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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!

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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.

If You Build It, They Will Come—to the Mini Maker Faire – Vegas Seven

LV Mini Maker Faire in Vegas Seven: “Attention all creative types: the age of the geek is upon us this weekend, and the Mini Maker Faire is offering a warm welcome.”

Source: If You Build It, They Will Come—to the Mini Maker Faire – Vegas Seven

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

Behind a Photo Project: Maker Tech helps create an exhibit

I’m looking forward to the upcoming Las Vegas Maker Faire in February. It’s a great opportunity to talk with other Makers about their projects. And to share mine: Over the past several years I’ve experimented with capturing low light landscapes. (My latest exhibit, Aesthetic Evidence, runs Dec 3 to Jan 28 at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in Las Vegas.)

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Photographers have long created and modified their equipment, from chemical developing, to triggering and flash systems, to balloons, kites, and quadcopters for carrying their cameras aloft. My own work uses technology I’ve created and systems developed by Makers across the US.

For example, one of my recent photos on exhibit show 1953 atomic test data that I light painted in remote Nevada, near the location of the original test. I wanted to add audio to the exhibit—ambient sounds from the location, original test blast recordings, and an explanation of the techniques and topic. To do this, I built a listening station out of recycled materials including a broken tripod, discarded office phones, and an ammunition case. Inside the case, a model railroad audio system plays ambient sound and four audio tracks in response to buttons pressed by exhibit viewers.

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You can explore my entire exhibit, including the audio listening station, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery from Dec. 3 to Jan. 28. I’m giving a presentation on December 3 at 7 pm about the techniques and ideas behind this project. More info is at kilker.com. I hope to meet other Makers there.

By Julian Kilker

Photographs by Julian Kilker, kilker.com

Maker season has started!

As a run-up to the February 28 Mini-Maker Faire, the Synshop organized several events: Showcases of electronics and crafts projects at Barnes and Noble Henderson and Summerlin for their November 6-8 Maker Faire, and a youth workshop at the Synshop on November 14.

At the STEAM Explorers November 14 workshop,  a group of 8 to 14-year-olds had a fantastic afternoon creating a Caesar Cipher encrypter/decrypter with woodblocks, and looking at a Caesar Cipher encryption computer program. Some girls decided to stay longer and learn more about programming by creating some programs in JavaScript.

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In Barnes and Noble Henderson about 140 people looked at various technology and crafting projects showcased by Synshop members over a 3 hour period learning about robotics and electronics. Microcontrollers were the topic in the Summerlin Barnes and Noble. Picture by Sonia Petkus.

 

 

Are you a Maker?

If you produce and create, instead of only consuming, you are indeed a Maker, whether you knew it or not!

In the flagship San Francisco Bay Area Maker Faire, which attracts more than 100,000 people, the categories of Makers seems to grow exponentially every year. This year the Faire was so big that my family could not see everything in two days: besides the ubiquitous electronics creations, there were crafters, gardeners, food producers, fashion designers, sculptors, artisan cosmetic creators, jewelry makers, bike and other mechanical device artists… Really, there were more kinds of Makers than can be listed here.

Are you a Maker? Probably!  This article explains why you should care about the Maker Movement:  “What is the Maker Movement and Why should you Care?”