Second Annual Wayne County Mini Maker Faire

On Saturday, May 19th, The University of Akron Wayne College will host the second annual Mini Maker Faire for Wayne County and the surrounding area. Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new!

As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. The Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Makers come to show their creations and share their learnings. Attendees flock to Maker Faires to glimpse the future and find the inspiration to become Makers themselves.

There are 200 faires occurring all over the world.  In 2014, a record 215,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York.  In Ohio, there are annual “Mini” Maker Faires in Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron, and Canton, drawing more than 1,500 to each event.

 

Call for Makers

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.

Want to be a part of this exciting community event?  Anyone can participate in a Maker Faire.  Bring your own creations, inventions, hobbies to the Faire and invite friends & family who are inventive, resourceful, and creative.  Community organizations (such as 4-H, Future Farmers of America, Girl/Boy Scouts, youth clubs, etc.) and schools (arts, science, STEM/STEAM) are perfect for bringing projects to a Maker Faire as well as businesses that produce innovative and unusual products.  Participation in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is free.  Please fill-out an application at waynecounty.makerfaire.com by April 1st.

 

Be a Volunteer or Sponsor

Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect with people & projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is a “fair” — fun, engaging, and exciting.  There are many areas to volunteer such as production, setup, check-in, booth assistance, crowd control, and more.  If you wish to volunteer, we welcome your help!

Have your business be a Maker at the event with an interactive booth and educate attendees about your company or what you make every day.  Sponsoring the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire with financial support, goods, and services at various levels provides “perks” such as your company logo on Maker Faire communications, volunteer shirts, printed materials, website presence, and banners at the Faire.  Having a booth at the Faire is great advertising and a wonderful way to connect with the community.

To become a sponsor or volunteer, please contact Tom Hammond at makerfaire@uakron.edu or by calling 330-684-8722.

The Wayne County Mini Maker Faire brought to you by The University of Akron Wayne College and is made possible through the support of our platinum-level sponsors: the Romich Foundation and Make: Makezine.com.  Come join the fun!  Apply to be a maker at waynecounty.makerfaire.com today.

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.

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.

 

Maker Faire Bay Area is one of the largest Maker Faires in the world!  Last year, 125,000 people from 50 states and 48 countries flocked to San Mateo where over 1,200 “makers” revealed their awe inspiring inventions.  It was three days of unforgettable experiences.  But don’t take my word for it, check-out these photos and videos from the event.  If you happen to be in California this summer, be sure to buy tickets today.

 

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire last year.  One such person is Robin Wisner from the Smithville Historical Society.  She works at the Mischler Weaving Mill.  In the mill, they have hand looms and power looms from the early 1900’s, making rag rugs, dishcloths, and dish towels.

At the 2017 faire, the group brought a small floor loom for demonstration.  Participants saw hand weaving in action, asked question, and could see & touch the various products of the looms.

In addition to the weaving mill, the Historical Society runs a pioneer village with working tinsmiths, potters, and blacksmiths.  Their products were available for participants to see and enjoy.

 

Rounding out our makers who participated is Dick Radosevic from Canton, Ohio.  At his exhibit, Dick brought various sizes and uses of solar panels for residential, commercial, and electric vehicle applications, perfect for renewable energy and sustainability.

Dick brought a trailer with 8 PV panels, and Chevy Volt electric vehicle to demonstrates the size of a Solar PV system to provide a 10,000 mile capability, a small fuel cell for a water cycle demo, a small, sun driven Sterling engine (3D printed), and charts describing how various renewable energy systems work and how to size them.

 

If you would like to know more about the Smithville Historical Society or Dick’s renewable energy ideas, 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; reserve your space today!  Thanks and we look forward to you joining us in 2018!

Until next week,

Tom

 

Homemade sound generator, candy bar mold, reuleaux triangle bearings, and custom fidget spinners!

Hello everyone,

It’s hard to believe that half of the semester is finished.  Our engineering students are building wind tunnels to test the aerodynamics of their soon-to-be-built model rockets, others are building LEGO Mindstorms robots for the upcoming tests and competitions, while various students are printing interesting stuff in both the 3D Lab and 3D Lounge.

Apart from the engineering projects and assignments that involve the 3D Lab, students and community members work on a variety of personal projects.  That’s half the fun of a makerspace; it is a place where ideas are made.  Tristan, a long-time frequenter of the lab, recently used resources at our Electronics Station to build a custom sound generator.

With resistors, capacitors, and 555 timer chips available at the Electronics Station, Tristan’s generator creates adjustable tones reminiscent of 8-bit computers from the 80’s such as the Commodore 64.  It’s fascinating to listen to; check out the brief sample video below:

Tristan also designed and 3D printed custom case for the generator, complete with a clear acrylic top using the laser engraver.  Well done!

 

A community member’s great-grandfather owned an ice cream company from the 1920’s.  John wondered if the 3D Lab could produce a candy bar mold, a positive mold which he would pour food-grade silicone rubber into for the negative.

The 3D Lab is certainly up to the task!  Lab staff Josh printed a rough mold using a 3D printer, to test the design of the CAD file.  Next is printing a high resolution version of the mold using our resin 3D printer.  The final, silicone-ready mold will be carved from wax using the Roland CNC mill, also in our lab.  The mill will provide sharp designs and perfectly smooth surfaces.  Stay tuned as we pursue this interesting project!

 

Last year, Tristan explored the use of Reuleaux Triangles.  These are a shapes formed from the intersection of three circular disks, each having its center on the boundary of the other two.  A picture is worth a thousand words:

Even though they are acorn shaped, when several are placed under a surface, they roll like perfectly round bearings!  Tristan attempted to 3D print a bearing system using Reuleaux Triangles, though ran into problems with it when physically tested.

Can these triangles make efficient bearing systems?  Here is an interesting video that explains the science behind it:

Heartland Point is a community center in Orrville that offers a wide variety of creative workshops throughout the year.  The 3D Lab offered workshops at Heartland where folks built candy dispensers and rubber band powered cars.  Participants learned CAD and vector design software at Heartland Point, then visited the 3D Lab at Wayne College to 3D print and laser cut their designs.

This year, the 3D Lab entertained 10 young community members to make custom fidget spinners!  And what an excited group they were.  We taught them how to use InkScape, a free vector art program.

Their designs were cut from colored acrylic pieces using the laser cutter, then bearings snapped into place to finish the spinners.  Kids customized their spinners with their names and see-through cutouts of stars and other shapes, creating one-of-a-kind spinners!  The workshop was a big success and we are thankful to Heartland Point for organizing it.

 

Stay tuned as the semester heats up, quite literally!  Students will begin building robots, rockets, and all sorts of interesting thing in the 3D Lab, so there will be plenty of stories to tell.

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.

What is the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire?  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 videos, taken during the 2017 faire, sum it up perfectly.

 

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.  If you attended the faire last year and want to contact one of the makers for more information, you can do so here.

 

Check out the group La Machine, a group of folks who build massive animated sculptures, such as the elephant below.  La Machine was part of the Nantes France Maker Faire.

 

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  One such person is Adam Smith from the University of Akron, born in Texas.  Adam was an undergraduate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and then earned a PhD from MIT.  After graduating in 2008, Adam moved to UC Berkeley to do postdoctoral work with Jay T Groves.  There his research applied fluorescence spectroscopy methods to problems in cell biology.  In 2012, he started his own lab at the University of Akron, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

At the 2017 faire, his group brought materials for people to build a cardboard spectrometers that they took home.  Visible absorption spectroscopy has a wide range of applications in chemistry labs, biomedical research, and clinical diagnostics. His lab also developed the SpecPhone: a spectrophotometer that can be made with a 3D printer, some inexpensive parts, and a smartphone. The device can make analytically accurate measurements of concentration and can be used for education and DIY scientists.  Adam showed the SpecPhone and advertised various citizen science projects that can be done with it.

 

Rounding out our makers who participated are Barry Romich and Robin Wisner.  Their booth last year promoted the notion of making in schools to support STEM education.  It displayed various maker activities and featured a maker cart of parts to support activities.  The featured item is the Maker Cart, a kit of 15,000 parts including gears, pulleys, shafts, motors, and much more.  Visitors built various items using components from the Maker Cart, such as the WiggleBot in which kids created a visual image on paper that they can take with them.

The Maker Movement is expanding into schools.  Teaching Touches is a small retail store in Erie, Pennsylvania oriented toward parents and teachers of children pre-K through grade 6.  Traditional classroom products are now being supplemented with maker resources.  Teaching Touches offers resources to support making in the educational setting and beyond.

 

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; reserve your space today!  Thanks and we look forward to you joining us in 2018!

 

Until next week,

Tom

Battle bots, rocket arrows, phone amplifiers, and the International Festival

Hello everyone,

Five more weeks to go until the last day of winter!  With regular 20-degree days and blistery winds, the 3D Lab is a toasty warm place to try some creative projects.  It’s also the perfect place to make a personalized, custom made gift for that special someone for Valentine’s Day!  Check out these 3D printed, one-of-a-kind gifts, designed by people from all over the world.  The laser engraver and cutter is wonderful for making Valentine’s gifts, too.  Did you know that you can laser engrave your own words onto heart candy?  Or check out these idea starters!

 

Last semester, our Tools for Engineering students built robots for the climactic Battle Bots Tournament.  Using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits for the motors & “brains” and 3D printed custom attachments, the goal is to use whatever means necessary to push the opposing team’s robot off the “arena”, a circular table.  It’s always an entertaining time, seeing the creative (devious?) ideas to disable and defeat each other’s robots.

Students use Bluetooth enabled smart phones, tablets, and sometimes videogame controllers to pilot their robots during battle.  Sometimes the robots respond well, sometimes hilariously not as well.  Robots are not judged by wins & defeats alone, but also the creativity, design, and thought that went into them.  Much of the design happened right here in the fairly new 3D Lounge.  We’ll have another Battle Bots competition this May, so stay tuned for another fun time!

 

We are thankful for the talented students who assist in the 3D Lab: Sri, Rahul, Josh, and Desmond.  All are talented in different ways.  If you have a project that needs creative and artistic advice, have something that’s broken, need a new part designed, or simply want friendly help to trying the equipment in our lab, our assistants are friendly and willing to help!

Josh is really good at CAD design.  He invented a sound amplifier for his smart phone which was 3D printed and uses cardboard tubing for the sound channels.  It’s an interesting design and works fairly well, considering it is a non powered amplifer.

 

Also this semester, engineering students in the Dymamics class are building custom model rockets.  Each student has complete freedom over its design, from card board tube rockets, 3D printed ones, metal machined, even rockets from pop cans!  Designed are tested in student-made wind tunnels for aerodynamics, center of pressure calculations, center of gravity, and so on.  We’ll let you know when the launch takes place, sometime in early May.

Until then, check-out this video by Tristan, one of our students, on making homemade rocket fuel.  Not quite a success because of equipment problems (the stove wouldn’t get hot enough), but definitely entertaining!  Tristan stuffs his makeshift fuel into arrows to make “rocket arrows”.

 

Last week was the University of Akron Wayne College annual International Festival, our biggest and best yet!  The theme for the three-day event was Explore and Celebrate and opened with an education day featuring presentations, activities, Madrigal Dancers, bagpipe music, cultural competition displays from student organizations, and lots of ethnic food.

The 3D Lab hosted a table at table at the fair and was quite popular.  We made 3D printed objects representing countries all over the world.  Passers by marveled at the Leaning Tower of Pisa that printed on our portable 3D printer.  Many thanks to Sri, Josh, and Rahul who interacted with festival attendees throughout the day!

 

Stay tuned as the semester heats up, quite literally!  Students will begin building robots, rockets, and all sorts of interesting thing in the 3D Lab, so there will be plenty of stories to tell.

 

The first 3D house (printed onsite!) finished earlier this year in Stupino, Moscow:

http://apis-cor.com/en/about/news/first-house

And check-out this 3D printed bridge in Madrid: https://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-3d-printed-pedestrian-bridge-pops-up-in-madrid

 

Upgrade your single color 3D prints to full color with hydro dipping!
https://makezine.com/projects/hydro-dipping-3d-prints

 

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.

 

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 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