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I could go on for many paragraphs about how great Saturday’s Eugene Mini Maker Faire was…
But I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Many thanks are in order, to the 100+ maker exhibitors, to the volunteers of Eugene Active 20-30 Club for helping us get set up, to the staff and volunteers of the Science Factory, to all of our partners and sponsors…
And of course, to you! Thanks for visiting, and thanks for making.
And if you were inspired by what you saw at the Faire, now is the perfect time to get started on making something awesome! This Friday marks the start of the National Week of Making. The White House is holding a kickoff event on Friday morning, and I’m thrilled be on my way there to represent Oregon at a workshop of maker organizers from around the country.
I hope to report back here with news and pictures from the event, as well as from the National Maker Faire this weekend in Washington, DC. Stay tuned! And if you have any questions you’d like answered about how the maker movement looks on the national level, don’t hesitate to e-mail me with your questions or thoughts.
The maker movement is going places. I hope you’ll join us for the ride.
Everyone’s a maker. Need proof?
Now, I would guess that this particular tot had some help from a big kid, but the building is nonetheless impressive. And it represents an impressive investment of time, effort, creativity, and more.
And to what end? I happened to be in the right place at the right time to capture this in a picture, but had I not been there, the next kid to find this would have probably knocked it down…
But perhaps, before she sent it tumbling, she might have thought to herself… “I can build something better!”
Tomorrow, we’re expecting to have up to one hundred individuals, representing more than 25 organizations and projects, who are ready to share what they made with all of us. Will seeing their projects inspire you? Will you try to build something better?
We can’t wait to see.
The Faire runs tomorrow from 10AM to 5PM at the Science Factory! Tickets are $8 at the door and $3 for Science Factory members. There will be food carts, a raffle, a pop-up Barnes & Noble shop, and of course, makers galore!
Can’t wait until Saturday to get your maker fix? Join us on Wednesday, June 8 at the Barn Light East for the first-ever “Meet Your Maker(s)” panel discussion organized by Eugene Made.
Wait, Eugene Made? Yes — all of the great local artisans, artists, and makers deserve to be supported and recognized together, and that’s what this new project is all about! Things are still developing, but we can’t wait to see where this project is headed.
As for the panel, you’ll be able to meet folks from across Eugene’s maker universe — including Taylor Redwine and Erol Chandler from a-lamp, Kris Schaefer from InHaus Fabrication, Matt Neer from Eugene Public Library’s Maker Hub, and (ahem) yours truly, Nick Spicher from the Science Factory.
We’re excited to share with you our ideas about where the local Maker Movement goes from here, and we hope that we’ll get everyone excited to come out for the big event on Saturday! Advance tickets are still available online and can also be purchased at the door.
The wait is over… ticket sales are now open for the 2016 Eugene Mini Maker Faire!
Wondering what you’ll see this year? We’ve posted our list of makers right here. You’ll see some familiar names — South Eugene Robotics Team, Steamworks R&D Labs, Eugene Weavers Guild, and NextStep Recycling are all making return appearances. You’ll also notice some new additions to our roster, including Arcimoto, One Drop Design, and Cosmos Creations!
SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase your tickets between now and June 1 to get $1 off admission. Look for the “Early Bird” ticket options on the ticket sales page.
Check in with us over the next two weeks as we finalize our list of makers, as well as a brand-new maker speaker series. Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’re coming. We look forward to seeing you on June 11!
It’s shaping up to be another great weekend for Makers in Eugene! This Saturday marks the grand opening of the ToolBox Project, Eugene’s newest community location for tool access and more. It’s also the fifth anniversary of CodeChops, the coworking space at Broadway and Willamette. Both sound like great reasons to celebrate — so they’re throwing a party together!
Curious about the ToolBox Project? From their website:
The ToolBox Project serves the Eugene-Springfield metro area by providing members with low-cost access to building repair and garden tools to transform their homes, businesses and neighborhoods. Our goal is to help individuals, families and neighborhoods thrive by creating a space where we can all share, build and grow together.
We were happy to host the ToolBox Project at our launch party in March, and we look forward to seeing more from them as they settle into their permanent home!
The ToolBox Project’s “Ready! Set! Share!” Grand Opening, held jointly with CodeChops, is this Saturday, May 14, from 1-4PM at their home on Adams and 22nd in Eugene. RSVP on Facebook or visit their website for more information. The fun will continue downtown Saturday night with a coworking space and pub crawl hosted by CodeChops. Happy making!
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Our friends at Eugene Maker Space are hosting their semi-annual open house on Saturday, May 7 from 10AM to 4PM.
Eugene Maker Space has been a partner with us since the very first Eugene Mini Maker Faire, and they’ve brought some of our favorite exhibits, including Team LEO’s produce-launching slingshot.
The “Spring Into Making” Expo will feature tours of the EMS shop space, tool demos, and hands-on activities with Eugene Rocketry and the Science Factory. This is a great opportunity to meet the members of EMS and find out how you can join one of Eugene’s best coworking spaces for hobbyists and professionals alike. Plus you’ll get a sneak preview of the projects and displays that will be at the Mini Maker Faire on June 11!
RSVP on Meetup for the event, or just stop by the shop at 687 McKinley St. anytime between 10 and 4. We’ll see you there!
It’s no secret that we love making at the Science Factory. We’ve just wrapped up another successful Spring Make week, with 3D pens, art bots, and flying machines galore.
We’re very excited for our newest program — our afterschool Maker Club! Kids in grades 2-8 can come to the Science Factory once a week after school to learn new skills and build awesome projects. Each two-hour session will have both structured workshop activities and free time for independent exploration. We have experienced mentors on board (including past Maker Faire participants) who can help kids hone their ideas and develop new skills. Kids who come to two or more workshops and develop their own projects will get the chance to show them off at the Eugene Mini Maker Faire!
Personally, I’m thrilled to get this project off the ground — and not just because I get to open all of the new boxes of “maker toys” as they arrive! We’ve had numerous requests from visitors for afterschool enrichment programming. And we’ve been searching for a way to connect our maker programs together, from Spring Make through the Maker Faire and even into our wide array of summer camps. Most importantly, we love getting kids involved in making, and we love when young people exhibit their projects at the Maker Faire! We’re grateful to ASTC’s Creativity Garden program for providing the grant funding to get us started. We hope that this ten-week run of afterschool sessions will be the first of many more such programs to come.
All of the info, including a schedule of workshops and a registration form, is available on the Science Factory website. The first workshop is coming up on Wednesday, March 30!
Thanks to everyone who attended our Launch Party last week! We were very happy to see so many people excited about the Maker Movement in Eugene. Let’s carry that excitement forward to June for the biggest maker party of the year!
If sitting in the driver’s seat of an Arcimoto electric car got you excited about the future of manufacturing, or if hearing Kelley Roy talk about how artisans and entrepreneurs have transformed Portland has got you thinking of your own projects, now’s the time to get in on the Maker Movement in Eugene! Start working on your own project and submit an application to exhibit it at the Eugene Mini Maker Faire on June 11.
And if you don’t have a project but still want to help out, e-mail us to let us know that you’re interested! We can use lots of help leading up to the event — publicity, sponsor recruitment, maker cultivation, and more. And on the big day, we need as much help as we can with setting up and breaking down the party!
Time to get excited, everyone… this will be our biggest and best Maker Faire yet!
“What happens when you put a lot of different people together, in one space, and give them access to the resources they need to be creative?” –Kelley Webb Roy, founder of ADX Portland
Find out more about how projects like ADX and Portland Made have made a difference in Portland, and how similar spaces and projects are already having an impact on Eugene. Meet Kelley, as well as local Eugene makers Arcimoto, Lumidax Electronics, ELM Robotics, and the ToolBox Project. Try hands-on activities with the Science Factory and tour the Eugene Public Library‘s Maker Hub. RSVP by e-mail or on Facebook to join us at the Eugene Mini Maker Faire Launch Party this Wednesday!