Thanks to the Maker Community across the Greater Houston Area! With your help and participation we’ve grown more than 50% both in the number of booths and maker/exhibitors — and even more in the total volume of booth space requested. This will help us put on a great show on 11/1/2014 at the Stafford Centre and we’re very excited to share it with our neighbors across Houston and beyond! We will publish detailed information about the show soon on the Info page.
We are closing down the Maker registration system on Monday, October 20th at 1 PM, so any remaining Makers have until then to register to request an exhibit booth at Houston Mini Maker Faire 2014. At this point we can’t promise there will be space indoors, but we will at least put you on the priority list if someone cancels. If you weren’t able to sign up to exhibit this year, please start or continue your work for exhibition at our next great show in 2015. And attend our show this year to get that great big dose of inspiration Maker Faire is known for!
Yes, there’s a lot of cool tech at the Houston Mini Maker Faire — but we have a lot of great crafting with hands-on activities too — including some amazing vendors! So drop on in and:
Can a video game developer be a Maker? Definitely! ROBLOX (both an exhibitor and sponsor at Houston Mini Maker Faire) will demonstrate this as many of their teenage Houston-area developers show their online gaming creations for you to learn from and enjoy. This could be a “game-changing” experience!
This event is for registered Makers, exhibitors, food trucks and vendors only. This will be our final meet-up before the Houston Mini Maker Faire. Schedule:
- Thursday October 23, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
- 6 – 7 pm: social / get to know each other (finger food and sodas)
- 7 – 8 pm: info meeting to present and discuss final event plans and answer as many questions as we can
- 8:30 pm: must exit by this time.
Bring your children and let them play in the Museum — it’s free on Thursday evenings until 8 pm. And thanks again to the Children’s Museum of Houston (1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004) for hosting our meeting! Check in at the front desk and ask for the “Houston Mini Maker Faire” meeting to get directions.
After Maker Faire, where can you go to connect with the enthusiasm, ingenuity and community of Making? To your local makerspace / hackerspace, of course!
Many spaces will be at our event, including the fast-growing Creatorspace located in the NASA/Webster area. Their members will have a wide variety of creations
You think this will launch my Toyota?
on display, including a 5,000-lb-thrust (!!!) homemade rocket engine, a wide variety of multi-rotor copters (including one made of bamboo), a large-format 3D printer, and many fun projects you’re sure to enjoy. Be sure to visit with them and be prepared to spend some time in their booth….
Browse their website to learn more about Creatorspace. And check back here as we blog about more of the large group of makerspaces that will be on display at the Houston Mini Maker Faire.
There’s fun for all ages at TexLUG’s large exhibits built with LEGO® bricks
Jared Burks makes custom parts for LEGO® minifigures
While some think of LEGO® bricks as a child’s toy, TexLUG knows these ubiquitous objects are an unlimited art and design medium. TexLUG (short for “Texas LEGO® User’s Group”) will exhibit what advanced builders can do, ranging from amazingly realistic 3D recreations and imaginative designs — to extraordinarily large machines you’ll have to see to believe!
And in a related exhibit, Jared Burks (from Fine Clonier) will show multiple techniques for LEGO brick customization, including pressure casting, vacuum forming and production of miniature decals. Jared uses these methods to make custom parts for LEGO® minifigures, but they’re very useful for other hobbies and desktop manufacturing too.
TexLUG will have an area stocked with LEGO bricks to play and build with too. This is a fun area for all ages — so drop by, chat with this group of talented makers, and stay a while!
We are very pleased to announce the Children’s Museum of Houston is returning as a sponsor and prime exhibitor at the Houston Mini Maker Faire! Their booth will be a STEM-learning wonderland, featuring these great activities with a focus on youth:
- Stomp Rockets: build and customize a rocket using paper and tape, then launch it over — then make it even better!
- Balloon Cars: build a moving car using a variety of materials (yes, balloons too) and then race it
- Squishy Circuits With Eggbot: learn basic electricity with squishy circuits, then control how an Eggbot draws on a Ping-Pong ball. Wow — that sounds so cool!
- The Science Workshop from Edison MS will be there showing and selling learning kits they designed! Be sure to visit with them and show your support.
- Chevron Maker Annex / Maker Corps will show a 3D printer printing LEGO®-compatible pieces and other fun stuff and share information about their workshops for youth
(Sentry Air Systems — another sponsor of the Houston Mini Maker Faire — will also be in the CMH area to discuss the important role of air filtration systems in 3D printing.)
Teachers — you inspire us! You have such an important role in the development of your students, and we really appreciate it. So in return, we’d like to share with you a heaping-big helping of inspiration by inviting you to attend the Houston Mini Maker Faire 2014 for free! Here’s how to get your free pass:
1) Go to the ticketing website and register for a “Teachers Get In Free” ticket
2) Tell your classes, fellow faculty and friends about Houston Mini Maker Faire (there’s plenty of information on this website and on our Facebook page)
3) Print out some of our event posters (click here for full sheet and half-sheet formats) and place and share them as appropriate at your schools
4) Bring and show your valid current teacher ID when you check in at the front desk of the Houston Mini Maker Faire on Saturday 11/1/2014.
(Note: this offer is extended to current active teachers in public and private schools, and to teaching staff at colleges and universities, only)
This is Houston and NASA lives here — so if we’re going to have rockets, they should be big, right? That’s why we’re so proud to announce the Tripoli Houston Rocket Club
will be at Houston Mini Maker Faire with many of their amazing “model” rockets! We believe these are the largest rockets to be shown at a Maker Faire, anywhere, ever. Check out their exhibit and chat with the makers — and learn about the challenge and exhilaration of reaching the “mile-high club” with a rocket!
There’s a lot of tech in that rocket!
“I told you it would fly!”
Young inventor Ethan Saadia at Techno Chaos booth in 2013 Houston Mini Maker Faire
Why would an 11-year-old be a designer, inventor and entrepreneur when there are so many other “interesting” things to do? Come visit with Ethan Saadia at his “PCs for Me” booth to get the full story as he exhibits the first DIY computer kits made for kids (OK, they’re good for adults too…). Already a Maker Faire veteran, Ethan is passionate about “transforming other young minds from users into makers”. Click here to learn more about PCs for Me.
(Ethan is one of many Young Inventors who will show great things at the Houston Mini Maker Faire. If you’re a Young Inventor and want to exhibit at our event, please register on the Makers page and we’ll make room for you.)