Westport Mini Maker Faire
The Mini Maker Faire in Westport showcases invention, creativity, and resourcefulness in a celebration of the maker mindset in a hands-on environment. It is produced by the Library and Remarkable STEAM, Inc. Throughout the Library and on Jesup Green.
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To make your entry into the Faire quicker, print off the wavier, fill it out, and bring it with you. Waiver
This year’s Mini Maker Faire will feature the latest in 3D printing, Arduino board and Raspberry Pi applications, ham radios, DIY biology, computer-assisted drawing (CAD) demonstrations, woodworking, vintage electronics, robotics, remote-controlled aircraft, student projects, unusual tools and machines, composting, and rocketry. A $1,000 prize will be awarded by the Awesome Foundation CT to one exhibitor whose work best exemplifies the Maker Faire principles of innovation, experimentation, and craftsmanship (for more information, see awesomect.org/makerfaire).
This year’s exhibitors include:
* Balam Soto, of Open Wire Labs in Hartford, is a visual artist who integrates technology into interactive art. The winner of many Maker Faire awards, he will demonstrate the Exp.Ins.X, an interactive experimental instrument; and BodysoundSuit V3, a dancer’s suit that captures movement and translates it into sound and graphics.
* Jeff Burchard, of Advanced Educational Technologies, will demonstrate printing on a commercial-grade Stratasys 3D Printer and provide some limited hands-on activities for attendees that bring a .stl file on a flash drive. He will also bring an Epilog Laser Engraving System.
* Student robotics teams from Westport and other Connecticut communities.
* David Heim, a Brookfield Arts Center instructor and editor of two books, including Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, will demonstrate how to create a 3D model of a piece of period furniture in SketchUp, a computer program for designing objects for 3D printing.
* Alec Foege, author of The Tinkerers, will speak about the history of tinkering and how tinkering is making a comeback.
* Tim Walker, a Westport resident and member of the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club, will provide samples of projects built by radio amateurs. There will be a display of antique and modern equipment.
* Dalton Ghetti, a Bridgeport artist, will display amazing objects carved into the exposed lead at the end of a pencil.
* Hands-on presentations by Wakeman Town Farm's junior apprentices about homesteading and sustainability. Younger children will be able to participate in a question-and-answer session about how to raise backyard chickens and how to make compost.
* Scott Rownin, a Westport resident, will demonstrate his recent invention SafeRide, which blocks texting capabilities in cars.