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Calling all Educators! Meet-Up at the Faire

Educator Meetup.FINALblk Are you interested in incorporating making into your classroom or educational program? Want to meet like-minded teachers exploring making and design? Whether you’re a maker curious teacher or a tinkering classroom champion, you are invited to the East Bay Mini Maker Faire Educator Meet-Up on Sunday, October 19th.

EBMMF Educator Meet-Up participants will have the opportunity to connect with colleagues, tinker with curriculum, and learn from other makers. The meet-up will also provide an opportunity to become part of a larger, ongoing network of like-minded educators.

The EBMMF Educator Meet-Up will consist of three sessions designed to compliment the offerings of the Faire itself. The 9:45a and 4:00p sessions will be 45 minutes each, and the noon-1p session will include lunch. All sessions are built around supporting making in your setting and building our maker educator community. Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions, but welcome to attend just one or two. Between sessions, you’ll have hours to get inspired by the plethora of EBMMF makers, since Faire admission is included in your meet-up registration.

Register here for the EBMMF Education Meet-Up. Enter the promotional code “EDHACK” at the bottom, then select the discounted Adult Advance Purchase ticket. It’s just $5! (Please: only actual Educators planning on attending the event for this ticket. Complete this transaction and go back to the ticket link to purchase additional tickets for family and friends.)

Thanks to the group of local, visionary teachers who have organized this 3-session Educator Meet-Up to enhance the EBMMF experience for educators, as well as meet-up supporters Park Day School and Agency by Design.

There’s a booming awareness of the importance of making in education, and the East Bay Area is a hotbed of activity. Don’t miss this chance to connect, tinker, learn, and make. Register today!

P.S. Want to share with other teachers?  Download the flyer and our event poster for sharing.

Meet the 2014 Makers!

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Our Maker page is up!

2013 Video Highlights by Make: Magazine’s Mike Senese

Thanks to Make: magazine‘s Executive Editor Mike Senese for this sweet video take on our 2013 East Bay Mini Maker Faire.

Great to watch *just* as we are almost ready to announce our 2014 Maker lineup. (Stay tuned!)

Call for Makers Extended through September 15

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2014 Call for Makers Kickoff + Town Hall @The Crucible

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West Oakland’s fabulous industrial arts nexus, The Crucible, is generously hosting our meet up and Call for Makers kickoff for the 5th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire this coming Tues, 7/29. Come out and schmooze and brainstorm and network and raise a glass, chow, etc—all in prep/anticipation of Sunday, October 19th!

Tour of The Crucible starts at 6:30; Town Hall at 7:15.

RSVP and more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/699106323496631/

If for some reason you can’t make it but want to get a jump on things, go ahead and fill our Call for Makers application out now!

That was one HECK of a show.

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We are overwhelmed with appreciation for the spectacular day on Sunday.  This year, our fourth, we showcased just under 200 makers and hosted 7,000 people on the combined venue of Park Day School and Studio One Art Center.  The weather was spectacular, the depth and variety of content superlative, the community feeling strong.  And we had the first-ever, full-scale crate stacking show very likely in the history of the planet!

Thanks go first to our makers, those creative, generous people.  There is no Maker Faire without you.  You are problem-solvers and you are by and large easy.  You collaborate.  You are curious and happy.  Thank you for sharing your talent and your process and your prowess.

Then there’s our partnersStudio One Art Center, a fantastic arts facility owned and operated by the City of Oakland—and MAKE magazine, the entity behind Maker Faire.  And our sponsors (just look to the right rail), those companies and institutions that understand the value of maker culture and how important it is to foster and encourage.

Finally there’s the community of Park Day School How many of you reading this realize that the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is produced and organized entirely by the parents and staff of this progressive Oakland K-8 school?  It’s a staggering accomplishment, even for a group of professionals, let alone volunteers.  Thank you parents and staff!

Some nice news / posts came out about the fair:

We’ve been collecting images and loading them into a Flickr feed Please please share your images and videos—there were so many unique experiences at the fair that we’re just plain curious to see what you saw! Let us know via comments here, on Facebook or Twitter or G+, or email us at info@ebmakerfaire.com.

So *phew* we’re done for this year.  But before you forget all of this, we’ve got a survey for makers and a survey for attendees that we would so appreciate if you would take a moment to complete.  Your brilliant ideas, constructive critiques, and words of adoration are all very much desired and appreciated, and will help us be bigger, better, stronger, and more fun in 2014.  See you then.

Photos by Stephen Jacobson, Ben Smith, John Orbon, Sabrina Merlo, Karen Marcelo and Jeffrey Braverman/MAKE.  See the full Flickr gallery and attribution info here.

Program! Get yer program!

2013 East Bay Mini Maker Faire Program CoverDownload the mighty East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2013 program and try—just try—to plan your day! It’s tough, we’re hoping you get a little distracted and diverted and that you explore every nook and cranny of this incredible joint venue of Park Day School and Studio One Art Center.

Be sure to go upstairs in Studio One for Tapigami & the Dark Room & Fixit Clinic; the side of Studio One to Robot’s Grotto & the front lawn for crate stacking; to the back corner of Nerd’s Nest for makerspaces and smart aquaponics; inside the Magnolia lobby to see the unbelievable work of Non-Terrestrial Arms;  Food Truck alley for all kind of amazing food, beer and Sugar Alley for sweets; the end Doer’s Desert for Nerdy Derby and the amazing upright looms from Children’s Museum of East Bay.  Keep going, keep exploring—we’ve planned for something amazing in just about every corner!

The Public Debut of a New Sport: Crate Stacking!

sabrinacrate3Crate stacking is a game.  The objective is to stack as many upside-down plastic milk crates as possible and stand on the top. Stackers rest their feet in the handle holes of the milk crates, and the challenge is to place the next crate and transfer footings without losing balance and blowing the stack.

The set up is like indoor rock climbing or top rope climbing in that players are in a harness and are belayed for safety. Crates are tossed to the stacker when the stack is low, and then ferried by a rope on a pulley when the stack is high. When the stack inevitably blows, the stacker is held aloft as the milk crates scatter asunder. It’s fun. Really fun.

Want to try it? Crate Stacking will be going down on the front lawn of Studio One all day at East Bay Mini Maker Faire.  Under 18 will need parents present to try.  The highest stackers will be invited to a stack-off at 4 PM.

Here’s Crate Stacking game maker Liam McNamara, landing a record 26 stack:

Interview: CamDAX, Electrical Boy Wonder

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Thanks to Goli Mohammodi and Makezine.com for the permission to repost their interview with 16-year-old Cameron Mira (CamDAX), maker, artist, club organizer. Cameron is coming to East Bay Mini Maker Faire for the second time, bringing his Tesla coil as well as a his new pinball machine. Find him upstairs in the dark room in the Studio One building.

1. Tell us about the audio-modulated full-bridge Tesla coil you’re bringing to Maker Faire.
When I was around five, during lightning storms, me and my mom would sit in the kitchen and watch the lightning strikes in the distance — it was really neat. Where I lived at the time was very flat so you could see it easily. A few years ago I saw ArcAttack at Maker Faire and it showed me how much I really like lightning. This last year I built a spark gap Tesla coil, and I’ve been experimenting almost twice a week with [the effects on] different things. First I tried the usual stuff: fluorescent lights, wood, or a screwdriver. Then I tried more elaborate things like Hershey’s Kisses, scanner laser tubes, wire sculptures, and then fused glass pieces.

When the Young Makers program came around, I joined and decided to make an audio-modulated full-bridge solid state Tesla coil. We haven’t finished it yet, but we plan on having it done in time for Maker Faire. It’s going to have a cool light-up control panel with an RGB LCD screen, a big red button, metal pushbuttons with LED rings, and some other light-up components. The buttons have to light up so you can see them in the dark. We hope to play songs no one else has tried, like the Quantum Leap theme song, Scooby Doo theme song, and maybe a Beatles song. Our demonstrations will include music playing through the coil and lightning sculptures made out of metal and glass.

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Big Big Thanks

ThankYouMistakeTheBeautifulEBMMF Sponsors, YOU ROCK!!

Please take a look at the right hand column on the web site. The logos of our sponsors are listed there–and these supporters deserve a big shout out from everyone involved in the East Bay Mini Maker Faire.

We so appreciate these event Sponsors, as they help us to cover the costs of putting on the Faire, getting the word out and ensuring that the 4th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire is the best yet!!!  When you’re at the Faire, please look for their booths and thank them for their support.  Many are makers going pro, or established companies that have a heart for makers, our our local community.

Thanks to all of you for supporting the East Bay Mini Maker Faire!

The sponsors for the 2013 event to date are:

Can’t wait for the Faire! See you all Sunday!