Calling all Makers!

Calling all Makers for the third annual Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire, taking place on Saturday, November 12, 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, DIYscience 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 ends on October 7. Space is limited – any groups or individuals interested in participating in this amazing event should complete the simple application here

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Early Bird Ticket Sales are Open!

Early bird pricing to the 2016 Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire is now open!Early bird pricing for children is $7; adults $9 and family pass just $28.

Hurry, early bird pricing will end on October 31. Beat the long lines at the door and purchase tickets here:

About Maker Faire:
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

Come to learn and be inspired!



The Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire Returns November 12, 2016!

Mark your calendars for the greatest mini show and tell on earth!  The Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, November 12 from 10am to 4pm. This year’s event will have a special focus on sustainability.

The Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire is a fun and family-friendly eventthat 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 drew over 1,000 visitors and over 65  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 even more amazing event!

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What a Wonderful Faire!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2nd annual Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire today! A huge thank you to our partners and sponsors – Make: Magazine, Vassar College, Squidwrench, Arts Mid-Hudson, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Valley 3D Printing and Hudson Valley Parent. A HUGE HUGE thank you to our Makers. Many photos and stories to come. Enjoy this video.

Rigamajig is Coming to the Faire!

Rigamajig is an exhibit that is part of the Mid-Hudson Children Museum’s Link Lift Launch exhibition. The exhibit is a large scale building set with wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope that allows children to follow their curiosity through play. Children create contraptions to convey buckets, three legged spaceships, elephant movie projectors hiding under robot monsters, and all-purpose “Rigamajigs.” The act of playing and building is the goal, not the finished product.


The Vassar College Zines Library

Come and make a collaborative zine with Vassar College Library.  Zines are “do-it-yourself” publications that can be created by makers of all ages. Create a page about why you love the Mini Maker Faire and what being a “maker” means to you. At their booth, you’ll find paper, pens, pencils, crayons—everything you’ll need to make your page! After they collect all the pages makers contribute, they will bind them into a zine at the Vassar College Library. If you don’t have time to create one at the Faire, pick up our “Make your own zine” kit to take home! Receive a mini zine about the Vassar Zines Library, as well as information on how to donate your zines to our collection.


Arduino Bluetooth Lego R/C Car

The Fashionable Arduino Remote Control Car will be making an appearance at the Maker Faire.  The kit is ready to run when assembled, no programming required. You can modify the included program or install a completely new one. You can also change or build a new mobile app to run the car since everything is open and freely changed. You decide if and when!



Boasting one of the simplest Tesla coil driving circuits ever, Matthew Storer of Teslatronix makes wireless electricity experimentation simple, easy, and cheap for everyone. Perfect for classrooms and the electrical hobbyist, Teslatronix coils use lower DC input voltages and a basic circuit design to accomplish wireless power transfer demonstrations. Stop by and see how they work.


Jade Palace Guard – Experimental beat makers



The JADE PALACE GUARD, a collaboration of experimental beat makers and DJs, will be at Maker Faire. Their concepts and influences are from Martial Arts, Sci-FI, Horror, and Vintage films. They also specialize in Art Culture and DIY merchandise. The JADE PALACE GUARD is a sound testing, sampling and recording area (also called a Lab, Chamber, or DOJO) currently located in Poughkeepsie, NY. This team utilizes a broad range of electronic and classic instruments. The JADE PALACE GUARD has released multiple Experimental, Electronic and HipHop Digital EPs and recent CDs and cassettes, as well as clothing, fine art and toys. Stop by and visit them!


The Church of Nature

The Church of Nature will offer three activities designed to  connecting you more deeply to yourself and to Nature. 

Labyrinth – Meander through a hand drawn a labyrinth, finding words of encouragement and reflection along the way. Walking a labyrinth is an ancient tool used to connect to the earth and offer a time and space to reflect.  The labyrinth will be open from 10AM through the close of the Faire. 

The Constellation Project – Join a discussion on why we create stories in the night skies. Then answer the question ‘If I were a constellation I would be…’ Using black construction paper and a total of 15 silver dots, map out your own constellation. The Church of Nature will use all the constellations to create a constellation map of the Maker Faire community. Participants will receive a photo of the finished project.

Flower Power: The Seed Ball Project – Come get your hands dirty and make seed balls. Seed balls are the ultimate in surprise gardening. The clay and dirt protect the seeds, letting you thoughtfully launch them in places where a little brightness is needed.  Seeds are Native Northeast Wild Flowers both annual and perennial. Great for seeding areas that are hard to reach in your own yard, or for throwing into abandoned lots.  These seeds are neonic free making them a safe source of food for our pollinator friends.