The Makers Are Coming to SLO!

The 2nd annual SLO Mini Maker Faire is TOMORROW from 11am – 3pm at Mission Plaza. Anyone interested in science, technology, engineering, art, math, DIY projects, steam punk, green tech, upcycling, 3D printing, crafts, or anything else related the Making should visit our Maker booths. Meet our Young Makers from SLO County middle and high schools and over 40 other Makers from around the Central Coast and beyond. This is a free community event and we hope to see you there!

Our fifth and final Maker interview is with Erik Gutterud of Start Making.

“What will you be bringing to the faire this year?”

Erik will be bringing his fully functional hand-made 3D printer, created from a repurposed Reprap. He will also be showcasing some smaller projects that he has been working on.

What does it mean to be a maker?”

For Erik, being a maker is about making things happen. He encourages others to start creating, whether the task be big or small. He is excited to be at the faire this year to meet and see what the other makers have created.

Stay updated and share your experience of SLO Mini Maker Faire 2014 by following us on Facebook/SLOMakerFaire, on Twitter @slomakerfaire, and by using hashtags #slommf and #makerfaire.

RSVP on Eventbrite for a chance to win a free MAKE: Magazine subscription and to give us an idea of how much cool stuff to bring. QR code to Eventbrite below.

We hope to see you at SLO Mini Maker Faire 2014 tomorrow, May 10 from 11am – 3pm!

Eventbrite qrcode

2014 Stage Schedule

11:00 Cal Poly Science Café presents Pete Hawkes & The Binary Dance
11:45 Chemistry Magic Show – Seth Bush & The Cal Poly Learn By Doing Lab Assistants
12:30 Cal Poly Science Café presents Pete Hawkes & The Binary Dance
1:15 Clint Slaughter, CEO, SLO MakerSpace
2:00 Cal Poly Science Café presents Pete Hawkes & The Binary Dance
2:30 Chemistry Magic Show – Seth Bush & The Cal Poly Learn By Doing Lab Assistants

#SLOMMF 2014 Maker Interview

Only 2 days to SLO Mini Maker Faire 2014 at Mission Plaza! If you haven’t done so, please RSVP on our Eventbrite so we know how much cool stuff to bring. Everyone who RSVP’s is also registered for a chance to win a free MAKE: Magazine subscription.

Come by the SLO Downtown Farmers’ Market tonight between 6-9pm and visit the SLO Mini Maker Booth for more information about the event. Students from Cal Poly’s Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies will be at the booth in association with a class project. Help them out by answering a few simple questions and you could win a fabulous prize like a ProTech Toolkit donated by iFixit or a one-year membership to the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

Our fourth Maker interview is with Ryan Lutz with Softec.

“What will you be showcasing at the faire this year?”

Besides aiding in hosting the Mini Maker Faire this year, Softec will be providing information about their outreach to the SLO County community as well as displaying some projects from their TechBrew events.

Tell us about Softec.”

Softec is a community outreach that brings together tech industries and those involved in the tech community in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. They offer monthly events such as TechBrew, where tech folks get together to meet and discuss certain topics and ideas. Softec also hosts a robotics expo, which highlights the different tech industries in the area.

SLOMMF 2014 Maker Interview

The 2nd annual San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire is THIS SATURDAY from 11am – 3pm at SLO Mission Plaza. Make sure to RSVP on EventBrite for a chance to win a subscription to MAKE: Magazine. No RSVP is necessary for entry, but it helps us know how much fun stuff to make.

Our 3rd Maker interview is with Tyler Deitz of Cal Poly’s KCPR Radio.

“What will you be doing at the faire this year?”

Cal Poly’s campus radio station will be DJing at the Mini Maker Faire this year, while also providing some entertainment with our vinyl spin art. KCPR will be providing old records, which can be painted using a recycled motor, spinning them into your own personally designed vinyl.

“Tell us about yourself”

Even though they don’t consider themselves Makers in the traditional sense, their booth will be repurposing old records to create unique pin art. KCPR 91.3FM is also getting involved by providing musical entertainment for the faire. The student-run radio offers a variety of music, bringing an eclectic mix to the central coast.

SLO Mini Maker Faire 2014: Maker Interviews

T-minus 8 days to #SLOMMF 2014!

Stay tuned for more interviews with some of the Makers featured in SLO Mini Maker Faire 2014!

Our second Maker interview is with Zach Braun of Arroyo Grande High School’s Eagle Robotics FRC 1388 team.

“What will you be showcasing at the faire this year?”

Several members of the Arroyo Grande High School Eagle Robotics FRC 1388 team will be displaying last year’s competition robot, The Mantis. This robot is capable of climbing a pyramid and shooting Frisbees.

Tell us about your team.”

The team attended two competitions in San Jose and Davis this year. They cleared to the elimination round in both tournaments placing in 22nd and 10th respectively. Eagle Robotics students learn to fabricate and control the robots they build. Eagle Robotics is part of the FRC (First Robotics Competition) organization, which stresses building a large robot in six weeks or less to meet a prescribed challenge. This year’s competition robot, Alpha, was able to launch an exercise ball at a great distance.

Make sure to visit their booth next Saturday at SLOMMF 2014. In the meantime, you can visit the AGHS Eagle Robotics website here.

"Alpha" in action!

“Alpha” in action!


Congratulations to the Greybots!

Young Makers from Atascadero and San Luis Obispo competed in the FIRST World Championship competition in St. Louis, Missouri, bringing home a gold medal and the Judges’ Award for overall excellence. FIRST (“For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”) competitions bring together the excitement of sport with science and technology as students from around the country compete with their own custom-built robots.

The Greybots are among the Makers featured in this year’s SLO Mini Maker Faire. Make sure to visit their booth on Saturday, May 10th!

Here’s a link to the KSBY story about the Greybots’ success.

SLO Mini Maker Faire 2014 Maker Interviews

Stay tuned for some brief interviews with some of the Makers featured in SLO Mini Maker Faire 2014!

Our first Maker interview is with Alex Burns of Magellan Sculptures.

“What will you be doing at the faire this year?”

Alex will be showcasing an in-progress sculpture as well as miniature armatures. She will also present a brief demonstration on how to make your own sculpture. The Magellan Sculpture booth will have s limited amount of works available for purchase.

Tell us about yourself”

Alex became interested in sculpture when she was young, playing with horse figurines, which sparked her creativity to fabricate her own models. She creates mostly horses crafted out of clay, which are then cast in resin and bronze.

An example of Alex Burns' sculpture.

An example of Alex Burns’ sculpture.

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.


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.