Columbia Mini Maker Faire Will Return June 14, 2014!

Maker Education at Edventure

EdVenture Children’s Museum

Maker Works

Calling all makers!  It’s time to crank up your ingenuity and imagination in Maker Works – EdVenture’s new workshop for tinkerers, inventors, and artists alike.  Designed for ages 5 and older, Maker Works provides the space, materials, and tools.  You supply the ideas and the imagination!

For the second year Edventure is seeking out imaginative and creative people to be part of our Maker Corps.  For us, Maker Corps Members are helping with the entire exhibit by developing ideas and classes, interacting with guests, and helping to expand the idea of making to our community.  Maker Corps Members will also have the opportunity to help us develop programming and projects for Camp EdVenture, School and Group Programs, Distance Learning, Club EdVenture, and our bigger and better Mini-Maker Faire!  We are very excited and open-minded and would love to hear and learn as much as we can from you just as you learn from us!  If you can dream it, we can try to make it work!  Below you will find some information about the different spaces within our Maker Works gallery along with pictures.

Tinker Tech – A techno garage-like setting for tinkerers who like to work with circuits, batteries, soldering, switches, pieces, and parts to create their own gizmos, gadgets, and thingamajigs.


Aha! Factory is a space for makers who enjoy exploring the creative process through activities such as printmaking, origami, collage, assemblage, sculpting, and sewing! 



The Shadow Box is a tucked away nook dedicated to investigating the art and science of light and shadow through a variety of activities including light painting, shadow play, projections, patterns, and prisms.


Open Make is the largest area of Maker Works with themed works stations and interactive walls.  From making wind-powered objects to building a cardboard city, you’ll find something here to spark your maker spirit.


Sound Studio is a room focused on sound, sound waves, music, and the making of objects and instruments that allow you to create a score of sounds.

Some friends decided they wanted their DoodleBots to have more function so they gave them lights and things that move in the wind!


What do you do when you can’t get yours working?  You discuss (maybe argue a little) with your brother and you learn!


Deep thoughts…how can I get mine to swirl, too?!


Beautiful and fun DoodleBot Art!


Gearing up for Maker Faire!

Hey everyone! The makers here at EdVenture have taken over the blog and will be updating it all the time with all of our cool stuff. We have been so busy lately. Anybody use

We are pretty popular there!

Check out our 1st BIG MAKE PROJECT.

Battery Powered Hovercraft

Every couple of weeks we will be detailing a new project that we are working on via this blog and our instructables site.

Meet the Maker: Thomas Humphries

It takes an artist to turn trash into treasure! Meet Thomas. His sculptures include anything from rakes to motors! We visited his home recently and were amazed by his T-Rex made from found materials. We were hoping this very cool dinosaur would be able to make it to the Columbia Mini Maker Faire but it was currenty home to sweet baby birds (tweet tweet). No worries though, Thomas is bringing some other very cool treasures. Check him out June 1st!

Thomas Humphries

Thomas Humphries



Enough Said.

Join us on June 1st for DIY tech, crafts, art, rockets and robots! photo-1

Meet the Maker: Paper Roller Coasters

Super cool coasters made from paper? Yep, that’s right. Maker, Andrew Gatt, has created some incredible paper roller coasters using only colorful strips of heavy paper. Gatt made this 16 ft tall coaster and actually had to climb down the outside of his railing just to film this video! Clever Maker. Come see what it’s all about on June 1.

Meet the Maker: FIRST® Robotics Competition

Dueling robots? Yep, The Columbia and Charleston Robotics teams will “battle” at the Columbia Mini Maker Faire! And, their robots throw Frisbees at about 50 feet! Bring it!

“The varsity Sport for the Mind,” FIRST® Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. The FIRST® Robotics Competition pairs high school students with professional mentors to design and build a 120-pound robot for an annually-changing 3-on-3 game…in six weeks! Don’t miss these robots in action on June 1.frisbee throwing robot

Meet the Maker: The Bigger Design

Meet the interactive expert who spends his play time building a prototype NERF Sentry Blaster with Flash / Arduino motion detection targeting systems. This brilliant Maker strapped a NERF BFG on a homebrew swivel stand, hooked up some wires with an Arduino board, slapped a webcam on top, and brought it all together with an Adobe AIR application. Pretty cool, huh? Meet this mastermind on June 1st and get a sneak peek at his upcoming book “Build Your Own Autonomous NERF Blaster.” Find out more on this Maker at


Bryce Bigger
Principal, The Bigger Design

Meet the Maker: Servo Light-Graffiti

Pixel painting, anyone? This automatic servo light-graffiti setup is able to move lasers in time with long-exposure photography to create simple drawings. Pretty cool! Check it out on June 1st. For more info, visit


Meet the Maker: Zombeiz

Greetings Makers! Welcome to the land of Zombeiz. As their Maker said, “What they lack in brains, they make up for in heart.” These quirky little dolls are hand crafted and come with an adoption certificate complete with their very own re-birthday, unique name, favorite food, and the names of their two favorite friends from their past Zombeiz home. Re-birthday?? Find out when you meet the woman behind the Zombeiz, hear her story and adopt one of your very own. Check it out June 1st. If you can’t wait, visit