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Thank You for a Great Mini Maker Faire! Photos Soon to Come

Thank you to everyone who made the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire possible!
We’re heard TONS of good feedback already, from folks who learned how to solder for the first time, to those who saw a sculpture or art piece that transfixed them.

This event is a chance for us to help excite the public about the idea of making and empower them to see themselves as creators. It’s a chance to introduce them to your amazing skills and innovations, and just as importantly, to introduce you to each other. It was a huge success and could not have happened without our volunteers,sponsor, presenters like Scuba Divine Day Club, Sonic Experience, Solder Junkies, Cleveland Digital Publishing Useres Group, ITT Technical Institute, HER Ideas in Motion, Bike Cleveland, Lumaniti Wearable Technology for the Future, Friends’ Competition Robotics Team, Makers’ Alliance , Hathaway Brown School Robotics Team, All Power Solutions Sustainable Wood-Powered Electricity Generation, Soulcraft Woodshop , Juggable Offense, Upcycle Parts Shop, We Can Code It, Lake Erie Boat Float, Guide To Kulchur: Text, Art, and News and so many more!

We are so thankful for sponsors like the Cleveland Public Library, Friends of the Cleveland Public Library, Scence Magazine, Time Warner Cable, Make Magazine, and R3D at Cuyahoga Community College! Without them the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire could not have happened.

Photos will be posted soon!

Check out the program here-

Featured Maker and Workshop: We Can Code It

We Can Code IT diversifies tech. We bridge the gap for those underrepresented in tech, the same groups susceptible to low to moderate incomes, through education via computer summer camps, computer workshops and adult training in software engineering and web development through coding bootcamps.
Their workshop will be presented this Saturday! Engineer a Rollercoaster in Minecraft or code a basic webpage in HTML and CSS. Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before, we’ll show you how! Minecraft workshops are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The HTML and CSS workshop is at 2:30. Sign up for workshops at our booth, or drop in and see if you can get a seat.

we can code it

Workshops at the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire!

Just a few more days until the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire! Here are some of the workshops offered at the faire:

Solar Lanterns Workshop by Steven Gutierrez

Come and learn about how solar panels work and make a solar powered project start-to-finish with your own lantern that will charge during the day and then light up at night automatically! Participants will learn minor soldering and create a lantern with recycled materials. 30 min-1 hr., Ongoing.

National Day of Civic Hacking: Workshops and Activities by Open Cleveland

June 6, 2015 is the National Day of Civic Hacking and Open Cleveland, Cleveland’s Code for America brigade, will introduce people to the idea of civic hacking with simple coding projects and hands-on activities for kids and adults. Ongoing.

RecycleBots DIY Workshop by Doo-Sung Yoo and Andrew Frueh

Kids (7 and up) and their parents will create a toy robot from recycled materials from water bottles to cereal boxes, combined with common low-tech electronic parts like motors and batteries, in order to learn about the fusion of art and science, environmental awareness, and recycling. 1-1.5 hr., Ongoing.

Case Western Reserve University think[box] EMG Learn to Solder: Muscle Meter!

EMG stands for Electromyography, which is the science of measuring muscle neuron activity. You can call it a “muscle sensor.” Participants will learn to solder as they build their own “muscle sensor” which they can rubber-band to their arm to see LED lights glow as they flex their muscles.

Created by think[box], the center for innovation and tinkering at Case Western Reserve University, Created by CWRU Makers Daniel Dichek, Daniel Tan, Nathan Makowski, Ray Krajci, and the students and staff of think[box], with sponsorship by Bird Technologies, The Leonard Gelfand STEM Center at CWRU, Blackstone Launchpad at CWRU and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Ongoing.

Yes . . . AND! MC^2 Student Improv Team Workshop 

Join the MC^2 Student Improv Team for a comic, improvisational theater demonstration and workshop: Yes . . . AND! a lesson in always saying yes and making more! 1:00 pm.

Makers Alliance All Day Workshops

Ongoing workshops with the Makers Alliance will feature arduinos, soldering, a custom PVC-chopping Kazoo-manufacturing robot, and more! Ongoing.

Viva Dance Studio Hourly All-Style Workshops

Workshops will explore a variety of dance styles throughout the day, from Salsa to Swing! 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. 20 min. 

We Can Code It Workshops: Engineer a Rollercoaster in Minecraft

Create a thrill ride Steve will never forget! Flip those Creepers upside down! Kids ages 8 through 14 learn about electrical engineering and computational thinking concepts while building Rollercoaster in Minecraft using Redstone. Based on the popular Minecraft Amusement Park week-long summer camp series by We Can Code IT, and our Minecraft Amusement Park book to be published in August 2015, kids love creating their own automated rollercoaster! Read about our camps and workshops at 1.5 hour workshop at 10:30 am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm. First come, first served!

Hope to see you there!

Sign Up Today to Volunteer!

There is still time to volunteer at the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, June 6th, at the Cleveland Public Library! We are in need of volunteers in the 1pm-4pm and 4pm-7pm time slots, sign up today!

Spotlight Maker: George Berlin!

Creative Genius George Berlin builds super-fun interactive
projection art sculptures and installations that encourage
simply enjoying the act of playing.
“Play your Heart Out” is a synesthetic trio of interactive
sculptures, with children’s instruments and inventive
musical devices that let you create your own visuals
which dance to the music.
“Touch Art” is just that- animated paintings on canvas
that react to your touch and come alive!
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Spotlight Makers: Lake Erie Boat Float!

Lake Erie Boat Float is a unique event that helps raise awareness about the impacts of plastics on the environment, in particular oceans, lakes and streams. Part design competition, part boat race, the Great Lake Erie Boat Float is also lots of fun. Here are some photos from the 2014 event!

Cleveland Mini Maker Faire's photo.
Cleveland Mini Maker Faire's photo.
Cleveland Mini Maker Faire's photo.
Cleveland Mini Maker Faire's photo.

Spotlight Maker: Brad Civic

Brad Civic is an artist, welder and fabricator from Cleveland who worked for and created pieces with some of the area’s most well-known installation artists. He has been a tinkerer and maker of things since he was old enough to use tools. See Brad’s wide variety of work at the Mini Maker Faire and on his website, where he showcases large-scale sculptural fabrication.

brad civic

Spotlight: ‘Street Legal’ Saint Edward’s Robotics Team

‘Street Legal’ is the robotics team at St. Edward’s High School. The team has been competing against surrounding Ohio high schools in the FIRST Robotics Competitions since 2007. We are excited to have them demonstrate their skills at the 2015 Cleveland Mini Maker Faire!

Spotlight Performer: DR. U.R. Awesome!

Dr. U.R. Awesome is a world record setting bubble-ologist! Join us for his fun and interactive science experiments for the young at heart!

dr ur awesome

Spotlight Performers: Viva Dance Studio

Viva Dance Studio is Cleveland’s favorite dance studio. Come learn to dance, Salsa the night away, or book a private event space. Whether you want to learn Salsa, Argentine Tango, Ballroom, Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha or anything else, our talented, fun and patient instructors are here to help you succeed. We offer private dance lessons, group dance lessons, dance choreography and other dance services.

Viva Dance Studio will be performing different dance styles hourly at the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire!