What You Need to Know to Attend Mini Maker Faire 2015  

Chattanooga’s biggest Show and Tell will be on full display at this Saturday’s Mini Maker Faire. The family-friendly event is a collaboration of invention and creativity for people who enjoy sharing what they make and those who enjoy learning.

The festival includes a wide array of makers from tech enthusiasts and engineers to crafters and artists. Attendees will get to experience interactive exhibits as well as the opportunity to participate in workshops, hands-on experiments and hobby presentations.

Unknown-2EepyBird, whose experiments you’ve seen on YouTube, will also be on hand for two performances during the day. The team will perform their famous “Diet Coke and Mentos” experiment, sending soda 25 feet into the air. Eepybird has performed all over the world and has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Ellen and many more. 

imagesMaker Faire was launched in the Bay Area of California in 2006 and continues to gain popularity. Last year, there were 119 Mini and Maker Faires around the world, including the first in Chattanooga.

The event will be this Saturday, September 19, at the First Tennessee Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is FREE.

Don’t forget to share your pictures using #chamakerfaire2015



10 a.m.: Doors open

10-11 a.m.: Robot Battle registration 

11 a.m.: Robot Battles begin

1 p.m.: First EepyBird showing

1:30 p.m.: Professor Gig-A-Watt

2:30 p.m.: Robot Workshops and Demonstrations

4 p.m.: Second EepyBird showing

6 p.m.: Doors close

Click here for a full list of this year’s makers. 

Tennessee Tech STEMmobile Brings Hands-On Learning to Maker Faire

Getting families excited about learning won’t be a tall task at this weekend’s Mini Maker Faire. Dozens of local makers will showcase their work, but one sure to draw a big crowd is the Tennessee Tech STEMmobile. The one-of-a-kind classroom provides a creative experience for people of all ages to learn about STEM topics: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The 53-foot tractor trailer is a classroom on wheels, housing state-of-the-art technology. The STEMmobile provides a unique, hands-on learning experience. It’s equipped with internet connectivity, iPads and equipment from Tennessee Tech University’s Oakley STEM Center.


The mobile laboratory began visiting school districts across Tennessee in 2013 and continues to be a popular attraction at educational events like the Mini Maker Fair.

STEMmobile-students-625x416One of the STEMmobile’s most popular attributes is the Make and Take feature. Those who visit the classroom will be able to make something on the spot and take it home with them that day.

You will be able to get a firsthand look at the STEMmobile at the Mini Maker Faire Sept. 19. Come check it out for yourself!

Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire’s 2015 Maker Lineup

Makers of all kinds will be on full display at Chattanooga’s Mini Maker Faire. From techies and engineers to artists and inventors, the family-friendly event has something for everyone. The Maker Faire, dubbed The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, offers hands-on experiments and unique demonstrations. Come see what these creators have been working on!

Robot Battles: One of the oldest continuously running robotic combat competitions in the world. They will be running a “Microbattles” event with an Antweight and Beetleweight tournament in the morning session and then a workshop and demonstration on combat robotics building and techniques in the afternoon session.

Greater Chattanooga Multirotor: A group of local enthusiasts who build custom multirotors and who are focused on safety and education.

Mozilla Gigabit Fund: Mozilla’s Hive Learning Community in Chattanooga champions digital literacy and innovation through next-generation development and connected learning.

Teacherpreneur: PEF’s Teacherpreneur Incubator challenges HCDE teachers to pitch their most innovative ideas, funding the winners and supporting the development of their projects.

R2 Builders: An Internet-based fan club who share a love for Star Wars and a desire to build accurate, full-scale replicas of their favorite astromechs.

Fx Makeup: Wanna look scary for a good price? Here’s your chance!

Evenly Distributed LLC: Evenly Distributed uses open hardware and open software to provide technological solutions for libraries and education.

Assistive Technology: AT helps people with a disability be more independent. Examples of devices will be at MakerFaire for people to try, including 3D-printed prosthetics.

Pat and Wally 3DP: Pat and Wally design, build, tune and fix 3D printers for fun. They also volunteer their printers and time to educate kids about 3D printing.

Made in UTC Library Studio: UTC Library Studio is a makerspace for the UTC community. To support electronics prototyping activities, the studio provides walk-in and circulating access to micro controllers, sensor kits, micro computers and more to foster exploration and experimentation.

SeeMeCNC: 3D printers

FabricMaker: They’ll demonstrate how to use their digital desktop printing system to print commercial-grade fabrics.

Destination Imagination: DI is an international, problem-solving creativity competition. Try your hand at a typical instant challenge. What can you make?

Cardboard Challenge: Children are challenged to create and build out of cardboard, recycled materials and their imaginations.

The Unofficial Press: An independent publisher of artist zines and books led by designer and educator Aggie Toppins, The Unofficial Press will sell up to 20 titles of zines and books.

Electron Soda: A battery-powered Van de Graaff generator made made from PVC pipes and a Coke can.

Invasive Plant Crafts, Baskets and Wind Chimes: Ivy Academy Middle High School will exhibit and demonstrate crafting with invasive plant species, including large-scale interactive art with wind chimes and weaving.

Alko-hauler: Hand crafted, insulated growler carriers, pint glass koozies and other accessories for the craft beer lover.

Variable, Inc.: Modern paint match using the latest paint color matching technology via a scanning device and smartphone app.

TechTown ChattanoogaJoin TechTown for hands-on tech learning and build something amazing!

Streetdiva Designs: Handmade ceramic beads and pendants covered in fine silver.

ITT Technical Institute: We are the local campus of a national institute providing technical degrees to those who need a career vs. a job or those who want a new career in a technology-related field or in business.

Hand-Stitched Crafts: From accessories to decorations, all are made out of hand-stitched fabric.

Zolidify: Zolidify makes highly-detailed 3D figurines of you — 3D-printed full color self portraits, AKA 3D selfies!

HATponics Sustainable Agriculture: Aquaponics agriculture systems growing fresh food and vegetables using fish waste to provide food solutions to populations in distress.

Studio Everything: Studio Everything is a creative resource, training and empowerment studio located in East Chattanooga on Glass Street.

Threshold to Happiness: An interactive sculpture designed to make people smile and feel celebrated. Aluminum, steel and digital components.

UltiMachine: UltiMachine is a 3D printer supply company specializing in making 3D printing better.

Sort Our Sockets: Identification and significance of innovation, this apparatus is a patent-pending device to sort sockets.

Quantum Pilot: Each level the enemy copies what you do. Can you defeat yourself?

Mocs Arcade: The Mocs Arcade is a custom arcade cabinet loaded with games developed by members of the UTC community.

3D Fuel: Produce 3D filament and fuels with purpose. We are intentional about bringing high quality and sustainably-focused products to the market.

Chattanooga Public Library: Promoting all the maker activities at the library.

Team EtsyNooga: Buy amazing handcrafted items from local Etsy sellers who are part of Team EtsyNooga and learn more about their business and creative education workshops.

423-Fashion Metallurgy: Sophisticated, innovative, fashionable jewelry made from recycled materials. Take a walk into the world of metallurgy in this educational and fashionable showcase of collectable cuff bracelets.

Burning Steel Project: A reusable recycled fire structure that belches flames to music and gurgles an inverted fountain of fire. Also accompanied by kinetic sculptures that can be ridden by fair goers.

Homegrown Silver and Stone: Local hand-made silver and gold jewelry.

Main Line Furniture: Products made by woodworking students that include pieces from their Main Line of furniture.

Tennessee Technological University College of Engineering: Learn more about the university and its College of Engineering. Free giveaways!

TTU College of Engineering STEMMobileThe STEM mobile is a mobile learning laboratory that provides a unique, on-site educational experience for students.

The Coin-Op Indie Cabinet: Spotlight your independently developed games or discover new worlds as yet unexplored on the Coin-Op arcade cabinet.

Art Bike Rodeo: Step right up and don’t be afraid, the Art Bike Rodeo is in session! These amazing creations were built by students ages 11-15 in their Urban Art Bike Workshop. You even have a chance to ride a wild art bike!

ChattLab Makerspace

TN Tech AICHE Chem-e Car: A thrilling aspect of the TN Tech chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, this Chem-e car is powered and stopped by chemical reactions.

127Press: The 127press is a hand press silk screen shop located in in the lovely valley of Chattanooga. Each item is hand pressed and unique in its own. Create. Breathe. Love.

TTU BAJA: A Mini Baja SAE team that designs and builds mini baja cars every year for races that take place all across the U.S.

Mach Fuels: Tennessee’s leading EPA-certified provider of alternative fuel solutions. They believe compressed natural gas and liquid propane gas are the bridge fuels to the future of transportation. Let them demonstrate for you the economic and environmentally-friendly justifications of switching to CNG and LPG.

Makers on the Move: Through automotive engineering-focused STEM education, TTU Motorsports will showcase how STEM-related subjects including physics, engineering and graphic design assist in creating our very own Formula SAE car.

Danyelle Dover Designs: Observe and participate in the art of woodburning and modern calligraphy.

ADAM: Advanced Designs for Additive Manufacturing

Chattanooga Robotics: They promote the benefits of STEM education through hands on programs using robots.

BirdTree Designs: Custom CNC snap-together wood furniture.

Jazzanooga: Make instruments with Jazzanooga!

UTC’s “Fun and Goofy” Mini Maker Space

When you think of a 126-year-old institution of higher learning like the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, you may think of phrases like “time-honored tradition” and “hallowed halls of academia.” You probably don’t immediately imagine “fun and goofy.” However, that’s exactly how Bo Baker describes UTC’s Mini Maker Space.

“There are no real guidelines or rules,” said Baker, team leader of the space. “Students are just welcome to come here and play.”


Housed on the third floor of the university’s brand-new library, the studio was established to provide everything students need to create prototypes, whether they are the scientific models of Engineering majors, the fanciful creations of Fine Arts students or everything in between.

The UTC Mini Maker Space offers students access to two dozen computer stations featuring the Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk, SketchUp and CAD. A room known as the sandbox is dedicated to constructing mini-prototypes, and a fully-equipped recording studio, green screen room and 3D printing lab with two MakerBot Replicators are also available.


Students can borrow GoPros, camcorders and high-resolution digital cameras to use outside the studio, and UTC’s maker space technicians give crash courses on how to use the equipment.

1010475EDIT-Several UTC students will have their creations on display at the Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire on Sept. 19 at First Tennessee Pavilion. Join us to see just how fun and goofy these makers can be!

Chattanooga Maker Profile: Rondell Crier

When New Orleans native Rondell Crier arrived in Chattanooga after Hurricane Katrina, his first order of business was to establish an artistic community that empowered underprivileged youth. He’d grown up, literally and figuratively, at New Orleans’ YAYA Arts Center, and he was inspired by the impact YAYA founder Jana Napoli had on his life and on their community.


Rondell went to work building relationships in his new hometown, and he received several grants to create a public art studio. He and his collaborators chose Glass Street in East Chattanooga, believing that art would help bring life back to the long-depressed neighborhood. A decade after Rondell settled in the Scenic City, he is Resident Artist at the Glass House Collective, which has populated the thoroughfare with vibrant murals, sculptures and art installations created by makers of all ages.

IMG_9938Glass House Collective gives underprivileged children an open invitation to come, create and collaborate. There are no structured art lessons; each child creates exactly what he or she wants. If a child comes to the Collective with an idea and the project is safe and affordable, he can begin making it the same day. Some of this summer’s participants were doing metal castings, and a pair of girls spent weeks creating a life-sized wooden doll. Rondell helps them with primary tutorials and safety procedures, and then the children are free to take the project into their own hands.

The free-flow structure of Glass House Collective is impressive, and Rondell said its priority is to give people access to resources. He knows many schools have been forced to cut their art programs when funding is unavailable, and the Collective exists to fill that void for makers of all ages.


Learn more about the Glass House Collective at www.glasshousecollective.org and see some of their creations at the Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire this September.

#R2withU Photo Booth

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Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire presents #R2withU Photo Booth at Chattanooga Market Aug. 2

Have your picture made with R2 at the Chattanooga Market this Sunday, Aug. 2 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

All pictures will be uploaded to the Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire Facebook and Twitter for you to tag and share as you please.

Join us you will this Sunday at the Chattanooga Market.

May the Force be with you.


Fire Tornado Blazing New Trails for this Year’s Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire


Kate Warren, executive director of Art 120, is thrilled about this year’s Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire. A participant of the inaugural 2014 Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire, Kate reflected on her positive experience and expressed her excitement for the years to come. For last year’s Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire, a team from Art 120 and several local artists created the renowned ‘Fire Tornado.’ Kate Warren, Conrad Tengler, Mike Harrison, Andrew Nigh and Brian Dyer all collaborated to build the purported, “largest known outdoor Fire Tornado ” Named ‘Mr. Twister,’ this Fire Tornado plays on the natural phenomenon of fire rising in a spiral− given the correct apparatus and atmospheric conditions. As an added bonus, Mr. Twister has a logic board that synchronizes music to the spiraling fire. Kate commented that Mr. Twister is, “better enjoyed at night,” but that didn’t stop the popularity of last year’s presentation; we learned that people were coming from Atlanta and Nashville to see Mr. Twister.


Warren said the team took approximately two months to build Mr. Twister, but the main leg-work took place in the two weeks before the presentation. When Art 120 isn’t building reusable fire structures, they are busy teaching youth how to build ‘art bikes.’ Art bikes are what they sound like− creative and embellished bikes, adorned with ornaments and themes. Using the concept of the art bike, the team used trial and error to connect a recumbent bike to a propane tank and turret. Although the team had doubts, they managed to create this masterpiece full of both creativity and technology. When we asked if Mr. Twister is going to make an appearance for this year’s Mini Maker Faire, Kate said that Art 120’s plans are, “bigger and better than ever.” Although we cannot reveal what Mr. Twister has up his ‘spiral,’ if you will, we can promise that the innovations are impressive and ingenious.



Behind Mr. Twister, there is an incredible non-profit organization. Art 120 creates an interactive way to raise awareness and boost the creative community in Chattanooga. Art 120 offers programs for underprivileged youth and thrives on the mentality of, ‘what inspires the youth.’ The art bike program, a concept carried over from Kate’s hometown of Houston, Texas, has had tremendous success in the community and in the lives of underprivileged children. “The best part of what we do,” says Kate, “is bring joy to the community.” That’s exactly what Art 120 does. If you’re in the neighborhood on September 19, come to the First Tennessee Pavilion to support this labor of love and witness the new-and-improved Mr. Twister.


Call to makers closing this Thursday

The time is now to apply to exhibit your work in the 2015 Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire as the call to makers is coming to a close this Thursday, July 16. Tech enthusiasts, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists, artists alike are encouraged to join the maker community in showcasing their work at this year’s faire. This is a fantastic opportunity to make new connections and be inspired by the fellow makers in the area.

Many makers have signed up and are preparing to show their best work at the event; so, what are you waiting for? Be a part of the maker movement right here in Chattanooga.

You never know what will spark an idea for your next project…


We invite you to entertain, inform, connect, and grow our community by sending in your application to participate as a maker in this year’s faire today.

Shown: ‘Fire Tornado’ by Kate Warren, Conrad Tengler, Mike Harrison, Andrew Nigh and Brian Dyer. 

The History of the World’s Greatest Show (& Tell)

In 2006, Maker Faire began in San Mateo, CA. Although small at first, by 2014, the overwhelming popularity of Maker Faire was represented in numbers−over 200,000 people attended Maker Faire between the Bay Area and New York. Maker Faire has taken off around the world. There are currently 119 independently-operated Maker Faires, some of which are international. Spain, Korea and Denmark are just a few of the many foreign countries now participating in Maker Faire.

More and more people have the desire to participate in ‘The World’s Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.’ On the Maker Faire website, you’ll find, “Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.”

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With Chattanooga’s second year of the Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire, expectations are very high. In 2014, 60 percent of Makers brought their children. As for the educational levels of the Makers, 33 percent had a bachelor’s degree, 21 percent had a master’s degree and 12 percent were still in school. The number of creative minds and gifted hands was greater than ever before. We expect that Chattanooga’s Mini Maker Faire will continue to grow as did the other Maker Faires around the globe. September 19 is coming up, folks! We sure hope you’re excited, because we definitely are! Registration ends July 16, so make sure to sign up for a guaranteed spot.

H/T: http://makerfaire.com/makerfairehistory/