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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!

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Do you have any plans tomorrow, Saturday, August 9th? Well if you don’t you should definitely check out the ConfabuLarryum!

WHAT is it? 

Its a fun community festival of creativity located in to Lawrence, Kansas! Go and enjoy FREE workshops,

presentations, and activities. Science City’s Maker Studio will be there ALL DAY doing Maker Activities, playing with our Nerdy Derby, 3D Printing and other fun stuff!

WHERE is it?

Southwest Middle School, 2511 Inverness Drive, Lawrence, KS

WHEN is it?

Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 9am to 3pm

The agenda is listed below but for more information about this super cool experience, check out their Facebook page!

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Why I Volunteer for Maker Faire Kansas City

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Without the help of our volunteers, we would not be able to give you the best possible Maker Faire we can. So we’ve reached out to our volunteers and have asked them — Why? 

Our first in this series is from one of our superstar volunteers, Todd. Read on to see what his experience was like during Maker Faire KC.

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Todd M. – Volunteer

Wow did I have a great time at Maker Faire Kansas City! It was my first time attending so I decided to get involved and volunteer after seeing the Faire’s information at Kauffman’s 1M Cups.  As a volunteer I worked the ticketing tables and was blown away by the crowd on Saturday.  The level of interest in this event was amazing (and very hectic at times). The other surprise was the broad range of age groups and cultural disparity of the attendees.  It wasn’t just a nerdy, tech fair that I (incorrectly) expected.

 

Throughout my 25 year career in the financial services industry I’ve been fascinated by innovation and somewhat disappointed by the lack of attention it gets at larger companies. So Maker Faire was a breath of fresh air to me in seeing the broad range of innovative ideas, concepts and implementations by the participants.

 

On Sunday I was able to enjoy the fair as an attendee and was immediately struck by the generational aspect of the exhibitors. You truly got to see “innovation through the years” and the history of Union Station provides the ideal venue. Ranging from the vintage Model T Ford’s to the additive manufacturing process (3d printing), the continuing cycles of innovation over the years was very evident.  I remember wondering what Henry Ford could have created if he had a 3D Printer.

 

The other aspect that was apparent was the appreciation for innovation and pushing the limits regardless of function, value, purpose, etc. Many of the displays may not have provided practical usage but their value in demonstrating simple possibilities causes your mind to wander to other practical or commercial uses.

The robotics basketball demonstrations were great examples of building a device to do something simple and easy but also demonstrate the possibilities in practical applications.

 

Besides the many booths and exhibits was the entertainment value that innovation can provide. The racetrack and Mentos activities were very entertaining examples of how innovation can not only amaze but entertain as well.

 

I’ll definitely be volunteering again next year as the experience was very enjoyable. The Maker Faire team did a great job of preparing and taking care of the volunteers. I would encourage anyone who has interest in experimentation, creativity and innovation to get involved behind the scenes and volunteer in 2015.

Big Kansas City Returns

MAKERS — 

Big Kansas City returns for its second annual conference, and it needs you!

 

What is Big Kansas City?

It’s an annual conference of “Founders, designers, developers, investors and the like Converging on the Midwest for two and a half days Sharing ideas, co-creating experiences, and inspiring altered landscape” hosted by Silicon Prairie News.

And they NEED you!

Every year they invite local artists to apply to have their work featured at Big Kansas City. This year’s conference is “exploring connections between creativity and technology.” With such a fantastic showing at Maker Faire Kansas City, Big Kansas City will be another way to get you and your work to the public!

Big KC is open to loads of ideas , but they’re looking for things such as:

  • Installations that engage and encourage interaction among attendees
  • Art that calls to mind our focus on innovation and entrepreneurship
  • New ideas that push the envelope for a conference experience
  • Exhibitions that can be shared (e.g. tweeted, facebooked, instagramed, or snapped)

 

What you get if you’re chosen:

  • Complimentary ticket ($599 value)
  • Exposure on Big Kansas City website and through social media to all of our followers
  • Coverage on Silicon Prairie News

 

 

For more information or to submit your idea, check out Silicon Prairie’s website:

Makers Highlighted

We know we’ve been a little quiet on the blog post after Maker Faire ended, but no worries! We are back up and running. We were just trying to catch up on all the awesome media (social and printed) about the Faire. If you’re interested, all social media news clips and blogs that are posted about Maker Faire Kansas City can now be found here

However, we did want to share a few articles we found highlighting our crazy cool Makers from this year:

 

thisiskc.com on Scott Copper and his DrawBot

 

thisiskc.com on Tappecue

 

Juniper Tangpuz’s Pop Up World was highlighted in makezine.com 

 

Nerd Girl Yarns on makezine.com     

 

Hammerspace’s Starship Bridge Simulator on makezine.com

 

If you find more, send ‘em our way! We would love to see them.