Orlando Mini Maker Faire is a community-organized, family-friendly celebration featuring local do-it-yourself science and technology, art, rockets, robots, crafts, music, hands-on-activities, and more. It’s an event where people show what they are making and share what they are learning.

The individuals behind these exhibits are known as “Makers” and they range from tech-enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. Makers are of all ages and come from many backgrounds. They all share a love for innovation and creativity, as well as an educational spirit to inspire and encourage new Makers. The even-larger, 2-day, 2014 Orlando Mini Maker Faire at the Orlando Science Center will feature exhibits and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.


Calling All Makers!!

Call For makers is now OPEN! You can register and apply at www.callformakers.org/orlando2014

Orlando Science Center's Mini Maker Faire, Photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Soon we’ll begin showcasing some of this year’s featured makers!

We love exhibits that are interactive and highlight the process of making things. Here are just a few exhibit ideas we’d love to see at Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2014:

  • Student Projects
  • Robotics
  • Arduino Projects
  • Raspberry Pi Projects
  • Radios, Vintage Computersand Game Systems
  • Inventors
  • Interactive Art Projects
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • Fighting Robots (We’ll have an arena again!)
  • Underwater Robots
  • Electronics
  • Nerdy Derby Races
  • Wood Craft Projects
  • Recycled/Upcycled Projects
  • Power Racing Vehicles
  • Much, much more!

Call for Makers 2014!

Calling all Makers!

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 we’ll open maker registration for Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2014!

The feedback from last year’s event was loud & clear – you wanted 2 days and even more makers, so we are making it happen!

We love exhibits that are interactive and highlight the process of making things. Here are just a few exhibit ideas we’d love to see at Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2014:

  • Student Projects
  • Robotics
  • Arduino Projects
  • Raspberry Pi Projects
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Inventors
  • Interactive Art Projects
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • Fighting Robots (We’ll have an arena again!)
  • Underwater Robots
  • Electronics
  • Nerdy Derby Races
  • Wood Craft Projects
  • Recycled/Upcycled Projects
  • Power Racing Vehicles
  • Much, much more!

Check back this weekend for registration information!

Save the DATES for Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2014!!

Cell Phone StanWe are VERY excited to announce a continued partnership with Orlando Science Center in 2014!

Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2014 will be a two day event, held on Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th.  Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2014 will feature many of the amazing Makers from our 2012 and 2013 events, new Makers from within our community AND an additional 7,500 square feet of exhibit space!

In the coming weeks, we will start accepting application for Maker exhibits, workshops, talks, and performances.

For information on becoming an Orlando Mini Maker Faire sponsor, please email info@makerfaireorlando.com

Stay tuned!

Orlando Sentinel Covers Orlando Mini Maker Faire

Photo Credit: Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel

Photo Credit: Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel

Did you see Orlando Sentinel’s coverage of Orlando Mini Maker Faire from this past Saturday?

Click here to read the article.

 

We want your photos & video!!

If you took photos  & video at Orlando Mini Maker Faire – PLEASE share them with us. The Makers, helpers, volunteers and organizers don’t get a chance to see most of the event, so we love your photos & video. Please add links in the comments here,  share photos on our Facebook page, or tag us with #OMMF2013! If you have high-quality video you want to share and don’t want to upload it, shoot us an email at makers@makerfaireorlando.com and we will make arrangements to get it from you!

Here’s What You Need to Know Before Attending Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2013

It’s finally upon us — Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2013 at Orlando Science Center!

Before you embark on your day of discovery and wonder, read this primer so that you can get the most out of this one-of-a-kind event.

Identify Your “Must-See” Makers

We’ll have hundreds of Makers in and out of the building, so it’s a good idea to know beforehand which ones not to miss. Find out who’s coming by clicking the “Makers” tab. We’ve broken them down by categories, which should help narrow your search and match your interests.

Download the App

If writing all that down feels so 20th century, we’ve got just the solution for you! The official Orlando Mini Maker Faire app includes the schedule of events, list of Makers and a map.

Naturally, it was made by a local Maker: mobile app designer Conner Brooks. Just like the other stars of the event, you can pick his brain and learn how he made it. He’s located on Level 2 in the lobby.

Workshops, Panels and More

Take advantage of the workshops, guided experiences, speakers and panels, classroom activities, live shows, and movies — all of which are included with admission. There’s so much to do at this year’s Mini Maker Faire, you won’t be able to tackle everything. That’s not a bad thing; with so much good stuff to choose from, all you need is to pick what you’re most interested in and plan ahead.

Learn Arduino and how to solder; demo Google Glass; listen to former NASA astronaut and physician Dr. Story Musgrave; discover the future of augmented humans; and so much more!

And arrive early to secure your ticket for Monsters University 3D playing at 5:10 p.m. in the Digital Adventure Theater — A National Geographic Experience to cap your Mini Maker Faire adventure.

Get Your T-Shirt

Have you seen the official Orlando Mini Maker Faire T-shirts? Maker Justin Peterson designed two versions for you to choose from: a full-color iteration and a “splat” design. Each depicts “Stan,” Orlando Science Center’s resident T. Rex, in full Maker garb.

T-shirts are only $10 and benefit FamiLAB, Orlando’s dedicated hackerspace and community partner of the event.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Just like you can ask our Makers anything, you can pose questions big and small to our staff and volunteers. They will be identified by either red or blue Orlando Mini Maker Faire T-shirts. Don’t be shy — ask them anything from what’s the designated hashtag to where the nearest restroom is.

Get Your Soldering Consent Form Signed

If you’re between the ages of 12 and 17, interested in learning how to solder, and won’t be accompanied by your parent or guardian, make sure you get your soldering consent form signed before he or she leaves. You don’t want them to have to turn around or worse by missing out on this awesome opportunity!

Giveaways!

Thanks to some of our great sponsors, we will be distributing giveaways during and after the event. Follow @OrlandoScience on Twitter for all the ways you can win really cool prizes!

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This list isn’t the end-all, be-all on how to maximize your Mini Maker Faire experience, but it’s definitely a start! If you want to chime in, leave a comment below.

We’ll see you at Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2013!

Throwback Thursday: Maker Edition

Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2013 is in less than 36 hours away! In the grand Internet tradition of Throwback Thursday here’s a look back at the first event in May 2012. Can’t wait to see everyone there to make more memories.

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Maker Gabriel Anzziani Launches Oscilloscope Watch on Kickstarter

oscilliscope watchOrlando Mini Maker Faire Maker Gabriel Anzziani is back on Kick Starter, this time with his Oscilloscope Watch, “The watch for the electronic geek.”

What’s not to love?! The Oscilloscope Watch has all the features of a modern watch – time, calendar, alarm  -  combined with all the features of the popular Xprotolab  - Oscilloscope, Waveform Generator, Logic Analyzer, Protocol Sniffer, Frequency Counter – because who doesn’t need an oscilloscope on his or her wrist?

“The idea itself of an oscilloscope watch was suggested by some customers a couple of years ago,” says Gabriel. ” But I took the idea seriously a couple of months ago after visiting a friend. He had a home automation control box that was not working. We opened it up but we had no way test it. I thought that a guy that designs and sells oscilloscopes should always have one on him. The idea of the oscilloscope watch came back to me and I started the design.”

You can check out the details on KickStarter at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/920064946/oscilloscope-watch, and see a prototype watch at Gabriel’s booth at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.

Gabriel will also be sharing his insights as a member of the  OMMF Crowdfunding Panel, at 2pm in the Imagination Classroom.  The Oscilloscope Watch is the third KickStarter campaign he’s run , with both his previous campaigns – the XProtolab Portable Oscilliscope and the Xminilab Portable Oscilloscope  bringing in double his campaign goals!

Way to go, Gabriel!

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Volunteers needed!

We need your help! With hundreds of Makers & thousands of attendees, Orlando Mini Maker Faire needs a LOT of arms & legs to make everything awesome for all.

Volunteers receive free admission to the event (in exchange for working a shift) and receive a special volunteer t-shirt!

If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s Orlando Mini Maker Faire please complete a Volunteer Information Sheet and return it to Danielle Kapusin via email at dkapusin@osc.org or via fax to 407.514.2277.

OSC & LI4E Team to Bring Cardboard Challenge to Orlando Mini Maker Faire!

OSC.The Orlando Science Center, host of the 2nd annual Orlando Mini Maker Faire, is teaming up with Learning is for Everyone (LI4E.org) , an experiential learning organization based in Tampa, to host the Global Cardboard Challenge during the Orlando Mini Maker Faire.

cardboard challengeInspired by the short film, “Caine’s Arcade,” the Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role communities  can play in fostering it.  October 5th is the anniversary of the flash mob that came out to make Caine’s day, a fitting opportunity for communities everywhere to come together to play, and a great complement to the Orlando Mini Maker Faire being held on that day – the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth, and the world’s greatest creative playground!

The Global Cardboard Challenge:
• engages children in creative play
• fosters creativity, ingenuity, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork
• gives children an opportunity to explore their interests and passions, and make things that have an impact on others
• provides a platform for communities to actively foster and celebrate child creativity and
• increases global happiness and makes for a happier, more playful world!

J.J. Leissing, the Director of Visitor Experience at Orlando Science Center, says of the Cardboard Challenge, “We want this to be an opportunity for even the littlest learners to be able to build and make something. Using cardboard boxes they will be able to construct and build a whole city out of cardboard amongst cars, trains and planes in our All Aboard exhibit. Creativity is a central theme of this activity. ”

And creativity is at the center of everything Learning is for Everyone doesLogo with URL.  With a mission to support the Curiosity Driven Life, LI4E works to change culture from passive consumption to active creation, through efforts like the development of Community Innovation Centers, ROBOCON Tampa Bay, – a large scale FIRST robotics showcase – TEDxYouth@TampaBay, and Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, as well as through “pop up” creative ventures like the Deconstruction and Red Bull Creation.

Visit the Orlando Science Center online to learn more about all the great programs and events they host and organize, and join us at the All Aboard area at OSC to let your creativity run wild in our collaborative Cardboard Challenge!

Click the image to see the story of the Cardboard Challenge…

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