Back this year – Craig Trader & The CHAOS Machine!

The Chaos Machine is a huge hit with seemingly endless tracks and marbles.

The Chaos Machine is a huge hit with seemingly endless tracks and marbles.

Truly a highlight from last year’s Maker Faire, Craig is bringing his gigantic marble machine back this spring. This exhibit is a combination of tubes, tracks, motors and widgets that is initially set up by Craig and his Machine Wranglers and then YOU add to it as a Mechanic. Young children can help gather up fallen marbles and feed them back into the machine while those older and so inclined can add tracks and fun stunts.

My kids truly enjoyed any kind of small “ball machines” we bought them when they were younger and if we chanced upon a public exhibit, they were enthralled for hours. This one is HANDS-ON and HUGE – you really shouldn’t miss it. The main components of the machine are kits produced by Chaos Toy (http://www.chaostoy.com/) which Craig has been collecting for many years. Each year, his installation grows and he is now a popular attraction at numerous Maker Faires. We are excited to have him!

It is asked that kids 8 and under be accompanied by parents who can provide guidance and direction. Believe me, this is one exhibit where you’ll be happy to hang around.

Our 2016 Printable Poster

Please feel free to print and share our new poster for 2016! Click HERE for a pdf download. Many thanks to our artist, Kate Little Hunter, for another compelling illustration.

Use of this poster is limited to promotion of the Charlottesville Mini Maker Faire.

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Calling All Makers – Click on Makers Apply box above

We are opening our Call To Makers!  From robotics to fashion, rocketry to craft, 3D printing to woodworking, sculpture to architecture, engineering to design, drones to ham radio and who knows what else!

ATTENTION ALL CREATIVES, it’s time to sign up to exhibit and participate in Central Virginia’s “Mother of All Show ‘n Tells” . This will be our 3rd Maker Faire and it will be 6 hours of CREATIVE COLLISIONS and a smorgasbord of all you can eat BRAIN FOOD!

Saturday, March 26th from 10-4 at Monticello High School.

Cville Maker Faire On PBS

Be sure to watch Cville Inside-Out, on PBS. Click here to watch the segment on Cville Maker Faire.

http://video.ideastations.org/video/2365480750/

Stay curious, get inspired and CREATE!

Steve Hunter, Founder and Director

Scenes from our Maker Faire

Click to enjoy scenes from our 2014 Maker Faire

Stay Curious   Get Inspired   &   Create !

Founder and Director……….Steve Hunter     steve@got-itmade.com

Maker Coordinator……………………….Ellen Climo         ellen@got-itmade.com

Graphics and Media Coordinator…….Cindy Marks        cindy@got-itmade.com

Artist/Poster Illustrator………………..Kate Little Hunter

Stage Tech Director………………………Mark Nizer

 

 

Scenes from the 2014 Faire

Here is just a taste of the fun we had at the 2014 Charlottesville Maker Faire.

The T-Shirt Cannon

The T-Shirt Cannon

The Chaos Machine is a huge hit with seemingly endless tracks and marbles.

The Chaos Machine is a huge hit with seemingly endless tracks and marbles.

Monticello shared some Thomas Jefferson inventions.

Monticello shared some Thomas Jefferson inventions.

The woodshop!

The woodshop!

The Staunton Maker Space introduces themselves.

The Staunton Maker Space introduces themselves.

Ongoing Robot Battles

Ongoing Robot Battles

St. Anne's students bring Steampunk to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

St. Anne’s students bring Steampunk to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Thomas Jefferson, himself, introduces the fashion show.

Thomas Jefferson, himself, introduces the fashion show.

 

It Was Great!

Thanks to all of the exhibitors, speakers, vendors, volunteers, and sponsors for helping to make such an enjoyable and inspiring event. A special thank you goes out to Albemarle County Schools for their continued generous support and commitment to bringing Maker Education into the classroom and community. In addition, our gratitude goes to Albemarle County teachers and students who participated in this year’s event, reminding us that education can be inspiring!

Stay Curious, Get Inspired and Create!

Steve Hunter  Founder and Director, Cville Mini Maker Faire

Exhibitors and attendees, please take time to fill out our post-event survey that will be coming your way shortly. We value your feedback.

 

 

The Future of Shoe Design And Manufacture

Sag_Cor_RunDr. Casey Kerrigan, renowned rehabilitation physician, inventor, and founder of OESH Shoes, (a Cville based company), will be giving a presentation on the “Future of Shoe Design and Manufacture”. Come learn about how sustainable materials, 3D design software and rapid prototyping are coming together to create a healthy fit for our feet and body.

Our small (legal) size poster is available for you to download and share!

Want to tell your friends, students, co-workers all about the Maker Faire? Put a reminder on the fridge? HERE is the downloadable and printable pdf of our 8.5″ x 14″ (legal sized) poster. Thanks for all your help getting the word out! Use of this poster is limited to the promotion of the Charlottesville Mini Maker Faire.

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Need A New Knee? What’s The Future Of Rapid Prototyping?

GavinGarnerrotunda-guitar-2Come to the 2014 Cville Mini Maker Faire and hear Dr. Gavin Garner talk about the future of rapid prototyping.  Gavin is an Associate Professor at UVA in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a huge fan of the Maker Movement. He will bring some of his UVA engineering students and a few of their very cool creations. Not to be missed!

More about Gavin:  http://gavitronics.com/