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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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?
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
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!
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
•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
What do you MAKE?
Mini Maker Faire Kingsport Exhibitor’s Form
We are looking for people who enjoy MAKING things. Do you have a hobby or special interest you would like to share? Do you belong to a club or organization for your special interest – i.e. ham radio, beer making, etc Are you a basement inventor, tinkerer or just like to come up with clever ideas? Sunday July 15 from 1 pm – 6 pm at the Civic Auditorium will be a time to show off your skills. There is no charge for Makers to set up but we want to be ready when you arrive so please take time to tell us about what you are doing. Think of this day as an adult show and tell or “science fair” activity. We see this as a time to share your hobby passion, whatever it is. Filling out this application, if you are selected, does commit you to the activities of the day – you will enjoy meeting other makers and perhaps find new people to share you hobby with. More details about set up will follow once we receive your application.
Application at www.funfest.net or