Meet a Maker! Wayne County Mini Maker Faire

Hello everyone,

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 Daily Record said it best: “Dubbed the ‘Greatest Show and Tell on Earth’; over 1,300 people flocked to the second annual faire at the University of Akron Wayne College last May.  It was a fresh experience with favorite makers from last year coming back along with new makers and new things to see and do.


The Cleveland Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday (tomorrow)!  It runs from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Library (main library on Superior Avenue).  Be sure not to miss this incredible event.

2018 marks Cleveland Mini Maker Faire’s 6th year!  Are you ready?  This celebration of Cleveland’s spirit of ingenuity, exploration, invention and just plain fun has something for everyone with an emphasis on hands-on action: touch, try, test and tweak, build, break, bust and bedazzle, launch, lift, light and learn, scout, sculpt, seek and show, explore, elaborate, engage and, most of all, enjoy!

Get your hands on cutting edge technology and cool projects.  Enjoy workshops led by expert Makers.  And, get ready to have your mind blown over and over again!


We are proud to showcase Ohio makers who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire this year.  One such maker is Ben Ault.  He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University in mechanical and aerospace engineering.  At Case, Ben was involved in the Rocket Team as vice president and lab manager where he developed his interest in high powered rocketry.  Rocketry allows him to combine his enjoyment for manufacturing and fabrication with his interest in engineering.

At the past two Maker Faires, Ben brought huge model rockets and demonstrated how they work.  Model rocketry is for every age and experience level, from design to launch.  Faire attendees came to see what model rocketry is all about.


Rounding out our makers who participated is Dick Radosevik.  He is a retired Electrical Engineer with a BS from the University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering.  Other than co-op experience, Dick worked at one location in Akron for Goodyear Aerospace, Lorel Defense Systems, and Lockheed Martin. He worked in the defense industry on simulation systems, large scale parallel processors, and underwater systems.  Dick has been a Volunteer for Green Energy Ohio (GEO) coordinating the local GEO Annual Solar Tours for seven years and was the GEO Volunteer of the Year for 2014.

Dick’s major interest is renewable energy and sustainability.  For the past two maker faires, Dick brought and demonstrated solar panels and an electric car.  The sun is the largest energy source in the solar system. In fact, more energy from the sun hits the earth in one hour than the entire world uses in one year!  Solar energy technology harnesses the power of the sun for human use, but we’ve only just begun to tap its full potential.


If you would like to know more about Ben’s model rockets or Dick’s solar power experiences, please reply to this email.


The Call For Makers is now open for the 3rd annual Wayne County Mini Maker Faire!  Participation is free; You can apply with our online application here.  You can also apply via postal mail and telephone.  Number 3 is going to be bigger than ever for us as makers return to the Wayne College to fill the Student Life Building and landscape with incredible innovation and creativity. Remember, space is limited so you have to apply as soon as possible to ensure that you get your spot at the greatest show (& tell) on earth!


Until next week,