Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs Becomes a ‘Maker’

Local Mayor Learns to Solder


ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2015) — In preparation for the upcoming Maker Faire Orlando on September 12 and 13, 2015, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs became a Maker by learning the basics of soldering as she created her own LED Makey pin.

“The Maker Faire is a great opportunity to promote the culture of creativity and innovation that are the hallmarks of Orange County,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “I’m very excited that the Maker Faire will again be held at our Orlando Science Center – the third year in a row that they will be hosting this incredibly enriching and fun event!”

Local Maker and event producer Jessica Eson King came to the Mayor’s office and taught Mayor Jacobs how to solder using the “Learn to Solder Skill Badge Kit” that has been used to teach thousands of people of all ages how to solder at Maker Faires across the country.

Maker Faire Orlando guests will be able to create their own Makey pins in the “Learn to Solder” workshop at the event. Once complete, they will have a great blinky robot that they can wear proudly!

Maker Faire Orlando is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth and will be bigger than ever this year! For the third consecutive year, Maker Faire Orlando will be hosted at Orlando Science Center in partnership with the Maker Effect Foundation and, for the first time ever, will include exhibit space at the Orlando Museum of Art and host The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar! The family-friendly event will feature more than 250 local Makers who specialize in DIY science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, hands-on activities and more.

Check out the Maker Faire Orlando Program

We are changing the event program this year to include highlights across the Orlando Science Center, Loch Haven Park, and the Orlando Museum of Art. We’ve greatly reduced the amount of paper consumed by moving the event schedule to our website, our mobile apps, and new digital signage at the Orlando Science Center.

We are finalizing all the schedule details now, and will have the full schedule up in just a few days.

Be sure to browse through the maker categories to pick your “must-see” exhibits before you arrive!


Download the PDF here

Nerd Nite Orlando Returning to Host Talks at Maker Faire


Every month, I have the distinct honor of hosting the best event series in Central Florida. Nerd Nite Orlando has become a community staple that mixes two things that I love very dearly: thinking and drinking- because as we all know, learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends. On the weekend of September 12th and 13th, Nerd Nite will be invading the Orlando Museum of Art auditorium to once again participate in the annual Maker Faire event.

Join us for a special edition of Nerd Nite presentations on both days of the event (Saturday 12-3pm & Sunday 2-5pm).

2 days before the event on Thursday, September 10th is the next official Nerd Nite Orlando event. Attendees will have the opportunity to win FREE admission to Maker Faire! Learn more here:

-Ricardo Williams
Nerd Nite Orlando

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Food Trucks at Maker Faire!

We heard your hungry cries for more food options and with support from the Daily City Food Truck Bazaar, we’re bringing new mobile culinary delights to Maker Faire Orlando! Let your tastebuds rejoice!Food Tuck Logo
Incredible food trucks will line Loch Haven Park on Saturday and Sunday to fuel our makers and feed your cravings for mac ‘n cheese, pizza, gelato, lobster and more! Just check out this delicious lineup!

Saturday’s Trucks:

  • Daydream Pizza
  • SMAC
  • Rubio’s Baja Grill
  • Up in Smoke BBQ
  • Sweet City Gelato
  • Cousin’s Maine Lobster
  • The Big Cheese

Sunday’s Trucks:

  • Pastrami Project
  • Monsta Lobsta
  • Penny’s Parlour Treats
  • CaroBama BBQ
  • El Cubanito
  • Louie’s Bistro


Amazing Origami from Junko’s Pop Emporium

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!


Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters


Star Wars Characters

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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