Tinkerers unite in Camden this weekend

Mini Maker Faire gears up for 'greatest show and tell' event on the Midcoast

Over 20 maker exhibits will be displayed in the Camden Amphitheatre and give access to thought leaders and top innovators from the maker movement, awe-inspiring attractions, and more

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CAMDEN — Midcoast Maine's Mini Maker Faire is geared up for its first annual fair, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Camden Public Library. The Maker Faire is a show of ideas, energy, creativity, and fun geared to excite and inspire attendees about the world of making. 

This year's event, running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Library's Amphitheatre, will proudly display over 20 maker exhibits, giving access to the thought leaders and top innovators from the maker movement, awe-inspiring attractions, and much more. Featuring do-it-yourself science and technology, robots, crafts, and art, this family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness is a celebration of the "Maker movement," a modern-day, technology based extension of the DIY culture. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

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Jory Squibb of Camden will be one of the "Makers" at this year's event demonstrating his "hybrid" electric bicycle. His Sunbeam car is two-thirds battery powered and one-third bicycle pedal-powered, and weighs a mere 105 pounds. The range on battery power alone is 80 miles. 

"I'm so glad you're doing a Maker Faire," said Squibb. "It's just what kids need, before they get wired into the computer. Virtual Reality spoils you for real reality, and this real-world tinkering is just fascinating."

Some of the other Makers that will be showcased at the 2013 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire will be:

Edward Seidel, Underwater Robots — These small underwater robots can be built for $60 and allow anyone to explore the underwater world of Maine. With the addition of a video camera, scientific equipment, or other components you can have a powerful tool to study the aquatic world without having to get wet.

Peter Homer – Homer makes space suit gloves that improve hand dexterity and mobility. Compared to NASA's current model, his gloves are more than twice as flexible. Peter won both NASA Astronaut Glove Centennial Challenges, in 2007 and 2009. His hands-on demonstration glove lets you experience how it feels to work in space.

Ella Simon — The Icycle Bicycle is a pedal powered ice cream cranker. 

Midcoast Yarn Ninjas — The Mid-Coast Yarn Ninjas are a group of rogue knitters and crocheters who stealthily beautify the town with fiber art. They would like to teach people to knit/crochet at the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, and get bystanders to participate in helping to create their next installation.

Nathan Davis — Davis has created an interactive art installation comprised of a computer and large monitor on which algorithmic art evolves in real-time, and an iPhone with which to control the algorithmic art. He programmed both the software that drives the art and the iPhone app that controls it.

UMaine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center — The Center's hands-on presentation activity is called "Inventing a Floating Wind Platform" and involves using everyday materials (dowels, foam, empty plastic bottles, rubber bands, balloons, etc.) to construct "scale model" floating offshore wind platforms. They then attach a pinwheel (wind turbine) to the top, and help participants test their inventions in a traveling wind and wave tank (50-gallon fish tank with fan and wavemaker).

Makers are of all ages and backgrounds. MakerFaire's mission is to entertain, inform, connect, and inspire aspiring Makers. A complete list of all of the Makers exhibiting at the 2013 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire can be found here.

“We received so many great applications during the Call for Makers process!” said Olga Zimmerman, of the Camden Public Library, one of the event's organizers. “It wasn’t easy to select from this talented community we live in!"

Maker Faire began in 2005 in San Mateo, Ca., by the people behind MAKE and CRAFT magazines. Maker Faire has also appeared in Austin, Detroit, and New York City. Mini Maker Faires have started to sprout up around the United States, including events in Ann Arbor, Sebastopol, Aspen, Kansas City, and Boston. The only other Maker Faire in Maine is the Lewiston-Auburn Maker Faire on September 28.

Supporters for the 2013 Midcoast Mini Maker Faire include the Camden Public Library, Midcoast Magnet, and MTI (Maine Technology Institute).

The Midcoast Mini Maker Faire is a free, family-friendly event open to all ages. For more information, visit the Midcoast Mini Maker Faire at midcoastmakerfaire.com or the Camden Public Library at librarycamden.org.

Event Date: 
Sat, 09/07/2013 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Camden Amphitheatre
Contact Phone: 
(207) 236-3440