Press Release: June 7, 2014

DC Mini Maker Faire Celebrates Hands-on Invention and Creativity in the District
Open-to-everyone event launches exciting Maker month

Sunday June 8, 2014, 11am-7pm, rain or shine
Yards Park and Ideaspace DC, 355 Water Street SE, Washington, DC

Contact @dcmakerfaire / info@makerfairedc.com 

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Lasers, electronic instruments, LEGOs!  DIY 3D printers, Maker Moms, Robots!
This weekend, “marshmallow cannon” celebrity teen maker Joey Hudy, government technologists, a 40-foot bamboo dinosaur, a portrait-sketching robot, and more are convening for an open-to-everyone celebration of the Maker Movement.   The inaugural DC Mini Maker Faire will be a unique festival of invention, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) creation, and resourcefulness held on Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 11am to 7pm.

The free, family-friendly event will take place along the Capitol Riverfront at Yards Park and Ideaspace DC, a new collaborative workspace and event venue nestled between the Nationals Stadium and the Navy Yard.  Attendees are encouraged to sign up for a free ticket at http://makerfairedc.eventbrite.com and to take public transportation to the Navy Yard metro stop.

Initiated and led by members of the AAAS Science and Technology Policy FellowshipsMaDTECHEd affinity group in collaboration with Revolution x Design, the DC Mini Maker Faire has garnered support from MAKE, LEGO, Intel, Revolution X Design, Ideaspace DC, The Capitol Riverfront, Digital DC,OSH Park, ShopBot, Micro Center and local Makers.

The timing is spot-on — with President Obama hosting the first White House Maker Faire this month, the movement that started gaining momentum from the first Bay Area Maker Faires in 2006 has hit center stage in Washington, DC.  The Administration is declaring June 18 to be a nationwide Day of Making, supporting and celebrating a generation of Americans who are “makers of things, not just consumers of things.”

DC Mini Maker Faire attendees will have the opportunity to interact with everything from lasers, electronic instruments, and quadcopters to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) kits, crafting activities, and homemade robots. Federal government techies and innovation gurus are spearheading an entire “Making in Government” wing of Ideaspace, where they will host a 3D foamcore sculpture activity, share 3D-printed prototypes, and gather ideas on how the government can collaborate with the Maker community.  The Faire will showcase a diverse collection of projects from individuals and organizations, including federal and local government, non-profits, academia,​ and industry:

Individuals, including:

  • Joey Hudy, 17-year-old maker and Intel intern,  known for his marshmallow-shooting cannon at the 2012 White House Science Fair
  • MAKE’s Maker Mom, Julie Hudy, who will answer questions about parenting a young Maker
  • Brian Jacoby, and his 40 foot bamboo Quetzalcoatlus pterosaur (pterodactyl)
  • Katelyn Schreyer, who will teach participants Bobbin lacemaking: how lace was made, pre-industrial revolution
  • PicassoBot,the portrait -sketching robot
  • Robert Bridges and Bill Young, the builders of Shelter 2.0, digitally-fabricated shelters for transitional housing and emergency situations

  Industry Partners, including:

  • LEGO®* Junior Makers – Come Play, Make & Share with LEGO® bricks (*Principal Sponsor of the Faire)
  • Intel® Computer Clubhouse Network – Learn more about this international community of 100 Clubhouses located in 20 countries that has been providing youth with life-changing opportunities for over 20 years.
  • KEVA construction precision cut wood planks – Come build sculptures with KEVA planks
  • Tiny Circuits– Come see and play with TinyDuino – The Tiny Arduino Compatible Platform w/ Shields
  • Harris Educational– Come “retrace the steps of the great inventors” with Harris Educational

Government, including:

  • Representatives from the District of Columbia Mayor’s Office
  • Representatives  from Digital DC,an economic development initiative supporting technology and innovation
  • Representatives from the Studio, a Performance Improvement Council living lab that brings together federal staff for open dialogue and cross-agency collaboration
  • The Ideation Community of Practice, a network of over 200 federal innovators from more than 25 different agencies, focused on government ideation and engagement
  • The NIH 3D Print Exchange which allows users to discover 3D models that are ready to download and print, upload their own 3D files, and learn from video tutorials

Local Maker and Hacker Spaces, including:

  • Baltimore Node Hackerspace, a member-run hackerspace in Baltimore City
  • Club125, the Greenbelt Makerspace and host of the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire
  • Ideaspace DC– founded in our nation’s capitol, and co-hosts of the DC Mini Maker Faire, Ideaspace DC is a combination of makerspace, collaboration lounge, project garages, classrooms, and event venue…all under one roof.  A place where DC’s thinkers, makers and doers come together to be inspired, learn, collaborate and build
  • The Digital Harbor Foundation, who transformed the closed-down South Baltimore Rec Center into a vibrant youth maker space
  • Fab Lab DC, a high-tech fabrication space in the heart of DC
  • The New Jersey Makerspace Association, the first statewide makerspace association in the country
  • Spanning Tree, a new hackerspace devoted to creating “a feminist community workshop where members can work on projects in a comfortable, welcoming environment”
  • TechShop DC, a local (Arlington, VA) DIY makerspace

Museums, including:

  • The KID Museum  – come to the cardboard construction area where visitors can contribute to a large collaborative installation!
  • Koshland Science Museum– come learn how to build your own paper circuits!

Libraries, including:

  • The DC Public Library – part digital creation space, part fabrication lab, and part co-working space, the DC Public Library’s Digital Commons provides hands-on access and education to emerging technologies, tools, and software

Academic Institutions, including:

…and so much more!

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