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Kingsport Maker Faire 2016 Presents the 3-D printed 1952 Willys Jeep

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3-D Printed Jeep – full size and drivable

The Kingsport Mini-Maker Faire is this Saturday July 23 from 9 am – 1 pm!

Come see this 3D printed full size replica of a 1952 Willys Jeep. It won 5 awards at the Maker Faire Bay Area in California in June. Produced by the Manufacturing Development Facility.

Kingsport Mini Maker Faire will also have the TN Tech Stem Truck and their BAJA vehicle and Formula SAE Vehicle, an exhibit from the US Army. a weather balloon launch, Virtual reality googles to try. Hours are 9 – 1 on Sat July 23. Admission is free. Some inside events and some outside events at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium 1550 Ft Henry Dr.

The Jeep is brought to you by the Tennessee Military Affairs Council, Kingsport Office for Small Business Entrepreneurship and Clark & Company.

National Maker Faire – Washington DC

June 18-19 was the weekend of the National Maker Faire in Washington.  This event was held on the campus of The University of the District of Columbia and organized by MAKE magazine. Exhibitors included big companies like Barnes and Noble, Radio Shack (#TheShackisBack) , Microsoft, Lowe’s and more. Additionally colleges, Etsy and Kickstarter exhibitors showed their passions. Additionally there were speakers and workshops on various subjects including a robot seminar. 

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What Happens at a Maker Faire?


This past weekend held a road trip to the Burlington NC Mini Maker Faire. It was a great chance to take photos and show what you could see at a faire and also to encourage you to join “the greatest show and tell on earth”. Perhaps your special talent could be on display in Kingsport TN on July 23.

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Interested in our event? Register where it says “Makers Apply Here”.


Save the Date: July 23, 2016

The Kingsport TN Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday July 23, 2016 – 9 am – 1 pm

Our location will be:

Kingsport Civic Auditorium

1550 Fort Henry Dr

Kingsport, TN 37664

Interesting in being an exhibitor? We’d like to hear from you – drop a note.

We are located in Northeast Tn, close to the borders of  Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. The event is held on the final day of our community wide festival  – Fun Fest. Come for the weekend and enjoy concerts and hot air balloons too.

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Engineers from Bell Helicopter help a young girl make a metal helicopter while learning to bolt the parts together.

A high altitude balloon launch was part of the day. The travel path was tracked and followed during the faire.

A high altitude balloon launch was part of the day. The travel path was tracked and followed during the faire.

Kingsport Maker Faire 2015 is just around the corner – July 18

Entries are pouring in for exhibit space this year but we still have a little bit of room. Be sure to sign up now.

Returning makers include

The TriCites Blender Group

Harvest of Hope Community Gardens

Kingsport Amateur Radio Club

Johnson City Radio Controllers

The Rat Rods

Martinsville, VA FAB LAB


ET AlChE Outreach

and others

New Makers are looking pretty exciting too

Camiosk – An interactive kiosk

the Tennessee Tech BAJA vehicle team and cars

The ET R2Builders Club

Poor Hollow Bee Farm

and of course we will have our HS First Robotics teams

More news to come –

Kingsport Maker Faire Call for Makers is now OPEN!

2015 marks the 4th year for the Kingsport Mini-Maker Faire. We have changed the date to allow more outdoor space and accommodated more outside exhibits.  MAKE a date to come and exhibit on Saturday July 18, 2015. Last year we had our first Nerdy Derby and 3-D printers were all the rage. more than 1000 people came to see your exhibits.

Am I a MAKER? you are if you MAKE something – you might call yourself a hobbyist, tinkerer, student. You enjoy the Do-It-Yourself attitude and the creativity of a hands-on project. Come and show how you make what you make. Share your talent, skill, knowledge with the public and your fellow makers.

You may be an entrepreneur with a great idea – come share your innovation.

We love artists too – whether you are Plein air painter, tattoo designer or   a wood carver , etc., you are welcome.

All applicants are reviewed and we will send out acceptance notices. Should you have any questions during the application process contact

Make yourself open this link or use the sidebar link

Kingsport TN 2015 Maker Faire Application Form

and start the application process!


What is a Maker Faire?

Maker Faires are all about showcasing YOUR projects, inventions, skills, ideas, and art. It’s Show and Tell for creative people. If you would like to share your project or your talents with the community then consider exhibiting with us in Kingsport TN. Our faire is held during an annual community festival ( and there are plenty of reasons, (hot air balloons, concerts, fireworks) to join our activities and bring the family.

We encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things. Here are just some examples of projects we’d like to see:

3D Imaging | 3D Printing | Alternative Energy | Architecture | Arduino
Art & Design | Bicycles | Biology | Chemistry | Circuit Bending | Computers
Craft | Crochet | Culture | DIY Projects | Drones | Education | Electric Vehicles
Electronics | Energy | Engineering | Fabrication | Flying | Food | Forensics
Fun & Games | Furniture | Gadgets | Hacks | Kinetic Art | Knitting | Machining
Makerspaces | Microcontrollers |Music | Open Source Hardware | Paper Craft
Performances | Photography & Video | Physics | Raspberry Pi | Robotics
Rockets |Science | Solar | Space | Student Projects | Sustainability | Tools
Toys | Transportation | Woodworking | Workshop | Young Makers

Fees? Nope, nada, no way Jose – free to exhibit – free to attend. However. solely commercial exhibitors will be considered on a case by case basis and a fee charged.

SAVE THE DATE Sat July 18, 2015

The 2015 Kingsport Makers Faire is changing dates and you are going to love it! Saturday July 18 is the final day of our 9 day festival  – Kingsport Fun Fest. (

We begin that day with an early morning launch of about 20 hot air balloons – right in front of our Maker Faire area. we end the day with an awesome evening concert (last year TRAIN performed) and fireworks. on the day before we also have a big outdoor concert – 2014 was Martina McBride, the year before Hunter Hayes). We will have a hot air balloon glow that evening, too.

In the spring look for special hotel rates, concert announcements, and our entire event schedule. For our maker participants we will offer a special concert ticket deal, too. so plan on spending the night and enjoying two days.

We will also have more outdoor space both on the grass and the street in front of the Auditorium location will be closed down and provide a launching pad, performance venue, etc, etc.  Can’t wait, it’s going to be exciting.

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, 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