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.

Cooking Up Science: Ice Cream, You Scream!

As hot weather creeps towards Oregon, the thoughts of many turn to usual summer pastimes: swimming, hiking, barbeques, and of course, ice cream! Beyond the love affair with our taste buds, there’s a lot of cool science behind this sweet treat. Keep reading to learn what makes ice cream so sweet and smooth, and how you can make it at home without any fancy equipment!

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?!

Hot Hands, Instant Crystals, and Super Cool Solutions

As the weather gets colder, fingers get frosty. Most chemical hand warmers are single use and take a while to warm up. But it's easy to make an instant, reusable hot pack with two simple ingredients: baking soda and vinegar. Follow the recipe below to make your own at home!

Materials:
  • 1 cup white vinegar (acetic acid C2O2H4)
  • 5 level teaspoons of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate NaHCO3
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