“It’s a revolution from the bottom up!”

Yesterday the Denver Mini Maker Faire launched with a gathering of educators and companies talking about innovations in education.  It was a great atmosphere as makers were building all around us – from metal sculptures to the Nerdy Derby.   Our Tech Panel speakers from Sphero, Sparkfun, and Mod Robotics inspired with their stories of how they learn.  During the Q&A session, one of the audience hit the nail on the head saying “It’s a revolution from the bottom up!”   Join us today for more of the maker revolution  –

The Human Foosball table is set up

Pokey the fire breathing dragon is flaming

Drone Enthusiasts just arrived with their boxes of quadcopters and more for the Obstacle Course!

The lights are flashing and the track is ready for you at the Nerdy Derby

Come and Make with us!

 

Call for Makers is Open!

The Call for Makers is now open for the largest maker event in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains!

We’ve added several exciting pieces for October:

  • October 9th launch event Maker After Dark for 21+ only, featuring craft distillers, lasers, robots and fire. A 30 foot robot that shoots lasers and fire? Play music on a Rubens tube? Oh yes!
  • A Youth Entrepreneurship pavilion sponsored by Ottercares
  • The Inventor Showcase and Bootcamp – this 8th annual event will be held inside the NoCo Faire, bringing in 40-50 inventors from around the Rocky Mountain States to compete for the top prize and to learn how to take an idea through making and into the market
  • How Things are Made by the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership
  • The Colorado Maker Ed Initiative, bringing making into the classroom
  • Renewable energy and Thrive sections presented by the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster
  • Plus all the wonderful makers and creativity you’ve come to expect at our events

Altogether this comes to

  • Over 120,000 square feet inside and out. We are blessed to be granted a huge space by the City of Loveland that is twice the size of any other event facility in the Boulder/Northern Colorado region and we take advantage of every inch!
  • 200+ maker booths inside and out
  • Our engaged and inspired community audience
  • Local, national and global press that results in great exposure for our makers
    • Discovery Channel Canada is filming our makers in Denver and has NoCo planned for filming this fall
    • Make Magazine covers each of our events and results in our makers getting attention around the globe
    • Mobile radio rigs at the Faire interviewing makers
    • media relationships with Northern Colorado’s top radio and print outlets

You don’t want to miss this one! You can sign up now by hitting the MAKE button on this page and telling us what you are thinking.

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The Denver and NoCo Mini Maker Faires are produced by the Colorado Maker Hub, an educational nonprofit organization built by and in support of the Colorado maker community.

Fort Collins Creator Hub In New Space

For the past year the Fort Collins Creator Hub team has been building it’s membership, model, and contributions in order to open its own space.  Their hard work and vision paid of in May as they opened in the basement of The Art Center at 406 N College Avenue in Fort Collins.   Although their physical location is new, these volunteers and avid makers have been active in the NoCo maker community through meet-ups and events in collaboration with other spaces.

We rejoice that they are now able to fulfill their mission to provide “a community of people and a physical location that contains tools and equipment you might not have access to at home. Exciting things will be invented, made, tinkered with, painted, engineered, crafted, programmed, sewed, built, and more! Come and join us to create new things, learn skills at classes, meet interesting people, and teach your own classes.” 

The Creator Hub team brought the maker community to Fort Collins Start Up week with Fantastical Adventures in Making.  They brought in makers, maker spaces, and craft brewers and distillers in an exploratory space at the Beet Street building.  We appreciate their helping to bring visibility to the maker contribution to entrepreneurship and the Start-Up community.  1509317_1651699838387037_1339174455149547470_n

 

Check out their classes, location and community at http://www.fortcollinscreatorhub.org

 

 

 

Volunteer with the Denver Mini Maker Faire!

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Want a free ticket to the Denver Mini Maker Faire that includes entry into the Denver Museum of Nature & Science?  Well we have the opportunity for you! Come and volunteer for a shift at the Denver Mini Maker Faire and get a free ticket to the Faire along with a fun t-shirt to commemorate the weekend as well as get to know some amazing people in the maker community.  The Denver Mini Maker Faire is June 13th and 14th!

There are so many fun opportunities to get involved, you can help makers with their demonstrations, greet people as they enter the Faire and so much more! Come join our merry band and have a blast!

Interested? Here is how you sign up! Click Here

If you are interested in helping all weekend or before the faire please contact Cassie@comakerhub.org!

We’ll see you at the Faire!

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The Heart of Creativity Beats in Loveland at the 2nd Annual NoCo Mini Maker Faire

Colorado WaterJet Company Takes the Stage!

One of the Makers from the NoCo Mini Maker Faire is taking the stage! Colorado WaterJet Company worked with the Central City Opera House to create a set for their upcoming show. The set piece is a two story birdcage made out of birch plywood and made to look like metal. Check out the picture below, we think they did a fantastic job!

CWJ

Read the whole story: Click Here.

Passport to The Maker’s Universe – A Maker’s Guide

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This year’s Faire will offer something new for middle and high school students! On Saturday only, kids will receive a Passport to the Maker’s Universe to guide their exploration of exciting career possibilities in Making.

Presented by CSU Office of Community and Economic Development and the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership, the passport will encourage and equip students to ask makers about what they do and how they got there. After some prompted reflection, they can return their completed passport for a cool prize!!

OBJECTIVES:

  • Improve students’ understanding of various career options in manufacturing and making
  •  Create an engaging experience to shift students’ perception about “making” and themselves

PROCESS:

  1. Volunteer ambassadors will greet students in line at both entrances, distributing passports and a list of suggested maker booths to visit. Additional volunteers will float around the site to assist students.
  2. The passport will guide students in their exploration of the 4 major planets of the Maker’s Solar System. It will include:
    1. An outline of each of the planets to include job descriptions, job outlook, pay, and training and education
    2. QR codes for webpages and videos to promote students’ continued learning and discovery
    3.  Incentive and support for students’ active engagement providing sample questions for makers and the chance to reflect on their intergalactic mission.

QUESTIONS YOU MAY BE ASKED:

Tell me more about what you do.                                                                                 How did you get to where you are today?                                                                 What other makers do you work with?                                                                         What are your goals for the future?                                                                               When did you know you were a “maker”?                                                               What’s a typical day like for you?                                                                                   What type of education and training do you have?                                              What’s the best part about your work? The worst?

You will not have to stamp passports! We ask only that you engage and entertain students’ interest.

3. Students will complete a short reflection exercise on the back cover                          of the passport and return this page at our booth (adjacent to the                              faire exit) to receive their prize

If you have any questions contact:   Paula Mills, paula.mills@colostate.edu, 970-491-3883

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