Activities

TXRX_smlHow can you become a Maker? By learning and doing! Get the experience started at Maker Faire! There are activities for young and old alike. Here are some examples of what attendees of all ages can do at Houston Mini Maker Faire (note: some of these activities might not be appropriate for the youngest attendees):

  • Many different hands-on activities at the Children’s Museum of Houston exhibit
  • make-your-own-soapSolder (the “essential” Maker skill-building activity) a cool LED badge you can take home at TX-RX Labs
  • Make your own soap with decorations inside at Feto Soap
  • Drive a robot at many different exhibits, including Makeblock (at Techno Chaos), AceTech and Run My Robot. There are about 30 different robot exhibits at Maker Faire — and they all would like to vr-gaming-625x350show you how their robots work.
  • Make your own fun family or group story and turn it into a quick movie that you can take home at Bunibox (it’s free at Maker Faire!)
  • arduphotoPlay with Legos at the TexLUG LEGO Expo area
  • Learn how to expertly customize LEGO minifigs at Mellichamps Lego Compatible Military Minatures
  • Fly a drone (yes, really!) at the Drone Flying Zone
  • Play a multiplayer VR game (yes, really!) at the ExitUS booth — this is cutting-edge tech, and you get to participate for free at Maker Faire!
  • Make  you own woven item at the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston booth
  • Learn how clocks work and are built at It’s About Time
  • Learn about growing food in your backyard, or in large gardens inside the 610 Loop
  • Test how crystal radios worked 100 years ago at the HVRA (Houston Vintage Radio Association) booth
  • Learn about 3D design and printing at several makerspace and library booths
  • Program a robot at Makeblock (at the Techno Chaos booth)
  • Experience a VR tour of a notable world location at the Google Expeditions exhibit at Techno Chaos
  • Play VR games and use VR apps at the ITC VR Village
  • Play new PC games in development (that means they’re not yet available in stores) at multiple booths around the exhibition
  • Try some handmade crafting in the PopShop area
  • Spend some time enjoying (or being terrified by) the whimsical musical arrangements of the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir art car, featuring Larry the Lounge-Singing Lobster
  • Check out how a robot can help you become a better basketball player at Grind Basketball
  • Visit with Intrepid Productions and see how they make amazing cosplay costumes
  • MakerBarn will have many hands-on projects for younger attendees.
  • Check out the invisibility “Cloak” by KIPP Sunnyside AceTech
  • Play with the demo products at Barnes & Noble Pop-Up Shop
  • Check out the Bubble Blowing robot and the Football Throwing robot at the Spectrum 3847 exhibit.
  • Investigate the electronics kits and toys at EPO
  • The Usborne Books & More booth will have activities for young attendees.
  • Help DaVinci Maker Labs test out some of their cool activities planned for their new makerspace in Alvin.
  • Wee Warhols will have some fun art activities.
  • Get your face painted!
  • Learn about building educational robots at Robot Mastery LLC
  • Try to solve some great puzzles at Puzzometry
  • Get a full scan of you, your friends and family and ask That’s Me 3D to turn it into a 3D model you can keep (there is a charge for this)
  • Proto Makerspace has many different interactive exhibits and activities
  • See how those wonderful 3D-printed prosthetic hands are made at eNABLE Chapter at the University of Houston
  • Maker Maven will have a makerspace inside of the booth featuring hands on activities and information on makerspace kits, activities, and more!
  • SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development) is Schlumberger’s education outreach program. Join us for hands on activities building brush bots and paper circuits!
  • Sabine Pass ISD will show off our 3D printing, drones, Raspberry Pi, Arduinos, Makey Makeys, and other things we have used in our class. We will have things that people can look at as well as some hands on demonstrations.
  • Sew Houston and Kimberly’s Stitchery and Merchantile will present sewing machines though time and offer hands on experiences.
  • Neosensory is a wearable technology startup that is working on a product that allows deaf and hard of hearing people to perceive sound using their sense of touch.
  • Polymorphic Labs is a Houston startup that makes life digital. Using our hardware platforms, developers can easily incorporate real world data into their apps. Come by our booth to play a game with our bluetooth sensors, check out the hardware, and learn about our SDK.
  • Protein Bracelets by Science ACES helps you learn the basics of how proteins are made while making a fun bracelet you can use to teach others about all that proteins do!
  • MakerHealth is dedicated to providing tools and democratized access to medical fabrication across the globe At the MakerHealth exhibit, you’ll build custom telehealth systems powered by Raspberry Pi boards and create a smart inhaler using MakerHealth Kits! Learn about diagnostics, prosthetics, hospital maker spaces, MakerNurses and Arduinos in the clinic!
  • MacroFab invites you to come see and play with some of the fun new inventions we have helped customers create! Poke around with our ghost hunting device, electric skateboard, music FX board, and more!