Maker Faire Orlando http://www.makerfaireorlando.com The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth! Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:38:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Amazing Origami from Junko’s Pop Emporium http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/08/amazing-origami-from-junkos-pop-emporium/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/08/amazing-origami-from-junkos-pop-emporium/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:49:41 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=6612 Ms. Junko Takagi Gillespie makes origami figures that are quite detailed and impressive! Come visit her at Maker Faire Orlando on September 12th and 13th to learn how to do this yourself! Continue reading

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Junko Takagi Gillespie, a native of Shizuoka Ken, Japan, Junko spent the last 20+ years teaching Japanese language and culture to elementary school students in Haines City, Florida. She has always created amazing origami creations as a hobby, but recently has discovered an untapped talent for combining her love for pop culture with her technical skills. Junko really enjoys using pop culture as inspiration for her accessories and 3D origami sculptures, and we know that the public will find them just as fun!

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Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters

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Gillespie’s mother began making these types of origami figures around 1999 and sent them to her granddaughter, Jade and her friends. She asked her mother to show her how her figures were made and in her next set of origami gifts, she included instructions that Ms. Gillespie followed. Americans have made these very popular, so Ms. Gillespie began to research different styles and decided to combine her love for pop culture with her origami skills. The results are quite impressive!

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She cuts paper into small triangular pieces, folds them, and builds them up to make bigger figures. The small triangles are very easy to make. It is like assembling paper lego pieces, so anyone can do it. It just takes time and practice.

We asked Ms. Gillespie how she approaches a new character. When she sees a movie or TV character she likes, she looks at lots of pictures of them online to get their general shape and design in mind. When we asked about her thought process, Ms. Gillespie said “Characters with easily recognizable colors like Bay Max, Captain America, or Minions are easier because they require fewer color combinations and patterns, but humans or characters that are less easily recognizable like Luke Skywalker or C3PO are harder because you have to put the right colors and patterns in just the right place for people to recognize who the character is. If you really like the character or feel drawn to it they are easier to make because you are trying to bring something that interests you to life and you are already very familiar with how it should look.”

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How long she spends on each character depends largely on the size and complexity. For example, dragons take about five days because they require 800-1200 pieces that are all individually folded before they can be assembled. Smaller characters, once the design and pattern have been determined, usually only take 200-300 pieces. Ms. Gillespie spends most of her time figuring out the pattern to make a character look just right and tells us that there is a lot of trial and error involved. She often spends a lot of time disassembling her figures in order to backtrack and correct a pattern that didn’t quite work out.

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Mythbusters characters in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have a pattern, you can easily replicate the pattern. However smaller accessories like glasses, hats, or weapons can take a long time because you have to balance the size and weight of the item in relation to the figure.

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Gillespie is very passionate about her work and wants everyone to know that anyone can really do this if they try and that “anything is possible!”

Want to learn more? You should definitely take the time to come visit Junko’s Pop Emporium at Maker Faire Orlando on September 12th and 13th to see more of her amazing work!

 

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Maker Faire Orlando Expands to Orlando Museum of Art http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/08/maker-faire-orlando-expands-to-orlando-museum-of-art/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/08/maker-faire-orlando-expands-to-orlando-museum-of-art/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:05:53 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=6196 Maker Faire Orlando is growing thanks to a new partnership between Orlando Museum of Art, The Maker Effect Foundation and Orlando Science Center. Continue reading

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The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth is Bigger and Better than Ever

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 7, 2015) — Maker Faire Orlando is growing thanks to a new partnership between Orlando Museum of Art, The Maker Effect Foundation and Orlando Science Center. The two-day, family-friendly celebration will feature more than 250 local Makers, hands-on workshops and more that will entertain and inspire more than 15,000 members of the Central Florida community. Maker Faire Orlando will be held on September 12 and 13 in the Orlando Science Center, Loch Haven Park and, new for 2015, the Orlando Museum of Art!

The partnership with the Orlando Museum of Art is a result of the growth of Central Florida’s Maker community. In 2014, Maker Faire Orlando received “featured” status and promotional support from the originator and licensor of Maker Faire events, Maker Media, and expanded to a two-day extravaganza. Maker Faire Orlando is fueled by the local arts community with DIY enthusiasts and families taking part in a celebration of technology, science, arts, crafts, engineering, education, sustainability and much more. This year, the can’t-miss event has grown its arts presence even larger with the addition of exhibit and workshop space at the Orlando Museum of Art.

“The creativity demonstrated by the individuals participating in –and attending — the Maker Faire naturally coincides with the work of the Orlando Museum of Art,” said Glen Gentele, Director and CEO of the Orlando Museum of Art. “We are excited to join our colleagues at the Orlando Science Center in hosting Maker Faire Orlando.”

“Here, people can show off what they are making and share everything they’re learning,” said Candy Cole, President and co-founder of The Maker Effect Foundation. “Our continued expansion will allow even more makers to participate, and others in the community to see and learn from the incredible talents of our neighbors.”

“Creativity fuels innovation and innovation is at the heart of science,” says JoAnn Newman, President and CEO of Orlando Science Center. “Maker Faire Orlando is an incredible showcase for creativity, imagination and hands-on technical skills so it’s a wonderful blend of art and science. Orlando Museum of Art joining us this year is a perfect fit and further strengthens the connection at the event between STEM and the arts.”

 

Maker Faire Orlando is made possible through the efforts of many individuals in the local Maker community and community partner organizations such as FamiLAB, Factur, Art & History Museums- Maitland, The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center, Nerd Nite Orlando and Crealde School of Art.

The unprecedented collaboration between The Maker Effect Foundation, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Museum of Art and these community partners blurs the lines between art and technology in a way that enriches the community and creates opportunities for creativity, learning, fun, and innovation.

If interested in exhibiting as a maker, sponsor or community partner, email makers@makerfaireorlando.com or visit www.makerfaireorlando.com.

Download hi-res photos from last year’s event at the following Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h4zyyfumw9e3mmy/AADEqF6ego5DAGDl9r2d3e3Fa?dl=0.

Maker Faire Orlando is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media.

 

ABOUT MAKER FAIRE ORLANDO

Maker Faire Orlando began in 2012 as a family friendly showcase of DIY science, art, technology, and hands-on activities. Independent crafters to scientists can share what they are making and learning. Featured at the Orlando Science Center and the Orlando Museum of Art, the event is part of the original Maker Faire held in San Mateo, CA and now also in New York, Atlanta, Detroit, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and other cities around the world. In all, there are 120 independently organized Mini Maker Faires worldwide.

 

For high-resolution photos, logos and more, please visit the following Dropbox link https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h4zyyfumw9e3mmy/AADEqF6ego5DAGDl9r2d3e3Fa?dl=0.

 

ABOUT THE MAKER EFFECT FOUNDATION

The Maker Effect Foundation exists to activate and amplify the efforts of makers as they learn, build and work together in their communities. Their efforts include research, publication, community organization, event production, and startup advisement. The foundation’s community organization and startup efforts are focused on Central Florida, however our research and publication efforts are not limited in scope. The Maker Effect Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

For high-resolution photos, logos and more, please visit the following Dropbox link
http://www.themakereffect.org/press-kit.

ABOUT ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER

Located in Orlando, Fla., interactive learning and discovery await within the Science Center’s hundreds of exhibits, programs, labs, films and planetarium shows. The Science Center provides educational opportunities both within and outside its walls including field trips, family science nights at schools and community centers, and other outreach.

Orlando Science Center’s mission is to inspire science learning for life. The Science Center strives to create lasting impacts on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and develop the next generation of creative innovators. Fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Science Center ranks as one of the most popular museum destinations in the region. Having served more than 12 million people since its inception in 1955, the Science Center offers rich resources for lifelong learning.

For high resolution photos, logos and more, please visit the following Dropbox link: www.osc.org/mediakit.


ABOUT ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART

Founded in 1924, the Orlando Museum of Art is a 501(c)(3) educational institution whose mission reflects the continued growth of Florida, ardent community support for the arts, and the Museum’s role as a leading cultural institution in the region. Since its inception, the Orlando Museum of Art’s purpose has been to enrich the cultural life of Florida by providing excellence in the visual arts. To meet this objective, the Museum has dedicated itself to collecting, preserving, and interpreting notable works of art; to presenting exhibitions of local, regional, national and international significance; to develop first-rate educational programs; and to presenting creative and inclusive programs to reach every segment of a diverse community.

 

Media Contact:
Candy Cole, 321.948.5260, candy.cole@themakereffect.org

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Featured Makers: Crafty Dork and Sticker Dork http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/08/featured-makers-crafty-dork-and-sticker-dork/ http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/2015/08/featured-makers-crafty-dork-and-sticker-dork/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:06:22 +0000 http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/?p=5943 Jenny, also known as The Crafty Dork loves to crochet! She especially loves to mix her love for crochet with her love for everything geeky , whether it is a comic, anime, manga or video game character! Crocheting can be super … Continue reading

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Jenny, also known as The Crafty Dork loves to crochet! She especially loves to mix her love for crochet with her love for everything geeky , whether it is a comic, anime, manga or video game character! Crocheting can be super cool!

The Sticker Dork enjoys fulfilling the vinyl sticker needs of the geek community. He uses a mix of traditional and digital art to create wall art vinyl and vinyls for basically anything you can stick them on.

With their common love for all things geeky, I’m sure you will agree that the crafty dork and the sticker dork are a perfect pair!

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When you visit the crafty dork at Maker Faire Orlando, you will be able to find out how amigurumis are made. What is amigurumi, you ask? Amigurumi is a crocheted or knitted stuffed toy. It is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects.

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In this exhibit, you will be able to see the different materials, steps and techniques used in this artform. Work in progress display of items and finished pieces will be available for purchase .

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An amigurumi work in progress

Not only will you be able to learn about the amazing amigurumi figures, you can see a vinyl sticker of nearly anything you can imagine! The Sticker Dork can create a vinyl sticker using his PC and his vinyl cutting machine.

When you visit him at Maker Faire Orlando, you will be able to see the process of creating a simple image in Illustrator, create a vector file, and then finally a vinyl decal. You will also learn about the process of applying the finished vinyl to a surface. It is trickier than you might think!

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Come visit The Crafty Dork and The Sticker Dork at Maker Faire Orlando on September 12th and 13th! See you there!

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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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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!

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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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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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