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 deadline to participate has been extended to Sunday, April 15th!  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.


Check-out this interesting review of Orlando Maker Faire, a two-day event.  It’s not just about a homemade speedometer for a skateboard, tweaking a coffee maker to produce the perfect brewing temperature,  nor children experiencing virtual reality for the first time.  It’s about building community.  “Often times, when you are building a project, you do it alone,” Jared Porcenaluk says. “Knowing other people are out there, there are other nerds out there, doing similar things as you is a real morale booster and a confidence booster.”


We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire last year.  Two such groups are the Orrville Police and Fire Departments.  They showcased some of the equipment and new technology they used in the field.  Faire attendees could interact with the technology,  such as cameras that showed what is able to be viewed when worn by officers.

Police had Axon Body Cameras available to show the public.  Police also brought SRT equipment to show. The Fire Department distributed handouts and talked about fire prevention.


Rounding out our makers who participated is David Pickett from Orrville.  At his, David demonstrated an interactive, portable, noninvasive device to treat congestive heart failure and angina. The device improves blood flow throughout the body. It has a patented cuff design allows for lower pressures to attain effective treatment and improve patient safety and comfort.

This compression device is used to treat congestive heart failure and angina non-invasively.  The main control unit was brought to the faire along with a massage table to demonstrate treatment.  The control panel was constructed using the CNC router constructed at one of Schantz Makerspace’s many workshops!


If you would like to know more about from Orrville Police & Fire Departments or about the external counterpulsation device, 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 15th, so reserve your space today.  Thanks and we look forward to you joining us in 2018!


Until next week,