AMMF 2013!

 It’s official folks:  the second annual Austin Mini Maker Faire will take place on May 5, 2013 at the Palmer Events Center!

Synchronize your watches for Cinco de Mayo… this is going to be epic.

Call for Makers opens January 24th… stay tuned for more thrilling details.

And a great time was had by all!

The Big Day!

Come on out and have a great time!

For event info (location, parking, safety, etc)…click here.

Weavers and Spinners Society rehabs a loom… just for Austin Mini Maker Faire!

Making your own Space Paintings and Sculptures with the CozmicFunk Studio creator of “Space Adventure” mini web series.

Space Adventure Series Creator and inventor John P. Funk, leads a crafting workshop on making space themed artwork with simple art supplies and re-purposed materials. The workshop will take place next to the Space Adventure Maker Faire Exhibit display that will have actual props, models and artwork that was all created by hand for the short series.

John will cover all the basics of making unique artwork simply with Imagination and creativity from a assortment of materials. Every participant will create be able to create their own Glow in the Dark Space Painting and or Landscape Sculpture. All ages are welcome to participate.

Learn more about John P. Funk and Space Adventure here.

Professor Conrad’s Flying Bird Brainbot

The FBBb is a funky gigantic brain mounted on a bird’s body. It’s wings flap, beak articulates, makes sounds, lights flash, and moves around on a radio controlled platform. It is powered by a solar charged 12v battery. It is the newest in THEGIANTBRAIN series. Someone called it a  Chucky Cheese  animatronic gone weird or weirder. The 5’ tall piece is made of hacked toys, micro-processors, electric motors, new and recycled materials and much more.

You can find out more about Professor Conrad and his marvelous inventions here, or come meet him and his Brainbot in person at the Austin Mini Maker Faire THIS Saturday, 5/12, 10-6!  Buy your tickets now!

 

Soldering workshops at Austin Mini Maker Faire with ATX Hackerspace!

This is going to be so cool… The awesome folks at ATX Hackerspace are going to have 6 stations going on all day where you can just step up, learn to solder, and complete this simple project… a badge with flashing LEDs that will crow to the world about your newfound skill!

ATX Hackerspace is also bringing some other really fun-sounding things some of their members have built… including a meme arcade cabinet… I’m not sure what that is, but, it sounds kind of amazing.  Bring it on, Hackers!

Woodcrafting with Austin Children’s Museum


Come and get your hands on real tools and woodworking materials! You’ll learn how to use a drill, needle, and thread to create your own personal stitched wood plaque.

This blend of science, technology, engineering, math, and art is just one example of the many innovative learning experiences offered at the Austin Children’s Museum.

Soap-making with Lisa from Feto Soap!

Learn to make your own bars of soap using a glycerin base that you can easily melt and pour. This project can be completed in a matter of minutes. Participants choose the color, fragrance & toy for their soap, and pour it into a soap mold where it needs to set. After they have set they are ready to use! Each person will go home with a completed soap, instruction sheet and reusable soap mold for future soapy projects. This is an easy, fun & creative project that is great for kids!

You can find out more about Lisa and her amazing soaps and other products here.   Lisa is a blue ribbon prize winner from the main Maker Faire in San Mateo!

Meet the Makers: R2-D2!

Hello, my name is Jamie McShan. I live in Dripping Springs and I have a full size fully remote R2-D2 from the movie Star Wars. I take him to different charity events such as visits to the children’s hospital as well as events such as the Star Wars in Concert were he did a photo shoot with Anthony Daniels (C3P0) and he has been on stage with Weird Al Yankovic twice. You can take a look at my website www.jamiemcshan.com to see some of the events he has been at.