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.

Upcoming Member Night!

Member Night: Friday, September 28 from 6-9pm. An opportunity to see our newest exhibitions, Grossology and RACE. This very special evening features a full schedule of family-friendly activities and demonstrations, such as:

  • Meet batman! 
  • Make your own buttons and masks 
  • Special food menu available for purchase 
  • Segway rides 
  • FREE 7pm showing of Life: A Cosmic Story in the Planetarium (first-come-first-served) 
  • Stay for the 9pm showing of the Dark Knight Rises (Ticket Prices Apply) 

Members, time to flex your memory!

Did you know that things you find interesting are easier to remember because they are more likely to “imprint” in your brain? Furthermore, discovering things in your world that are interesting is actually good for you.

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.

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