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 2013 Orlando Mini Maker Faire at the Orlando Science Center features displays and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.
Hello, all! This is Ali from NiftyBa. As a maker, I love the mediums of nail polish and photography (everyone has their niche). I enjoy watching people and capturing joyful moments, so if you are around town, be on the lookout for me- I’d love to snap your picture! Foremost, I am here to help cover the awesomeness that is the Orlando Mini Maker Faire!
But perhaps not “mini” for much longer? We promise that this year’s event at the Orlando Science Center will be even bigger and better. I see this as testament to how great the support was of the 2012 OMMF, not only by makers of Central Florida, but the entire community.
I would have never imagined being part of something like Maker Faire in Orlando. This seemed to be what cool people did in awesome places elsewhere. Then I got involved in FamiLab with my partner, and found that even I had a place among the cool people. And let’s face it: we live in an awesome place. Makers are found everywhere and in everyone, and it surprised me how true that was for Central Florida. I have met people from all walks of life who enjoyed the same things: learning, experimentation, fun. The rest is history: we now find ourselves getting ready for round two of the Orlando Mini Maker Faire, and the excitement builds.
My interests lie mainly in the creative, and I love seeing how imagination fuels investigation. OMMF offers something for both sides of the brain. There are many different ways a person can be a “maker,” and the Orlando Mini Maker Faire is a perfect place to immerse oneself in the best of Orlando.
Don’t feel overwhelmed if this is your first Maker Faire experience! I am here to help with exactly that, especially as a casual observer quickly distracted by cute things. I am not the most technological person out there, so I am at best very enthusiastic in my understanding. A favorite part of the 2012 OMMF was walking through the crowds, seeing people with the same look of wonder on their faces. Let’s do that again. Over the next few months, please join me as we take a look back at last year’s event, and get the ball rolling on OMMF 2013!
Hello there! My name is Terri Willingham, and I’ve taken Orlando Mini Maker Faire up on the call for guest bloggers because I’m a big fan of OMMF , a big fan of FamiLAB, a big fan of the Orlando Science Center and a big fan of all things fun and productively creative!
I believe fun productivity is at the heart of everything from individual empowerment to strong societies to solid and enduring economic development. The return to a maker movement – and it is a “return” – we were producers before we were consumers – is a return to self-reliance and self-sufficiency. And it’s fun!
By being fun and inviting everyone to play, the maker experience sends the message that we can all do this, that being creative is satisfying and energizing, that we can make things that are enjoyable, useful, and sometimes even potentially life changing.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing stories about some of the central Florida makers, thinkers and doers you’ll see at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire. So check back regularly, and save the date – October 5th – and come celebrate the DIY inventive spirit with us!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org