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!
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!