While we were looking forward to celebrating Mr. Jefferson’s birthday as makers, we’ve moved the faire to avoid conflict with many other worthwhile events taking place in area that weekend.
Our new date is October 12th, 2013, still at Tandem Friends School.
If you are a maker, now you don’t have an excuse to sign-up and register your project. See you in October!
We are excited to announce that Cindy Marks, publisher and creator of Artizen Magazine, and a Cville local for over 13 years, has joined our staff as an event organizer! Not only is she ready to delve even further into the “making” scene of Cville by coordinating with creators and sponsors personally, but she’ll be bringing her publication and design skills to help with marketing. Feel free to get in touch with her via email email@example.com or cell phone: 434-960-0036.
Artizen Magazine is a completely digital publication and delivers stories about artisan crafters, fine artists, artisan food providers and passionate makers in a global monthly magazine. If you’re interested, check out the magazine’s latest issue here: http://publications.catstonepress.com/title/11571. Artizen recently published their second Travelers Guide to Charlottesville, bringing some of our local flavor directly to their readers.
Application deadline is March 8, apply now!
Host sites include Charlottesville (Albemarle County) and Washington DC.
Maker Corps is a pilot program from the Maker Education Initiative and part of Make Media. Mentor kids and teens, inspire them to apply a maker mindset, and participate in their creativity. If you are a maker, an educator, a D.I. enthusiast, or just plain interested in expanding your own skills, we encourage you join the corps.
The program has a great training session which starts this Spring. However, you need to apply right now, as the deadline is March 8.
There are several host sites that participating as part of this pilot program, including right here in Albemarle County! Or if you are a student, looking to spend your Summer in a different city, take a peek at the host sites below:
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Want more details? Check out the Maker Corps site, or see the video info session below:
The Chaos Machine that is. If you have been to other Mini Maker Faires, you might have gotten a glimpse at Craig Trader’s massive collection of tubes, tracks, motors and other widgets. If not, you are in for a treat. Marbles zoom around tracks, get scooped and carried by motors, then dropped again. Made in parts by kits from Chaos Toy, Craig notes: “What makes it chaotic is that anyone and everyone is encouraged to change the machine while it’s in action.”
Craig Trader’s Chaos Machine.
Via Flickr – CC attribution, share alike, non-commercial Brain Jepson
Need motivation to finish that project you’ve been working on? Want to impress your friends with your ‘bot skills? Are you a crafter looking to share your new wares? Nobody believes you’ve built that dooms-day machine?
It’s time to get motivated! Submit your proposal for the Charlottesville Mini Maker Faire, April 13th. It’s founder’s day, so remember: Jefferson was a Maker! #JWAM
Drones are all the rage. Chris Anderson, Wired Magazine’s ex Editor-in-Chief, left the magazine to co-found 3D Robotics, a company that specializes in the drone business. We’ve been seeing amateur drone kits come down in price even while the capabilities are rivaling those used ‘professionally.’ But even at the lower prices, they are still out of reach for many DIYers.
Not anymore. Take a look at this beauty of a blimp built by Tyler Westmoreland and Chris Shepard using Lego Mindstorms and two 55-inch helium balloons. The secret is the NXTBee wireless adaptor from Dexter Industries, which lets you remote control the NXT.
We are less then three months away from the first Mini Maker Faire in the Central Virginia Area. Time to get your projects ready and sign-up to show your stuff! You can follow our updates via Twitter, Facebook, or sign up to our mailing list.