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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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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Maker Intro #7: TexLUG Builds Large and Small With LEGO® Bricks

There's fun for all ages at TexLUG's large exhibits built with LEGO® bricks

There’s fun for all ages at TexLUG’s large exhibits built with LEGO® bricks

Jared Burks makes custom parts for LEGO® minifigures

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!

The Children’s Museum of Houston @ Maker Faire!

cmoh_logo_blue1We 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.)