NoVa Mini Maker Faire exhibiting at STEM Symposium

Thanks to WashingtonExec for inviting NoVa Mini Maker Faire to exhibit at the STEM Symposium at The Nysmith School on Sat, March 7 from 9-3. Check out their interesting program and stop by to see us. You can find out more about the upcoming Maker Faire, enter a raffle to win 4 Maker Faire tickets and create with KEVA planks.

Meet the Makers: Jade Garrett

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Jade Garrett is a student at George Mason University, but more importantly she is tearing down obstacles for those around her. She is a member of Positive Deviancy, a group whose goal is to "show people how to rise and deviate from their current situation, and reach full potential." (http://business.gmu.edu/news/954-innovation-lab-teams-hit-the-ground-running/). They do this by creating hardware and software solutions for children on the autism spectrum. One of the tools she has created is CADI (Computer Assisted Device Input bear) which is a game controller integrated into a plush bear. From this project she was able visit Google Headquarters in Silicon Valley, as part of the Summer of Code program. She will have a booth displaying work done by Positive Deviancy and, of course, CADI, as well as other Mason Makers.
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Get yourselves to thee NoVa Mini Maker Faire.

What are you waiting for? Get yourselves to thee NoVa Mini Maker Faire. Tickets On Sale Now (and cheaper than buying at the door). Tickets On Sale Now (and cheaper than buying at the door). More details about the event are available http://ift.tt/1gMtw54 or to just get your tickets fast, visit http://ift.tt/1wCbLJA

Meet the Makers: Vicky Somma

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Vicky Somma won the White House 3d Printing Christmas Ornament Contest. But if that’s not enough for you, she only worked on her beautiful creation after her two sons had gone to bed – she is the Maker After Midnight! She even taught herself how to use Blendr, a 3d modeling software. After she has completed the design she sends it to Shapeways to be printed. That’s right, she doesn’t own a 3d printer! Her cheery designs are open source and customizable. She will be giving a talk on how to 3d model and design without owning a 3d printer, 12:30 Langston Hughes Lecture Hall {and she will also have a booth with some of her marvelous creations.}
Her story proves that everyone has time to make if they want to, although most of us won’t be talented enough to create our way to the White House (and Michelle Obama’s Instagram feed :).

Meet the Makers: Art Bots

Presented by the Children’s Science Center:

Artbots are small, creative creations that use markers, vibrating motors, and/or any other components to create unique and colorful art. Artbots can be as simple or complex as makers want them to be, and the wide variety of materials that can be used allow for lots of creativity and flexibility in what artbots look like and what art they will produce! Using recycled materials in fun and unexpected ways brings creativity to the functionality of everyday objects. Robots are sometimes seen as feats of engineering marvel, but any maker can create bots!

Come see and make these fun gizmos at the 2015 NoVa Mini Maker Faire. Tickets are on sale now!

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Series Showcasing Maker Women Lindy Westenhoff

(Tasking Elizabeth with blog posting for today!)

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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Series Showcasing Maker WomenLindy Westenhoff

Lindy Westenhoff, an avid maker, will be running an interactive origami booth at the 2015 NoVa Mini Maker Faire.
Origami is a 2,00 year old tradition which turns mere paper into simple and beautiful creations. She will be bringing many of her own creations, including, but not limited to, modular origami, which incorporates multiple pieces of paper. In addition, she will teach beginner attendees how to create their very own heart, cup, and/or bird. More advanced attendees are welcome to share their origami knowledge, and add to Lindy’s chain of 1,000 paper cranes, which is a symbol of wholesomeness and good luck in Japanese culture.
This booth will teach attendees the importance of simplicity and many engineering lessons as they perfect their creations.

Girl Day

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Get yourselves to thee NoVa Mini Maker Faire.

What are you waiting for? Get yourselves to thee NoVa Mini Maker Faire. Tickets On Sale Now (and cheaper than buying at the door). Tickets On Sale Now (and cheaper than buying at the door). More details about the event are available http://ift.tt/1gMtw54 or to just get your tickets fast, visit http://ift.tt/1wCbLJA

Still Looking for a Few More Good Men & Women for Volunteer Spots

Volunteers

If you donate a couple of hours to helping us at the NoVa Mini Maker Faire, we can get you a free ticket (two tickets if you help with parking), an awesome t-shirt and early access to the event. Read more on our website and then….

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It’s the morning, so a Coffee Hack ;-)

Popcorn Popper Coffee Roaster

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Buying raw beans and roasting them yourself is an inexpensive way to enjoy the freshest coffee. You don’t even need to buy an expensive coffee roaster; this homemade  roaster, made from a popcorn popper does the job just as well, with the bonus of giving your broken popcorn popper a new lease on life. More