Stay tuned for this years theme and special appearances!
Lots to see and do at the MiniMaker Faire
See you Sunday!
RE Station: REpair, REmake, REuse
Naker: Rubber Band Airplanes
Naker: Blacksmith – Kelly Backs
Naker: HamRadio Group
Naker: Zaffi Green
Naker: Turtle Dragon 3D
Naker: Artificial Intelligence Demo
Art: Ecole Du Pacifique – jewelry
Art: Button Maker
Get Makered Trailer
Maker: Cool School
Maker: Toy hacks (Thomas Smith) Nerf Dude
Artist: Engaged Art
Maker:Table Top Steam Engine
Art: Emily Smith Felting
Maker: Lee-Ann – Pender Harbour ROV submarine
Maker: Murpy’s Adventures in Fly+Fishing
Fun: Bottle Rocket – Kaiden
Textiles: UnWind Knit and Fibre
Maker: Maker Mobile & the Magic Trout Imaginarium
Maker: Brynn from Kindred Drums
Music: Bag pipes!
Music: Dave Piasta Cigar Box Cigars
Fun: Telus VR Demo
The kids are all right. Coast secondary school students responded enthusiastically for a call for submissions to illustrate this year’s Mini Maker Faire theme, “RE” (as in: re-use, re-pair, re-make, re-cycle…) Faire organizers selected the playful graphic created by Chatelech’s Anais Bayle, pictured above with Faire Co-executive Producer Bryan Cramer.
The 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire, set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday May 28 at Gibsons’ Dougall Park, will celebrate the collaborations and creations of over 65 CoastMakers members and their business and non-profit organization partners. Now proudly part of the global Maker Faire movement, CoastMakers are stoked. With inspiration from ‘super-makers’ and the kids’ enthusiasm and out-of-the-box concepts, it’s going to be a crazy, fun and interesting family-friendly afternoon.
Makers of all ages are invited to share their inventions, creations, repurposing, wisdom and more. Show us how to improve our world! Register online
They help make the Faire a reality! Sponsors receive generous and very visible recognition on event advertising, at the Faire site and on the website. And the appreciation and gratitude of the young makers? It’s priceless.
We’ll have more stats for you once we’ve recovered our wits after a huge day at the 2nd Annual Sunshine Coast Mini Maker Faire, but we can say that it exceeded expectations – again – and shows the demand on the Coast for the maker movement and STEM education.
26+ Makers, 12 workshops offered in multiple slots throughout the day, a booming hot dog stand benefiting Gibsons Elementary School, speakers on the main stage and a gazillion kids having an amazing time…
Are we doing it again for 2017? Absolutely! If you’d like to join the Mini Maker Faire crew head first to http://www.coastmakers.com and join us there. Planning for 2017 will begin this fall.
In the meantime, here’s the photostream from yesterday – let us know if you have some images or video you’d like to add!
Gibsons Building Supplies in upper Gibsons has expanded their support over last year to become a Gold Sponsor for 2016.
We appreciate GBS’ commitment to ingenuity and exploration – it makes a material difference to our ability to put on a Mini Maker Faire in our community.
If you’re a Maker, you can reward GBS for their support of our Maker synergy by shopping there for your supplies.
The trailer with personality+, Get Makered 3D Design & Print Studio, returns to the Sunshine Coast Mini Maker Faire for 2016, with an upgraded scanner setup… and this year it is being run by GetMakered’s youth manager Owyn Cramer and two friends.
This year has been a busy one for GetMakered, with appearances at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, Seattle Maker Mini Faire, and presentations to the principals and administrators of School District 46 and to the technology champion teachers from our school district in April. Bryan Cramer has been developing learning modules around a variety of digital technologies including 3D Printing, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects for integrated and multi-disciplinary learning. Get Makered also visited a private birthday party with 10 girls, 2 of whom were trained to do the scanning before the other guests arrived.
Owyn has also integrated the digital files of scanned subjects into the Unreal Gaming Engine with PolyCount’s support – a key sponsor for GetMakered in 2016 – so that players can import their bust into the gaming environment to create objects or avatars using their own likenesses.
GetMakered is also heading to Austin Texas this Friday for OSCON 2016, the largest open source software conference in North America after a wildly successful booth at 2015’s event held in Portland Oregon. The trailer – a project involving many members of the Coast Makers – is staying home, but the rest of the equipment has been broken down to fit in suitcases to recreate in booth form next week. Running the booth with Founder Diane Mueller will be Owyn and Bryan Cramer, after community members and sponsors contributed to a gofundme campaign to fund Owyn’s participation. At 14 (he will turn 15 in Austin) if he manages it while Diane and Bryan are otherwise engaged, he will be one of the – if not the – youngest person running a booth at OSCON and he will be attending a number of the educational tracks as well.
For more information: http://www.getmakered.com
What excites me most, is building from scratch. Whether it’s an event, a program or a toque, I practice active engagement with all steps of a process. I started knitting after I graduated from design school because I felt starved for some sort of tangible, creative outlet. Spending countless hours and late nights on the computer, I realized that although I’m excited about communication design and graphics, it is necessary for me to physically engage with the world in a way that’s meaningful and tactile. I don’t always make things from scratch (It’s really not all that realistic always), but the experience and time taken to understand the process, is one that I find extremely valuable- and my favourite approach to learning about the world.
Shortly after I picked up my knitting needles again, I became curious about the fibres my yarn was made from and started spinning, felting, and playing with natural dyes. My mind is continually blown by how flexible and malleable these raw materials are. Through engaging with fibre and spending time at Vancouver Hack Space, I have felt a stronger connection to the people around me and have even discovered a new found appreciation of chemistry, physics, electronics and mathematics and how they work together.
Through my work and play with the maker community, I’ve discovered that this project and experience-based approach to learning really isn’t all that unique. There’s an entire movement of people advocating for STEM-based curriculum – an arts-based approach to learning about engineering, technology and science, told through the language of mathematics. I believe in this teaching model because I believe that it prepares students for the real world, in a meaningful and engaged way. Also. Learning can be (and is) fun and cool.
After 3 years of serving as Director for Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, I am now a board member for Vancouver Maker Foundation (The non-profit behind Vancouver Mini Maker Faire that I co-founded). Read more about my experience spearheading a Maker Faire on MAKE Magazine.
I am also currently working as Educational Coordinator at VIVO Media Arts Centre.
You can see some of the projects I’ve been involved with here… yarnbombing, needle felting, glow bike tutorial, arduino patch, Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra and more.