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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: 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.

GHMMF: What do you hope to do with your project in the future? Continue reading

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.”

GHMMF: What do you hope to do with your project in the future? Continue reading

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.

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

Maker Faire Deadline Extended!

Maker Applications are free and you can apply here.

Good News! We’ve extended our deadline for Maker applications to August 21st! Between the beautiful weather, folks taking time off or ol’ staycations, we realize it’s a difficult time of year to connect with people. Having said that, don’t procrastinate! Take a couple of moments to submit your applications now, you’ll be happy you did!

Apply here.

Not sure if you’re a Maker? Read this.

Am I a Maker?

*Reminder: We’re still accepting applications for Makers! Click here to apply.

“Am I a Maker?” We get this question a lot and it’s usually followed by a cool Am I a Makerproject description, with some caveats:

“Well, it’s not electronic.”

“It’s very technical, I don’t think people will understand.”

“It’s just a fun thing I do with my kids, I’m not sure if it’s worth exhibiting.

Does this sound like you? Great, you’re in the right place! Let’s talk about some of those concerns: Continue reading