimesjust need opportunity and exposure to new thing. This is what we at UC MiniMaker Faire consider the true heart of these gatherings: community building andrecruiting. This is why we want you to show off your “not-so-great” project ata booth. It grows your community, enriches the maker scene, and brings us alltogether as a result.Have a project? What are you waiting for? Get a booth today! Emailucmakerfaire@gmail.com if you are interested in having a booth, demo, or talkat the Faire!
- Let’s get this thing going!
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