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.

 

SPECIAL NOTE  

The deadline to signup to participate is the end of this week, April 1st!  Space is limited, so signup here.

 

The Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement.  It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.  Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The 2017 faire hosted 70 makers from all corners of the community, many of whom are coming back for the faire this May!  Click here to see all of the interesting and friendly folks who participated last year.  There truly is something for everyone.

 

World Maker Faire New York completed its 8th annual flagship Faire on September 23 & 24 at the New York Hall of Science on a warm and sunny weekend perfect for getting out to celebrate the Maker Movement. Over 90,000 making enthusiasts from along the East Coast, across the country, and beyond, came out to get hands-on with and inspired by the amazing projects showcased at the Faire by over 750 makers.

We have a great slideshow from World Maker Faire to share with you—view it here. And if you missed any part of the Faire, this video covers the happenings from Saturday. Enjoy!

 

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire last year.  One such group are volunteers from Wayne College and The Schantz Organ Company.  They offered Kids Zone, a blend of hands on, STEAM focused activities to encourage younger visitors to explore new interests.

The Kids Zone was a huge success with hands on activities including origami, build a Snap Circuit radio, build a cup castle, physical fitness activity, parachute fun run, make a button, magic trick, pirate treasure maps (stamps placed throughout faire), and a computer mapping activity.

The Schantz Organ Company has a lot of new things in-store for this year’s Kids Zone.  You won’t want to miss it!

 

Rounding out our makers who participated is Krista Rickert of Intaglio Printmaking from Akron, Ohio.  At her exhibit, Krista demonstrated printmaking techniques, how to ink-up your own plate and run it through her mini press!  Faire attendees made takeaway prints and explored cards, bookmarks, and gifts.  Intaglio had several traditional printmaking processes at their booth for attendees to dive into!

Krista brought a couple transportable press beds for the monotype or letterpress process and a screen for screen printing.  They had had inking stations for attendees to walk up and make a print at their booth as a take away.  They also showed people how to make a print and let them design their own.

 

If you would like to know more about the Kids Zone or Intaglio Printmaking, please reply to this email!

 

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.  The signup deadline is April 1st, so reserve your space today.  Thanks and we look forward to you joining us in 2018!

 

 

Until next week,

Tom