Second Saturday Conversation


KCR2 Builders Club will be the featured conversation at Linda Hall Library on Saturday, February 13, 11AM-12PM. Join the conversation and discover how their builds come to life! Cosplay is encouraged during the event. Don’t miss out!

For more information about the event, please visit here.

Updates on Call for Makers


Maker Faire Kansas City 2016
Event Date: June 25-26, 2016

Application Schedule:
Maker Faire Kansas City’s Call for Makers opens Tuesday, February 16.
Prepare yourself to apply by checking out our Application Preview and reviewing the Maker Manual.

Be the first to find out when the application is available by signing up for our e-newsletter.


As you prepare to apply for the Call for Makers, the team has compiled a short list of tips to help!

  • Be descriptive as possible about your project
  • Prepare good photos, or video content, you can provide
  • Think about who your Booth Assistants will be
  • Ask questions; if you are unsure about something, check the Maker Manual. Still can’t find the answer? Contact us at The Team will be happy to assist you.


Check out the list of topics your project can be about below. If you don’t see your ‘topic’ or ‘project’ type listed, don’t worry! We welcome and encourage all types of Makers to apply. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

    • Student projects
    • Robotics
    • Homegrown Drones
    • Arduino projects
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Space projects
    • Food makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
    • Conductive materials projects
    • Kit makers
    • Interactive art projects
    • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
    • Textile Arts and Crafts
    • E-Textiles
    • Home Energy Monitoring
    • Rockets and RC Toys
    • Sustainability & Green Tech
    • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
    • Electronics
    • Electric Vehicles
    • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
    • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
    • Bicycles
    • Large-scale Art
    • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
    • Music Performances and Participation
    • Unusual Tools or Machines
    • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)


Job Opportunities!



Help shape the future of the Maker Movement and Maker Faire in Kansas City!  Maker Faire Kansas City is hosted and produced by Union Station Kansas City, with the help of dedicated and wonderful volunteers from the Maker community. This is an opportunity for you to be a part of our family. We are dreamers and doers committed to creating a uniquely special visitor experience for all of our guests. Our people represent a broad spectrum of experience and cultural heritage, and we will continue to add to this diverse wealth of talent.

So, come take a look at the jobs we have to offer. This is your invitation to explore Union Station and Science City. If you are interested in applying for a position, please submit your résumé to:

Union Station Kansas City
Human Resources Department
30 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108-2422

Or email your résumé to: EMPLOYMENT@UNIONSTATION.ORG [No attachments please.]

You may also download an APPLICATION (PDF) to send to us at the address above.

Due to the large volume of résumé/applications Union Station Kansas City receives, we are unable to return phone calls from candidates inquiring about the status of their résumé or application. Thank you.

Union Station Kansas City is committed to employing a drug-free and diverse work force. EOE M/F/D




To Apply:

Please download and complete the INTERNSHIP APPLICATION. You can mail, fax, or scan and e-mail the completed internship application to:

Human Resources
Union Station Kansas City
30 W Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108
Fax: (816) 460-2260


Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire

KC Makers,

This is your chance to be part of the fun! Local Barnes & Nobles will be hosting their own Mini Maker Faires all around Kansas and Missouri. Each Mini Maker Faire will include three sections – Meet the Maker, Make & Collaborate and Make Workspace. You can sign up for one or all three sections. It is up to you!

 Barnes & Nobles participating in this event include: 

Barnes & Noble – Country Club Plaza; 420 W 47TH St. KC, MO 64112

Barnes & Noble – Mid Rivers; 320 Mid Rivers Center Drive. St Peters, MO 63376

Barnes & Noble – Independence; 19120 E 39TH St. Independence, MO 64057

Barnes & Noble – Zona Rosa; 8625 Northwest Prairie View Rd KC, MO 64153

Barnes & Noble – Oak Park Mall; 11323 W 95TH St. Overland Park, KS 66214

Barnes & Noble – Topeka; 6130 SW 17TH St. Topeka, KS 66615

Barnes & Noble – Town Center Plaza 4751 W 119th St. Leawood, KS 66211

The Maker Faire KC Team is unable to answer any questions regarding the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire, so if you have any questions, need additional information, or wish to apply, visit here.

Maker Opportunities at Da Vinci: The Exhibit

Leonardo da Vinci was one of the original ‘Makers’ of our world. He theorized, he explored, he sketched, he MADE and prototyped ideas that even today we use.

Maker Faire Kansas City’s home Union Station Kansas City will welcome Da Vinci: The Exhibition on Friday, October 23, 2015. The exhibit will feature more than 65 fully built, life-size inventions, more than 20 fine art studies and dozens of stunning displays, guests will learn the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light and more.

We hope you will make time to come explore the work of a master Maker! Stay tuned for some upcoming opportunities to participate in this exhibit.

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Maker Faire Kansas City 2015 Highlight

Did you miss out on the fun of Maker Faire KC 2015? Or do you just plain ole miss it? (There’s about 284 days left until Maker Faire KC 2016; yes, we counted!) Relive the festivities with our highlight reel created by our 2015 Silversmith Sponsor Fuller Creative and let us know if you spotted your favorite part of the Faire (or even yourself!)


Wichita Mini Maker Faire


Experience the inaugural Wichita Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, July 18 at Exploration Place in partnership with MakeICT.

What: Wichita Mini Maker Faire

When: Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, Kan. 67203

Admission: Included in general museum admission, free for Exploration Place and MakeICT members.

The Wichita Mini Maker Faire has a lot in store for attendees. Catch just a short idea of what you will experience below:

  • Ride a two seat side-by-side recumbent pedal-powered trike.
  • Generate software to make motors spin, lights flash and speakers beep.
  • Create a stretchy chainmail bracelet to take home.
  • Interact with audio and video instruments created by high school students.
  • View props and costumes from Star Wars and Star Trek.
  • Sketch a fashion design.
  • Watch drones race.
  • Design plate spinner art.
  • Play classic arcade games.
  • Form a paper flower.
  • Reverse the motion of a clock.
  • Watch owls carved from wood.
  • Control a robotic arm.
  • Use foam shapes to build one big stationary sculpture.
  • And more!

For more information, please visit

2015 Maker of Merits

BAC Music (4)
Album artwork (3)
Bandit guns (3)
Studeo_b (3)
Two Bit Circus – Dunk Tank Flambe (3)
Creation Hardware (2)
Nerdbots (2)
Red Star Studios (2)
Woodworkers (2)
Hang ups in kc
Scarves by Hilda
Fast track
Cat’s Purrdy’s
Wheels of whimsy
Robot Driver’s License
The Giving Brick
Ni-Chern Design
MNU Library
Reinke Art
Measureball M-Right
Ninjafred Creations
Prustain printer
Bryan Fyffe
Made in KC Initiative
Trashboat Regatta
Matt Derrick
Creations in Wood
Metro Home School Robotics
National association of rocketry
Shelter 2.0
Muddy water press
Phlypp gear
Society for creative anachronism
Amanda Lynn Chainmaille
Tammy Smith Design
Anatomy of electric bass
Messner Family Farm
DIY playground & robots
KC Clay Guild
Butterfly Instruments
Ennovation Center
Carly Rae Watercolor
Funhouse 57

















If you received a Maker of Merit at Maker Faire Kansas City and wish to have your photo included in the gallery, please share your photo with us in the comments below or e-mail If you received a Maker of Merit and do not see your name listed, please provide a photo of your ribbon and your project name to be listed.

Test Kitchen Food Demos!

Want to learn how to make Pies, BBQ Rubs and Pizzas? Join us in Science City Test Kitchen during Maker Faire and learn with the greatest!

SATURDAY June 27 AND SUNDAY June 28 at 11AM – 12:30PM


Cream some vanilla (or chocolate) pies, add your own fruits to customize to your tastes with Tippin’s.



Make your own pizza with Craig Jones, 2012 Food Network Grill Mayor

Craig Jones is a live-fire cooking expert, the Grill Mayor for Food Network (2012), owner of Savory Addictions Gourmet Nuts and a food blogger for the Kansas City Star. He’s also a certified KCBS BBQ judge, a master student of pizza crafting, and an enthusiastic supporter of the greater Kansas City food scene

SUNDAY June 28 at 3PM 

Make your own BBQ sauce and rubs with Lamon Carter, owner of Applewood BBQ Lamon-Carter-Pitmaster



Meet the Maker: Lost & Found Design

What is the inspiration for the design of your jewelry and homegoods?

My very first inspiration was a honeycomb pattern. I created some overly large jewelry from lasercut wood and I was so intrigued by the process. I was hooked. Now I have branched into home goods alongside my jewelry because I can work in larger scale and enjoy seeing my concepts develop into the home.
My inspirations stem from nature but also urban. I’ve been working with bamboo because it is so beautiful and durable. It also grows fast in difficult environments and I find that true for city dwellers as well!!
My inspiration also is this city. We are so proud yet humble. Small yet big. It’s a funny world of the middle of nowhere and everywhere. I see Kansas City as a perfect environment for the senses and creativity.

Where can people purchase your products? I know we can find you in “SouveNEAR” – a souvenir vending machine – located inside Union Station, but where else can people find your products?
The opportunity to be in the vending machines with SOUVEnear was an amazing coincidence. I work part time as an art educator and promoter of the arts at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I ended up meeting these awesome moms because I taught one of their children!! They contacted me and that was it! They have all local artists and stay very active in the maker community scouting out new ideas and events.
I have my products actively in The Nelson-Atkins Museum Store, The Bunker in Westport, Bella Patina in the West Bottoms, Urban Provisions in the East Bottoms, The River Market Antique Mall, and The Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan KS. Also debuting in a new home goods store that is soon to be open called – Midcoast Modern KC.
I support all maker events as well. This year has been incredible for kc makers! I keep active on my Facebook and Instagram for the events I am doing. The next event is July 3rd for first fridays Summer Crossroads Party and then Strawberry Swing Aug 1st at the Alexander Major’s Barn!

As a Maker, what inspires you?
As a maker I am inspired by my fellow community of makers. I love getting my hands dirty and my mind clear. There are so many people who work with their hands to improve this city and have a grassroots attitude. I am inspired by them. I feel so grateful and humble to be surrounded by a community of active human beings who want to do more than just sit in front if the tv. The world is so exciting when you make something out of it.
Also sharing ideas gets my ideas flowing. It’s great to just sit and chat about what you want to see happen to yourself or to each other. Whether it is supporting a local chef, bar, barista, or restaurant to creating your own garden of veggies, to riding your bike to a local band’s gig, to riding your bike with friends to the museum, to grabbing your favorite neighborhood coffee, to supporting your neighborhood events or volunteer locally, to finding a small chunk of time to explore this great city or hang out in your friend’s backyard can inspire the best conversations and ideas. This is why I am alive and creative.

Can you give us a sneak peek of what you will be bringing to Maker Faire KC?


Bonus question:
What would you like the Maker Faire KC audience know?
I hope all the Maker Faire visitors leave knowing they can go home with the inspiration to make something…anything…even if it is a cool sandwich!! 😜
I would love to see anyone inspired by what I do to talk to me and share their ideas too. This isn’t just about me. I did this to expand my passions for making things, but also to reach out to other weirdo awesome crazy people like myself who just want to share with the world their wild ideas that just might become a reality. How cool is that?!!