WE’RE BACK! (Admit it, you missed us)
Schurz High School , the Urban School Foundation, and local maker Christina Pei return with the third annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, celebrating teaching and learning for all ages of makers, new and old! For those of you who are new to Maker Faire, it is the largest celebration of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) in the world. Maker Faire is a venue for inventors, technophiles, artists, crafters, mad scientists, hackers, musicians, and anyone who makes cool things and want to show others how it’s done. If this describes you:
Reserve your maker table at Schurz High School on Saturday, May 2, 2015. We will be accepting applications until April 6. There is no cost to makers to present and it’s FREE for your friends to attend! Makers will also be featured on our website and advertisements.
Questions? Contact us at ChicagoNorthsideMF@gmail.com
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This week, Mini Maker Faire Chicago Northside took a field trip to South Side Hackerspace (SSH) at their headquarter in Bridgeport. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a hackerspace is a collective space where people interested in computers, electronics, and more can experiment and learn with other like-minded individuals. The hackerspace may also have equipment like saws, 3D printers, drills, and soldering guns, available for people to use on their projects. Classes are also held at SSH to teach various skills, like soldering.
South Side Hackerspace is a pretty happening place. Members join at various levels and have access to the space and its tools (with appropriate training and approval of board members). There is not one but two 3D printers in addition to lots of other machine tools for your projects. It’s an open learning environment. Right now, there is a weekly Machine learning meet up. But it’s not all about work; it’s a social space too. They just had their 2 year anniversary party!
One of the big focuses of SSH is education, especially for the youth. They want to provide a safe place for younger people to learn about science and technology. They’ve done several workshops partnering with Chicago Public Library (CPL). Right now, you have to be 18+ to become a member of the space (with possible options for 16-18) but they want to continue outreach as a resource for younger people in Chicago. They are currently in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to make their space even cooler.
South Side Hackerspace is very excited to be coming out to Mini-Maker Faire for the third year! They can’t wait to meet people and share with them about SSH. They are going to show off one of their 3D printers. They’ll explain how it works and print out prototypes. So be sure to check them out and learn more!
Calling all Chicagoland lovers of making, hacking, and tinkering!
Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire comes around but once a year, but making isn’t just a one-day thing. Here are some activities for makers of all ages going on in Chicago RIGHT NOW:
- Did you know The 3D Printer Experience downtown at 316 North Clark Street is Chicago’s first physical store dedicated to all things 3D printed? If you’d like to learn more, take one of their many workshops and classes!
- GE Garages is in Chicago for one month only! Take advantage of walk-in sessions with experts in their fully equipped fab lab, including Arduino kits, CNC mills, laser cutters, and more!
- Planning a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry? Check out the Wanger Family Fab Lab, where you can take introductory courses in laser cutting and 3D printing, included in the price of admission!
- TOMORROW, 9/28, visit The Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier for one day of Wonder Kids. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out their Tinkering Lab, this is a great chance to get in a FREE day of tinkering!
- Save the Date for the 2nd annual Tinkering Summit at The Chicago Children’s Museum on Tuesday, November 19th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
- Ladies, get ready for Girls Do Hack at the Adler Planetarium. Sign up to participate in a day celebrating women in STEM fields on Saturday, November 9. And come learn to lockpick from the founder of Mini Maker Faire Chicago Northside , Christina Pei!
Keep up with cool happenings in your city, and keep your imaginations active for Mini Maker Faire Chicago Northside 2014!
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