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 1,200 people flocked to the third 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.

Maker Faire Tokyo showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers – anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.  As commented by Dale Daugherty, founder of the “maker movement”, “Maker Faire Tokyo was, as always, special.  The question I ask everyone there is why there is so much original, creative work in Tokyo, so many side projects done just for fun.  The Faire had about 300 makers (somewhat smaller due to venue constraints) but had about 24,000 people over the weekend.”  Check-out the below video and series of video shorts that Dale created to share his experience with others.

Want to learn more about featured Maker Faires in other countriesClick here for a full list of featured Maker Faires that are work traveling for.

We are proud to showcase Ohio makers participating in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire.  Two of these people are Rolf and Linda Nelson.  At the Maker Faire this past May, Rolf displayed 3D printed Civil War toy soldiers with examples of 3D prints and information on how they were designed.  Linda brought examples of decoupaged ornaments made from a variety of base materials suitable for various holidays with instructional handouts available.  

Rolf is a retired Tech Ed. teacher and military miniature collector active in the Schantz Maker Space.  His wife is a retired university accountant and life-long crafter who specializes in ornaments primarily for Christmas.

Another person who participated in the Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is Christina of Duck Tape Creations.  We all know of duck tape.  We use it to fix everything, right?  Well what else can you do with it?  At the Maker Faire last year, Christina show attendees what can be created with this sticky tape that can be used from everything from fashion to practical purposes.  Anything is possible!

Christina is a student at Wooster High School.  She loves to learn and discover everything there is to create. Nothing is more satisfying to her than bringing ideas to life!

Rounding out our participating makers are students from Chippewa High School.  The Chippewa Robotics team brought a lot of cool technology to the faire, including LEGO & Vex robots and drones.  Faire attendees got to fly handheld drones with virtual reality headsets, drive wheeled robots around the packed Maker Faire hallways, and other fun activities.

Chippewa High School is a public high school in Doylestown, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Chippewa Local Schools district. Their nickname is the Chipps!

If you would like to know more about Rolf & Linda’s 3D printed & holiday hobbies, Christina’s amazing duck tape creations, or the Chippewa High School’s Robotics team, please reply to this email!

The Call For Makers is now open for the 4th 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 4 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!