Awesome was in the air.

BIG thanks to everyone who helped make the Columbia Mini Maker Faire such an amazing experience!  Kudos to all of the incredible makers.

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MakeShop BreakShop!

Maker Corps members and campers were busy last week at MakeShop BreakShop! Check out our Makers at work!

MakeShop BreakShop!

MakeShop BreakShop!

 

Have you met the Maker Girls?

EdVenture Children’s Museum is proud to be a host site for the Maker Education Initiative’s Maker Corps program for the second year. Miss Jaci, Miss Valerie, Miss Tiffany, and Miss Lindsey are EdVenture’s Maker Girls. They have been busy this summer helping with Maker Camps and planning awesome programming that you will see in Maker Works in the upcoming months. Maybe you spotted them at the Columbia SC Mini Maker Faire? Next time you are visiting EdVenture, come say “hi” to our Maker Girls!

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2014 Maker Corps Members

Make something everyday with #MakeADay

We know you had an AWESOME time at the Columbia SC Mini Maker Faire (we sure did)! We want to know what inspired you at Maker Faire. Did you make something at EdVenture? Did you get home and create something? If so, we want to see it!  And, we want you to MAKE all summer long!
Between June 14, 2014 – August 14, 2014, EdVenture Maker Corps is challenging you to make something everyday. You can do something simple, like make cookies for a friend or you can do something more involved, like build a robot. Whatever you make, take a picture and share it on social media using hashtags #MakeADay and #MakerWorks
We cannot wait to see what you make!

It’s time to MAKE AWESOME!

Spread the word!

Spread the word!

Join us for a one-day, family-friendly festival with food, performances, workshops, and many hands-on projects and activities for adults and kids of all ages! Featuring 30+ makers!

Performances/ Workshops:

10 a.m. Bryce Bigger Demonstration
Bryce Bigger is an interactive designer, developer, tinkerer and the founder of The Bigger Design.

11 a.m. The Joseph Tollefsen Band
14-year-old Joseph Tollefsen rocks out maker style on his hand-made, hand-illuminated guitar created from a traditional cigar box.

12 p.m. Jillian Owens Refashionista Presentation
Jillian Owens is a writer, designer, and eco-fashion revolutionary. This ReFashionista dyes, snips, and sews landfill-bound secondhand clothing into cute couture! Featured on The Rachael Ray Show and Good Afternoon America!

1 p.m. Performance by The Prairie Willows
The Prairie Willows are a boot stompin’ band with a strong live performance featuring tasteful covers, tuneful harmonies, and a variety of instruments that range from a kazoo, to a tub, to the boots on their feet!

2 p.m. Jeremy Cook Mountain Beest Demonstration
Jeremy Cook is a manufacturing engineer, avid maker and experimenter. He will be showcasing his newest maker masterpiece, The Mountain Beest. When he’s not busy creating (or destroying) something, he writes for his blogs JcoPro.net and DIYTripods.com.

3 p.m. EdVenture Team Hovercraft Demonstration
EdVenture staff members will showcase their own lithium battery powered hovercraft.

4 p.m. Great Water Balloon Launch with Tom Heck
Tom Heck’s trebuchet launches softball size water balloons 50 – 70 yards using (kid) power.

Admission to the Columbia Mini Maker Faire is $11.50 per person and includes museum exploration. Free for EdVenture members.

Birdies by Shayna

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Local maker and shop owner, Shayna Katzman Simoneaux, painted her first Birdie about six years ago. “I often says that he just “sprang from the depths of my imagination one day,” but there is more to it than that. I first really kind of stumbled on what is now my go-to Birdie character “in the paint” – his silhouette kind of appeared while I was painting in abstract. And although Birdie has a lot to do with my artistic process, I feel the reason I keep going back to him is because there is a lot of meaning behind him. 

“Birdies Jewelry & Gifts” encompasses a wide range of handmade jewelry- including cameo necklaces, charm-bracelets, bangles, earrings, cufflinks, rings, and Birdies dangling from strands of crystals and pearls. It also offers a fun assortment of personal accessories, such as bookmarks, magnets, buttons, bottle-openers, hair-clips, stationary, purse-mirrors, tie-clips, greeting cards and Itsy-Bitsy-Birdie-Artworks on tiny easels. Working in a wide variety of mediums, utilizing her creativity and wide-ranging artistic experience, Shayna has developed a conspicuous personal style articulated through all she creates. Meet Shayna and her birdies on June 14!

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Earth & Stars by Joshua Davis coming to Columbia Mini Maker Faire!

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“I aspire to do wonderful things with my hands and my mind. The best things come from an idea or a dream. Everything I create comes “from nothing” …or my imagination. I take the intangible and make it tangible, visible, or real in some way. I hope you enjoy what you see, and I hope my work inspires you, even if it’s in only a small way.” – Joshua Davis

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That Godzilla Guy

Sean McGuinness

Sean McGuinness

Sean McGuinness, commonly known as “That Godzilla Guy”, is an artist based out of Columbia, SC known for his Godzillafications. Say what? Yep, Godzillafications are real. It is an artwork or consequence growing out of his unique vision to interject Godzilla into famous artworks or to create new art.

Sean was a fan of giant, city destroying monsters since he was a little child and continues to make lasting impressions in the art world today.  We can’t wait to have him at Columbia Mini Maker Faire! Bring it on Godzilla.

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Can you build your own cigar box guitar?

14-year-old Joseph Tollefsen can! He rocks out maker style on his hand-made, hand- illuminated guitar created from a cigar box! Come meet some of our region’s most interesting tinkerers, creators and inventors on June 14.

Joseph Tollefsen

Joseph Tollefsen

Don’t miss the ReFashionista!


Jillian Owens

Jillian Owens is a writer, designer, and eco-fashion revolutionary. This ReFashionista will change the way you think about fashion as she dyes, snips, and sews landfill-bound secondhand clothing into cute couture! Featured on The Rachael Ray Show and Good Afternoon America! Don’t miss her sewing classes at the Columbia Mini Maker Faire on June 14!