The Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire is just around the corner. To be held Sept. 14 & 15 at Headwaters Park East Lincoln Pavilion, Maker Faire is a family-friendly event designed to showcase projects being made by tinkerers, artisans, fabricators and other creative and innovative people who want to share the tools, materials and processes used in their projects. Check out this video by Stephen Parker of The AroundFortWayne Blog to learn more and to see how you might get involved.
For those who plan Maker Faires, we know creative types often don't like rules, reading the fine print, completing registration forms, or meeting deadlines. Makers you know who you are. As a result, we've decided to extend our registration deadline. Submit your Call for Makers before Friday, August 16 to hold a spot for showing off your projects.
Check out our latest Maker Faire newsletter to get updates on Maker Faire Fort Wayne coming September 14 & 15. Register now as a Maker, a Racer, a Volunteer, a group who wants to get people involved, or a Sponsor who wants to get additional brand awareness.
Looking for someplace to ramp up your invention geek this Summer? Check out the
INVENTORS' WORKSHOPS @ TekVenture Maker Station & Downtown Allen County Public Library.
Inventors Workshops are places where inventors bring together the parts, tools, materials and
expertise to invent stuff and turn visions and ideas into working models. Workshop participants will explore
"prototyping" or making models of inventions in 2 and 3 dimensions using a wide variety of tools,
materials and media from digital to fire! Learn from the expert makers how to become an expert maker!
Inventors Workshops begins with a series of DIGITAL DESIGN & MACHINING workshops explaining how to
take ideas for inventions from the “vision” to computer drawings to files to machines that can make prototype
models of those “visions”. In other workshops aspiring inventors explore various inventing themes. AIRBORNE
workshops explore making ring kites, the mechanics and flying of model helicopters and making pneumatic rockets
and launchers. SPARKS fly in workshops learning about Arduinos, microcontrollers, basic electricity and
electronics, and learning how to solder. HOT STUFF workshops feature prototyping for vacuum forming
personalized cookie molds and injection molding jewelry parts as well as welding and brazing and an exclusive
Welding for Women workshop.
Flaming Working Glass Studio, the only off-site workshop, takes place at noted local glass artist Eran Parks’
GlassPark Studio at 4037 South Wayne Ave. BOTS & ROBOTS workshops participants use EggBot and OstrichBot
drawing machines and robotic arms and pickers, and bring their own robots to interact with others in the Robot
In a special 3D printing workshop THE BUGZZZ OF SUMMER learn about, design and create bugs and other
insects using 3D printers inside the Downtown Allen County Public Library.
Downtown business folks and all Library staff are invited to learn more about 3D printing and how to access 3D
printers during the 3D PRINT-A-RAMA! free workshop on Friday 12 July from 3 – 6 PM in the TekVenture Maker
Station at the Downtown Public Library.
All workshops except those indicated, take place in the TekVenture Maker Station located in the
South parking lot of the Downtown Public Library. Workshops cost $25 for each 3 hour topical session although
many workshops are " FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library."
Fee-based workshops are 20% off to those holding or purchasing a TekVenture Maker Membership. All participants
must sign waivers; no open-toed shoes are permitted. Due to space limitations workshops are limited to six
participants 12 years thru adult. More information is available at either www.tekventure.org/workshops or
www.acpl.lib.in.us then click on the Maker Station link under Beyond Books on the ACPL Home Page.
Advanced registration is required for all workshops by calling (260) 421.1374
The World is abuzz about 3-D printing! The May TekVenture Maker Station workshops focus on 3-D printing tools, techniques and technology. Depending on how far into 3-D printing you are, there is a session or two for you! See a complete listing of workshops under "Workshops" on the TekVenture Website.
All workshops and meetups are held inside the TekVenture Maker Station except "Meet CAD" on Saturday 4 May from 1 - 4 pm, which meets in the Computer Training Room inside the Allen County Public Library.
All workshops are FREE and sponsored by the Allen County Public Library unless otherwise stated.
Advance registration is required! Call 421.1374 for information or to make reservations.
Join us Wednesday, April 24 from 5-7 pm as we celebrate the kickoff of the 2013 Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire - Powered by TekVenture!
Downtown Allen County Public Library - Theater (free parking for ACPL card holders)
Learn more about the Maker Faire, find out ways you can exhibit as a Maker, Vendor, or Sponsor, and hear from makers as they share their inspiration and offer a sneak peak at a few projects they've made.
People who like to see how things are made, or better yet, must tear things apart to make them better, faster, louder, automated, more efficient, etc. - well you get the drift - you'll love the Maker Faire so come find out more about getting involved.
Free tours of the TekVenture Maker Station available until 9 pm.
Please RSVP by April 22 to just.jane@tekVenture.org.
Learn more about Arduinos, Raspberry Pi's and Microcontrollers, 3 D Printing, Circuit Bending and Jewelery-Making among other workshops in the TekVenture Maker Station during the April series of hands on workshops!
Meet Dave Gross, President of the Fort Wayne Inventors' Club, as he describes his "collision control " invention and business on Wednesday 24 April in the TekVenture Maker Station at 7:00 PM.
All workshops are FREE sponsored by the Allen County Public Library!
Coming in May: 3 D Printing Extravaganza!
Check the website for details of workshops: www.tekventure.org/workshops/
Dale Dougherty, founder of Makezine and the Maker Faire and the Father of the Maker Movement, speaks to Tom Kalil, innovation advisor for the White House and others about the democratization of making. Check out this video to learn more.