Tools, Tech and Teens: A-TAC Update

A-TAC, the Awesome Teen Advisory Council, has been industriously jamming out on projects since their debut at OMSI’s Mini Maker Faire last September. As a little refresher, A-TAC (Awesome Teen Advisory Council) is the design and programming conscience of OMSI and Multnomah County Library’s forthcoming Maker Center.

A-TAC: OMSI’s Teen Maker Movement

Build. Break. Make. Indeed. OMSI and Multnomah County Library’s Awesome Teen Advisory Council (A-TAC) demoed their inventive hearts out at Portland’s first Mini Maker Faire.

The teens used MakerBot Replicators to 3D print mustache rings and space invaders, and an EggBot to personalize ping pong balls. Let’s just say visitors to the A-TAC table did not walk away unhappy. Over 5,000 visitors came to OMSI to view the many inventions on display.

What the heck IS Maker Faire?

Ever since we announced the Portland Mini Maker Faire, the two responses I most often get are "YES, finally!" and "What the heck IS a Maker Faire?" Folks who have been to a Maker Faire in the past or even just heard reports know Portland is a great town to host one, and sure enough nearly all the makers we're showcasing this weekend are from the Pacific Northwest. But those who haven't heard of Maker Faire may need a little background.

So excited for PDX Mini Maker Faire, local crafter can’t sleep at night

Similar to the medieval markets of a well fortified village, craftsmen, artists, builders and people who know the business end of a trebuchet are getting together in just a few weeks to show off their mad skills. Unlike the good old pre-industrial age, though, this faire has a decidedly tech inclination, with robot builders, Arduino programmers, 3D printers and a whole mess of folks who do cool things with LEGO bricks demonstrating what their eclectic organizations and businesses are up to.

Calling All Makers!

OMSI is excited and proud to announce the inaugural Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI September 15 & 16. While it’s only a short eight weeks away we couldn’t wait any longer to show and celebrate the fabulous maker community we have here in Portland and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Plus, as us Oregonians know, the weather won’t hold out much longer before we’re back in rainy season so why not end the summer right?!

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