Thank you, Galileo Camps, for being a sponsor of Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire! As a free event, we rely on the generosity of our sponsors at every level. In addition, Galileo brought a hands-on making exhibit on Saturday–just a taste of what their camps offer. Keep reading to learn more about Galileo Camps, and how your kids can make more this summer!

Galileo’s mission is “to create a world of fearless innovators.” Jeremy Rose explains, “when Stanford grad Glen Tripp established the first Galileo camp in Palo Alto in 2002, he wasn’t hearing much talk in the education world about design thinking, creative problem solving or innovation strategies…They also saw a window of opportunity to complement what kids learn during the school year with a new and powerful experience—that of approaching learning fearlessly and creatively as innovators.” In Galileo Camps, students learn around 2017 themes of Amusement Park, Move it, Medieval Adventures, and African Safari that integrate science and art for different age groups. Mr. Rose explains that annual themes are meant to “inspire budding innovators.” They combine “art, science and outdoor activities around a whimsical week-long narrative that’s crafted to keep kids giggling and engaged. Throughout the week they learn the mindsets, skills and knowledge to be an innovator.”

What excites them most about their work at Galileo? “Parents are happy that their kids are learning over the summer and kids are thrilled to be having fun and engaging in this type of work. Our camp balances learning with fun very well, which I’m thrilled to be part of.” We asked why Galileo felt it was important to support faires like Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire; Jeremy Rose explained, “We love supporting community events and meeting with fellow innovators.  This work is so important so it’s great to be surrounded by like-minded individuals.”

Galileo has week-long programs starting on June 12th until August 18th. Check them out at www.galileo-camps.com or call 1-800-854-3684.

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We are thrilled that Leonardo’s Workshop is coming to Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire! We talked with Amy Vecchioni about Leonardo’s Workshop. Started in the Fall of 2016, Leonardo’s Workshop’s mission is to “ to create intellectual and physical space for students to direct their own creativity and to pursue their own interests.” She explains, “Leonardo’s Workshop or the Maker Movement is not just about a cool space or a bunch of fancy stuff. It’s a mindset—trusting children’s desire to imagine and create.”

Amy Vecchioni explains that Leonardo’s Workshop is “1) a practice of Genius Hour and design thinking in the art room’s curriculum… 2) a Makerspace in the art room equipped with a variety of choice-based art, construction and technological media and tools… 3) an after-school Maker camp where students explore the connections between art and science and expand concepts of creativity in addition to acting as a laboratory to test innovative ideas for the classroom.” Camp sessions include Leonardo da Vinci/Art History/Literary Connection, Design Thinking Studio, LAUNCH: Gallery Walk and discussion, and da Vinci Notebook (Journal/Documentation). Students learn about design thinking — “ a way for us to approach a challenge to work through errors, alternative options and celebrations in a framework that appreciates “successes” and “failures” equally.”

For Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, Leonardo’s Workshop plans to bring “three sessions of Leonardo’s Workshop (grades 3-5, 45 students) and our 5 th grade Sphero & Coding Camp after school projects. Leonardo’s Workshop will showcase our Marble LAUNCH Design Challenge, Drawing Robot Design Challenge and our Original Connection Circuit Design Challenge. Our Sphero Team will showcase their coding experiments and projects including their Chariot Design Challenge and Coding Abstract Expressions Design Challenge.”

We look forward to seeing the projects of Leonardo’s Workshop students on May 6th!

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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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Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire is just around the corner!  Here are some reminders to plan your day accordingly:

  1. Download our FREE YAPP for your mobile device to guide you: my.yapp.us/CHINORTHMINI
  2. Or, check out the MAKERS tab on this website to see who’s coming!  And read the FAQs in the  ATTEND tab.
  3. Bring broken tschotske to be fixed by Community Glue.
  4. Bring stuff you’ve always wanted to solder.
  5. Bring cash, so you can pick up some kits to build on site!  (Remember that you can also donate to Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire at the door, and receive a free pin as a token of our appreciation.)
  6. Check the weather: It’s said to be mostly sunny, with a high of 78 degrees and 10% chance of rain.  Dress accordingly.
  7. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @CNSmakerfaire, and use #makerfairechicago during the event!

We’re incredibly excited to meet all the new and returning Makers this Saturday, as well as all the awesome attendees, who are also makers-in-training.

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Community Glue Workshop wants to help you fix your stuff. Or better yet,
help you learn how to fix it and assist others with their broken items. The basic idea is this: people show up to monthly events, usually at Ally Brisbin’s café Kitchen Sink, with their broken items and they are paired up with volunteer “fixers” who help to repair the item. It turns the famous Brave New World axiom on its head: Mending, not Spending. The group tries to fix a wide range of items such as toys, clothes, lamps and guitars. They once even fixed a SuperSoaker.

Ally Brisbin and Carla Bruni founded the group about a year ago with the aim of building community and encouraging sustainability. Ally believes the group helps bring neighbors together and rely on each other. Moreover, people get in touch with their own skills and possessions. Carla focuses on the sustainability aspect of the group.  Too many people, even environmentally concerned ones, focus too much on disposal of old products and purchase of “green” products to deal with the greater environmental problem. Carla explains that we really can’t just spend our way out of the problem. That’s why repair is so critical.

Community Glue Workshop is excited to set up shop at Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire. Bring your broken stuff to get fixed at the Community Glue Workshop at Maker Faire:

  • busted jewelry
  • upset clothing
  • broken lamps and tools
  • musical instruments who have lost their voice
  • other interesting tchotchke to figure out and fix!

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