Spotlight Makers: Lake Erie Boat Float!

Lake Erie Boat Float is a unique event that helps raise awareness about the impacts of plastics on the environment, in particular oceans, lakes and streams. Part design competition, part boat race, the Great Lake Erie Boat Float is also lots of fun. Here are some photos from the 2014 event!

Cleveland Mini Maker Faire's photo.
Cleveland Mini Maker Faire's photo.
Cleveland Mini Maker Faire's photo.
Cleveland Mini Maker Faire's photo.

Spotlight Maker: Brad Civic

Brad Civic is an artist/welder/fabricator from the suburbs of Cleveland Ohio. He has been a tinkerer and maker of things since he was old enough to use tools. Check our Brad’s work at the Mini Maker Faire and on his website-http://www.brad-civic.com/

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Spotlight: ‘Street Legal’ Saint Edward’s Robotics Team

‘Street Legal’ is the robotics team at St. Edward’s High School. The team has been competing against surrounding Ohio high schools in the FIRST Robotics Competitions since 2007. We are excited to have them demonstrate their skills at the 2015 Cleveland Mini Maker Faire!
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Spotlight Performer: DR. U.R. Awesome!

Dr. U.R. Awesome is a world record setting bubble-ologist! Join us for his fun and interactive science experiments for the young at heart!

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Spotlight Performers: Viva Dance Studio

Viva Dance Studio is Cleveland’s favorite dance studio. Come learn to dance, Salsa the night away, or book a private event space. Whether you want to learn Salsa, Argentine Tango, Ballroom, Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha or anything else, our talented, fun and patient instructors are here to help you succeed. We offer private dance lessons, group dance lessons, dance choreography and other dance services.

Viva Dance Studio will be performing different dance styles hourly at the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire!

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Call for Makers is now Open!

Ingenuity and Cleveland Public Library Announce 3rd Annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire

Call for Makers Now Open

Cleveland, OH – (February 20, 2015) Ingenuity and the Cleveland Public Library announce the third annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire (CMMF) to be held on June 6th from 10am to 6pm at the Library’s downtown branch (325 Superior Ave. E, Cleveland, OH 44114). Admission is free and open to the public.

This event showcases creativity, innovation, and interactivity from all segments of the maker community including crafts, technology, art, hands-on activities, and more. The CMMF will allow people of all ages to learn, discover, create, and play along with makers from the region’s business, non-profit, and scholastic sectors.

A call for participants is currently open. Individuals, groups, or organizations that would like to demonstrate inventions, crafts, innovations, technology, or creations are invited to apply. To apply, please visit www.makerfairecleveland.com.

“We’re very excited to be partnering again with the Cleveland Public Library this year,” said Paula Grooms, Ingenuity’s Executive Director. “Maker Faires are part of a national trend that are inspiring creativity and industry growth and we are very fortunate to have major institutions like the Library supporting this movement.”

“This event allows us to continue to fulfill our goal to redefine the library as a resource for exploration and inspiration,” said Aaron Mason, the Cleveland Public Library’s Programming Director. “Last year, the CMMF was the single largest one-day event held in the Library’s history, so we’re anxious to see if we can try and break that record!”

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An Awesome Sucess!

If you missed this year’s Cleveland Mini Maker Faire, you missed something really awesome.  How do we measure awesome?  There are always numbers.  Those help:

  • Over 100 Makers (up from fewer than 50 last year)
  • Nearly 4,000 attendees (up from around 2,000 last year)
  • More sponsors, all of whom are awesome (see them all here)
  • 2 Buildings
  • 8 Floors
  • 1 pretty bad snowstorm (which wasn’t so awesome)

But numbers only tell part of the story.  Saturday was awesome because everyone seemed to come to the event from such a good place that was truly about sharing, learning, and doing.  The awesome photos from Frank Lanza really say it all!  Enjoy!

Featured Exhibitor: Revere Robotics

Say hi to Team 5249 from Revere High School, a non-profit organization that creates a robot to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competitions. Each year, the team must gain sponsors and donations to provide materials to build a robot for a specific competition in only 6 weeks. Today they will demonstrate their first robot that competed in the Buckeye Regional Competition held at the Wolstein Center on the CSU campus. Try your hand at driving this robot or the other demonstration bot!

Use Design of Experiments Methods to Build A Better Paper Helicopter (or Just About Anything)

From grade school through graduate school, most of us were taught that the way to investigate or manage a complex process is to study one variable at a time while holding all of the other variables constant. This method is flawed and frequently leads to incorrect, suboptimal solutions. The correct approach, called Design of Experiments (DOE), can be demonstrated and learned using simple toys such as paper helicopters.

Learn the basic principles of DOE methods (the math and statistics will be kept to a minimum) and apply what you’ve learned by building and optimizing your own paper helicopter design. Tools and materials will be provided. Subscriptions to Make magazine will be awarded for the paper helicopter with the longest flight time and the paper helicopter that displays the best artwork during flight. Contest participants will compete in two fly-offs from the library’s main floor balcony with judging by the audience.

Featured Exhibit: Ultrasonic Space Mass Scale

TODAY IS THE DAY!!

Check out this description from one of our youngest exhibitors! (6th grade) have built a proto-type of a unique device that measure precisely the mass (not weight!) of an astronaut in micro-gravity such as International Space Station. Without gravity, you know your weight scale really doesn’t work well. So here is my goal: to design, build, and test a proto-type using an ultrasonic distance sensor operated on Arduino microcontroller that is light and compact. The project provide not only physics learning opportunity for kids (my peers!) but also nice, little hands-on activity. People can try push-button to start the system and see the sensor system actually measure the mass (well, weight…on earth) of a rolling Bocci ball. It is also a great way to chat about Arduino projects and how to work with relay and solenoid with it.