The Second Annual Denver Mini Maker Faire!

The 2nd annual Denver Mini Maker Faire will be June 13th and 14th inside the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  We are pulling out all the stops for this one – put it on your calendar!

Are you a Maker?

Check out our MAKERS page to see how you can exhibit at the 2015 Denver Mini Maker Faire and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science!

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.

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

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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 www.denvermakerfaire.org. 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).

Arts/Creativity:

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 www.denvermakerfaire.org 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.

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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 www.denvermakerfaire.org. 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

Terry Gold’s Blog Post on the Denver Mini Maker Faire!

Terry Gold, a Colorado based entrepreneur, who was able to attend the Denver Mini Maker Fair back in May. He claimed that “The best part was seeing all the kids running around, excited to see and get their hands on all the projects.” He also credited Sparkfun, one of our sponsors with an engaging set up. We are glad that Gold and other had such a good time at the Denver Mini Maker Faire. You can read the whole blog post here.

The NoCo Mini Maker Faire is happening October 4th-5th.

The Call for Makers is ongoing until August 31! If you want to me a maker be sure to sign up soon!