The Makers Are Coming!

SLO Mini Maker Faire 2014 will host a wide variety of Makers – over 40 in all! Stay tuned for brief interviews with some of our Makers and learn about their motivations for Making, how they were introduced to Maker culture, and what they will present at this year’s Faire.

Meet our Makers in person at SLO Mini Maker Faire – May 10 from 11am – 3pm at SLO Mission Plaza.

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Project Learning and the SLO Mini Maker Faire

2013 San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire

Yesterday I went to a meeting of the Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies (LAES) 301/302 Project Learning class, taught by Grace Yeh and Michael Haungs, and held in a computer lab here at Kennedy Library. Students gave their proposal presentations for supporting both the San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire and our upcoming spring exhibit, called Objects of Affection.

 

Student presentations

The San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire celebrates making and doing of all kinds, and this is the second year LAES students have had a key role in informing the experience. Yesterday’s presentations focused on four areas that are designed to support the faire and exhibit, both: 1) documentation and media, 2) objects, 3) structure, and 4) A/V. The teams presented their ideas to Grace Yeh, Catherine TrujilloJane Lehr andMichael Haungs.

The idea is that these four student teams will support one another and the projects to create a cohesive experience for those who attend. The objects team is developing key components for the exhibit design and the structure team is developing, together with architecture students, a structure for the mini maker faire that will attract people to interact and share their stories.

Exhibits partnership

Objects of Affection opens the following week on May 12, in the learning commons on the second floor at Kennedy Library. Both the faire and the exhibit aim to bring people together to share stories.

The exhibit draws upon the personal papers of families featured in the Re/Collecting Project, an online archive and ethnic studies memory project featuring the people of California’s Central Coast, and directed by Grace Yeh, associate professor of ethnic studies at Cal Poly. Through stories, photographs, letters, songs, and performances, Objects of Affection explores the intimate lives of those within our diverse community. The exhibit shows the powerful ways people can forge rich community bonds and friendships in response to social and legal exclusion.

Opening reception for the exhibit is May 23, 3-5PM in Kennedy Library.

SLOMMF is May 10

There are obviously a lot of moving parts for both the exhibit and the faire, an event that will attract thousands of community members to Mission Plaza, and that involves many partners, including the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, iFixit, Cuesta College and more.

Cal Poly Science Cafe, our interactive public program will be there, too! We’re bringing interactive designer Pete Hawkes to the stage for several Binary Dance performances throughout the day. Look for an interview with Pete Hawkes previewing his project on this blog soon.

This year’s San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire is Saturday, May 10, 11am-3pm in Mission Plaza. See you there!

 by Karen Lauritsen 

Last Call for Makers for the 2014 SLO Mini Maker Faire!

Contacting all Makers! The Maker Faire is coming back to San Luis Obispo! The second annual SLO Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014 (11am-3pm) at Mission Plaza. The SLO Mini Maker Faire is a festival that is open to all ages (babies to 100+!) to MAKE, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology.

The Call for Makers, Artists, Performers, Scientists, Crafters, and Engineers is open now through Feb 28, 2014. Any groups or individuals interested in participating as exhibiting makers should complete this application form. In 2014, we are also introducing a Young Maker Division for makers under the the age of 18. Exhibits that are interactive and hands-on or that highlight the process of making things — including how to fix them and take them apart — are especially desired.

San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of makers and making. It is about spreading the concept of the identity of “maker.” The United States, has a long tradition of ingenuity, garage and shop tinkering, craftmaking, and creative innovation. This ethos and history are particularly strong in California. We believe that everyone is a maker! San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire is a place for local inventors, artists, scientists, thinkers, storytellers, engineers, and learners to get together and share their passions and ideas. It is a place to inspire the next generation of makers, to entertain and to inform. The SLO Maker Faire is a place for us to MAKE community. We are looking forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions in the meanwhile, please send us an email.

The Next Maker Meet Up is February 5th

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art will be hosting a Maker Meet Up for teachers and Maker club mentors on Wednesday, February 5th at 6pm to help spread the word about the 2014 Faire including the call for entries and the new Young Maker program. Last year’s Faire was fortunate to include representatives from several local middle schools and high schools and we would like to increase that participation for the 2014 Faire.

Members of the SLObotics and Teach Tech teams, who participated in the 2013 SLO Mini Maker Faire, will be on hand to share their experience for those interested in entering their group in this year’s faire.

It’s another great opportunity to get more information and meet like-minded Makers before the application deadline of February 28. RSVP to our Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/SLOMakerFaire so we can save you a seat.


Call For Makers Is Open!

The Call for Makers is open!

Contacting all Makers! The Maker Faire is coming back to San Luis Obispo! The second annual SLO Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014 (11am-3pm) at Mission Plaza. The SLO Mini Maker Faire is a festival that is open to all ages (babies to 100+!) to MAKE, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology.

The Call for Makers, Artists, Performers, Scientists, Crafters, and Engineers is open now through Feb 28, 2014. Any groups or individuals interested in participating as exhibiting makers should complete this application form. In 2014, we are also introducing a Young Maker Division for makers under the the age of 18. Exhibits that are interactive and hands-on or that highlight the process of making things — including how to fix them and take them apart — are especially desired.

San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of makers and making. It is about spreading the concept of the identity of “maker.” The United States, has a long tradition of ingenuity, garage and shop tinkering, and creative innovation. This ethos and history are particularly strong in California. We believe that everyone is a maker! San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire is a place for local inventors, artists, scientists, thinkers, storytellers, engineers, and learners to get together and share their passions and ideas. It is a place to inspire the next generation of makers, to entertain and to inform. The SLO Maker Faire is a place for us to MAKE community.

Are you still not sure if you are a Maker? Meet members of the local Maker Community at two upcoming events.

  • On Wednesday, January 22 at 6pm, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (http://www.sloma.org/) will host a MAKE Meetup with featured Maker Michael Hannon at 1010 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo. Come meet other local makers and share ideas, skills, and local resources. Hannon’s sculptures are made of duct tape, newspaper, and hammered copper, and will be on display in the gallery. Hannon will be able to answer your questions about them. You are invited to reply to the optional RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/makermeetup/San-Luis-Obispo-CA/1075072/ or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/653537941358789/
  • Do you want to help shape the look and feel of the 2014 San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire? You are invited to participate in a “SLO Mini Maker Faire Salon Dinner” on Thursday, January 30 from 6-8pm at the Cal Poly campus. The Salon Dinner will promote discussion amongst participants about questions such as, “Why Making?” and “Why Maker Faire?” Ideas and visions that emerge at the Salon Dinner will then be incorporated into a 4-day design charrette focused on the central structure of the 2014 SLO Mini Maker Faire. Participants include students from Thomas Fowler’s 3rd year Architecture Studio and Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies majors. Please RSVP at http://www.evite.com/l/XFewqDAesr by noon on Monday, January 27.

The SLO Mini Maker Faire takes after its enormous parent event, Maker Faire, which will host more than 100,000 visitors in San Mateo on May 17 & 18, 2014. Maker Faire began in 2005 in San Mateo, CA by the people behind MAKE and CRAFT magazines. In 2013, the original Maker Faire celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 75,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), Rome, Oslo, and Tokyo are the home of “featured” 2014 Maker Faires (200+ makers). Community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.

The SLO Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event, but will follow the Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering. Featuring both established and emerging local Makers, the SLO Mini Maker Faire will offer interactive performances, including a featured event from the Cal Poly Science Cafe as well as Maker booths featuring demonstrations and hands-on activities such as exhibits on rockets and robots, DIY (do-it-yourself) science and technology, unique textile arts & crafts, unusual tools and machines, green tech, sustainability, upcycling, alternative energy, bicycles, music and local food, educational workshops and installations, and more! The inaugural 2013 SLO Mini Maker Faire was attended by over 2,000 people — we hope to see you there this year!

The SLO Mini Maker Faire is co-produced by the SLO Museum of Art (SLOMA), Cal Poly, Central Coast Makerspace@Los Osos Middle School, the Central Coast STEM Education Collaborative (CCSTEM), iFixit, SLO MakerSpace, and Sm(ART) Studio in collaboration with faculty from the Fine Arts Department at Cuesta College and mentors from the Greybots, an Atascadero robotics team. Interested individuals and organizations are invited to become involved by emailing slominimakerfaire@gmail.com.

Individuals, companies and commercial entities are also welcomed as sponsors at the SLO Mini Maker Faire. Several sponsorship packages are available to appeal to both small and large organizations that want to support this incredible community extravaganza. Existing sponsors include the City of San Luis Obispo and multiple organizations at Cal Poly: the Center for Excellence in STEM Education, the Center for Expressive Technologies, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Engineering. Please email slominimakerfaire@gmail.com to discuss sponsoring the event.

Follow the development of the SLO Mini Maker Faire at http://slominimakerfaire.com/, on Twitter@slomakerfaire, on Facebook at Facebook.com/SLOMakerFaire, or on Google+ at goo.gl/HrqR2

First SLO Maker Meet Up on Wednesday, January 22 at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

Are you a Maker?
The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) is hosting the first Maker Meetup on Wednesday, January 22 at 6 pm in the Gray Wing. Artist Michael Hannon will be featured, surrounded by his sculptures made of hammered copper, duct tape, and newspaper. A maker in every sense of the word, Mr. Hannon will answer questions about his methods and experiences. This is your chance to be inspired, meet other makers, and ask questions about how to get engaged in the next SLO Mini Maker Faire.

The second annual SLO Mini Maker Faire will be Saturday, May 10, 11 am – 3 pm on the Mission Plaza. The event is free and open to the public. Makers who wish to share their innovation and creativity at the next Faire can apply for spaces by downloading the Call For Makers from this website. For more information on artist Michael Hannon: http://www.sloma.org/exhibits/on-view.php?event=484

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Thank you to every one that attended the SLO Mini Maker Faire today! #SLOMMF

Thanks to all of our makers, volunteers, and especially our attendees! It was a fabulous day filled with much creativity and making!

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Make sure to use #SLOMMF in your Instagram and Twitter posts both during and after the event! Hope everyone is enjoying the day!

It’s time! #SLOMMF happens today!

Don’t miss the SLO Mini Maker Faire happening today 11-3! Our wonderful makers are busy setting up for the day!

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Check out this picture of Cal Poly ARCH and LAES students preparing their structure for the event and find @slomakerfaire on Instagram for more pictures of the day! Capture the event yourself and spread the word by using the hashtag #SLOMMF!

Almost time for #SLOMMF! Learn all about KCPR’s involvement with this awesome interview!

Register here for #SLOMMF!