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Barnes & Noble 2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire


Barnes & Noble presents the 2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire on Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th. Meet and collaborate with Makers from all over Connecticut.  Visit a store near you!

Meet the Maker: Douglas Henley

Meet Douglas Henley of ‘’Doo-Rite Robotics”

GHMMF: Tell me what your project/exhibit is about.

img_0009DH: My exhibit will show that I give new life to discarded or forgotten objects. My sculptures average two-feet in height and have a humanoid likeness or that of a robot.  The exhibit will display my creations and visitors will be able to identify many household items found in my sculptures.

GHMMF: What inspired you to start working on your project?

DH: I’m an avid HO model train enthusiast with a layout in my basement.  A typical layout can take many years to complete and because of the details, kit building, wiring, etc. some never get to the stage of completion.  I guess I wanted to complete something in a short amount of time and display it.  I also wanted to make something that others could display in their homes or offices, so that the joy that I had making the item could translate to someone else, somewhere else.  Ironically as I think about what got me inspired it was my wife that always saw a face when looking at the front of a car, this became a cool activity for us to see if the design of a particular car had eyes, a nose, a mouth etc. Then one day when I was about to discard an old Apple wireless router, I held the piece up and I saw a face or a face saw me…….I showed my wife and we agreed that this old piece of computer equipment had an expression.  I then found a body (an AT&T router), I had an old handle of a portable steamer hose and when split apart it became legs and with these pieces I put together my first robot and named him, Johnathan.

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Meet the Maker: Andy Geremia

Meet Andy Geremia, the inventor of ‘Maze Racers’


GHMMF: Tell me what your project/exhibit is about.

AG: I designed a game called ‘Maze Racers’. It consists of two magnetic white boards and a bunch of foam magnetic walls. You and your opponent each build your own complex marble maze. Make it tricky because once you’re done you swap mazes, drop a ball in, and race to complete the maze.

GHMMF: What inspired you to start working on your project?

AG: As a kid I loved mazes, so I came up with a game that lets you build and race your own maze.

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Meet the Maker: Ray Rumore

Meet Ray Rumore, creator of Volt the Robot

GHMMF: Tell me what your project is about?

RR: I have been working on all sorts of robots the past few years – I will be bringing a few of them to the Faire. Volt is a companion robot I built with my dad over the past two years. His base is from a motorized golf caddy. His torso is from an industrial arm we found on Ebay.

His neck, arms and brain are from a Meccanoid. The rest of his parts are from miscellaneous computer hardware and pieces from model kits, binoculars, and Chappie ears. He was inspired from several movie robots including Johnny 5 and Chappie. This is the third version of Volt (He is a “work-in-Progress”) — he has undergone several major revisions.

GHMMF: What inspired you to start working on your project?

RR:  In one of the Star Wars movies, Anakin builds C-3PO.  I think that’s when I first got the idea to build my own “companion robot.”

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Building a Nation of Makers

Op-Ed piece from the White House on the “Maker Movement

Recruiting for Manufacturing through Maker Faires

The Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing Executive Director, Karen Wosczyna-Birch, was recently featured in an article in  American Association of Community Colleges’ Community College Daily.

The article highlights her efforts to recruit students and raise community awareness about advanced manufacturing by sponsoring and producing the Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire.

The Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire is Back!

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The Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire Is Back!

 SAVE THE DATE     Saturday, October 8, 2016  (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Tunxis Community College, Farmington, CT

 We had such a fun time at last year’s event, so let’s do it again!

More than 1,500 people of all ages experienced and were dazzled by nearly 50 exhibits at our premiere event last year.

Now it’s time to again call all makers, tinkerers, entrepreneurs, inventors, techies, scientists, engineers, artists, designers, performers, dreamers and schemers….and anyone who wants to share their passions for what they make.

We want you back–or with us for the first time—for the 2nd Annual Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire!

It’s a free, family-friendly community event.

Help get the word out. Send our new postcard to all your friends, family, and those around you who like to explore with their minds.

2016 Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire – Save the Date Postcard.pdf

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Thank you to our Sponsors, Makers and Attendees!

Just over one week ago, we celebrated the first ever Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire, which brought out over 1,500 attendees!GHMMF-Thx_1024x512

And although it was a rainy afternoon, 48 exhibitors and makers enthusiastically showed off their stuff (check out photos here)!  Continue reading

Meet the Maker: Terry Rennert

Meet Terry Rennert, a found-object artist who makes robots from recycled materials

GHMF: Can you tell me about your exhibit and what activities will be available?

Terry:  My exhibit area will be home to many members of my recycled robot family for you to visit with, pick up and trying to sort through each one to figure out “what did this part use to be?” I love sharing stories about how I created them and am available to answer any questions you might have. I will have photos of my work, different pieces and parts that I work with and some of the tools I use. Perhaps you’ll spark an idea for a creation yourself!

Terry Rennert1GHMF: You consider yourself a “found-object artist”. What do you do and what inspired you to start building?

Terry:  From the first time at 8 yrs. old when I dismantled my grandfather’s Bulova Accutron watch to see what was on the inside, I knew wanted to tinker more and create things. I have always loved Legos, Tinker Toys and Erector Sets along with a healthy obsession for video games and sci-fi movies – one day I put on my welding mask on and found a robot lying in the pile of junk in front of me. I am inspired to make found-object robot sculptures because it is amazing to have random parts starting back at you as you drill, grind and weld them – it’s as if they like it and are thankful that you found them. Continue reading

Meet the Maker: Steve Longpre

Meet Steve Longpre, CEO of Barnstorm Studio, LLC and maker involved in 3dD Printing and Rapid Prototype and Design Services  

GHMF:  Tell me more about your exhibit.

Longpre:  I’ll be bringing three consumer/light industrial 3D printers, along with a number of related technologies, including a prototype Microwave Extrusion Print Head, a Parabolic Solar Oven made from a discarded DISH reflector and a Solar Powered Thermoelectric Cooler. I’ll also bring a variety of prints and materials for people to examine. Finally, I’ll have on display a prototype LED Light-up Dart called a “Light NoOdle,” which I’ve developed for the toy industry, and which has applications in agriculture, environmental sensing, pest management, security and aerospace. Barnstorm photo

 GHMF: It looks like you’re involved in many different projects. Can you describe some of those as it relates to makers?

Longpre: One project I’m particularly proud of was undertaken with Baystate Hospital in Springfield. I worked with Dr. Andrew Doben, chief of Thoracic Trauma Care, to produce a 3D printed model for a patient suffering from multiple broken ribs. He was able to use the print as a surgical guide and educational tool. As a result of the project the hospital is examining ways to implement the technology more widely, improving patient health, while saving themselves and our health care system thousands of dollars per procedure. Continue reading