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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!

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Prepare for Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire tomorrow!

  1. Browse our Makers and find your favorites!
  2. Review our Speaker Series and plan out your day.
  3. Bring some pocket money for kits and food!
  4. Check out these tasty food trucks joining us this year!
    • Gino’s Steak Truck Chicago
    • La Patrona Food Bus

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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:

  1. Passante’s Home Food will show you healthy recipes to try at home
  2. Make a Bristle Bot with Galileo Camps
  3. Explore the amazing Bit Space Inter-Act
  4. Preview Animindz Digital Arts for yourself
  5. Look out for the guy in the OSH Park T-Shirt who will be handing out some sponsored goodies!

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!

 

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Photo Credit: Bit Space

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!

 

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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!

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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!

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Control robots in an underwater obstacle course! Design a Rube Goldberg Machine! Build and destroy bridges! The students of Peter Schoedel’s Schurz pre-engineering program have so many wonderful projects to share with you all at the CNS Mini Maker Faire!

Peter Schoedel has been leading the pre-engineering program at Schurz High School for four years. In the four year program, students learn engineering and design skills. The CNS Mini Maker Faire provides them an excellent opportunity to take what they have learned and share it with participants. Peter Schoedel explains, “It is really important for students to be able present  technology ideas in front of people. It’s 21st century skill building. They have to be able to verbally communicate their ideas, and collaborate with fellow students.”  

This year at the faire, students will present five different projects and will teach people new skills. The students from  SeaPerch Underwater ROV club will showcase the ROVs that they built in the pool. This after school club recently went to a US Navy Competition at the Great Lakes Naval Station to compete in obstacle course and other challenges and took 5th, 7th and 9th place out of 32 teams. That’s awesome. Participants in the faire can try their hand at controlling a ROV underwater in the obstacle course. Another group will demonstrate 3D Modeling with Inventor. Students have been learning how to draw using Inventor, a 3D Cad program so they will be showing us how to draw 3D on computers. Then the design can be hooked up to a 3D printer to be built. How cool is that! Folks can check out a 3D printer in action, using their own designs.

One group of sophomores and juniors will be leading “Make and Destroy Bridge Challenge.” In class, they’ve been building bridges out of balsa wood, testing them, and learning how to build strong and better bridges. Now, they want to share those skills with participants. People at the faire will get the chance to build bridges out of popsicle sticks and then test them out and see if they’ll hold heavy objects! Another project is  “Rube Goldberg and the Simple Machines of Life” where folks will have the opportunity to play with various simple machines to build a Rube Goldberg machine. The final project is “Godzilla Games” where folks will have the opportunity to put together a giant 3D puzzle or play with huge Jenga blocks.

Come out to the Faire and check out all five projects to see the amazing things that the pre-engineering students have learned!

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Want to make a tiny room using upcycled items in your house and garden? Join Liita Forsyth from The Little Bits Workshop to learn how to make your very own tiny room!

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The Little Bits Workshop is a DIY makerspace in River Forest where kids of all ages can learn how to sew, knit, make  jewelry, build with tools and much more. According to Liita Forsyth, the mission of The Little Bits Workshop “is not to mass produce anything, but to teach the masses to discover the thrill of creative productivity.” Forsyth explains that in this high tech world, not enough emphasis has been placed on problem-solving and motor skills. She recalls countless 40-something moms saying, “My mom sewed all the time but she never taught me. Now my daughter wants to learn, but I don’t know how.” Little Bits strives to revive these skills for all ages. Forsyth explains: “There’s such a tremendous feeling of accomplishment when people of any age learn how to make something useful and to do it well.” The space offers a variety of classes from after school workshops, birthday parties and camps on and off premises.

Prepare for The Little Bits Workshop at Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire! It will take 1-2 hours to build at the Faire. Liita will be selling kits to help participants build their own miniature rooms from upcycled materials, and you can come prepared with materials of your own. “The Little Bits Cottage is a launching point for imagination,” she says. “Half the fun of making a Little Bits Cottage is discovering objects in your recycle bin, junk drawer or jewelry box that could actually become a burner on a pellet stove or a dining room chair. It’s designed to be a skill-builder for imagineers of all ages through the steps of measuring, designing, considering proportion, using sharp tools and learning how to sew.”

The Little Bits Workshop will be running two workshop sessions: 10:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 3:30.

We can’t wait to have them at Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!

 

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Photo credit: Schurz Food Lab

Two words: Space Tomatoes. That’s one of many projects that the Schurz Food Lab will be showcasing at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire. The program is led by the multi-talented Jaime Guerrero, Schurz food science lab founder and administrator, who wants to change minds and hearts about urban agriculture. Guerrero explains that the mission of the lab is to develop and harvest the next generation farmer. He wants to teach the farmer of the future about traditional agriculture, sustainability, and the science behind it all. The program aspires to teach students to go forward with these new concepts and develop a whole new way of farming.

The Schurz Food Lab situated in a formerly unused classroom at Schurz is in its first year. Right now, students and community volunteers have been learning about hydroponics and aquaculture. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in water, sand or other medium instead of soil. It’s less water intensive since the set up reduces water waste, making it more environmentally friendly. The lab has been growing a variety of greens including microgreens, baby heirloom lettuces, and more.  Aquaculture is the farming of seafood, which permits the cultivation of healthy seafood for human consumption. Unfortunately, sources of wild seafood have been grossly overfished. Aquaculture provides a real solution to this crisis. Currently, they are raising Red Nile Tilapia but there are plans to cultivate saltwater prawns and crayfish. The lab also has a small aquaponics system that combines the two. The waste water from the seafood helps fertilize the greens and filters the water that can now return to the tank. It’s a beautiful sustainable circle. The greens from the hydroponics lab have been donated to the Irving Park Food Pantry, facilitated by BuildOn, a vital partner and ally within the community. The lab was also recently certified by the CPS to supply food to the cafeteria. While they aren’t the first CPS school to receive such certification, they are first  indoor hydroponics lab in Chicago to receive that distinction. That’s super cool. The lab is all about “Feeding the mind, feeding the stomach, and feeding the community.”

So about those space tomatoes…For Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, they will set up a geodesic dome to show off the hydroponic and other systems. In addition to that, they will be unveiling the working food computer, invented at MIT. Guerrero explains that it’s basically a farm in a 2 x 2 foot box where all the conditions can be controlled to facilitate the growth of the plant inside. You can learn what settings of light, water, etc are most conducive to sharing and you can then share it with the world. The Schurz Food Lab has connected with Tomatosphere that works with NASA to grow seeds from the tomatoes grown in space in the working food box. So come to the faire and check out the growing space tomatoes!

 

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CELEBRATE OUR 5th ANNIVERSARY FAIRE IN STYLE!

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Welcome to the Fifth Anniversary 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:

APPLY NOW!

Reserve your maker table at Schurz High School on Saturday, May 7, 2016.  We will be accepting applications until April 1.  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

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A very belated recap of the fourth annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, a wonderful day for Chicago’s largest celebration of learning, STEAM, and whimsy!

Outside, all sorts of wonderful makers showed off their skills. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect.

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The Official Schurz High School NHS Ice Creamery

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