Come to the First Maker Faire in Denver!

Maker Faire is an annual festival to make, create, learn, invent, craft, hack, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired.  Maker Faires are multi-generational gatherings sweeping across the country and around the world.  And now coming to Denver!

Denver Mini Maker Faire will launch here in Colorado, May 3rd & 4th, 2014, at the National Western Complex.  Join us and an expected 10-15,000 attendees and Makers and prepare to be amazed, engaged and inspired by Colorado’s creativity.


While the Call for Makers is closed, we often get last minute cancellations.  If you want to be notified if a space opens up, please let us know here.

Meet the 2014 Denver Mini Maker Faire Makers!

Take a peek and see who is coming to the Denver Mini Maker Faire this May 3rd & 4th!

How I Got My Job as a Lego Designer


Now this is a dream job!!!

Originally posted on MAKE:



Lasse Lauesen at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013, holding the Lego Mindstorms DINOR3X that he designed. [Photo by Gregory Hayes]

Growing up in the Danish countryside, in the wild west of Jutland, I had no idea that I’d end up pursuing a calling in robotics engineering and development at Lego. I currently work with Lego Mindstorms, a programmable robotics construction kit that enables kids of all ages to make their own robots out of Lego.

I really love my job, so I wish that I could tell you all about it. However, working in the domain of highly classified development hinders me from doing so. One thing I can tell you is about my journey up to this point, my maker story, which happens to involve quite a bit of Lego building.


Since as far back as I can remember, I’ve always been addicted to creating stuff. My father was…

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2014 Sculpture Games Competitors Have Been Announced!

Our Teams have been announced!  Get ready for some awesome fun, watching these guys duke it out at the 2014 Denver Mini Maker Faire! 


Introducing the Teams….


Click here to see more about the 2014 The Sculpture Games & Artists!


Call for Volunteers!

Hello Makers!

As the 2014 Makers Faire fast approaches, we are working hard to organize our
resources to make this the best event possible. Many hands are needed, and at this
point we are in particular need of volunteers for the event.

YOU CAN HELP! Do you have family members, co-workers or friends who would support your participation by being a volunteer? Please ask them to check out the event and register here:


Volunteer opportunities include:
• Set-up and Tear-down Team
• Box Office Support
• Maker Support
• Ambassadors & Security

Volunteers will work in four or eight hour shifts; some enthusiastic fans volunteerfor the entire event! In return, they receive:

- free t-shirts – free parking
- free food – free entry and comp tickets
And they get to share in the excitement of the very first Maker Faire in Denver!

And if you know of an organization that might be interested in providing a group of volunteers, have them contact us about potential in-kind benefits of a free both or sponsorship.

Thank you!  Click here to Volunteer!


Freeze-Dry Your Own Astronaut Ice Cream

Ben Krasnow

Re-create this gift shop novelty food by making a freeze-dryer from parts already lying around your workshop.


“Astronaut ice cream” is one of those museum gift shop novelties that sticks in one’s childhood memory, just as the ice cream itself sticks to one’s teeth. This treat has an unusually brittle, crunchy quality, but quickly melts in the mouth into a sweet, sticky variation of the real thing. Despite its name, astronaut ice cream was never eaten by astronauts in the form currently sold in gift shops. The brittle, crumbly nature of the food would be hazardous in zero-gravity because the loose crumbs could be inhaled as they floated around the spacecraft. Apollo 7 astronauts did have a ground-up, compacted version of freeze-dried ice cream, gelatin-coated to contain the crumbs, but many subsequent missions have instead included traditional, frozen ice cream for the crew. Continue reading


Meet Maker Regina of Boxed Kit Amps!

Come see what she has in store for you this May 3rd & 4th at the Denver Mini Maker Faire!

100% start-to-finish amp kits,
the highest quality parts,
and anyone can build them.

  • Complete start to finish amp kits!  We always Include all
    the parts you need.
  • Easy-to-follow, step-by-step amp build instructions,
    rich with quality photos.
  • Boxed Amp designs are documented so you can learn and
    modify as you grow.
  • Custom analog-based designs that produce warm, clean, retro sound.
  • Affordable without compromising quality. High-end, audio-grade components.

Build your own audio amps
and build the heart and soul back into your music.

Our kits make it easier for anyone wanting to build their own high-quality hi-fi components. We ‘background’ complexity, so you don’t have to. You supply the tools and the effort and you’ll be rewarded with a rich learning and listening experience.

Visit the Boxed Kit Amps website here! 


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Prank Call and Response: April Fools’ Projects from Readers


Happy April Fools’ Day Makers!

Originally posted on MAKE:

FAKE cover
Our Toy Inventor’s Notebook columnist, Bob Knetzger , produced this whimsical parody of MAKE for April Fool’s day. He says he was inspired by a 1963 issue of MAD magazine that lampooned Popular Mechanics: “One article was a how to on improvising one household tool from another, e.g., how to make a chisel out of a screwdriver, then how to make knife into a a screwdriver (now that you need one to replace the one you turned into a file), and on and on until it looped back into the first tool again. Perfectly clever and idiotic MAD writing.”

In addition to Bob’s perfectly clever cover, we received several quality ideas from our readers when we asked for April Fools’ pranks. As we suspected, our readers are pretty good pranksters, and these are our favorites.
A fairly good prank

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Choose a favorite book and make aLEGO® design based on a scene, character or even the cover of the book!

Categories are:

*Preschool-2nd grade
*3rd-5th grade
*6th-12th grade


Important Dates:

Drop Off Your LEGO® Design: April 1 through April 7

Branch Winners Announced: April 12

Final Contest for Branch Winners: April 19

Drop by any of these participating library locations and pick up an entry form:


For more information, check out the Denver Public Library website! 



The Denver Mini Maker Faire


McGuckins Makes Makezine: ‘Maker-Friendly Hardware Stores’

Bob Parks
March 10th, 2014




Boulder, Colo.
Established: 1955
Size: 60,000 sq. ft.
Collective Experience: 117 years
Strangest Project Assist: Ball Aerospace and Technologies spacecraft

McGuckin’s is the nation’s largest independent hardware store; its size rivals a big-box store and its inventory exceeds most national retailers. “They have everything, literally everything,” says Steve Garran, chief creator at makerspace Club Workshop in Denver. Although Garran only gets out of Denver once in a while, he wishes “McGuck’s” was in his backyard. On a recent trip to Boulder for a robotics event, Garran desperately needed an obscure fine-threaded metric bolt, late on a Saturday afternoon. “Those guys have one of everything and they know where it is,” he says. “McGuck’s leads you to want to move to Boulder.”

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