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Power Up! Houston

dsc_2981Houston is the city of “Can Do”, full of inventors, engineers and ideas! But getting an idea from the drawing board to the market can be a daunting task. To break through these challenges and help the Houston community build the future, we’re introducing a new exhibit to Maker Faire: the “Power Up! Houston” Pavilion! This centralized exhibit will bring together suppliers and manufacturers with entrepreneurs and inventors. Representing a cross section of Houston small-batch manufacturers, parts and materials suppliers, the Pavilion participants aims to educate attendees on the services they provide, what is required to submit jobs, and the best way to leverage their services.

There is a strong growing need for local prototyping and manufacturing services coming from makers, inventors and startups. The point of this Pavilion is to include you as manufacturers and suppliers in development of this community (which will lead to more business) and to give you the opportunity to develop a clear understanding of this emerging local market. So, if you’re a “supply-side” provider of project manufacturing and services, register to exhibit in the Pavilion and get connected with the future of Houston. If you’re a do-er with big ideas, whether crafter, artist, inventor, maker or entrepreneur, attend Houston Mini Maker Faire for this empowering access to people who can help you achieve your ambitions.

Click here for more info about the Power Up! Houston Pavilion.

The Joy Of Learning at Maker Faire

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hcc-sharesThe words “joy” and “learning” are not placed together very often these days, but at Maker Faire we practice and show joyful learning — with passion! Any new parent can tell you “joy” and “learning” definitely belong together as they proudly describe how their young child is learning so many new things — for indeed, humans start as avid learners — and how that learning results in important actions — first steps, first words, first drawings, and so on. Some experience the joy of learning through “Eureka moments” — those jolts of great satisfaction when you figure out something important after investigating, thinking and focusing intensely on a problem or challenge.

But somehow it seems too many of us lose this natural joy in learning as we go through the experiences of life. For many, learning in the structured systems common today is at best described as work and perhaps even drudgery. When was your last Eureka moment?…

dsc_2779That loss of the joy in learning is a problem. In a world so full of change, those who learn the best and most quickly are the ones most prepared to turn challenges into opportunities. And it’s clear that technology has become one the greatest and most rapid forces for change, such that it is now being described as “exponential technology” to more completely describe its power and pace. Coping with this speed of change has become one of the biggest challenges to communities and businesses: how can they most effectively capture the opportunities presented by the rapid pace of change and technology to improve the future of their constituencies?

dsc_2958Makers have a powerful answer to this challenge: re-ignite your natural love for learning and practice it often. Discover things you are passionate about and dive into learning about them. Accelerate and strengthen your learning through experimentation and testing, to discover your boundaries and learn faster from failures. Share your learning to help the community. Indeed, the “Maker Movement” is now recognized worldwide as a compelling model for effective learning that is put into action. And it’s really good at harnessing the rapid progress in technology to create value for communities and businesses (and has an abundance of examples to prove this, many of which we will exhibit at our event). Our “secret formula” is: learning + creativity + action = success, and we put it on display, in abundance, for all to learn from at our local annual event — the Houston Mini Maker Faire! Come join us at the GRB Convention Center on 11/12-13 to experience some new Eureka moments of your own!

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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.)

 

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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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.)