Thanks for Coming!

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In the early morning, the weather seemed so frightful, but then out came the sun by the time we welcomed our first guest to Maker Faire! Our Builder Sponsor, Passanante’s Home Food Services welcomed everyone at the door with a taste of their healthy grilled recipes:Stich IMG_0047We tried to catch those drone racers from Mad Lab Industries on camera, but they were booking it at above-highway-speeds.  You’ll just have to come back next year to see (or drive) for yourselves!

At the lower speeds, hope you got a chance to pop into the Geodesic Greenhouse, returning for the second year as part of Schurz High School’s Food Science Program. Attendees learned how to jar a plant, lined with newspaper, ready for the big move into any urban garden. 🙂Megy_GreenhouseIf you came with your kids, you couldn’t miss out on Galileo Camp‘s Bristle Bot Challenge in the library, or the incredibly interactive mixed-reality game cube built by Bit Space in the cafeteria. Both groups joined Chicago Electronic Distributor and OSH Park as this year’s Contributor Sponsors, helping to allow Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire remain a free event to the public! Hopefully, you got a chance to meet Drew from OSH Park, who gave us the Perfect Purple PCB and also shared many of the pictures you see:CibBcpUUkAArj7-

Schurz  HS students brought back some old favorites, like NHS Blast the Nerds! and FUN-ky Nails. Old competitions came back anew, from this year’s FIRST Robotics Challenge and the SeaPerch Underwater ROV.  Did you make a pipe cleaner figurine? Did you engage in the Bridge Build/Destroy challenge? Did you make your own ice cream (and eat it, too)?Drew GIF 16 - 7Other exhibiting students included the DuSable HS Woodshop (shown below), who carried a taste of their shop from the south side of Chicago! Clemente HS presented exhibits from the Chicago Students Invention Convention (held earlier this year), with organizer Anneliese Geggenheimer speaking in our first ever speaker series!20160216_145016Lane Tech HS brought a strong showing of student work, from their extremely popular Sticker Maker, to the completely student run AspireIT program for girls in computation! And this Young Maker gave our veteran Build-a-Blinkie soldering pros a run for their money with his self-constructed, self-coded Charlie Cube:Drew GIF 16 - 5

As usual, our Makers represented a spectrum from high- to low-tech, from the artistic to the innovative, to the just plain weird. Did you get a chance to battle with robots, build a Noise-o-Tron solder-less noisemaker, or drive in a VR simulation? Did you fold some cool origami, learn to do needle-felting, or sew a friendly bumble bee? Did you build with insanely pimped out electronic LEGOS or make ones of your boys lego ideas better than they did? Did you drive the K-9 from old school Dr. Who, or construct your own Little Bits Cottage? Did you record your Maker Faire story with Schurz Digital Media (Storycorps style), watch an old-school Nickelodeon, or create your own movie magic with the help of a green screen?

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There’s not enough space in a single blog post to talk about everything that happened–there was just TOO MUCH to see, play, and build! We hope these pictures capture the spirit of CNS Maker Faire.

Thanks to Drew Fustini, Elisa Shoenberger, Megy Karydes, Lauren Vogelstein, Dan Rezac, Gabby Anton, and the wonderful students from Schurz Digital Media for sharing these photos. Thanks to everyone who came out! We hope you were inspired to keep making through the year. Perhaps one day, you too will be presenting to the public.  See you all next year, for the sixth annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!

If you took some kicking pictures of the fourth annual CNS Maker Faire, please share with us @CNSmakerfaire and on Facebook!

Thank you to our generous sponsors for helping us keep the magic alive. And a huge thank you to our amazing volunteers! Our afternoon team is shown here with super funky T-shirts sponsored by Muddy Waters Learning Press:

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Speaker Profiles

Here is more background on each of the speakers presenting tomorrow during Maker Faire. They all have interesting perspectives on progressive education and we are pleased to have them as part of our inaugural series.

About the Speakers

Meghan Hausman; Center for College Access & Success/NEIU

Meghan is Assistant Program Coordinator for Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for College Access and Success. Working within the STEM department, she promotes making and makerspaces while coordinating professional development for teachers as well as programming for youth.

Jackie Moore; LevelUp / South Side Maker Faire

What is IKI Making and Why Does It Matter?

Jackie Moore has the distinct pleasure of managing Chicago Knights Robotics, a cosmopolitan team of high school students who use their interest in and curiosity about robotics to direct their learning paths. To better serve their shared learning, working, and outreach efforts, in 2011 she founded LevelUP IRL (a youth makerspace located in Chicago’s Ford City Mall). There, all teens can experience drop-in or scheduled learning opportunities centered around IKI projects. IKI projects are Interactive, Kinetic, Intelligent, or any combination of the three. In fact, if the project is all three, it is indeed a robot!

Michael Meiners; Hackstudio

Do It First, Figure it Out Second

Mike is the founder of Hackstudio – a new program for kids and adults in Evanston, IL. Mike started Hackstudio to design learning experiences that give free rein to people’s passions and so everyone can succeed by being who they are. Hackstudio is an outgrowth of Mike’s discovery in young adulthood that his own learning is deeper, more engaging and longer-lasting when he let’s go of what he “should” be learning and focuses instead on the committed pursuit of goals with deep meaning, never letting up until he’s closed the gap between where he is and where he wants to be.

Charles Adler;  Center for Lost Arts / Kickstarter

Charles Adler is a Kickstarter cofounder, designer, and lifelong nomad. Previously he founded the web-based arts magazine Subsystence as well as Source-ID, a multi-disciplinary design studio. Since 1994, his work has centered on supporting independent creatives. The Center for Lost Arts, his next endeavor, continues this thread of empowering creativity. Lost Arts launches this summer in Chicago.

Christina Pei & Daniel Kramer; Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire

Daniel Kramer and Christina Pei teamed up in 2011 to found Chicago’s first and largest Maker Faire. Dan Kramer is the principal of Schurz High School, and has promoted authentic integration of modern technology in learning throughout the school. Christina Pei is a wearer of many hats: maker, hacker, math educator, and doctoral candidate at Northwestern University studying Learning Sciences. Together they will talk about the Maker Movement at large and how CNS Maker Faire is changing the conversation around making and diversity.

Anneliese Gegenheimer; Chicago Students Invention Convention

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Anneliese Gegenheimer is the Founder and Director of the Chicago Student Invention Convention, which she started in 2012.  She has been at IBM for 6 years, and is currently the Learning Strategy Leader for the IBM Cognitive Solutions Team.  Originally from Columbus, OH, Anneliese graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010 with a double major in Business and Chinese.  She enjoys running half marathons, exploring Chicago, and cheering for her Tarheels.

Lawrence D.  Pavia; Self-Directed Learning

Lawrence Pavia is a  graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a degree in Art and Design. Mr. Pavia had a successful career in graphics and display design before focusing on the field of alternative education. Intrigued with mixed-age schooling, in part from the concept of the Waldorf early childhood program, he went on to research democratic and free schools, and staffed at Tallgrass Sudbury school in the Chicago area for a number of years. He went on to help start up a school for self-directed learning in Chicago.  Having worked with children of varying ages, as well as teaching himself multiple crafts and subjects of architecture, art and history since his own youth, Mr. Pavia believes in self-directed learning as a most effective means of satisfying humans’ thirst for knowledge and understanding of the world.

Meet the Maker: DuSable High School Wood Workshop

 

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Photo Credit: DuSable High School Wood Workshop

We are so excited to have the DuSable High School Wood Workshop join us for the 5th annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire! They’ll be showing off the works of their students for the faire.

The DuSable High School Wood Workshop is part of the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute, an International Baccalaureate school. Part of the sophomore curriculum is the Design Curriculum where students learn to make cornhole boards, plyometric boxes, and more. The Workshop is excited to bring some examples of students’ work of cornhole boxes, plyometric boxes and a mural that a student created for her personal project!

The DuSable High School Wood Workshop can’t wait to come to Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire. They look forward to showing the students’ creations and learning new ideas for projects for the classroom. The Workshop can’t wait to meet other makers and share new ideas. They hope to teach people how to use power tools, make measurements and build things. Moreover, the Workshop wants to show how important it is for resources to go into high schools so schools can support vocational and elective courses like Arts & Design.

We can’t wait to see them at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire tomorrow!

Maker Faire is Tomorrow!

Prepare for Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire tomorrow!

  1. Browse our Makers and find your favorites!
  2. Review our Speaker Series and plan out your day.
  3. Bring some pocket money for kits and food!
  4. Check out these tasty food trucks joining us this year!
    • Gino’s Steak Truck Chicago
    • La Patrona Food Bus

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Be prepared for Chicago weather: the forecast is a high in the 60’s, with scattered wind and rain. We have Makers exhibiting inside and outside, and we will continue rain or shine! So bring your rain jacket and hat just in case!

At the Faire, say hello to our sponsors:

  1. Passante’s Home Food will show you healthy recipes to try at home
  2. Make a Bristle Bot with Galileo Camps
  3. Explore the amazing Bit Space Inter-Act
  4. Preview Animindz Digital Arts for yourself
  5. Look out for the guy in the OSH Park T-Shirt who will be handing out some sponsored goodies!

Make sure to visit our Makers throughout the first floor, in the pool, and  packed on the second floor. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Meet the Sponsor: Galileo Camps

Galileo comes to Chicago! Serving 45,000 children in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles in grades Pre-K to 8, with over 60 innovation/STEAM summer day camps, Galileo is no stranger to making. They’re veteran Makers at Faires throughout California, and have a partnership with the Maker Education Initiative. We are thrilled to have them join Chicago Northside Mini Maker as a Contributing Sponsor!

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Photo Credit: Galileo Camps

According to Senior Vice President Tajalli Horvat, Galileo’s mission is to “develop fearless innovators who envision and create a better world.” They provide safe and engaging environments for kids to develop as innovators, giving them the tools and knowledge to lead more fulfilling lives. The Galileo Innovation Approach is an amazing curriculum that teaches kids the mindset, knowledge, and process to embrace challenges and take risks. And their dynamic staff act as role models in innovation, working full-time year round to craft engaging summer curriculum. For Pre-K – 5th grades, campers do art, science and outdoor activities every day throughout the week supporting an overarching theme adapted for each age group. This summer’s weekly themes are Space Explorers, National Parks Adventure, Galileo Makers: Toys, and Galileo Olympics. For 5th – 8th graders, campers dive deep into something that inspires them by choose a major like Mod Design with Minecraft, Go-Kart Builders, Chefology, and more. Want to know more? New locations in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Winnetka, and Arlington Heights: http://www.galileo-camps.com/locations/chicagoland. Or better yet, talk to a dedicated member of their Chicago team at Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!

Make a Bristle Bot with Galileo Camps at Maker Faire! Bristle bots are super fun for kids of all ages to make (ideally for 3rd grade and up). Walk away with a really cool little robot, and learn about circuits and conductivity. Design and redesign. Embrace the mindset challenge—be determined.