Kingsport Mini Maker Faire Call for Makers NOW OPEN!

Kingsport Mini Maker Faire Call for Makers NOW OPEN!.

Kingsport Mini Maker Faire Call for Makers NOW OPEN!

The third Kingsport TN Mini Maker Faire is now accepting applications for the Sunday July 13 event. If you participated last year you were part of an outstanding group of makers at one of 100 Faires across the globe! The Maker Community is growing.
If you are new to the Maker Faire we are looking for passionate people who enjoy creating and sharing their skills and knowledge. By doing so we hope others catch your passion and also have a fun time. The Maker Faire is open for anyone.

In 2013 we included 3 FIRST ROBOTICS TEAMS, a trebuchet and hovercraft, Northeast State Community College had a hands on catapult building area and also a yummy cupcake decorating contest. We had Mask Makers, quilters and much more to entertain and delight all ages. Our youngest maker was 13, we did not ask the age of the oldest as we are all curious children at heart.
To register as a MAKER please hit the button MAKERS APPLY HERE on the right side of the page. In order to prepare for YOU we will close applications June 30.

This year, like last year,  we are passing all applications before our review committee so I encourage early application to make sure we have space. Please share information with your friends and fellow makers! See you July 13.

Learn To Solder Station

Learn To Solder Station

Maker Faire 2014 News!

Last year there were 100 Maker Faires across the globe. This year the White House will host it’s own.

In years past, firing a marshmallow cannon might have landed you in the principal’s office. On Tuesday, it landed 16-year-old Joey Hudy in the First Lady’s box at the 2014 State of the Union Address.

At the 2012 White House Science Fair, Joey wowed the President by using a homemade cannon to send a marshmallow flying across the State Dining Room. Joey then handed the President a business card reading, “Don’t be bored, make something.” The saying became a rallying cry for the President’s efforts to grow a generation of students who are “makers of things, not just consumers of things.” In December, Joey became the youngest Intel intern, after he amazed Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at a Maker Faire, which is an event that allows tinkerers, entrepreneurs, and inventors like Joey to haul their creations out of the garage and into the spotlight.

Inspired by “Joey Marshmallow” and the millions of citizen-makers driving the next era of American innovation, we are thrilled to announce plans to host the first-ever White House Maker Faire later this year. We will release more details on the event soon, but it will be an opportunity to highlight both the remarkable stories of Makers like Joey and commitments by leading organizations to help more students and entrepreneurs get involved in making things.

Meanwhile, you can get involved by sending pictures or videos of your creations or a description of how you are working to advance the maker movement to maker@ostp.gov, or on Twitter using the hashtag #IMadeThis. Take Joey’s advice – don’t be bored, make something. Maybe you, like Joey, can take your making all the way to The White House.

By democratizing the tools and skills necessary to design and make just about anything, Maker Faires and similar events can inspire more people to become entrepreneurs and to pursue careers in design, advanced manufacturing, and the related fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Administration is already partnering with companies, non-profits, and communities to make the most of this emerging movement. The Defense Advanced Projects Agency, or DARPA, collaborated with the Veteran’s Administration to support the creation of a TechShop in Pittsburgh, where members can access cutting-edge tools for making, andprovided memberships for thousands of veterans. With funding from the Department of Labor, the AFL-CIO and Carnegie Mellon University are partnering with TechShop Pittsburgh to create an apprenticeship program for 21st-century manufacturing and encourage startups to manufacture domestically. Similarly, with support from Americorps and leading companies and foundations, the Maker Education Initiative is working with schools and youth-serving organizations to provide students with access to Making. Last summer, the group engaged more than 90,000 youth and families around the country in Making activities. The White House has also honored Maker Movement leader Dale Dougherty as a Champion of Change.

Later this year, the Administration will launch an all-hands-on-deck effort to provide even more students and entrepreneurs access to the tools, spaces, and mentors needed to Make. There are many ways in which, in addition to the contributions of thousands of individual Makers, companies, universities, mayors and communities, and foundations, and philanthropists can get involved. For example:

•Companies could support Maker-spaces in schools and after-school programs, provide their employees with time off to serve as mentors, be “anchor tenants” for makerspaces like Ford’s partnership with TechShop, or, for multi-channel retailers, provide access to consumers for innovative Maker start-ups.
•Universities could add a “Maker Portfolio” option as part of their admissions process, create more Maker spaces on campus for students and the community, and support research in advancing the development of better hardware and software tools at national, regional, and local levels, such as the equipment in MIT’s FabLabs.
•Mayors and communities could pursue initiatives like design/production districts that allow entrepreneurs to create more jobs or initiatives that expand access to Marker spaces, mentorship, and educational opportunities through their schools, libraries, museums, and community organizations.
•Foundations and philanthropists could provide matching grants to communities that are interested in embracing Making, in the spirit of Andrew Carnegie’s support for public libraries. In particular, the Administration has called for special efforts to ensure that girls and under-represented minorities are included in such STEM opportunities.
Interested in getting involved? Email your thoughts, questions, or creations to maker@ostp.gov.

Kingsport Maker Faire – We are getting excited!

We are 2 weeks from the second Kingsport Maker Faire. We are busily getting ready. We have a FULL house inside and out this year.

Be sure to register to attend – the online registration gets you entered for door prizes!

So what is the scoop -

Awesomeness abounds – as previously announced – 3 FIRST Robotic teams are coming back together. We have added a LEARN to SOLDER activity – The local ASME will be assisting older children/teens/adults to make a clever little blinky pin. . There is a small material charge.

You can learn to solder and get a cute item to wear, too

You can learn to solder and get a cute item to wear, too.

We will have  our favs from 2012 – Celebration Plates, Ham Radio operators, Radio Controlled Airplanes, 3-d Art, and the Carousel Carvers.

Also – The Society for Creative Anachronism will have a an indoor exhibit and will do demos outside. Our dancers return – TN Hoedowners, Irish Sky and Mystic Gypsies.

New this year – Bricks 4 Kids lets the kids build with LEGOS, Have poetry written while you wait and see it typed on an old time manual typewriter.

Maker groups from Asheville, Knoxville, and the local Mountain Lab will be in the house!

In 2012 Northeast State Community College had a workshop to build catapults – this year if you have a few hours to spare on Sunday the preregister and learn to do this. To Preregister call 423.354.5149. For more info go to www.manuafacturingfuture.net

Many thanks to our sponsors  – Northeast State Community College, Suntrust Bank and Make Magazine.

The ROBOTS are Coming, the ROBOTS are Coming!

FIRST Robotics Competition Team Cherokke HS, at the competition.

FIRST Robotics Competition Team Cherokee HS, Rogersville, TN at the competition.

 30 high school robots teams competed this spring at the 4th annual FIRST Robotics Smoky Mountain Regional in Knoxville, TN . The teams spend 6 weeks preparing their ‘bots to take on the challenge presented for the event. I was fortunate to visit teh Dobyns Bennett Team one cold winter Friday night just prior to their deadline. The classroom space was humming with losts of activity. Building, testing, recording information, constructing pieces. Everyone was engaged and enjoying the team building.

FIRST Robotics Team photo at competition

FIRST Robotics Team from Sullivan South HS, Kingsport, TN  photo at competition

 This year at our Mini Maker Faire we will have 3 local teams bringing their robots back to demonstrate to event attendees. It may turn into a mini rematch!

FIRST Robotics Competition Team  Dobyns Bennett HS, KIngsport , TN  Cyber Tribe

FIRST Robotics Competition Team Dobyns Bennett HS, KIngsport , TN Cyber Tribe

Additionally the local hackerspace – Mountain Lab is working with the Kingsport Library to build Sumo wrestling robots. 20+ spaces for the workshop filled up overnight when the opportunity was publicized. We will see their handiwork too.

Who is a Maker – It could be you!

Let’s start at the beginning - learning about Makers. Two weeks ago the Carousel Project has a grand gala and Fine Arts Show. Attendees enjoyed seeing how their friends had taken rough pieces of wood and created beautiful riding animals for the carousel. Most of these artists started untrained and learned to be Makers. Painters came and put the final touches of horses, developed rounding boards that depict the heritage of the area. Additionally many fine artists showed and demonstrated their talents – potters, weavers, wood workers, jewelry makers and more – ALL MAKERS!

We are now looking for people to participate in our July Faire – so we are seeking makers of all kinds!

Engineering – Amateur radio, amateur aviation, Electric Cars , HAcker groups, Model railroad clubs, robotics, LED Art.

Science groups – astronomy, Children’s museums, kite or paper airplane building, Tesla coils ,

Art groups and crafters – Book Binding, lace makeing, soap making  woodworkers, fiber arts, Swap-o-rama-rama

People working with food and sustainability including wine and beer, foragers, master gardeners, community gardens

Music – Electronic, Jug Bands, Instrument making or hacking, drum circles, dance groups

Also reenactor groups, juggling, star wars clubs, hula hoops , scout groupsm homeschool projects  -

The possibilities are broad!

Read about the concept below:

Maker Faires brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At a Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, maybe fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. They are actively and openly creating a maker culture.

 In its simplest form, Maker Faire creates conversations with Makers. It is a show-and-tell format for people of all ages that brings out the “kid” in all of us. Maker Faire is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a Maker and connect to people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is a “fair” which should be fun and engaging.

Maker Faire provides a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Often there is no other place to show what they do. Because these activities are out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. DIY often is invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and kitchen tables. So the goal of the event is to make visible the projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day. Maker Faire, like any fair, might include traditional forms of making but it is primarily designed to be forward-looking, exploring new forms and new technologies.

                Maker Faire is interactive and educational in all kinds of ways. Maker Faire is not a passive sit-down experience; it’s a hands-on experience that you grab hold of. From simple conversations and detailed explanations to amazing do-it-yourself demonstrations, Maker Faire is all about participation and sharing. Many Makers develop exhibits with hands-on activities; others bring unusual objects that we don’t see every day. All of that creates a stimulating event.

What Maker Faire is Not

Maker Faire is not a trade show. Maker Faire is an opportunity for people to share ideas and projects. So Maker Faire is non-commercial in nature, in that we don’t want it dominated by traditional sales and marketing. We hope to create authentic interactions that satisfy each person’s interests. At the same time, we’re not anti-commercial. We are grateful to have businesses as sponsors. We also allow makers to show their work and offer items for sale. We want to help makers succeed in starting a business, if that’s their goal. However, we don’t want to change the look and feel or spirit of the event.

WE WANT YOU TO PARTICIPATE!

There is no cost to participate – each maker (individual or group) will receive a 10’ x 8’ space. There is also outdoor space (grass or asphalt) if that suits your exhibit better.

Maker Faire is an activity within . This 9 day festival attracts over 175,000 people annually and covers a broad range of activities for the entire community. WWW.FUNFEST.NET for more information

Kingsport TN Mini Maker Faire 2013 Registration is Open

Come join us for our second Mini Maker Faire on Sunday July 14 from 1 pm – 6 pm. In 2012 we had 26 MAKERS! and attendance was over 500. This was the first time we have gathered our talented makers in one area. We had a very successful event and look forward to growing it this year. Come join us. Teach and learn. Kingsport, TN Mini Maker Faire 2013

Are you a MAKER? The Kingsport Mini-Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

On the practical side  – we have indoor and outdoor spaces available.There is no registration fee for makers. This event happens within our 9 day community wide festival Fun Fest July 12-20

This has been a greassroots community project. PArticipants learn to carve, sand or paint carousel figures.

This has been a grassroots community project. Participants learn to carve, sand or paint carousel figures.

Students at Dobyns Bennett HS brought the robot they built and the public got in a little basketball practice.

Students at Dobyns Bennett HS brought the robot they built and the public got in a little basketball practice.

Hands on fun with the Knoxville, TN Makers Group

Hands on fun with the Knoxville, TN Makers Group

In 2012 The Misfit Gypsys taught belly dancing basics to the audience.

In 2012 The Misfit Gypsys taught belly dancing basics to the audience.

Kingsport Maker Faire is held during Fun Fest July 12-20, a 9 day community festival (www.funfest.net). Our festival schedule and hotel rates will be on our website in late spring.

We are all Makers. What do you MAKE?

Register for Maker Faire Kingsport

Go to http://makerfairekingsport.eventbrite.com/ and register for nifty door prizes from Make Magazine.
Additional makers include: Gazebo Party Shop
DB Cyber Tribe Robots
RCAM Catapult Building
Upcycling books and more

What Do You Mean, a “Maker Faire”?

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

There is a whole WORLD of videos on YouTube on various aspects of Maker Faire — below are two views on what Maker Faire is, why it’s such a special event — and why we’re making one in Kingsport!

 

Maker Faire Kingsport entries to date

What do you MAKE! Our first group of makers looks great  – what a variety! with more to come! If you know someone or a group that would like a FREE space to show off what they do please have them send in an application – Click Here!

We have 13 groups registered so far; Quite a collection of folks.
•Green Art Demos
•Rexie Designs Jewelry
•Spinning yarn, and associated fiber crafts
•Coupons 101 From Beginning to Extreme
•LeafLabs Maple!
•Childrens dresses/tutu’s
•Celebration Plates
•Johnson City Radio Controlled Club
•Celebration Plates  (pictures at Celebration Plates, Winchester, Va on Facebook
•Upcycled art and jewelry
•Society for Creative Anachronism
•Amatuer Radio Club