When we say that our community comes together to make the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire happen, we really mean it. One amazing example is Katie Tilton, founder of Brain Monkeys. Katie has been an exhibitor at the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire for several years. In addition to this, she is also a sponsor of the Faire. In addition to that, she is also a volunteer! This year she helped deliver thousands of flyers to elementary and middle schools across Ann Arbor and Saline to promote the Faire.
Here’s a little bit more about her organization and Katie herself:
Brain Monkeys was founded by Katie Tilton, a certified school teacher, artist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur who saw the need to increase the number programs that support discovery based learning.
An education company that teaches robotics, technology, engineering and creative arts to students throughout the Ann Arbor area. Brain Monkeys offers after school classes and individualized tutoring, weekend workshops and make-n-takes, home school and small group classes along with an extensive summer camp program!
Brain Monkeys has supported the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire for the past 5 years and enjoys participating and being a part of the maker community. We believe that discovery based learning is one important approach to education and that the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire inspires makers young and old to continue to learn and create! Check us out at http://www.BrainMonkeys.com
Please print and share our poster where you work, eat, and hangout.
The file is
here, and is about 4 Mbytes.
If you want to print a bigger or higher resolution version, we have a 20 MB version here.
Want to learn about why we love organizing the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire year after year? Join us for this week’s Nerd Nite at LIVE at 6:30 PM on Thursday (April 17). $5 at the door. Tickets available at the door or online.
I’ll be speaking about why I love organizing the Faire and what it’s meant to me personally. I’ll also be (briefly, quickly, broadly) talking about what it takes to organize a Mini Maker Faire and why we think ours is one of the best in the country.
We want to send a huge THANK YOU to Michelle Baker, of Elevated Press and Michelle Baker studio, for this year’s awesome poster design. She was asked to create this poster on short notice and came up with a beautiful robot, building on our themes of creation, technology, imagination, and fun.
We’ll be featuring these posters in the Ann Arbor area. If you want to help spread the word, sign up to volunteer to distribute posters to places you frequent.
We will also be printing t-shirts with this poster design that will be for sale at the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire. One more reason to attend or to showcase your work!
Submit your exhibit for the 2014 Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire!
We are looking for:
Green Tech (energy production/monitoring, electric vehicles, etc)
Participatory activities (e.g., participatory activities such as silk screening or learn to solder, “Make and Takes”)
Unusual tools, machines, techniques
Whimsical technical creations
Fixing and/or taking things apart
Just click on the “Makers” tab at the top of this page, or go to the Makers page for more information.
See you at the faire!
May 10, 2014 marks the second time the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire will be hosted by Washtenaw Community College. This free, all-ages event features community members of all types who come together to display their ideas, projects, and inventions.
Soon we will be seeking applications from people and groups with engaging, inspiring, and just plain cool projects. Projects should have a focus on the process of creating, designing, and making – not just displaying a final product. Makers of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to submit applications We will begin seeking applications for makers in the next few weeks.
You can stay in touch with us in a few different ways: on Twitter @a2makerfaire and on Facebook
Maker Media kindly provided prizes to be awarded at random among folks who registered for the faire at Eventbrite. Congratulations go to Karl, Chris, and Melinda, who each receive a year’s subscription to Make Magazine, and to Go, who receives a $50 gift certificate for the Maker Shed.
Thanks again to all who came out to the faire!
The momentum is really building for the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire.
We’ve had some great press lately, thanks to AnnArbor.com and MakerBridge. AnnArbor.com is our equivalent of a local newspaper and Jennifer did a great job capturing the history and spirit of the our Mini Maker Faire. The fine folks over at MakerBridge are also showing their support of us with an interview focusing on what folks can expect to experience at the Maker Faire on Saturday.
We also have over thirty volunteers who have signed up to help us greet participants, help Makers get set up, teach folks how to solder, and generally make the Faire happen.
A big thank you from us organizers to you speakers, volunteers, sponsors, makers, and participants. The Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire celebrates its fifth year because of you!
By partnering with Washtenaw Community College this year, we have access to a broader range of spaces for our Makers. Those spaces include classrooms, computers labs, and (next year) an auditorium. This means we can offer a broader range of educational opportunities for participants this year.
We’ve invited five groups to speak more in depth about their work with time for questions and answers (twenty minute presentations). You can come in, take a look at their work, listen to what they have to say, and possibly learn a bit more about what they do than you might if you were just passing by their booth.
We’ll have signs up at the Faire directing you to these fine folks’ talks. Many of them also have booths so you can follow up if you are particularly interested in their work.
We hope you’ll enjoy this new feature of the Mini Maker Faire! For a full list of speakers and their talks, check below the jump.
- 12:00 pm: Tom Root: Why to Start–or Support–Your Local Makespace
- 12:40 pm – Matthew Shlian: Paper Engineering
- 1:20 pm – Bound Edition: A New Book Arts Maker Space
- 2:00 pm – ATC: Creating Sustainable Technologies for Low Income People Worldwide
- 2:40 pm – Jason Ferguson: Rudimentary Precision
Want to do more than just attend the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire? Help us out by volunteering some of your time and energy to making the day a great success.
You don’t have to volunteer the entire day and we’ll make sure you get extra props for your support of this community-driven effort.
Fill out the volunteer form here and we’ll get you set up.