Special Thanks to Our 2013 Sponsor: MAKEwithMOTO

We want to extend our gratitude to the sponsors that are making this year’s Maker Faire KC possible!

MAKEwithMOTO: MAKEwithMOTO is a VELCRO-clad van full of 3D printers, unlocked, hackable phones, and electronic prototyping equipment traveling the country to connect and create cool things with makers. Over the course of its 5-month road trip, MAKEwithMOTO will visit 12 universities and 4 Maker Faires and host co-creative activities with students and other makers to begin imagining and building the hardware of the future. Get in touch with your maker skills and stick a creation to the van, 3D print something cool, hack a smartphone, and share your technology dreams. We can’t wait to help you MAKEwithMOTO!

Take a look at the team in Austin:

Maker Faire app goes live!


Make sure to download the Maker Faire app for detailed scheduled events right on your phone.

See a schedule of events, read event descriptions, view maps, take notes, star your favorite makers and interact with #MakerFaireKC on Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s how:
1) Download the Eventbase app
2) Search for “Maker Faire Kansas City” in the Eventbase search bar
3) Launch the event guide
4) Find schedule, maker, venue and social details!

Local media features Maker Faire

Several local TV stations and a radio station will highlight Maker Faire KC on Friday, June 28. Tune in for a sneak peek of the Maker Faire events!

  • KMBC 9 News Kansas City will highlight three unique interviews about Maker Faire on their morning shows at 6:20, 6:45 and 7:15 a.m.
  • Alice 102.1 will air a segment with Union Station’s President and CEO at 8 a.m.
  • KSHB Channel 41 will talk to a young maker and the producer of Maker Faire at 10 a.m.
  • KCTV 5 will highlight a maker and jewelry artist at 4 p.m.


Two makers discuss projects with Kansas City radio stations

Mix 93.3 recently interviewed two Maker Faire participants:


Austin Feathers is a KU student studying electrical engineering. Feathers is interested in physics and anything with high voltage. For the past two years he has been building Tesla coils. Feathers will bring musical Tesla coils to Maker Faire and play music over lightning!





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Ryan Bell’s interests began with sculpting. After making sculpture art for years, Bell made a different kind of art for Maker Faire last year. Bell will be bringing what she calls “wearable technology” to Maker Faire. Her dresses designs light up!

Purchase your own Learn to Solder badge

We will be selling Learn to Solder badges this year at our Maker Store in Sprint Festival Plaza for $1. Also be sure to explore the Learn to Solder area being run by CCCKC Hackerspace. Come and see what this gateway project can do for you or your young one! If you want to do some homework to prepare, see this guide that we will have on-site as takeaways.

Michaels Craft Truck to visit Maker Faire: Kansas City

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The Michaels Craft Truck has been on a tour across America all summer, and its next stop is Maker Faire KC! Maker Faire KC will be the mobile craft truck’s fourth stop this summer, following stops in Utah and Colorado. Don’t miss this free activities in this exciting crafting space.

Check out this press release about the tour:

(IRVING, Texas) – To celebrate its 40th birthday, Michaels will launch the first-ever Michaels Craft Tour this month in a specially designed 18-wheeler that features a fully stocked, 1,000-square-foot craft room on the inside. The tour will travel throughout the U.S. from coast-to-coast, visiting store openings, outdoor festivals and other events along the way.

At each stop, kids and adults can climb aboard the truck for hands-on crafting fun with free family craft projects. Visitors can also take pictures with Michaels’ interactive social media walls and share photos of their crafts through social media channels using #michaelscrafttour. Other features include TV screens showing Michaels DIY videos.

“We wanted to do something big to celebrate our 40th birthday with our customers, and the Michaels Craft Tour and truck is a one-of-a-kind craft party on wheels,” said Michaels Director of Local Marketing Chris Young. “We’ve been spreading creativity since the first Michaels store opened in Dallas in 1973, and we look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones as we travel the nation.”

Joining the fun on some stops will be Michaels Creative Expert Jo Pearson, known to crafters around the country for her informative how-to videos, shown in stores and on michaels.com.  The tour begins in Utah in June and will continue through October. For a complete schedule, go to michaels.com/crafttour.

Ink Magazine features ‘innovators’ of Maker Faire


Ink Magazine wrote a fantastic article on June 25 featuring five Maker Faire: Kansas City makers, including a steampunk artist and an electrical engineer. The magazine also talked to our very own Maker Faire producer, Luis Rodriguez.

Check out what the makers had to say here.

Also be sure to take a look at the photos of all the makers. The photo shoot took place in the pump room of Union Station!

Maker activities bring hands-on fun to Maker Faire

Make something yourself at Maker Faire!

Anyone can participate in one of our maker activities. All activities will take place in the Periodic Table, located in the lower level of the science center.

Saturday, June 29 – Sunday, June 30

10 a.m. – Make Squishy Circuits
11 a.m. – Make an Illusion with a Thaumatrope
Noon – Make a Verocious Vortex
1 p.m. – Make a Motor
2 p.m. – Makey Makey
3 p.m. – Make Pirate Patch
4 p.m. – Make Shrink Dink Charms
5 p.m. – Make Sidewalk Chalk (Saturday Only)

6 p.m. – Make Play Dough (Saturday Only)

Two local radio stations feature interviews about Maker Faire

Jenna 012Jenna Tomlin is a Kansas City-based artist, jeweler and steampunk visionary. Tomlin recently gave an interview about the project she’ll bring to this year’s Maker Faire.

Listen to this one minute interview, which was broadcast on Mix 93.3.

Read more about Jenna and Airship Noir at her blog or visit her website to see her creations.




Luis Rodriquez is Union Station’s Process and Programming Specialist and the producer of Maker Faire: Kansas City.

Rodriquez was recently interviewed on Hot 103 Jamz about Maker Faire: Kansas City. Listen to his three minute interview!




Special Thanks To Our 2013 Sponsor: ShopBot


We want to extend our gratitude to the sponsors that are making this year’s Maker Faire KC possible!

ShopBot: This company was founded by a maker himself in Durham, North Carolina. Ted Hall, a professor of neuroscience at Duke University, set out to create an affordable computerized cutting tool. 17 years later, Shopbot’s digital fabrication tools are carving out the future of prototyping, production, manufacturing, grassroots ‘making’ and education. The company was created to make the power and precision of CNC technology affordable by individual ‘makers’ and small to midsize manufacturers. Rather than having to invest $100K or more to use CNC technology, ShopBot Tools enables the use of digital fabrication with an investment of as little as $5000. Shopbot is the innovator in affordable digital fabrication. Check out their product line here: http://shopbottools.com/products.htm

Watch ShopBot’s Handibot tool in action: