The Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire “Call for Makers” is Open!

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 is open now through October 3. 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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Meet Our Makers! David Held and the Neopixel Bike

We have another maker joining our ranks! David Held a teacher at the 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 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 Makers fair.

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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? Check out her official flicker page. You can also see her work in person at the Poughkeepsie Mini Makers Faire on November 15.

Want to join Glassford as a Maker at our fair. 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.