Maker Faire Orlando http://www.makerfaireorlando.com The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth! Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:24:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Places and Spaces for Makers http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/places-and-spaces-for-makers/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/places-and-spaces-for-makers/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:55:19 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=5722 This week we are featuring exhibits by 6 local Maker and Hacker Spaces where YOU can make stuff (and maybe some new friends)! Continue reading

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We’ve already approved over 180 Makers, and are continuing to review the exhibit proposals for Maker Faire Orlando 2015. This week we are featuring exhibits by members of 6 local Maker and Hacker Spaces. These spaces are located in and around Central Florida and are organizations where YOU can make stuff (and maybe some new friends)!
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Just check out some of the amazing projects coming out of these spaces!

Laser Light Lanterns by John Bent Cope of FamiLab

FamiLAB member, John Cope developed these Laser Light Lanterns for Maker Faire Orlando 2014. In addition to these lanterns, John will be showcasing handmade jewelry and other beautiful pieces that blend art and technology.

 

Mabel the Handmade T-Rex skull by  J. Kent of Tampa Hackerspace

J. Kent of Tampa Hackerspace sculpted Mabel in blender and brought her noggin to life using recycled paper and cardboard.

Starbucket Open Gimbal by Banjo Bob of Factur

Factur member, Banjo Bob developed a solution for sleepy astronomers with the Starbucket Open Gimbal. Starting out as a modified bucket, Starbucket has transformed into an elegant engraved wood homage to Leonardo DaVinci.

Find even more exciting exhibits at Maker Faire Orlando!

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Featured Educators’ Pick: Czartroniks http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/featured-educators-pick-czartroniks/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/featured-educators-pick-czartroniks/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:35:09 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=5699 The Czartroniks interactive exhibit will encourage you to pick up and play one of a kind electronic musical instruments. You can also learn about the design process and music theory as it applies to producing MIDI and synthesized sound. Continue reading

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Ron Czarnik has been programming, making music, building things and taking them apart for most of his life. He discovered Arduino microcontrollers at Maker Faire a few years back and since that time he has produced an evolving multitude of unique electronic musical instruments. His work, twice featured on Instructables.com, incorporates many disciplines including decoupage/collage, recycled art, painting, electronics, woodworking, animatronics, music theory, sound synthesis and interface design.

If you’re interested in learning more about Arduino and how you can use it to make your own instruments, this is the exhibit for you!

This interactive exhibit will encourage you to pick up and play one of a kind electronic musical instruments. A wide range of synthesized and MIDI instruments will be available, including drums, guitars, bass pedals, keytars, and other hybrids. Most are designed for musical novices to easily enjoy.

Have a look under the hood and learn about the design process and music theory as it applies to producing MIDI and synthesized sound or simply listen to some live performances and demonstrations.

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Instruments are a combination of recycled/reconfigured instruments with upgraded control schemes and functionality. Some are built from non-existence! They are also decorated with collage and recycled art techniques or animatronics to create visual and mechanical interest. All use Arduino microcontrollers to synthesize their own sounds or trigger MIDI notes or samples from WAV Trigger boards.

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Come see Czartroniks and meet Ron Czarnik at Maker Faire Orlando on September 12th and 13th! See you there!

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Six Makers that are new to Maker Faire Orlando! http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/six-makers-that-are-new-to-maker-faire-orlando/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/six-makers-that-are-new-to-maker-faire-orlando/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:31:34 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=5554 We've already approved over 175 Makers, and are continuing to review the exhibit proposals for Maker Faire Orlando 2015. This week we are featuring 6 Makers that are new for 2015! Continue reading

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Featured Educators’ Pick: Florida Solar Energy Center http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/featured-educators-pick-florida-solar-energy-center/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/featured-educators-pick-florida-solar-energy-center/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:00:50 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=5280 Florida Solar Energy Center is coming to Maker Faire Orlando! Observe the power of the sun to cook food using paraboloic, panel, and box cookers. Learn how photovoltaics can power electric devices and how hydrogen fuel cells provide electricity and power vehicles. Continue reading

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Come have some Fun in the Sun at Maker Faire Orlando with the Florida Solar Energy Center! As a featured Educators’ Pick, we think this exhibit will give educators, students, and makers the opportunity to learn something new as well as get some great project inspiration.

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You will be able to observe the power of the sun to cook food using parabolic, panel, and box cookers. You can also use photovoltaics to power electric devices and observe how hydrogen fuel cells work to produce electricity and power vehicles.

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), the country’s largest state-run energy laboratory, is a research institute of the University of Central Florida. The FSEC Education Department’s goal is to inspire the next generation of consumers, engineers, and makers to help create a brighter energy future.

At Maker Faire Orlando, you will be able to see some energy projects that were built by students, meet the student makers, and learn how you can get involved in Florida’s Energy Whiz competition!

Of course, Florida Solar Energy Center staff will also be available to answer your renewable energy questions and discuss current technologies.

 

 

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Big projects, great artwork, and geeky sweets! http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/big-projects-great-artwork-and-geeky-sweets/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/big-projects-great-artwork-and-geeky-sweets/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:25:14 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=5273 We’ve already approved over 175 Makers, and are continuing to review the exhibit proposals for Maker Faire Orlando 2015. This week we are featuring 6 Makers with some very big projects, some great artwork, and some geeky sweets!

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Featured Sponsor: DeltaMaker 3D Printers http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/featured-sponsor-deltamaker-3d-printers/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/featured-sponsor-deltamaker-3d-printers/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:58:19 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=5182 DeltaMaker returns to Maker Faire Orlando as an event sponsor once again! Continue reading

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We are thrilled that the DeltaMaker team has once again decided to return to Maker Faire Orlando this year as an event sponsor. The folks at DeltaMaker are great friends to the maker community and always welcome the opportunity to teach others what 3D printing is all about.

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DeltaMaker began designing and manufacturing 3D printers in 2012 in the Orlando area. Their goal was to make a 3D printer that anyone was capable of using and it looks like they accomplished it! It’s sturdy construction, built-in slicing, automatic bed-leveling, automatic calibration, and 360 degree viewing area make this machine the premier 3D printer for educational use. You will now find DeltaMakers in classrooms, makerspaces, and businesses across the country and around the globe.

360-degreesEveryone is capable of using this technology and students of all ages can use this amazing tool to really feed their natural curiousity and bring their ideas to life. As 3D printing technology becomes more mainstream, these skills are becoming more valuable in the workplace as well as the classroom. The team at DeltaMaker is not only working hard on their amazing products, but also to educate the community. With the right printer, 3D printing can be a very straight forward process that does not need to take a lot of time to learn.

Come see the DeltaMaker team at Maker Faire Orlando on September 12th and 13th!

 

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Featured Exhibit: Wizzbangz S.T.E.A.M. with a Bang! http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/featured-exhibit-wizzbangz-s-t-e-a-m-with-a-bang/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/featured-exhibit-wizzbangz-s-t-e-a-m-with-a-bang/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:19:35 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=5092 Check out this mobile STEAM lab created by Wizzbangz out of an old school bus! Continue reading

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Featured at Maker Faire Orlando 2015 for the very first time is a mobile STEAM (STEM + Art) lab operating in a converted school bus. The Wizzbangz S.T.E.A.M. with a Bang! is one of our featured educators’ picks for 2015 and you will see why!

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At Maker Faire Orlando, the bus will be open for tours featuring projects created by students. You can check out their 3D printed solar car and robot, DIY Arduino laser tag guns, mini robotics powered by scratch, and 3D printed engineering and building tools made for use with common household items.

Of course, there will also be some hands on activities including water powered bottle rockets.

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Gwen Thompson first discovered her love for project based learning (PBL) while studying early childhood education. She applied the project approach as an Atelierista in a Reggio Emilia style classroom at the Young School in Columbia Maryland. She taught and directed PBL preschool for over a decade. She went on to be accepted into the Integrated Media program at Mt. Hood College in Portland, Oregon where she further honed her skills in Graphic and Web design.

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Together with her husband Dr. Jim Thompson, who shares her love for making, she founded a small business Wizzbangz LLC, dedicated to teaching technology, coding and making through doing. She has taught hands on classes such as “how to make your own laser tag gun from scratch” to “build your own robot with 3D printing” as well as Lego Robotics at venues such as the HRC and Cade Museum and Helped to create and teach at Santa Fe College for Kids Spring Break: Space Camp.

Through her volunteer efforts she has founded the first Curiosity Hacked guild in Florida and is currently a guild leader. Her efforts with Curiosity Hacked have gained the attention of Edutopia who hosted and filmed one of the prominent leaders in the maker movement Jay Silver (Inventor of the Makey Makey) who shared his vision of teaching creativity through making with her guild.

She will be a Google Maker Camp Affiliate this year for the second year in a row and is the Community Chapter Leader for LittleBits in Gainesville. Gwen believes that we all learn best by doing and her goal is to demystify the black boxes of technology. She teaches because she loves to see students become independent thinkers, designers and makers who have confidence in themselves and have a greater understanding of the world around them.

The Wizzbangz, LLC team has done some very impressive things in maker community and in education. Their mobile STEAM lab is a great example of what teachers can do with students of all ages, so if you are an educator, this is definitely one you will want to check out! You can watch the Edutopia video featuring Mr. Jay Silver here.

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Featured Makers – Week of July 6th http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/featured-makers-week-of-july-6th/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/07/featured-makers-week-of-july-6th/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:04:50 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=5066 Check out this week's Featured Makers! Continue reading

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We’ve already approved over 150 Makers, and are continuing to review the exhibit proposals for Maker Faire Orlando 2015. This week we are featuring 6 Makers with some old favorites and some new Makers we are excited to meet!

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Call for Makers is Now Open! http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/05/maker-faire-orlando-2015-call-for-makers-is-now-open/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/05/maker-faire-orlando-2015-call-for-makers-is-now-open/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 05:08:55 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=3273 We love exhibits, small and large, that highlight the process of making things and allow event attendees to interact with both you and your project. The following exhibits ideas are just a few that we’d like to feature this year: … Continue reading

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We love exhibits, small and large, that highlight the process of making things and allow event attendees to interact with both you and your project. The following exhibits ideas are just a few that we’d like to feature this year: Recycled/Upcycled Projects, Handmade Crafts, Interactive Art Projects, Arduino Projects, Raspberry Pi Projects, Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems, Textile Arts, Inventors and Student Projects.

We welcome teams of makers, representing their school or local makerspace. Compete in a nerdy derby race, or show off your specialized vehicle on our dedicated power racing track!

It is always free to exhibit at Maker Faire Orlando and makers who also sell their goods will pay a small vendor’s fee.

Call for Makers will close on Monday, June 8 so register today!

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Announcing Maker Faire Orlando 2015!! http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/03/announcing-maker-faire-orlando-2015/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/03/announcing-maker-faire-orlando-2015/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:27:42 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=2579 Save the Dates! Maker Faire Orlando 2015 will be held on September 12th and 13th and we are once again partnering with the Orlando Science Center to host the event at the Orlando Science Center and the surrounding Loch Haven Park. The … Continue reading

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Save the Dates! Maker Faire Orlando 2015 will be held on September 12th and 13th and we are once again partnering with the Orlando Science Center to host the event at the Orlando Science Center and the surrounding Loch Haven Park. The 4th annual event will give local makers a venue to show what they are making and share what they are learning.

Call for Makers 2015 will be announced soon so now is the time to start planning what YOU plan to share this year!  Be sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date!

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