SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Makers Extended

SPECIAL ANNOUCEMENT: Call for Makers extended until Tuesday, May 26!

Coming fresh from California, the Maker Faire KC team is super inspired. We’ve been connecting with awesome Makers and their projects. And we’ve been encouraged by local and non-local Makers to extend our deadline just a little bit more. You have asked, and you are going to receive! Call for Makers has been extended until Tuesday, May 26! This will be your last opportunity to get in an application if you have not done so already. You’ve got an extra seven days. Do. Not. Delay.

Science fun and Booms – Dry Ice Demos!

Jeff Rosenblatt returns this week with a Dry Ice Demos! The Dry Ice Demo is relatively easy and low maintenance. It only requires a few materials – dry ice, Hot Water, and a large container with a lid!

So what is happening?

The temperature of dry ice is -109 degrees F, while hot water can be over 100 degree F.  As the hot water is poured over the frozen carbon dioxide, this temperature difference causes the dry ice to sublimate rapidly – sublimation is when a solid changes to a gas.  When dry ice sublimates it expands 554 times in volume.  This rapid expansion from a solid to a gas builds up enough pressure to pop the container lid off with a loud boom!

We’ve got slow-mo and full videos for you to check out this week.

 

Science City Continues to Prep for Maker Faire Kansas City

We went from firenados… to Balloons?! Don’t let that word fool you, because Jeff Rosenblatt, Director of Science City Exhibits, demo-ed some Hydrogen Balloons for us today. He is prepping for his show for Maker Faire Kansas City on June 27-28, 2015.

It is gonna be cool, so keep in touch with us weekly as we release weekly demo videos of what types of things you may see during Jeff’s show!

*Please note that all people involved were professionals. Please do not try this at home.* 

FIRENADO hits Maker Faire Kansas City

Science City is prepping for Maker Faire Kansas City 2015. And get ready because… THE FIRENADO IS HERE! (fire + tornado.. duh!)

Jeff Rosenblatt, Science City Director, shared a test run of his ‘super-sized’ Firenado! Firenados can be natural occurrences in the right conditions. The rotating mesh screen pulls air into the flame, compressing it which makes the flame rise higher and higher!

Last year, Jeff and Mike Thompson, Chief Meteorologist with Fox 4, performed ” Wacky Weather” during Maker Faire.

The Power of Makerspaces

As Maker Faire Kansas City gets closer and closer, we forget to take the time to really help others understand the power of Making and Makerspaces. It’s more than just fun gadgets and gizmos. Its about a significant change that has occurred in our society.

Image via Flickr by Exploratorium

Image via Flickr by Exploratorium

Aiden Wolfe’s article How to Turn Any Classroom Into a Makerspace” highlights what being a “Maker” is and encourages classrooms to become Makerspaces. Read the article here, and learn how to turn any classroom into a Makerspace. Still not quite sure what to do? Reach out to other Makerspaces in the area. We will be happy to help.

 

 Truth be told, the maker movement represents the instinctual drive of our species to ascend ever upwards: to innovate, design, and construct a better tomorrow. – Aiden Wolfe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maker Faire Keeps On Growing!

Maker Faire Kansas City is growing, growing, growing! But we aren’t the only ones. Maker Faire around the world has seen an impressive growth in 2014. Mini Faires are popping up around every corner and the number of Feature Faires are rising as well!

We are dang proud to be in our Fifth Year with continual growth. Let’s keep the momentum going KC!

 

 

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Maker, A Documentary

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“Maker” is a feature-length documentary on the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture and economy in the U.S.

From the producers of the internationally acclaimed “Design & Thinking,” “Maker” is a feature-length documentary that looks into the current Maker Movement in America – a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together culture fueled by passion and powered by the advent of new technologies. For more information about the documentary, please visit http://makerthemovie.com/about/.

Maker will be showing at Union Station’s Kansas City’s Regnier Extreme Screen. If you’re not sure what a Maker is, or if you have friends that just don’t quite get it, bring them to Maker. They will leave feeling inspired. Tickets are only $2/ticket. Purchase tickets now at http://goo.gl/CNwQNZ.

Valentine’s Day Treat!

10983397_10153076188452037_7804737329259559380_nValentine’s Day is just a few days away. Give your special someone the gift of Making!

Plan ahead and bring your loved one to Maker Faire KC, taking place here at Union Station June 27-28. It’s the fourth largest attended Faire in the United States and this year will be celebrating its fifth anniversary! Get your tickets now as a special Valentines treat >> http://bit.ly/USKCBoxOffice

Make it a double Maker-date and add tickets for “Maker” – an inspiring film for Makers, creators and entrepreneurs alike. Don’t miss this one-time special screening at Union Station’s Extreme Screen on March 7, presented by the Kansas City Open hardware Group. Tickets just $2 >> http://bit.ly/1jN5ucE

To top off your Maker-themed Valentine, add a gift of year-round inspiration with a special subscription to Make Magazine >> http://bit.ly/1EgyZdR

Maker Faire KC 2015 – Call for Makers is Open!

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Maker Faire Kansas City is hitting a milestone this year! It has been FIVE years since the greatest show and tell on earth started in KC. Its been 5 years of amazing projects, awesome Makers and enthusiastic crowds. We’ve grown a lot, but there’s still room for more! Maker Faire Kansas City is in the Top 10 Faires in the world. Help push us into the top five for this landmark anniversary!

To make this happen, we need Makers! This is your opportunity to get involved and show off your work.  The “Call for Makers” is officially open! If you have questions, check out our Maker Manual or shoot us a message at info@makerfairekc.com. Reserve your spot quickly before it’s too late!

Listed below are just some of the topics that you can apply under, but if you make something and don’t see it on the list below, apply anyway!

Student projects
Robotics
Homegrown Drones
Arduino projects
Raspberry Pi
Space projects
Food makers
KC BBQ Grill Masters
Conductive materials projects
Kit makers
Interactive art projects
Bicycles
Large-scale Art
Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
3D Printers and CNC Mills
Textile Arts and Crafts
Home Energy Monitoring
E-Textiles
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
Music Performances and Participation
Unusual Tools or Machines
How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Missing Maker Faire?

Are you feeling a little Maker Faire deprived? WELL.. We are. So we put together a list of Midwest Mini- Maker Faires you can attend from Nebraska to Illinois right next door in Kansas! There’s plenty of things to keep you busy busy these next three months until we’re ready for Maker Faire Kansas City 2015!