The Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire “Call for Makers” Extended to October 15!

Calling all Makers for the first annual Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire, taking place on Saturday, November 15, from 10am to 4pm, at Poughkeepsie Day School!

We’re looking for established and emerging “makers” from the mid-Hudson Valley and beyond for this family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations. The more interactive and hands-on, the better! Click here to see a list of the kinds of projects that we are looking for.

The Call for Makers has been extended to October 15. Space is limitedany groups or individuals interested in participating in this inaugural event should complete the simple application here.

Questions? Contact us at info@makerfairepoughkeepsie.com.

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Poughkeepsie Maker Faire is settling off rockets!

Time is flying and makers are coming  in from all over. Our latest makers, The Hurley Young Maker Club are bringing rockets to our line up of exhibits! The Hurley Young Maker Club is a part of the Maker Faire education initiative. Through this initiative youths ages 8 through 18 have the opportunity to hone their potential skills as makers.

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The Hurley Young Maker club is directed by Jeff Parker. They will bring a wide variety of projects they have been working on over the past few months. But one of their main attractions will be their hand made rockets. Created from just paper and tape these rockets have the potential to soar over tree tops! We look forward seeing these creation fly. If your interested in watching these rockets launch head over to our attend page. Tickets are on sale now!

Idea of the Day: Why Not Bike to the Faire?

PKNYBikeLogoFolks who ride a bicycle to and from the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire on November 15 are eligible for a 20% discount on entrance tickets, free valet parking AND a free chain degrease and lube (with all-natural products) – thanks to sponsorship by Poughkeepsie Bicycle Advocates, a group dedicated to promoting the use of bicycles as transportation around the city of Poughkeepsie! Email us at info@makerfairepoughkeepsie.com before you register so that we can set you up with a discount code. These perks are available to early bird and advance ticket holders only, so contact us soon!

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Llama Karma is Coming to Maker Faire!

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Makers of all varieties will be exhibited at the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire. From hackers to farmers, we believe everyone has the potential to be a maker. We are excited to announce that Clover Brook Farm, also known as Llama Karma, will being joining our line-up of agricultural makers at the the fair. This family run farm will will bring goats, alpacas and llamas to the PDS campus for a hands on exhibit. Children of all ages can enjoy the interactive experience of getting up close and personal with theses animals. Interested in petting an alpaca, walking a llama or learning about wool and fiber? Head over to our attend page. Tickets are on sale now!

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Bloxes are coming to the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire!

The Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire has something for visitors of  all ages. Our latest addition to the fairs activities is a interactive Bloxes area for the five and under crowd.

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Never heard of bloxes? The best way to describe them is large cardboard Legos. Each piece starts out as a flat sheet of reinforced cardboard. Each sheet is then folded into a six sided notched cube. Once assembled, Bloxes are strong, durable and can be used to make almost anything! From furniture to forts the possibilities are endless.

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This activity is being conceptualize by a group middle school students from Poughkeepsie Day school. The students plan to focus on design, math, art and engineering. Their goal is to teach the younger kids through the use of these Bloxes.

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Even though this activity is directed towards the little ones, Bloxes are fun for kids of all ages! Want to get some hands on experience with the Bloxes, head over to our attend page. Tickets are on sale now.

Meet Our Makers! David Held and the Neopixel Bike

We have another maker joining our ranks! David Held a teacher at Poughkeepsie Day School will be exhibiting the Neopixel or light bike at our Maker Fair.

The Neopixel bike is where science meets art. With David Held’s guidance, a few high school students at Poughkeepsie Day School are working on a Neopixel bike of their own. How it works is fairly simple. The bike is installed on a trainer and has a strip of 36 tricolored LEDs which can be individually programmed. Once the hardware is assembled and tested, the students write software to create patterns. There was a test run when the battery flew off and almost beaned a teacher. But other than that the project has been fairly successful.  Software is under development to try different patterns.

Check out the following link to see a sample of the Neopixel bike in action.

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We are very excited to see the Neopixel bikes in action on November 15th! If you want to see the bikes in person tickets for the Fair are on sale now. Want to join Held as a maker? Go to our Call for Makers Page and apply. Applications are being accepted now through October 3rd.

Meet our Makers!

We are excited to announce one of our first official makers! Jenni Glassford from the local community will be exhibiting her needle felting work at our Mini Maker Faire.

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What is needle felting you ask? It’s a popular craft that makes wool into felt without the use of water. Needle felting artists utilize the same industrial barbed needles factories used to make sheets of felt. But instead of making sheets the artists use the needles to mold the wool into compacted felt shapes. These shapes are only limited by the creators imagination! Needle felting can be used to create anything from jewelry to sculptures. Glassford does her needle felting work in the form of teddy bears, unique animals and even in the likeness of pets.

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We are excited to have Glassford join our line up of makers. Want to see more of Jenni Glassfords’s work? Check out her official flicker page. You can also see her work in person at the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire on November 15.

Want to join Glassford as a Maker at our Faire? Go to our Call for Makers Page and apply. Applications are being accepted now through October 3rd.

Save the Date: November 15, 2014

The Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire is a fun and family-friendly event that celebrates what the mid-Hudson Valley is inventing, making and creating. It brings together Makers, Crafters, Farmers, Inventors, Hackers, Scientists and Artists of all ages in one place for learning, play, spectacle and inspiration. Watch this short video to get a feel for what a Maker Faire is all about. If you have a little more time, take a look at this inspiring TEDx  presentation by Maker Faire founder Dale Dougherty.

Poughkeepsie Day School is thrilled to be presenting the first ever Mini Maker Faire in the mid-Hudson Valley.

We’re just getting started, but check back soon to see how you can get involved in what we know is going to be an amazing event!

Questions? Please contact us at info@makerfairepoughkeepsie.com.