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Maker Faire Westport: Call for Makers Open

January 22, 2018

The “Call for Makers” is now open for the seventh annual Maker Faire Westport that will be on Saturday, April 21, 2018 throughout downtown Westport. 12,000 attendees are expected. This year’s theme for the event is #WeAreConnecticut and will highlight the people, places and organizations that make Connecticut a great place to live and work.

“We are looking for creative people who want to share their energy and talents with others,” says Mark Mathias, Founder and Co-Chair of Maker Faire Westport. “We are inviting artists, musicians, engineers, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, students, teachers, businesspeople, comedians and creative people of all ages and backgrounds to inspire attendees with what we as humans can do.”

“Our expanded venues and multiple stages will give makers the opportunity to not only have space to engage our attendees, but be on stages to speak about, demonstrate and interact with interested, curious people,” says Alex Giannini, Manager of Experiential Learning at the Westport Library and Co-Chair of Maker Faire Westport.

Apply online at westport.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018.

Companies that wish to benefit from sponsorship should contact Mark Mathias at Remarkable STEAM or 203-226-1791.

About Maker Faire Westport

Maker Faire Westport began in 2011 as the first official Maker Faire event in Connecticut. It has grown to become Connecticut’s largest event focused on creativity and innovation. Over the past six years, Maker Faire Westport has become a catalyst for tinkerers, artisans, engineers, schools, libraries, companies and communities. More than 50,000 people have attended Maker Faire Westport and many thousands more have benefitted through educational programs, maker spaces, employment opportunities and business growth. This year, organizers expect to welcome a record 12,000 people to the Faire.

Maker Faire Westport is produced by Remarkable STEAM, Inc. in partnership with the Westport Library. The Maker Faire Westport name is licensed from Maker Media, Inc. For more information, go to westport.makerfaire.com.

About Remarkable STEAM

Remarkable STEAM is the leading Connecticut organization that promotes innovation and creativity in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). It focuses on support for education and job creation. Remarkable STEAM is a 501(c)(3) organization. Its leadership team founded and through generous community support, finances Maker Faire Westport and supports similar initiatives. It is creating “maker” events and facilities where people can improve their lives and communities.

About the Westport Library

Since 1886, the Westport Library has been devoted to enriching the intellectual and creative lives of the residents of Westport. Overlooking the scenic Saugatuck River, the Westport Library is a vibrant community hub where people of all ages come to seek information, gain knowledge, exchange ideas and share experiences.

Construction is currently underway on a major renovation project at the Library. Among other exciting features, the renovated space will feature an increased number of conference rooms and quiet areas, an enlarged Library Café, a professional, state-of-the-art recording studio, a larger dedicated MakerSpace and a HackerSpace workshop with prototyping equipment and co-working space. To learn more about the project visit: www.wltransformationproject.org.

The Westport Library earned the prestigious “Five-Star Library” status in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 from Library Journal, the nation’s premier publication for libraries. Only 1% percent of public libraries nationally earned 5 stars.

About Maker Faire

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 event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2017 celebrated its twelfth annual show with some 1200 makers and 125,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in six years to 900+ makers and 95,000 attendees. Forty larger scale Maker Faires occur in cities around the world—Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to name a few—and over 220 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced in the United States and in 43 other countries around the world.
 

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"Out with the Old" Take-It-Apart Workshop

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Take apart the MakerSpace's old or broken electronics and see how they work. Join inventor Mike Altis to explore the insides of machines, learn about tools and possibly create your own machine. 
Ages 10 through adult
Free; just drop in.

 

MakerSpace Balcony
Maker Movement
Maker

Electronics Surprise Workshop

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Join MakerSpace inventor Mike Altis in discovering what's in the new do-it-yourself electronics box from Ada Fruit. The Adabox is filled with curated Adafruit products focused around a theme the will help learning in one area in the world of do-it-yourself electronics. Drop by and build something together. Ages 10 & up

MakerSpace Balcony
Maker Movement, Teen
Maker

Family Maker Sunday: T-Shirt Totes

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Bring an old t-shirt* or two to this drop-in workshop and transform it into a personalized beach or shopping tote. Add some bling when it's done with fabric markers. Adult participation is required with young children.

*children's large or adult-sized t-shirts recommended

MakerSpace Balcony
Maker Movement, Family
All ages
Maker
Maker Kids

Introduction to Home Automation

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Join electrical engineer and home automation enthusiast David Halpert to explore current home automation with do-it-yourself components that work with Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomeKit. Ages 13 through adult. Register online )required); limited to 12 participants.

 

MakerSpace Balcony
Maker Movement
High School, Grade 9, Grade 8
Maker
Maker Kids

Sewing with Machines 101: Adults

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Come to one session (either Thursday, February 8 from 6:30-8 pm OR Monday, February 12 from 6:30-8 pm). Learn basic sewing machine techniques with a simple project like a stuffed animal, a drawstring backpack, a pillow or a pencil/tool roll pouch. Workshops conducted by freelance theatrical costumer, C. Delari Johnston.  Bring your own machine or use one of 3 provided by the Westport Library. Register for ONE session and indicate whether you want to use one of the Library sewing machines (limit of 3). Adults

Register for: ONE:

C. Delari Johnston is a freelance theatrical costumer. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from design and construction for community theater at Stamford Theatre Works to regional theater work for Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred Heart University and Ivoryton Playhouse in CT and Glimmerglass Opera in NY to Broadway. She was most recently part of the small army of artisans working on the nationally acclaimed Broadway production, "Hamilton".

MakerSpace Balcony
Maker Movement
Maker

Sewing with Machines 101: Adults

Please see full event listing for date.

Come to one session (either Thursday, February 8 from 6:30-8 pm OR Monday, February 12 from 6:30-8 pm).Learn basic sewing machine techniques with a simple project like a stuffed animal, a drawstring backpack, a pillow or a pencil/tool roll pouch. Workshops conducted by freelance theatrical costumer, C. Delari Johnston.  Bring your own machine or use one of 3 provided by the Westport Library. Register for ONE session and indicate whether you want to use one of the Library sewing machines (limit of 3). Adults

Register for: ONE:

C. Delari Johnston is a freelance theatrical costumer. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from design and construction for community theater at Stamford Theatre Works to regional theater work for Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred Heart University and Ivoryton Playhouse in CT and Glimmerglass Opera in NY to Broadway. She was most recently part of the small army of artisans working on the nationally acclaimed Broadway production, "Hamilton".

MakerSpace Balcony
Maker Movement
Maker

Sewing with Machines 101: Ages 10 & Up

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Ages 10 & up, come to one session (either Wednesday, January 24 from 6-7:30 pm OR Saturday, January 27 from 12-1:30 pm).
Learn basic sewing machine techniques with a simple project like a stuffed animal, a drawstring backpack, a pillow or a pencil/tool roll pouch. Workshops conducted by freelance theatrical costumer, C. Delari Johnston.  Bring your own machine or use one of 3 provided by the Westport Library. Register for ONE session and indicate whether you want to use one of the Library sewing machines (limit of 3). Ages 10 & up

Register for: ONE:

C. Delari Johnston is a freelance theatrical costumer. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from design and construction for community theater at Stamford Theatre Works to regional theater work for Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred Heart University and Ivoryton Playhouse in CT and Glimmerglass Opera in NY to Broadway. She was most recently part of the small army of artisans working on the nationally acclaimed Broadway production, "Hamilton".

MakerSpace Balcony
Teen, Maker Movement
Maker
Maker Kids

Sewing with Machines 101: Ages 10 & Up

Please see full event listing for date.

Ages 10 & up, come to one session (either Wednesday, January 24 from 6-7:30 pm OR Saturday, January 27 from 12-1:30 pm).
Learn basic sewing machine techniques with a simple project like a stuffed animal, a drawstring backpack, a pillow or a pencil/tool roll pouch. Workshops conducted by freelance theatrical costumer, C. Delari Johnston.  Bring your own machine or use one of 3 provided by the Westport Library. Register for ONE session and indicate whether you want to use one of the Library sewing machines (limit of 3). Ages 10 & up

Register for: ONE:

C. Delari Johnston is a freelance theatrical costumer. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from design and construction for community theater at Stamford Theatre Works to regional theater work for Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred Heart University and Ivoryton Playhouse in CT and Glimmerglass Opera in NY to Broadway. She was most recently part of the small army of artisans working on the nationally acclaimed Broadway production, "Hamilton".

MakerSpace Balcony
Teen, Maker Movement
Maker
Maker Kids

Fusion360 CAD Workshop Series for Adults

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Join January Maker-in-Residence Vladimir Mariano to learn how to design with Fusion 360, a powerful and intuitive 3D design software. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a 3D printable design which may be printed in the MakerSpace. 

Workshop participants must bring a laptop and three-button scroll wheel mouse to the workshops and download the software in advance.  It can be downloaded for MAC or PC here and is free for students, hobbyists, and businesses that make less than 100k a year. Since the curriculum is cumulative, participants should commit to attend the all four workshops.

This free series is offered at two different times, for two different age groups.

  • Grades 6-12; limit of 12: from 6:30-7:30 pm, Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23 & 30. Register online.
    Register for this workshop.
  • Adults: from 7:45-8:45 pm, Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23 & 30.
    Register online.

Vladimir Mariano is the founder of Desktopmakes.com and is the instructor of the bestselling Udemy course 3D Designing for 3D Printing with Fusion 360. He is cofounder and president of the Fairfield County Makers’ Guild, an independent makerspace in Norwalk, CT and founder of CT Robotics Academy. He teaches 3D printing and design at the makerspace as well as electronics and programming classes. Many of his classes and projects combine the worlds of art and tech. Vladimir also teaches several maker related classes at local libraries and schools and was the coach for a local robotics team. He has a degree in Geology from West Virginia University and a RobotC Programming Instructor Certification from Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy.
  

Weeks Seminar Room
Maker Movement
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