World Maker Faire New York 2015: Setting Up for 80,000 +

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Members of the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire team attended the Maker Producers Conference, where dozens of Faire leaders from around the globe gathered to learn best practices in planning, marketing and implementing an awesome Maker Faire. We ended the day … Continue reading

In Honor of Halloween: A Skull with Animated Eyes Will Lurk at Maker Faire…

skull-icon-animI’ll bet you can’t wait to feast your eyes on this student-led project inspired by a concept by David Boccabella (Marcwolf) on the Stan Winston School of Character Arts forums.

We encourage students in the Hudson Valley area to exhibit their projects at the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire on November 14!

Microbial Fuel Cells are Coming to Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire!

Microbiologist Brooke Jude, Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of the Citizen Science Program at Bard College, will lead this exhibit where attendees learn how to harness the power of bacteria growing in common soil to power LEDs, a digital clock, even a thermometer! Using some common (and recycled!) materials, attendees will help build a sustainable microbial fuel cell battery. How awesome is that?!!


Check back regularly, as we will feature a new Maker often leading up to the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire. And don’t forget to purchase advance tickets asap!

The Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire 2015 Call for Makers is Open!

Calling all makers, tinkerers, artists, crafters, inventors, hackers and fans of the DIY movement. Come showcase your projects or creations at the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire! Follow on Twitter (@PokMakerFaire) and like on Facebook (Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire).

We had over 1,000 attendees (and 65 Makers) at last year’s inaugural event – we expect this number to double in 2015!

Find out more and submit your application here by October 5.

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Save the Date: November 14, 2015

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 only Mini Maker Faire in the mid-Hudson Valley. Last year’s event (our first!) was a success on many levels – we had about 1,000 very happy attendees and 60+ diverse Makers and vendors.

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

New Camp at PDS!


Thank You to Everyone Who Made the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire a Success!

It was so much fun that it was difficult to tell just how hard we were working! So many individuals put a great deal of work and heart into making this event happen. Thank you Teresa, Sean and all of the creative folks at Squidwrench for working so closely with us to pull this off. Thank you to Vassar College and Arts Mid-Hudson for doing such an incredible job spreading the word about PMMF. Thank you to DigitalOcean and Hudson Valley 3D for sponsoring the event and helping us provide more visibility and resources for Makers.

And, thank you to all of the Makers that shared their passion, creativity and joy of learning with our amazing attendees.

There is absolutely nothing cooler than having potters, 3D printer enthusiasts, llamas, robots, painters, drones, firefighters, solderers, LED bikers, circus troupes, weavers, soft circuit superheroes, DJs, human butterflies all in one room…in harmony.

We can’t wait to do it again next year! Surveys have been sent to all attendees, Makers and vendors that provided us with email addresses. If you didn’t receive one, here are links to the attendee and Maker/vendor surveys.

Beautiful Public Art Piece Led By Nestor Madalengoita

It’s Show Time at 10am!

Come to Maker Faire to see over 60 attractions and exhibits. Below are some specially timed happenings.

Performance Space Attractions (Zone 3)
11            Fostering a Maker Culture by Sean Swehla, Squidwrench
12            Native American Hoop Dancing Workshop by Charlie Burns-Bahruth, PDS
1               Personal 3D Printing: Status Report by Ed Nisley,Squidwrench
2               Native American Hoop Dancing Workshop, by Charlie Burns-Bahruth, PDS
3:30        Elephant Toothpaste Demonstration

Workshops (Zone 2)
11 & 2     STEAM Workshop: Superhero Creature Project (one hour)
12 & 3    Elmendorph Handspinners (30 minutes)

“Lama Glama” Photo Shoot (Zone 3)
Ever dreamed of having your picture taken with a Llama or Alpaca in Times Square or Machu Picchu? Now is your chance! Sign up to pose with your new best furry friends in Zone 3.Outside Activities (Zone 4)
Paper Rocket Launches every hour between 11am and 3pm
Radio Controlled Airplane flight demos at 10:45, 12:45, 2:45 (wind permitting)

Hourly Maker Parades featuring surprise guests starting at 11am!

Fantastic Lineup of Makers on November 15!

Take a look at our current list of Makers, Vendors and Workshops here. There is truly something for everyone at the first annual Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire.

For children ages five and under there will be a mini maker’s area where kids can unleash their imaginations by building with cardboard “Bloxes” and playing amongst giant blue foam blocks of all shapes and sizes in the Imagination Playground installation provided by Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Older children and adults will have lots to do and experience including a flying drone obstacle course, 3D printing, virtual reality exhibits and even workshops on topics ranging from beekeeping, food canning, to making art from invasive species and Native American Hoop Dancing. Vassar College’s Barefoot Monkeys circus troop will be performing throughout the day and everyone will have an opportunity to pet and have their picture taken with llamas, goats and Alpaca and collaborate in sewing a community blanket and paint a mural led by visual artist Nestor Madalengoitia.