Get Ready To Munch!

IMG_4273smlIMG_4280smlWhen you’re putting on Houston’s outstanding exhibition of creativity, invention and inspiration, you’ve got to have excellent food to go along with it. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce these amazing food trucks plan to be at the Houston Mini Maker Faire on Saturday at the Stafford Centre:
  • The Waffle Bus,
  • Monster PB&J,
  • Zeapod Cakery,
  • Mr. Sizzles Curbside,
  • Le’s Baget,
  • Koagie Hots
  • Skratch Food Truck.

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And we ordered up some fabulous weather too! Come on out and feed your mind and inspire your taste buds!

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Support Your Local Makerspace

Support your local makerspace — those cool places where you can get together with other innovative creative people and share resources, ideas and projects. Makerspaces large and small will be a feature of this year’s Houston Mini Maker Faire, with several emerging ones on display — including the Proto Makerspace in The Woodlands/Spring area (22820 I-45N, Suite 2D, Spring). Their grand opening happened last weekend (10/26), but you can still tap into their vibrant enthusiasm at their booth at Maker Faire on 11/1. Check them out and see how they can help you and your children take the next step in Making!
   Makerspaces planning to appear at Houston Mini Maker Faire (and their typical interest areas) include:
- Creatorspace (NASA/Clear Lake/Webster)
- Houston Makerspace (Central Houston)
- post studio projects (Central Houston)
- Proto Makerspace (Spring / The Woodlands)
- Techno Chaos (SW & West Houston / Sugar Land / Fort Bend County)
- TX/RX Labs (Houston)

 

Get Ready for Maker Faire!

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We have an amazing Houston Mini Maker planned for you, including the award-winning “Science in the Movies“.  This will be the most informative and inspirational event of the year in Houston, with exhibits and activities for ages 4 through 104.

Here are our top actions to help you prepare to visit us at the Stafford Centre on Saturday November 1:

Overview of the full exhibit line-up

Purchase advance tickets online for the best discounts (info)

Volunteer to help and get free entry to Maker Faire

Teachers Get In Free!

Why Attend The Houston Mini Maker Faire?

MF13_Stickers_WeAreAllMakersLet’s get right to the point: we were all born to be learners and creators, but sometimes this gets lost in the rush and distractions of modern life. If you want to get back in touch with your inner passion to learn / create / design / build / make, Maker Faire is the place for you! Here you can see real projects, real experiences and activities, made by real people who might even live on your street. While there are some cool things to purchase if you want, Maker Faire is outstandingly about learning and doing. If you’ve never been to a Maker Faire before, you’ve never seen anything like this! Simply put, this will be the most informative and inspirational event of the year in Houston.

Key signs you’re ready for Maker Faire:

  • You’ve heard about cool things Makers are doing and want to learn how to do it yourself
  • Your attention span is longer than 6 seconds or 140 characters
  • You’re sure there’s more to life than what you can see on a screen
  • You’ve heard about some amazing new tech thing and you want to see it for real
  • You’re a student and you want to actually use, apply and experience things you’ve learned in the classroom
  • You fear going to exhibitions and shows because you don’t want to be chased by people trying to sell you things

 Click here for a full list of exhibits, activities and events at the Houston Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Stafford Centre.

Click here to purchase tickets (maximum discounts are in effect through 10/24/14)

Maker Intro #11: “Science in the Movies” Headlines HMMF14!

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we’re back to announce we will present multiple showings of “Science in the Movies” at this year’s Houston Mini Maker Faire! Presented live and in person by Steve Wolf, an active stunt and special effects professional and recent winner of a national “STEM Presenter of the Year” award, this show is a fascinating in-person exploration into how science and engineering are used to create the effects that thrill us in movies.
Come see how “fun” and “learning” really do go together!
(There’s no extra charge to attend this show, set in the Stafford Centre’s excellent Theatre facility.)

 

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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. Overall we’re planning 84 exhibit booths representing 260 makers plus 6 outstanding food trucks! These are the ingredients for 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!

The first posting of detailed information about the exhibitors in the Houston Mini Maker Faire 2014 is now on the Info page.

Maker Intro #10: Crafting Galore at Houston Mini Maker Faire!

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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:

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Maker Intro #9: Changing the Game with ROBLOX

apocalypse-rising 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!

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Maker Meet-Up #2 (Final) @ Children’s Museum on 10/23

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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.

Maker Intro #8: Creatorspace

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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

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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.

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