Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—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 original Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2014 celebrated its ninth annual show with some 1,100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Silver Spring, Paris, Rome, Oslo, Trondheim, Tokyo, Newcastle (UK), and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, "featured" 2014 Maker Faires and over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world, including right here in Portland!
The Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI showcases the amazing works 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. The sheer variety of the more than 130 exhibits, most of them hands-on, will boggle the mind. The Portland Mini Maker Faire will run the gamut from demonstrations of 3D printing and robot welding, to knife forging and medieval footwear, to bee keeping, recycled skateboard jewelry, and much more.
Among the anticipated highlights:
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11:00AM | The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory
with Windell Oskay, PhD, Co-Founder, Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
12:00PM | Up-close and Personal with R2D2: Building Your Own Droid
with Chris Stephens, R2D2 Builders Group
1:00 PM | Making Maker Minds: How Play, Tinkering, and Sharing Improve Learning
with Josh Bancroft, Developer Education Strategist at Intel
2:00PM | Building Maker Communities
with Dale Dougherty, Editor-In-Chief of MAKE Magazine and Founder of Maker Faire
3:00PM | Engineering a Difference in High School
with Jacob Bendicksen, Co-President of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1540
4:00PM | Stop Motion Animation & Rigging with LAIKA
with LAIKA: Rigging with Ollie Jones, Animation Rigging Supervisor, and Chris Gough, Rigger at LAIKA
11:00AM | Aikido with Mind and Body Coordination
with Scott MacHaffie, Oregon Ki Society
12:00PM | Making in a Digital World
with David Perry, Founder & Designer at Open Fab PDX
1:00PM | Making Science Matter: A Journey through Modern Media
with Dr. Kiki Stanford, Producer & Host, This Week in Science
2:00PM | Everything You Want to Know about 3D Printing
with Shashi Jain, Organizer of Portland 3D Printing Lab
3:00PM | Hack Oregon
with Catherine Nikolovski, Executive Director at Hack Oregon
4:00PM | Making a Solar Car
with Tom Stueve, Oregon High School Solar Car Team