Welcome to the 6th Annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, presented by Schurz High School , the Urban School Foundation, and Christina Pei! For those of you who are new to Maker Faire, it is the largest celebration of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) in the world. Maker Faire is a venue for inventors, technophiles, artists, crafters, mad scientists, hackers, musicians, and anyone who makes cool things and want to show others how it’s done. Our Faire is the most diverse in the world, and we invite you to participate in teaching and learning for all ages and interests! If you have an awesome project to showcase, share it here:
Reserve your maker table at Schurz High School on Saturday, May 6, 2017. We will be accepting applications until April 10. There is no cost to makers to present and it’s FREE for your friends to attend! Makers will also be featured on our website and advertisements.
Questions? Contact us at CNSmakerfaire@gmail.com
In the early morning, the weather seemed so frightful, but then out came the sun by the time we welcomed our first guest to Maker Faire! Our Builder Sponsor, Passanante’s Home Food Services welcomed everyone at the door with a taste of their healthy grilled recipes:We tried to catch those drone racers from Mad Lab Industries on camera, but they were booking it at above-highway-speeds. You’ll just have to come back next year to see (or drive) for yourselves!
At the lower speeds, hope you got a chance to pop into the Geodesic Greenhouse, returning for the second year as part of Schurz High School’s Food Science Program. Attendees learned how to jar a plant, lined with newspaper, ready for the big move into any urban garden. 🙂If you came with your kids, you couldn’t miss out on Galileo Camp‘s Bristle Bot Challenge in the library, or the incredibly interactive mixed-reality game cube built by Bit Space in the cafeteria. Both groups joined Chicago Electronic Distributor and OSH Park as this year’s Contributor Sponsors, helping to allow Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire remain a free event to the public! Hopefully, you got a chance to meet Drew from OSH Park, who gave us the Perfect Purple PCB and also shared many of the pictures you see:
Schurz HS students brought back some old favorites, like NHS Blast the Nerds! and FUN-ky Nails. Old competitions came back anew, from this year’s FIRST Robotics Challenge and the SeaPerch Underwater ROV. Did you make a pipe cleaner figurine? Did you engage in the Bridge Build/Destroy challenge? Did you make your own ice cream (and eat it, too)?Other exhibiting students included the DuSable HS Woodshop (shown below), who carried a taste of their shop from the south side of Chicago! Clemente HS presented exhibits from the Chicago Students Invention Convention (held earlier this year), with organizer Anneliese Geggenheimer speaking in our first ever speaker series!Lane Tech HS brought a strong showing of student work, from their extremely popular Sticker Maker, to the completely student run AspireIT program for girls in computation! And this Young Maker gave our veteran Build-a-Blinkie soldering pros a run for their money with his self-constructed, self-coded Charlie Cube:
As usual, our Makers represented a spectrum from high- to low-tech, from the artistic to the innovative, to the just plain weird. Did you get a chance to battle with robots, build a Noise-o-Tron solder-less noisemaker, or drive in a VR simulation? Did you fold some cool origami, learn to do needle-felting, or sew a friendly bumble bee? Did you build with insanely pimped out electronic LEGOS or make ones of your boys lego ideas better than they did? Did you drive the K-9 from old school Dr. Who, or construct your own Little Bits Cottage? Did you record your Maker Faire story with Schurz Digital Media (Storycorps style), watch an old-school Nickelodeon, or create your own movie magic with the help of a green screen?
There’s not enough space in a single blog post to talk about everything that happened–there was just TOO MUCH to see, play, and build! We hope these pictures capture the spirit of CNS Maker Faire.
Thanks to Drew Fustini, Elisa Shoenberger, Megy Karydes, Lauren Vogelstein, Dan Rezac, Gabby Anton, and the wonderful students from Schurz Digital Media for sharing these photos. Thanks to everyone who came out! We hope you were inspired to keep making through the year. Perhaps one day, you too will be presenting to the public. See you all next year, for the sixth annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!
Thank you to our generous sponsors for helping us keep the magic alive. And a huge thank you to our amazing volunteers! Our afternoon team is shown here with super funky T-shirts sponsored by Muddy Waters Learning Press:
Here is more background on each of the speakers presenting tomorrow during Maker Faire. They all have interesting perspectives on progressive education and we are pleased to have them as part of our inaugural series.
About the Speakers
Meghan Hausman; Center for College Access & Success/NEIU
Meghan is Assistant Program Coordinator for Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for College Access and Success. Working within the STEM department, she promotes making and makerspaces while coordinating professional development for teachers as well as programming for youth.
Jackie Moore; LevelUp / South Side Maker Faire
What is IKI Making and Why Does It Matter?
Jackie Moore has the distinct pleasure of managing Chicago Knights Robotics, a cosmopolitan team of high school students who use their interest in and curiosity about robotics to direct their learning paths. To better serve their shared learning, working, and outreach efforts, in 2011 she founded LevelUP IRL (a youth makerspace located in Chicago’s Ford City Mall). There, all teens can experience drop-in or scheduled learning opportunities centered around IKI projects. IKI projects are Interactive, Kinetic, Intelligent, or any combination of the three. In fact, if the project is all three, it is indeed a robot!
Michael Meiners; Hackstudio
Do It First, Figure it Out Second
Mike is the founder of Hackstudio – a new program for kids and adults in Evanston, IL. Mike started Hackstudio to design learning experiences that give free rein to people’s passions and so everyone can succeed by being who they are. Hackstudio is an outgrowth of Mike’s discovery in young adulthood that his own learning is deeper, more engaging and longer-lasting when he let’s go of what he “should” be learning and focuses instead on the committed pursuit of goals with deep meaning, never letting up until he’s closed the gap between where he is and where he wants to be.
Charles Adler; Center for Lost Arts / Kickstarter
Charles Adler is a Kickstarter cofounder, designer, and lifelong nomad. Previously he founded the web-based arts magazine Subsystence as well as Source-ID, a multi-disciplinary design studio. Since 1994, his work has centered on supporting independent creatives. The Center for Lost Arts, his next endeavor, continues this thread of empowering creativity. Lost Arts launches this summer in Chicago.
Christina Pei & Daniel Kramer; Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire
Daniel Kramer and Christina Pei teamed up in 2011 to found Chicago’s first and largest Maker Faire. Dan Kramer is the principal of Schurz High School, and has promoted authentic integration of modern technology in learning throughout the school. Christina Pei is a wearer of many hats: maker, hacker, math educator, and doctoral candidate at Northwestern University studying Learning Sciences. Together they will talk about the Maker Movement at large and how CNS Maker Faire is changing the conversation around making and diversity.
Anneliese Gegenheimer; Chicago Students Invention Convention
Inspiring Bright Ideas through Invention #chikidsinvent
Anneliese Gegenheimer is the Founder and Director of the Chicago Student Invention Convention, which she started in 2012. She has been at IBM for 6 years, and is currently the Learning Strategy Leader for the IBM Cognitive Solutions Team. Originally from Columbus, OH, Anneliese graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010 with a double major in Business and Chinese. She enjoys running half marathons, exploring Chicago, and cheering for her Tarheels.
Lawrence D. Pavia; Self-Directed Learning
Lawrence Pavia is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a degree in Art and Design. Mr. Pavia had a successful career in graphics and display design before focusing on the field of alternative education. Intrigued with mixed-age schooling, in part from the concept of the Waldorf early childhood program, he went on to research democratic and free schools, and staffed at Tallgrass Sudbury school in the Chicago area for a number of years. He went on to help start up a school for self-directed learning in Chicago. Having worked with children of varying ages, as well as teaching himself multiple crafts and subjects of architecture, art and history since his own youth, Mr. Pavia believes in self-directed learning as a most effective means of satisfying humans’ thirst for knowledge and understanding of the world.
We are so excited to have the DuSable High School Wood Workshop join us for the 5th annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire! They’ll be showing off the works of their students for the faire.
The DuSable High School Wood Workshop is part of the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute, an International Baccalaureate school. Part of the sophomore curriculum is the Design Curriculum where students learn to make cornhole boards, plyometric boxes, and more. The Workshop is excited to bring some examples of students’ work of cornhole boxes, plyometric boxes and a mural that a student created for her personal project!
The DuSable High School Wood Workshop can’t wait to come to Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire. They look forward to showing the students’ creations and learning new ideas for projects for the classroom. The Workshop can’t wait to meet other makers and share new ideas. They hope to teach people how to use power tools, make measurements and build things. Moreover, the Workshop wants to show how important it is for resources to go into high schools so schools can support vocational and elective courses like Arts & Design.
We can’t wait to see them at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire tomorrow!
Prepare for Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire tomorrow!
Be prepared for Chicago weather: the forecast is a high in the 60’s, with scattered wind and rain. We have Makers exhibiting inside and outside, and we will continue rain or shine! So bring your rain jacket and hat just in case!
At the Faire, say hello to our sponsors:
Make sure to visit our Makers throughout the first floor, in the pool, and packed on the second floor. We can’t wait to see you there!
Galileo comes to Chicago! Serving 45,000 children in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles in grades Pre-K to 8, with over 60 innovation/STEAM summer day camps, Galileo is no stranger to making. They’re veteran Makers at Faires throughout California, and have a partnership with the Maker Education Initiative. We are thrilled to have them join Chicago Northside Mini Maker as a Contributing Sponsor!
According to Senior Vice President Tajalli Horvat, Galileo’s mission is to “develop fearless innovators who envision and create a better world.” They provide safe and engaging environments for kids to develop as innovators, giving them the tools and knowledge to lead more fulfilling lives. The Galileo Innovation Approach is an amazing curriculum that teaches kids the mindset, knowledge, and process to embrace challenges and take risks. And their dynamic staff act as role models in innovation, working full-time year round to craft engaging summer curriculum. For Pre-K – 5th grades, campers do art, science and outdoor activities every day throughout the week supporting an overarching theme adapted for each age group. This summer’s weekly themes are Space Explorers, National Parks Adventure, Galileo Makers: Toys, and Galileo Olympics. For 5th – 8th graders, campers dive deep into something that inspires them by choose a major like Mod Design with Minecraft, Go-Kart Builders, Chefology, and more. Want to know more? New locations in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Winnetka, and Arlington Heights: http://www.galileo-camps.com/locations/chicagoland. Or better yet, talk to a dedicated member of their Chicago team at Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!
Make a Bristle Bot with Galileo Camps at Maker Faire! Bristle bots are super fun for kids of all ages to make (ideally for 3rd grade and up). Walk away with a really cool little robot, and learn about circuits and conductivity. Design and redesign. Embrace the mindset challenge—be determined.
Want to create a mixed reality game with a steel framed cube? Join Bit Space at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!
Located in Lincoln Square, Bit Space’s mission is “to engage, enrich, and educate the creative and critical minds of our youth, using a full spectrum of material and computational skills for open-ended inquiry and design-build projects. From complete beginners through PhD caliber research, Bit Space can prepare young makers for any future they wish to pursue.” In conversation with co-founder Thomas Kearns, he explains, “Emerging technologies are transforming the way we make things, and the way we live, work, and play are increasingly a convergence of material and computational intelligence.” The space has several classes for ages starting at 6 years up to 18 years. They run many different classes from summer camps, workshops, and exciting birthday parties. BIt Space has many different projects available including making a skateboard “from a stack of raw veneer to a tricked out and completely custom, fully functional board they can ride out on.” Kearns explains, “Recent projects have included pewter casts using laser cut molds, laser trip wires without microcontrollers, interactive sound and light projects built with Arduinos, and virtual reality obstacle courses complete with physics based interactive elements.”
For Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, BIt Space will be bringing a prototype of a new project that they’ll run in their summer camp called “Inter-Act.” There, they will create “a 10′ steel framed cube which will serve as the armature/enclosure for a week long group project. Each week of the camp, the participants will re-conceive and implement a new identity or program for the cube using a range of technologies. With each new group will come a new set of interests and aspirations and hence a whole new concept for the cube. Right now Bit Space is “feverishly working on setting up some of the core building blocks for this, with body tracking using Kinect to augment the tracking within Oculus Rift and an improved communication framework for Arduino and Unity3d. We’re going to bring the Beta version of the cube to the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, and work with participants to build out a mixed reality game experience that pits a group of people outside the cube with or against a brave soul wearing the Oculus inside.” That sounds really swell.
Check out a video of the project here: https://youtu.be/3oqQfMf71L0
Come one, come all and join Bit Space and their amazing mixed interactive Cube at Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!
Want to travel to far away and impossible places without even moving? Come to the Digital Media Green Screen at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!
Caitlin Stich, leading teacher for the program, explains: “Digital Media at Schurz is a four year program that teaches students the tools and techniques needed to be a graphic designer in the professional world.” There are over 100 students in the program with even more students joining in the fall as freshmen.
For Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, participants of the faire will have the opportunity to learn and play with a green screen. According to Caitlin Stich, “The green screen, or really any solid color screen, allows us to easily change the background of an image. First we will have our guests choose a background from our selection which is full of cartoon landscapes, and other silly places. Then guests stand in front of the green screen and act out their scene such as if their background has the T-Rex from Jurassic Park chasing them, maybe they are pretending to be scared running away. Guests can either take the photograph using our DSLR cameras of each other or have our professional Digital Media artists take the photograph.” They’ll upload the photos to Google Drive so anyone can use them for Facebook or whatever! People should come and learn about this technology used so often as “special effects” in movies. Also, people should get ready to get silly and have fun with it! Digital Media is excited to meet new potential students who may be interested in joining the program in their Freshmen year.
We can’t wait to “go places” with the Digital Media Green Screen at Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!
This year we are pleased to present seven speakers who are doing amazing things in the education and making space. The inaugural theme is Progressive Education and each person will speak to the ways they are advancing progressive methods of learning for kids, teachers, those who work within traditional models of pedagogy, and those pioneering new trails.
Meghan Hausman (Center for College Access and Success) – Project Based Learning & Pop-up Makerspaces 10:30 – 11:00 AM
Mike Meiners (Co-Founder, Hackstudio) – Do It First, Figure It Out Second 11:30 – 12:00 PM
Anneliese Gegenheimer (Founder, Chicago Students Invention Convention) – Inspiring Bright Ideas Through Invention #ChiKidsInvent 2:00 – 2:30 PM
Lawrence Pavia – Self-Directed Learning 2:30 – 3:00 PM
Want to make a paper sculpture of the John Hancock building or the El? Join Build Your Own Chicago at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire and construct architecture!
Matt Bergstrom started making Build Your Own Chicago cards in 1999. He started the project in order to teach himself Adobe Illustrator and has been making architecture cards ever since. Each card in Build Your Own is a 2D design of a building in Chicago and several other cities. You can cut it out and build it into a 3D building. Bergstrom explains: “By reconstituting the two-dimensional image into a scale model you can remember visiting the real place and imagine yourself inside it.” His first models are the Water Tower, Chicago Tribune Tower and Red Line El Train, but he has expanded into new designs including iconic buildings in other cities including NY, San Francisco, and Washington DC. We asked him which models he recommends to start with; he suggested starting with the El Train cards, the Rookery or the John Hancock. Bergstrom explained that one of his most difficult is Marina City but many paper crafters love the challenge!
At Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, he’ll be selling the cards and will have tools available for participants to build their own cities. There will be other large cutouts to practice with. He’ll be there to assist in the assembling of new buildings! Matt Bergstrom is thrilled at all the creativity he sees at Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire; he can’t wait to check out the other makers at the Faire.
So make sure to stop by and build some of Chicago’s iconic buildings with Build Your Own Chicago!