Meet a Maker! Wayne County Mini Maker Faire

Hello everyone,

Plans are underway for the next Wayne County Mini Maker Faire on May 19th, 2018.  Be sure to mark your calendar to attend and especially to participate as a “maker”.  The Daily Record said it best: “Dubbed the ‘Greatest Show and Tell on Earth’, over 1,300 people flocked to the inaugural faire at the University of Akron Wayne College this past May where they were able to step back in time and see the future at the same time.

But you don’t have to wait until 2018 to enjoy the excitement and awe of Maker Faire.  These events are happening all over the country (and all over the world), over 220 of them each year.  Need inspired?  Check-out pictures and videos from World Maker Faire which rocked New York City two weekends ago.

If you couldn’t make it to New York, you can experience the event with a recording of this live stream.  Going to a World Maker Faire is an experience of a lifetime!


For those wondering, what, exactly, is a maker faire, it is “a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these ‘makers’ to show hobbies, experiments, and projects,” according to its website.


We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  One such person is Ben Ault.  He enjoys learning about the hobby of high powered rocketry. From design to flight and everything in between.  Ben is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University in mechanical and aerospace engineering.  At Case, he was involved in the Rocket Team as vice president and lab manager where he developed his interest in high powered rocketry.

Ben makes and launches mid powered and high powered rockets. He brought a few examples of rockets that he constructed and showed videos and pictures of launches.  Currently, he is building a rocket capable of heights of 10,000-feet or more!  Ben recently used the CNC mill at the Wayne College 3D Lab to carve a window mold  for the nosecone.


Rounding out our makers who participated is Steve Kitchen.  He demonstrated the art of flintknapping; faire attendees saw how Native Americans made stone arrowheads of flint from Ohio quarries.  Attendees also saw how the modern knapper uses these colorful pieces to create moving works of art called mobiles.

Steve is a flintknapper and demonstrated the process of making stone arrowheads as the Native Americans did. He brought many examples of reproductions of arrowhead types that would be found in Ohio. He uses arrowheads to make moving artistic mobiles of various types. These were displayed as well. Steve demoed flintknapping for many art fairs and have demoed for the College of Wooster Archeaology Department, many times.


If you would like to know more about the Ben’s model rockets or Steve’s flintknapping works,  please reply to this email.


Plans are underway for the 2018 Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 19, 2018 for the 2nd Annual Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  The event is free to attend and participate.  To be a maker at the faire, be sure to signup here.  We’d love to have you and participation is free.  Thanks and we look forward to you joining us in 2018!


Until next week,