HIGHLIGHTS: HARDWARE HOPES
Feel attached to your tablet?
Can’t seem to get rid of your old laptop?
Felt let down when your hardware failed?
Hardware Hopes is a ‘live’ exhibition that will grow and change during the Manchester Mini Maker Faire. Exploring how we feel about the computers we own and use, it will record peoples’ stories of frustration, love, breakage, repair, upgrading, throwing away…
Visitors to the Faire can contribute to the exhibition through writing, sketches, photos and audio recordings, so come along and share your stories.
Hardware Hopes is part of Julia Keyte’s doctoral research – you can find out more on her website.
HIGHLIGHTS: MAKE A PROGRAM FOR BABY
With under four weeks to go, we thought we would whet your appetite by selecting some highlights you can expect to see during Manchester Mini Maker Faire.
Image © MOSI
We have makers coming from across the country (and even as far away as Texas!) but we thought we’d start off with perhaps the Faire’s most local makers, the Museum of Science and Industry’s Baby Computer Volunteers.
The replica of the world’s first stored-program computer, the ‘Baby’, which first ran in 1948 at the University of Manchester, is on permanent display in the Museum’s Revolution Manchester Gallery.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am – 3pm, you can find out more about this fascinating exhibit from the Museum’s experienced volunteers.
At the Mini Maker Faire, the volunteers will be offering you the chance to make a program for Baby using Machine Code. Once your program has been tested on a simulator, you can download it to a floppy disk (remember those?), take it up to Revolution Manchester and watch it run on the Baby.
A great reminder of just how far computing has come.
We have some fantastic makers lined up and can’t wait to share them with you as we head towards the Faire. In the mean time, did you know that America is holding a National Day of Making on June 18th with a Maker Faire at the White House?
OK Go, who are well known for their maker-themed videos, have been helping spread the word. You can follow the action on social media using #NationOfMakers. It’s a great opportunity and show of support for the maker community – who knows, maybe there’ll be a UK Day of Making in the near future?
And because we couldn’t resist, here’s OK Go’s Rube Goldberg Machine-inspired video too:
SPOTLIGHT ON: TECH MAKERS
When people think of Maker Faires, it’s usually technology that first comes to mind. From hi-tech to low-tech, to the familiar, the retro or the futuristic, technology plays a big part in any Maker Faire.
Past Manchester Mini Maker Faires have included Arduinos and Raspberry Pis; digital musical instruments and automatons; hacking and programming; soldering workshops and binary coding.
The Manchester Mini Maker Faire at the Museum of Science & Industry is the perfect place to showcase your technological or digital making, alongside the replica of the ‘Baby’, the world’s first stored-program computer and collections of working historic steam engines that powered the Industrial Revolution.
The Museum of Science & Industry is recruiting volunteers to support the Manchester Mini Maker Faire. We are looking for Event Orientation Volunteers and Event Programme Volunteers to help visitors and makers get the most out of this year’s Faire.
Orientation Volunteers will welcome visitors and encourage them to participate in the activities across the Museum site. Programme Volunteers will directly support the workshops and talks over the weekend
If you are enthusiastic and enjoy working with the public, are interested in Maker Culture or want to gain experience of programme facilitation and coordination at a National Museum, then this is an ideal opportunity.
To find out more and for details of how to apply, visit the Museum website.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 28th May.
What is a Mini Maker Faire?
This film is a good place to start if you’re wondering what Maker Faire is all about.
Maker Faire started in the Bay Area of San Francisco in 2006. Since then, the concept has grown into an international movement, with community driven, independently organised Mini Maker Faires popping up across the globe.
These Mini Maker Faires celebrate local Maker culture, bringing together families and individuals to showcase all kinds of incredible projects. Artists, engineers, scientists and crafters are just some of the makers you might find at a Mini Maker Faire.
From conversations with makers to do-it-yourself demonstrations, hands-on activities to inspiring talks and workshops, a Mini Maker Faire is a stimulating and interactive experience not to be missed – so make sure you have the Manchester Mini Maker Faire marked in your calendar.
Day 1 was awesome. Get down to MOSI for the last day of Manchester MiniMaker Faire today. Soldering, stitching, spud guns and loads, loads more. Great for families and adults.
Download the programme to see what’s on offer:
Make a mini-dragon!
Would you like to make a baby fire dragon or a fire breathing little beast of your own design?
The Manchester Mini Maker Faire organising team have four vintage Bunsen burners looking for a new home. Can you make them into a miniature tabletop fire breathing dragon (or similar) to bring to our maker faire? If so, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a discussion. If we like your proposal, they’re yours!*
[*on condition that appropriate Health and Safety steps are taken and that the creation is shown at the Maker Faire on 10-11 August 2013.]
Maker Open House at MOSI this Saturday (18 May)
Come and say hello, have a cuppa and ask any questions you like.
Are you thinking about coming to the Manchester Maker Faire this August but still feel a bit unsure and need to talk to someone?
Or maybe you’ve got a good idea but want to see the spaces where it might work?
Whatever your question, the organisers of the Faire are here to help.
We’re having an “open house” session at MOSI on Saturday from 11am to 2pm.
Come and find us in the Revolution Manchester Gallery and we will do our best to answer your questions.
We’ll be in this gallery wearing our badges at a table with a Maker Faire poster. Come and see us!
Let’s build a WikiHouse
Are you interested in getting your hands dirty, making stuff and having fun? Of course you are!
Then get in touch with us to join the build project for a WikiHouse to be erected live on the web at Manchester Mini Maker Faire 2013.
We’re also looking for other good ideas to offer outdoors in the Museum yard: so if you’ve got a project that you want to turn into reality get in touch and we’ll see how we can help”
For more info about WikiHouse see http://www.wikihouse.cc