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.  Just two weeks away!  Be sure to mark your calendar to attend.  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.


  Our 2018 Makers Are Finalized!   


We are thrilled that many of them from the 2017 faire are coming back this year and there are many new makers as well.  This year’s faire will host 75+ makers from all corners of the community.  Click here to see all of the interesting and friendly folks who are participating this year.  There truly is something for everyone.


Check-out this interesting video of the 8th Annual World Maker Faire in New York, a two-day event.  It is family fun festival to MAKE, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.  Features from World Maker Faire New York 2017 included projects with social impact and making for good, health care and food, alongside the latest developments from core pillars of the Maker Movement such as microelectronics, 3D printing, drones, robotics and more. Favorite attractions such as the Coke Zero & Mentos Show from Eepybird, and art installations were also on display.


 We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire last year.  One such maker is Chris Shepherd.  Chris offered farming thermoelectric demonstrations for kids.  The farming “connection” is the silage (feed).

Chris offered hands on activities for kids with thermoelectrics, using heat to make electricity.  Kids took-home cells after learning about them.  Chris also used parabolic and/or Fresno lens to heat the thermoelectric.  For another heating idea, he used a lantern for the heat source (vegetable or kerosene).  Super capacitors were also used to store the power (as well as solar panels).  Chris has a corn sheller that runs from a DC motor & battery / solar panel.  And finally, Chris demonstrated how silage makes ethanol. Can make ethanol in small batches from feed, then eventually fuel.


Rounding out our makers who participated are members of the Wilderness Center Wood Carvers Club.  Their club performs hand carving of all types of figures, animals, birds, etc.  Carvers were on-hand to describe how they are carved and finished.

The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays each month.  Learning is accomplished with members sharing their expertise and the presentation of a little project each month.  These monthly projects give them the opportunity to get acquainted with many techniques as well as a variety of materials and styles of carving from whittling to detailed woodburning.


If you would like to know more about Chris Shepherd or the Wilderness Center Wood Carvers Club , 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.  Thanks and we look forward to you joining us!


Until next week,