Featured Makers: South Eugene Robotics Team

We are very excited to have the South Eugene Robotics Team (SERT) as makers! Founded in 2007, the team competes each year in the FIRST Robotics Competition, a worldwide contest for high school students.

Each year, students design and build robots to complete specific missions with limited materials and a tight time frame. They compete in regional and international matches, including the Autodesk Oregon Regional held in Portland in March.

This year’s competition was entitled “Rebound Rumble,” and required students to create a robot that could shoot basketballs and balance on a platform. You can see a video of SERT’s robot (2521) in action below.

If you’d like to see this amazing robot, and its even more amazing creators, in person, join us for the Eugene Mini Maker Faire on June 16th at the Science Factory!

Maker Faire is everywhere!

Maker Faire Shenzhen, April 2012. Photo: maltman23/Flickr.

While we here in Eugene are very proud of our local community of do-it-yourself-ers (and we’ll be featuring them on this site soon!), it’s worth pointing out that our Maker Faire is part of something much bigger.

In the past month alone, there have been Mini Maker Faires in Shenzhen, China; Minneapolis; Urbana, Illinois; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Chicago; Burlington, North Carolina; Westport, Connecticut; and Lubbock, Texas. In just a few weeks, the Maker Faire Bay Area will attract tens of thousands of visitors. And our neighbors in Seattle and Poulsbo, Washington will have Maker Faires of their own in June, along with international Maker Faires in Seoul and Derby.

By being part of the Eugene Mini Maker Faire, you’re joining not only the local makers, but a truly worldwide movement of creativity, ingenuity, science, and art. Sign up today to be an exhibitor, or attend the faire on June 16th!

Just what is a Maker Faire, anyway?

If you want to see what a Maker Faire is all about, the next best thing to attending a Maker Faire is to watch this short video produced at last year’s Toronto Mini Maker Faire. If this video inspires you, apply to be a maker here in Eugene!

Makers: Mini Maker Faire Toronto from Ryan Varga on Vimeo.

Welcome!

Welcome to the still-under-construction-so-pardon-the-sawdust website of the Eugene Mini Maker Faire! We will be updating the site in the coming weeks with more information on attending the faire (June 16th at the Science Factory), featured makers, and more. Until then, check out the worldwide home of Maker Faire for more information on all things Maker Faire.

If you’re a maker, our application is now open! If you’d like to join us for the inaugural Eugene Mini Maker Faire, please fill out the application by May 11. You may e-mail us with any questions.