Meet a Maker! Wayne County Mini Maker Faire

Hello everyone,

Plans are underway for the next Wayne County Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 19th.  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 last year.

It’s a mix of new technology, inventions, interesting people, traditional (and not so traditional) hobbies.  From yarn spinning to spinning robots, it’s all part of Maker Faire.  If you haven’t been a Maker Faire anywhere in the world, it’s an unforgettable experience, now here in Wayne County!

 

These bizarre bazaars are gleeful public displays of innovation and do-it-yourself inventiveness, and the only requirement for participants is that they make the contraptions themselves and want to make them accessible to others.  When you visit a table, display or presentation, the guy controlling the fire spouting from his dragon car is the same fellow who built the thing, usually from the ground up.  He’ll probably tell you exactly how he made it happen, too.

Check-out this video that explains what Maker Faire is all about:

 

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  One such person is Theresa Rabbitts.  Theresa, the mother of three amazing children, is a Student Services Counselor at Wayne College.  One of her hobbies includes upcycling and recycling a wide variety of items.  From wine bottle corks to kitty litter buckets, everything has a use.

Theresa uses empty bottles and jars to make useful items like planters, candle holders, and storage or creates decorative items like jewelry or wind chimes.  At last year’s faire, she showed how people to create various items from empty bottles and jars.  Some items included wind chimes, planters, candle holders, and jewelry.

 

Rounding out our makers who participated are the Norwayne Makers from Norwayne Elementary and Norwayne Middle School.  Their CAT class (grade 3-7) students displayed a variety of creations they prepared for last year’s Faire.  Their students love to invent and are thrilled to create, using their critical thinking skills for the Maker Faire’s creations.

Some of the creations the students have made included homemade play doh, a battery potato, a brush cleaner, colored lighting for plants, bug nutrition facts, homemade fidget spinners, and a mouse trap car!  We are interested to see what the Norwayne Makers will bring to the Fair this year.

 

Check out the video above; plans are underway for the 2018 Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 19, 2018 for an unforgettable experience.  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,

Tom

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.  Please click here to see their full line-up of makers.

 

Istanbul offered its fifth annual large-scale Maker Faire.  With close to 400 maker projects and more than 100 diverse workshops on the lineup, there wasn’t a dull moment.  Check-out some of the faires highlights here.

 

 

 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 Robert Witmer.  He and his wife Waunita demonstrated three inventions they have taken to the marketplace that include sand anchors to hold beach umbrellas, newspaper tube weather guard vinyl flaps, and self-cleaning natural peanut butter mixers.

Bob and Waunita displayed and demonstrated the application and purpose of these inventions, including five sizes of self-cleaning natural peanut butter mixers that blends the separated oils that naturally occurs inside the original jars. They brought items to give away that relate to natural peanut butter.

 

Rounding out our makers who participated is Jerry Troyer.  He invented Caddy-pal, a versatile caddy that can transport lawn chairs to your outdoor event and then flips over to be used as a handy little table for grilling, small child’s table, etc.

 

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,

Tom

Stair climbing robots, 3D printed lithophanes, and a trip to the Home & Garden Show

Hello everyone,

It’s the start of the Spring semester here at Wayne College.  It’s refreshing see a sea of new faces every semester as well as students we’ve known.  New students who were introduced to the 3D Lab during orientation are already making their way to the lab, creating interesting items from Thingiverse and original designs on the 3D printers.  This semester will be quite busy as we have two engineering classes that will depend upon the 3D Lab, the rocket building Dynamics class and the famous robot contests in the Tools for Engineering class.  It will be an exciting time!

 

Last semester, students were challenged to build stair climbing robots based on LEGO Mindstorms EV3 technology.  This is no easy task as our steps are not carpeted and the lower part of each step is recessed, leaving little area for gripping.  It’s amazing what inventions that our students come-up with.

Some students 3D printed custom attachments to improve the LEGO parts that came with their kits.  The robots ranged from flexible, imaginative designs like the one above to monstrous, tank-like robots with multiple “brain” control bricks.  It was entertaining to watch the attempts, successes, and comical failures.  Some students controlled their robots from smart phones, tablets, and even videogame controllers!

 

3D printers continue to amaze us with new ways of doing “old” things.  Jeff Wiles from the Schantz Makerspace found a website that converts digital photographs to lithophanes, creating three dimensional artwork in very thin layers that can be seen clearly when backlit.

 

The process is simple.  Upload a photo of your choice to the website, set it as a “positive” image, select a curvature for the overall desired shape, then download the generated STL file.  This file can be printed on any 3D printer, notably at Wayne College and the Tevo Tarantulas that Schantz Makerspace participants have been building over the past year.   Almost 60 low-cost printers have been built by the group so far!

 

Last year, the 3D Lab made an offsite visit to the Wayne County Home & Garden Show at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.  Over 10,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors were present, featuring landscaping companies, remodeling contractors, interior design companies, and more.  Our 3D printer was a bit hit at the show and some contractors were interested how it could improve their business.  And as usual, attendees and lots of kids were fascinated with the portable printer that we brought along.  Be sure to see us at the upcoming H&G Show the weekend of April 28th!

The Wayne College 3D Lab makes free road trips to schools, community organizations, and businesses.  We bring a portable 3D printer and give presentations and demos of how they work, explained careers in engineering, and what this “maker movement” is all about.  If interested, please send an email to tjh1@uakron.edu to setup a visit!

 

Stay tuned as things get busy in the 3D Lab; we have lots of stories to tell and interesting projects students are building!

 

GreenBatch turns waste plastic into free 3D printer filament for schools

https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/greenbatch-turns-waste-plastic-free-3d-printer-filament-schools-123989

 

Interested in the stair stepping robots that our students made?  Make your own cute, 3D printed Arduino crawling robot here:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Critter-3D-Printed-Crawling-Arduino-Robot

 


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 there!

Don’t miss the next Maker Monday which is Monday, February 19th at 7:00 at Wooster High School.  The Wooster Robotics Team will be there to showcase their battling arena robots!

 

We offer a free “listserv” that allows to you ask questions to members in the makerspace. It’s great for sharing ideas, forming friendships, and helping & advising each other. To join, send an email to listserv@lists.uakron.edu with

“SUBSCRIBE MAKERSPACE-GROUP” in the subject line.