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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!

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!

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.

Local Maker Publishes Book on Raspberry Pi

To a noob such as myself, the words Rasberry Pi stir feelings of hunger. To any gamer, coder or Maker, these words mean much more than a snack; they mean endless possibility.

In certain parts of the world, generations of students are to grow up with no formal introduction to computer science. This could have held true had a small, credit card-sized computer not been created. The Rasberry Pi, developed in the UK by the Rasberry Pi Foundation, emerged as a means of reintroducing programming to kids all over the globe. The PC device can plug into your TV and keyboard, play high-definition video, create spreadsheets and word processing, and more.

For local Maker Shea Silverman, it’s the “more” that matters — specifically, gaming on Raspberry Pi. In fact, when he’s not exploring the devices’ emulation possibilities, he’s collecting, repairing and maintaining arcade units.

Silverman, a web applications developer at the University of Central Florida, has written a new book, Instant Rasberry Pi Gaming, in which he introduces readers to follow a fast, focused guide. Simple step-by-step instructions will allow you to play classic and modern video games, use the Rasberry Pi app store, and make the most of your new Rasberry Pi computer.

Photo Credit: www.packtpub.com

The Instant Rasberry Pi Gaming e-book is available for preorder from PacktHub.com with the hardcover coming soon via Amazon.com.

Profile written by Jamie Frishman, Public Relations & Marketing Intern at Orlando Science Center.

Florida Hackerspace / Makerspace meetup at Orlando Mini Maker Faire

FamiLAB and Orlando Mini Maker Faire will be hosting a Florida Hackerspace / Makerspace meetup at Orlando Mini Maker Faire on October 5th at Orlando Science Center.

We’d love to have your group exhibit at the event, compete in Power Racing, and hangout at FamiLAB after the event.

If your group would like to participate, either register as makers, or email us at makers@makerfaireorlando.com to chat about how you can get involved!

Calling All Makers!

Do you have a DIY project of your own? Whether it’s in your garage, classroom, or office, we want you to share your talent and passion with Central Florida. We welcome experienced Makers as well as those who have never shown their work to the public before. At Orlando Mini Maker Faire, featured Makers will find a welcoming and appreciative audience that’s excited to see what you can create.

Call for Makers – Submit Your Application Today!

Application deadline is July 21st, but we appreciate receiving your application as soon as possible!

Email any questions to makers@makerfaireorlando.com

Maker Saturdays at Orlando Science Center

We are excited to announce Maker Saturdays a new MONTHLY event at Orlando Science Center leading up to Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2013!

The first Maker Saturday is  June 15th  from 11am to 4pm at Orlando Science Center (standard admission required).

To celebrate the Blue Man Group exhibit at Orlando Science Center, we’ve brought back some of our favorite musical instrument makers, and will be teaching the Arduino electronic platform which can be used to create electronic music and much, much more. We’ll also have some of the latest personal 3D printers onsite making fun things from plastic.

Arduino classes are free, and all equipment is provided. Registration for classes is onsite only, and first-come, first-served. Please arrive and register early to ensure your spot. Arduino classes are recommended for ages 8 and up. Adult supervision required.

Let Us Know You’re Interested

Are you interested in exhibiting as a Maker or  becoming a Maker Faire Orlando Sponsor? Would you like to Volunteer at Maker Faire Orlando? Let us know!

Our Registry of Interest is now open!

This registry will be used as the Maker Faire Orlando Team plans for this event. We will notify you when the official calls for makers, sponsors and volunteers are opened.

Patina Paul Garden Robot Sculpture

Announcing Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2013!!

We are VERY excited to announce a new partnership to bring Orlando Mini Maker Faire to Orlando Science Center starting in 2013!

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at Orlando Science Center and will feature many of the amazing Makers from our inaugural event, new Makers from within our community, AND Maker-focused exhibits from Orlando Science Center.

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

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

Stay tuned!

 

Stay Tuned!

We are still hard at work to bring you an even better Orlando Mini Maker Faire in 2013.

The event will be held in the fall at an exciting new location – but we can’t announce it quite yet…thank you for your patience as we finalize all the agreements!

While you are waiting for the announcement, go back and check out some of these great videos from the 2012 event!