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More Video from LVMMF 2016

Here’s a quick walkthrough video from our friend Bob Henze who showed his Art Car, Sebastian, at the Faire.

LVMMF 2016 Video from VegasSeven.com

Mini Maker Faire Feeds Creativity to the Masses

LVMMF 2016 Video Walk Through

Here’s a walk through video of our event from Sunday (28th). Thank you to Kee Choi for letting us use it! If you didn’t make it there, here’s some of what you missed.

Pololu – Building a Raspberry Pi robot with the A-Star 32U4 Robot Controller

Cool project by Pololu, which will be at next weekend’s Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire in a big way:

“In this post I will show you how to build an expandable robot platform based on a Raspberry Pi and an A-Star 32U4 Robot Controller. With this platform, the powerful Raspberry Pi can take care of high-level tasks like motion planning, video processing, and network communication, while the A-Star, which mounts to the Pi’s GPIO header, takes care of actuator control, sensor inputs, and other low-level tasks that the Pi is incapable of. The total cost of the parts I used is about $120.”

Source: Pololu – Building a Raspberry Pi robot with the A-Star 32U4 Robot Controller

Special Meet-ups at the Maker Faire!

To celebrate our amazingly diverse and talented community, Maker Faire is organizing special meet-ups and panels. Here is our tentative line-up:

12:30: Photographers show their camera mods and how it enhances their art. Among the highlights: Checko Salgado will do a light painting demonstration. Julian Kilker, who was just named Best Local Photographer by KNPR’s Desert Companion, will also be there talking about camera mods and/or data journalism. Markus Houy is showing an external camera device help focus an anamorphic lens attachment.

1:30: Teachers who are curious about free and low cost local resources to foster a “Maker Mindset” and encourage students who are self-starters in STEAM courses can talk to a panel of local educators doing fantastic work with sometimes minimal resources. Some topics: creating Maker spaces in schools; school Maker Faires, producing Maker summer camps; Next Generation Science Standards-based professional development for teachers, and more!

2:30: Drones! Since there will be a big drone arena at the Maker Faire with anything from toys to prosumer drones to racing drones, we needed to have a panel. Come meet our local drone experts!

3:30: “Balloons in Space, or There and Back Again”: “Somewhere in the middle of the Mojave desert, a group of engineers try to launch a JavaScript-powered weather balloon to the edge of space. Along the way they learn about ham radios, explosions, and THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP.”

4:30: Making “Making” a Business: Doing what you love takes financial security. Meet a panel of locals who have been there, done that, and have special insights into making Making into a business, patents, and kickstarters.

 

Space to create: SYN Shop relocates to Henderson | Las Vegas Review-Journal

People in the Las Vegas Valley maker community are often too busy working on their projects to notice that there are others in the area who are engaged in similar efforts and can lend a hand, according to members of a local hackerspace called the SYN Shop.

Source: Space to create: SYN Shop relocates to Henderson | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Noodle-Legged Robot Will Seek Out Legs to Cuddle With, Drool On | Make

One of the cool projects by Las Vegas Valley’s very own Sarah Petkus got written up in the Make Magazine Blog. Check out her gorgeous “Noodle Brain” fabricated by OSH Park! Like all of Sarah’s work, it has whimsical beauty amidst its tech awesomeness…

Source: Noodle-Legged Robot Will Seek Out Legs to Cuddle With, Drool On | Make

Last Minute Holiday Dinner Recipes | Make:

I love the fact that the art of making food is also part of the Maker movement! Enjoy!

Source: Last Minute Holiday Dinner Recipes | Make:

6 Fake Christmas Trees You Can Fold, 3D Print, or Wire Up at Home | Make:

Happy Holidays Las Vegas Valley Makers! Actual trees are so last season. Spruce up your Christmas with a DIY fake tree inspired by these builds.

Source: 6 Fake Christmas Trees You Can Fold, 3D Print, or Wire Up at Home | Make:

FAA Drone Registration Becomes Official on Dec 21, Costs $5 | Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers

FAA announces registration requirement for drones: The Las Vegas Maker Faire this coming February will mostly likely have regional drone enthusiasts…   

Source: FAA Drone Registration Becomes Official on Dec 21, Costs $5 | Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers