The Second Annual Denver Mini Maker Faire!

Are you ready to experience the chills, the thrills, the inspiration of the 2nd annual Denver Mini Maker Faire to be held June 13th and 14th inside the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  We are pulling out all the stops for this one – check out the amazing makers creating day and night for you right now!

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. Get your ticket now to skip the lines!

And launching at the Denver Mini Maker Faire — the Colorado Maker Ed Initiative!  This series of education workshops and presentations runs concurrently to the Maker Faire and is open to Faire attendees, except for the Friday evening Keynote speakers that frame the Maker Movement for educators and which require a separate ticket. Check out the schedule on the MakerEd page.

And if you want to spend some time with the coolest maker community around, while getting a t-shirt and a pass to the show, please Volunteer!  We need many Maker Ambassadors to help the event flow smoothly.

Meet the Makers is Up!

We have so many amazing makers coming to the Denver Mini Maker Faire at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science June 13th and 14th. Check out the list below and get your tickets so you can skip the lines!

Keep checking back at for updates.

If you want to get in on the action become a Volunteer! Hit the Volunteer button in the sidebar and get involved!

See you at the Faire!

Meet the Makers

Make a mess with a Paint Catapult with The Gizmo Dojo

Do your very own Leather work with Geekify Inc.

Play with the magic plastic that makes Decibullz Molded Earphones and Earplugs so special

Take a ride on the The Zander Lander a custom built bicycle and  interact with the Giant Electric Muffin!

Learn to Solder a Musical Circuit Board with Clear Blue Engineering

Check out cool maker kits with Kitables, Inc.

Dig for Worms with My Terrace Farmer

Make your own live plant art with Rikki’s Tropicals

Light up your world with Liteseeds LED Stickers

Play with a drone with a camera and iPhone navigation with DaVinci Coders

Make your own Jewelry box with Revive Gifts

Race cars at the Nerdy Derby and more with The Loveland Creatorspace

Make your own Monster Badge BottleCap Graphics

Make your own hand drawn shrink necklace with  ArtProse

Ride and interact with Toys That Play with People by Ira Sherman

Check out the Mad Scientist Demonstrations with NIST

Maker Kits with Colorado TSA

Learn about Laser Engraving with Epilog Laser

Help Art Car Mark paint his Art Car!

Ask and IP Lawyer with Poisielli

Connections Academy, TBA

Make your own Instruments with Cool Girls and RAFT 

Play with LED Circuits with Sparkfun Electronics

Come and Play Human Fooseball Table

Check out Pokey the Firebreathing Dragon

Aleph Objects – Lulzbot 3D Printer –

Learn magic tricks with Mago’s Magic Shoppe

Watch a woodturning demonstration with Roper Woodturning 

See how bobbin lace is made!

Make your own religious items with Our Lady’s Gifts of Embroidery, Music, and More

Play with 3D printed prosthetics with Enabling the Future

Interact with R2D2s and more with Mountain State Droid Builders

Wheelthrowing Demonstrations and Exploring the Ceramic Surface with Kristin Gruenberger Ceramics

Play with games made out of vintage Pinball Machines!

Get Involved with hands on science activities with Amazing Wild Science

Check out the inner workings of Electric cars with Black Sheep Technology

Design your own device and test it in a wind tunnel with NCAR

Use littleBits to create new and interesting hardware prototypes

Draw a picture of your pet, make a bowtie for them too with bellaTAZ & Black Paint Productions 

Learn about Lockpicking with The Concoctory!

Demonstration of a DIK Geiger counter kit.

Check out the The Life Clock, it  displays celestial events and plays Conway’s Life game!

Stop by the Wyoming TInkerSpace booth for 3D scanning and printing along with member projects and electronic demonstrations.

Play with TrotBot.

Learn seed dispersal methods with Build a Seed

Do a high tech scavenger hunt and more with Denhac

Toy building activity with Crossbeams

Come check out a welding simulator and 3D printing with Community College of Denver

Intro to Programming with Ruby & Philips Hue

Drive a Robot with Actionworks

Play pong with a Robot with Threshold School

Interact with Omni Globe

Play with wearable electronics and more with T.C. Bingman & Associates, Inc.

The Cardboard Challege with Maker Boulder

Make and Take pop culture robots with Randy Slavey

Analog 3D printing with gluesticks with Inventivity Square

Build a Skin on Frame Kayak with Rivers and Coasts Kayaks

Power of Fire: Backyard Blacksmithing with Sarqit Outdoor Living School

Make your own musical instruments with Boxed Kit Amps

Make your own Monster with Monster to Love

See how Dragons Say Rawr makes hand sculpted and hand painted dragons

Toy Hack with the Denver Public Library

Play with electro acoustic instruments with Stringless Enterprises LLC

Play with legos and pcDuino

Finger crochet a scarf with Apache Girl, Inc

Play collaborative music with Bentsound

Build your own rocket with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Program a robot to complete an obstacle course with CSU Denver Extension 4-H/Tech Wizards Robotics

Interact with hand crank magnetos generator with The Future Past

Interact with the Sound Puddle brought to you by Solid State Depot: Boulder Hackerspace

Test out a magenet with Future Science

Use the pedal powered air gun and critter crunch with the Denver Mad Scientists

help us in building the baskets for NICU babies with Team Toby Tolin

3D Printing with the The 3D Printing Store

Pokey the fire-breathing dragon is coming to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Pokey the fire-breathing dragon, created by local maker Ed VanDyne for the first annual Denver Mini Maker Faire, will be featured at the VIP reception for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Mythic Creatures exhibit this Friday. The exhibit includes cool creatures such as

  • a ten-foot-tall model of a kraken with its head and tentacles rising from the floor
  • a large statue of a griffin
  • a model of Roc, the mythic bird large enough to carry an elephant into the sky
  •  and, of course, a 17-foot-long dragon, with a wingspan of nearly 20 feet, and so much more!

With hands-on activities like Create Your own Mythic Creature and Making Puppets, this exhibit will be great fun for Colorado Makers! This exhibit has something for everyone and features full size imaginings from the sea, land and air. The Mythic Creatures exhibit runs from March 20 – September 7 with many special programs and events. You can find out more on the Denver Museum of Nature & Science website: here.  Pokey is excited to be involved!

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Pokey with Robot Resurection at the NoCo Mini Maker Faire

This Vertical Take-Off Drone is Like Your Own Mini Harrier Jet

The Denver Mini Maker Faire 2015 Call for Makers is Open!

The second annual Faire to be held in (and outside) of the


Sound Puddle

The Sound Puddle at the 2014 Denver Mini Maker Faire Photo by John Martin

Attention all makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers: The call for entries is now open for the Denver Mini Maker Faire! Strut your stuff in front of thousands of attendees over this two-day extravaganza of making. Any groups or individuals interested in participating should find out more and apply at This unique family-friendly event draws makers from all over the State to celebrate their unbridled creativity. The Denver Mini Maker Faire team is looking for a wide variety of eclectic, diverse and out-of-the-box ideas that highlight the tinkerer spirit. Show off something from the categories below – or make up your own! This is a hands-on event, so please have your exhibit be something that demonstrates making.

Artisan Hall:

Metal arts, folk arts, woodworking, glassblowing, textiles spinning and weaving

Fun & Games:

Caine’s Arcade/Cardboard Challenge, Sculpture Games, Legos, Toy Hack

Rocket and Robots:

Robotics experience, rocket propulsion, Drones and things that Fly.

Tech tinkerers:

Electronics, Arduino, Raspberry Pi and the amazing things you do with them!

STEAM Celebration:

Innovation in education and youth STEAM projects (STEM + A for Arts).


Connectivity paint, wire, Steampunk, fine arts and urban arts.

Mad Scientists:

Denver Mad Scientists, Colorado Labs – NIST, NCAR, CIRES…science exhibitors

Pedal Power and Creative Cars:

Bikes, boards, scooters, Nerdy Derby, human powered Kinetic conveyances

Character Creators:

R2D2s, Stormtroopers, Daleks – Oh My!

Design and Creation:

From 3D design to creating with tools such as CNC milling, welding, waterjets

Exhibits and displays can range from the categories above plus anything you can imagine from biotech to puppets, school projects to innovative corporate projects, kites to unique tools or machines. Show us what you can create! Hit the Apply for Makers button at and tell us what you are dreaming. We’ll get back to you to discuss your project and let you know if you are IN! The Call for Makers is open from now through March 15. After this date we will accept projects only on a space available basis up through May 1.


The maker community crosses boundaries of science and art, young and old, craftsmanship and technology, coming together to create the innovation economy. The things we make define us as a society and build our future.

The Denver Mini Maker Faire is an offshoot of the celebrated Maker Faire  created in the SF Bay area that draws over 100,000 annually from all around the world for “The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth!” The Denver Mini Maker Faire is generously supported by Presenting Sponsors SparkFun Electronics and Make Magazine. Colorado Maker Sponsors include Epilog Laser and Aleph/Lulzbot 3D printers. From Monkey Hunter Physics to a Drone Obstacle course to a Synthesizer Petting Zoo, there is something for everyone.   To follow the development of the Faire and also learn more about the emerging Maker Movement and community resources for Makers, visit the website at The Denver Mini Maker faire is independently produced by Making Progress 501(c)3 in collaboration with Maker Media.

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2014 Denver Mini Maker Faire Maker, Ira Sherman, Featured on Daily Planet

Ira Sherman

Ira Sherman, a maker at the 2014 Denver Mini Maker Faire, was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet episode earlier this hear. Ira show off his one of a kind kinetic sculptures which were all the rage at both the San Francisco and Denver Maker Faires! Check out the video! Daily Planet – Ira Sherman