Here is the Program!

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The New McAllen Mini Maker Poster!

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2014 McAllen Mini Maker Faire – Meet the Maker – Sashimi Tabernacle Choir!

Robots, Drones and Cardboard at the McAllen Mini Maker Faire

McAllen Mini Maker Faire- 2014- Susan-EduardoCAPTION (left to right): Eduardo Millet, McAllen Chamber of Commerce; Susan Valverde, Sylvan Learning – RGV.

Play with Makers of all ages at the premier event for grass-root innovation visiting the McAllen Mini Make Faire Saturday, 21 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator. The event is presented by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Make Magazine, and Sylvan Learning – RGV; and sponsored by Batteries Plus Bulbs, CopyPlus!, RGV Promos, Watermill Express, Texas Border Business, The Monitor, MegaDoctor,  El Periodico U.S.A., deShopping, Multimedios and Corner Bakery Cafe.

Maker Faire began in 2005 in San Mateo, CA by the people behind MAKE and CRAFT magazines. The McAllen Mini Maker Faire takes after its parent event, Maker Faire, which hosts 90,000 visitors in San Mateo in May. The McAllen Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event, but will follow the Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the McAllen Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring robots, DIY science and technology, art, unique hand-made crafts, music, performance and installations. There is no cost to attend.

For additional information visit http://mcallenmakerfaire.com/ or contact contact Eduardo Millet @ (956) 682-2871 or email emillet@mcallenchamber.com.

 

2014 McAllen Mini Maker Faire – Meet the Maker – Lamar Jones

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Show and Share Your Creative using Cardboard; Join the McAllen Cardboard Challenge!

McAllen Cardboard Challege-1The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Mini Maker Faire is looking for Cardboard aficionados to help with an exhibition project that involves creativity and imagination. The project will require teams of kids to construct items with Cardboard in a collaboration and making environment. The project will be presentment at the McAllen Mini Maker Faire on June 21 at the McAllen Creative Incubator. All the details will be covered during an informational session on Wednesday, June 11 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Participation is limited to the first 35 kids that register by their parents sending an email to emillet@mcallenchamber.com with the name and age of the participant. There is no cost to participate.

The Cardboard movement was inspired by the global response to the story of ‘Caine’s Arcade‘ short film. The film presents the story of 9 year old Caine, who spent his summer building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto part store, and a community that came together to make his day. The Cardboard movement gives children an opportunity to collaborate, learn, and build the things they imagine through a simple process called Creative Play. The activities lets children explore their interests and passions; teaches critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork and other 21st century skills; and brings communities together to foster and celebrate child creativity!

The Cardboard movement is promoted internationally by The Imagination Foundation.  The Imagination Foundation (IF) was formed 3 days after the Caine’s Arcade short film was posted online. The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine.

For additional information on the project contact Eduardo Millet @ (956) 682-2871 or email emillet@mcallenchamber.com.

Last Call for Maker, Tinkerers, Inventors, Hackers and Do-It-Yourselfers! McAllen Mini Maker Faire Accepting Applications

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McAllen, TX.- The McAllen Mini Maker Faire is calling for entries from makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers. Makers are invited to present and share their creations in front of attendees over a day extravaganza of making. Any groups or individuals interested in participating can find out more at mcallenmakerfaire.com. The Call for Makers, Performers and Crafters is open now through June 6, 2014.

The event is presented by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Make Magazine, and Sylvan Learning – RGV; and sponsored by Batteries Plus Bulbs, CopyPlus!, RGV Promos, Watermill Express, Texas Border Business, The Monitor, MegaDoctor, El Periodico U.S.A., deShopping, Multimedios and Corner Bakery Cafe.

Maker Faire began in 2005 in San Mateo, CA by the people behind MAKE and CRAFT magazines. The McAllen Mini Maker Faire takes after its parent event, Maker Faire, which hosts 90,000 visitors in San Mateo in May. The McAllen Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event, but will follow the Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the McAllen Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music, workshops and installations.

Here’s some suggested ideas for topics that we’re looking for: Robotics; Hacks of Any Sort; Homesteader Projects; 3D Printers & Digital Fabrication; Textile Arts and Crafts; Student Projects; Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems; Puppets; Kites; Unusual Tools or Machines.

To participate in the McAllen Mini Maker Faire, the individual needs to submit an entry that tells about the project. Entries can be submitted from individuals as well as from groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools. You can apply as a Maker, Commercial Maker (individual makers primarily selling), Workshop or Presentation, or Performer. Visit McAllen mcallenmakerfaire.com and apply on line or contact emillet@mcallenchamber.com for more information.

Meet The Makers on Facebook

Eduardo has been keeping our Facebook page updated with videos introducing the Makers who will be showing their projects at the Faire next month.  Yes, it’s only a month away now and the excitement is rising!

An invitation to Makers

Last year we held the first “Mini Maker Faire” in the Valley.

Hardly anyone knew what a Maker Faire was exactly, maybe one or two people had been to one and a few more had read about them online, but by and large it was a new experience for all of us.

The event was a great success, and during it we worked out what a Maker Faire was all about. As a Maker from New York said, “It’s kind of like a state fair but with the pigs replaced with robots. You don’t come because you want to learn, you come because you want to have fun and make stuff.”

This year, we want even more makers to attend. Sure – it’s a fun day for the public who come to see what folks are making, but it’s even more fun for the exhibitors who are making things on the spot or giving demos of what they made during the year.

We’ll advertise to members of the public later, but right now we want to get the word out to the maker community, and that’s where you come in.

You probably found this page because someone gave you a business card with a link to this page on it. We have more of these cards available or you could even make some yourself from this artwork. Pass them round to friends and colleagues, and anyone you meet who has that ‘maker’ gene who would be a great person to have come to the 2014 McAllen Mini Maker Faire. If you know someone who reaches a lot of people, such a teacher who runs a shop class, give them some extras to hand out.

Here’s what we want from people, and this is basically the message we want you to pass on… (of course, spread the message in your own words! Talk to your friends about things that interest them – these are just examples…)

Show us how you make something. For instance if you make home-made jewelry, don’t come to the Faire just to sell it – you _can_ sell it but what we want you to do is set up your equipment and show people how you make it. Even better, give people a chance to make something themselves – show them how it’s done and let them make one. If your project is something that’s too complex to make on the day, then is it something that people could play with? – for example if you made a quadrocopter, would you let people fly it a little?

We have enough time this year to prepare events in advance, so if a bunch of friends are in a club such as a model car club – or maybe your school competed in a robotics event at Hestec and you still have the robots – then get your friends together and suggest a model car race, or a fighting robot competition… we’ll help with the organization and we might even be able to rustle up some prizes. (Even if the prizes are just buttons – we have a button press, and we plan to hand out a lot of buttons at the Faire for participating in various events)

If you’re enthusiastic about what you want to show everyone, we’ll find a place for you. Don’t worry that you need to set up any kind of display, or stand up and give a talk – you’ll find that if you just put the thing you made on a table, pretty soon people will come up to you and ask you what it’s about, and then you’re just chatting with someone who is interested in the thing you’re interested in – and it’s really easy to talk with people about stuff you’re interested in.

One last comment – for some reason, we found that the messier the project, the more fun it was, especially for the younger kids. Don’t be shy of projects with paint or clay or water or gloopy stuff of any description. We’ll find a way to give you a safe environment to play in.