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!
Join us on June 1st for DIY tech, crafts, art, rockets and robots!
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.
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.
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 http://www.thebiggerdesign.com.
Principal, The Bigger Design
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 http://www.jcopro.net.
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 http://www.zombeiz.com.
Meet Leanet Miller, creator of “Reassembled Strays.” Her poem pretty much sums up her passion and amazing talent. With some upcycled junk, plumber’s glue, duct tape and wire (and maybe an occasional drill or lug nut), she can breathe life into these whimsical creatures. Don’t miss meeting Leanet and maybe her froggy friend, Muggy, who represents climate change and is made from an actual fan. We can’t wait to see her works of art and hear her story on June 1st!
Leanet Miller with reassembled stray, Muggy.
Meet Joseph, age 13, who rocks out maker style on his hand-made, hand-illuminated guitar. Joseph and his brother, Olaf, age 17, make their instruments in the spirit of the traditional cigar box guitars with found or LED crafts. Pretty cool, huh? Make sure you check them out on June 1st. In the meantime, take a look at this!