Learn How to Make a Telescope at Maker Faire

Kevin Manning picOne of the many cool things you can see and do at this year’s Akron Mini Maker Faire is learn how to make a telescope! Award winning astronomer Kevin Manning will present a program on how to make your own telescope in our Main Library Auditorium at the Akron Mini Maker Faire on Saturday October 18th.

Manning is  a former consultant with NASA and has worked on numerous projects including the Chandra X-Ray Observatory launched on the space shuttle Columbia in 1999. Be part of the fun and join us for this unique program starting at 11:30.


Get Electrified with KiteWeather

Kiteweather at IngenuityFest a few years back

Kiteweather at IngenuityFest a few years back

Electrical signals generated by human muscles?

Come down to the Akron Mini Maker Faire and see what the group KiteWeather can do with these electrical signals.  This group, out of Case Western Reserve University, is planning to electrify the day, October 18, at the Faire.

The group calls it’s project “EMG Control for Fun”.They state: “What if you could use your muscles to control more than your limbs, such as lights or RC vehicles?  We have created a light suit which responds to muscles on the body, giving an awesome visual effect to say, a dancer.  We have also made the RC controllers using those very same muscle signals.  Use your muscles to control an RC robot and learn about medical engineering”.

We can’t wait to be dazzled by their science.

Hats Off to the Children’s Library Makers

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The Akron Mini Maker Faire is fun for all ages.  The librarians in the Children’s Library at the Akron-Summit County Public Library invite kids of all ages to join them  in Making swanky hats in the Children’s Library! Read on to learn what they have in store:

“We will have fabric and feathers, frazzles and frizzles, faux fur, fake flowers,  and more.

Join the fun, starting after the Saturday Story Time at 11 am. The hat-making will continue  throughout the day. At 12:30 and 3 pm,  we will line-up for a parade around the Garden Trio to show off  our creations for all Maker Faire-goers to admire.

We’ll be waiting for creative Makers to have fun with the us at the Akron Mini Maker Faire!”

And, because we want to make sure we have plenty of supplies on hand, please take a moment to visit our EventBrite site and register your group.  It’s takes just a minute, and it’s FREE! Go on, register.  The kiddos will love you.

2014 Makers

Want to know who’s coming to the Akron Mini Maker Faire? Here’s our list of Makers:

Acme Fresh Market Egg Drop

Akron Digital Media Center

Akron Global Polymer Academy

Daniel Anand – A Transforming Wheel Chair that Sits and Stands

Joseph Anand - A Refrigerator that texts you “Eat your veggies”

Aquaponics as Art

Arduino controlled Christmas lights

Astronomy Club of Akron

C.H.A.M.P. – Canton Hacker and Maker Space

Cocoro playhouse

Dungeon Studios Prototyping – Silicon Molding

EMG control for fun!

Evil Twin Cosplay

Experiments in Digital Art

Good stuff and such

Hal Hall, Gourd Artist

Hats Off to Books

How to Make a Kite

Kevin Manning

Letterpress is Still Alive!

Office hacks

Pico by B3 innovations

Portage Lakes Branch CD Art

Preserving Our Family Treasures

Recording Studio

Revere Robotics

Rubber City Shakespeare Company

Spinning yarn

Steam Hat presents Finder’s Quest #1: A Seek-and-Find of sorts Art Game Exhibit

Think Outside the ‘Bots – Robotics Team



Trepanning Trio

Meet a Maker – the Akron Global Polymer Academy

agpaWhat are polymers? Explore these intriguing substances with the Akron Global Polymer Academy,  the educational outreach arm of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. They will be at the Akron Mini Maker Faire on October 18.

While you’re visiting with them, you can think about what you would do with a rubber band — can you use it to power a music box? or maybe launch a baseball?  would you make an art project? or maybe a game, like Spyder which was displayed at the Akron Mini Maker Faire in 2013.

The Akron Global Polymer Academy are the sponsors of the Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors, now in its 7th year. Get ready to stretch your imagination by entering this contest which is open to students in grades 5-8.  Read all the rules here.

Makers Accepted, 2014

Hear ye, hear ye! The Akron Mini Maker Faire has completed our Call for Makers, part one.  Emails were sent to all applicants this morning. If you filled out a Call for Makers application, please check your email to see if your project has been accepted. If you filled out a Call for Makers application and have not received an email from makerfaire@akronlibrary.org today, please call the Science & Technology division at 330-643-9075.

Joseph Anand at last year's Akron Mini Maker Faire

Joseph Anand at last year’s Akron Mini Maker Faire

Some 2013 Makers who are returning this year include Tiny Circuits, Steam Hat Active Fiction Game, B3 Innovations, and Daniel and Joseph Anand (who are heading off the NYC for World Maker Faire this weekend — good luck, guys!) Some new-this-year Makers include C.H.A.M.P., the Canton Hackerspace; the Akron Global Polymer Academy;  fiber artist Monica Lenox; and several local school robotics teams. The Library’s Technology Center will feature a recording studio to record your own tune, the Children’s Library will feature hat making and a hat parade, and lots more. Want to be a Maker? — there’s still some time to fill out the Call for Makers application.  Just click on the button on the right. Make on.

Call for Makers Open Through Monday

We’re such softies, and you’re such procrastinators that we’re keeping our Call for Makers open through the weekend, and even one day beyond.

But, Monday, September 15 is it.  Really.  The deadline. Complete the Call for Makers application by then. Please.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto


Revere Robotics Ready to Roll at the Akron Mini Maker Faire

With all due respect to songwriter Dennis DeYoung and his band Styx, we would like to thank all the Mr. Roboto’s who will be at the Akron Mini Maker Faire. So far, we have two Makers that will show off their science and engineering skills in producing first rate robots.

The Lake Center Christian School Thunderbots, winners of the 2013-2014 first place FLL Ohio State Championship Robot Performance Award, will be on hand to demonstrate their autonomous robot that will perform missions on a 4 x 8 mat obstacles. Built from Lego’s and NXT Mindstorm parts, visitors can create simple custom programs that will maneuver the robot.

Another team, Revere Robotics, has contributed over 1,000 hours of hard work to create a competition-caliber robot. Having competed at the Buckeye Regional in Cleveland and winning the Rookie Inspiration Award, they advanced to the Ohio State Championship held in Dayton, Ohio. What you will see is more than just a cool robot, it will reflect hours of leadership, group work and problem solving skills.

Are there any more robot enthusiasts that would like to strut their robotic stuff and become a Maker?

Maker Update – Piece Maker Technologies

Arden Rosenblatt PieceMaker TechnologiesFolks who attend last year’s Akron Mini Maker Faire remember the 3D Printer Farm – the collection of 3D printers arrayed along the Main Street windows on the 1st floor of Main Library.

One of these Makers, PieceMaker Technologies of Pittsburgh, has been in the news recently for their innovative applications of the 3D technology.  TCT, the magazine covering the additive manufacturing industry, recently printed this article detailing the in-store kiosks PieceMaker Technologies has begun to install in toy and gift stores.  Consumers can create customized items, and watch them being made.

Piece Maker Technologies founder and CEO Arden Rosenblatt says, “… everyone enjoys having their own little mark on the world and for consumers the big attraction is that this is a way to change objects and not just pick something off a shelf but design something that’s exactly what they want.”

Make on!

Call for Makers – One Week Left

Not to panic you or anything, but the Call for Makers for the Akron Mini Maker Faire closes in one week.  That’s just seven days away.

Don’t miss the fun on October 18. Click the Makers Apply Here button on the right and get your application in today.