Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST Robotics Competition

Most of us are intrigued by robots. Admit it, we all talk(ed) into a fan as a child to hear our robot voice? LOL. Well, watch robots compete for your attention on June 6! FIRST, an organization for inspiration, and recognition of science and technology will be having a robotics competition at the Columbia Mini Maker Faire.  Check it out.


What’s Your Secret Species?


Meet Marius “Zoo” Valdes! This well known local maker is an epic illustrator, designer and artist and is bringing his art to Columbia Mini Maker Faire on June 6. Since 2007, he has had six solo exhibitions and been selected for 15 juried group exhibitions at the international, national, and regional levels. Rock on Zoo! If we’re lucky, Valdes will bring some pieces from his popular Secret Species Project, fun art that allows Valdes to play with creating new characters that encourage others to use their own creativity.

“I have made hundreds of these small sculpy clay characters and shared them with others in exchange for their sketches and stories about their characters,” said Valdes. “I have used these little creatures as a muse to make new art and tell new stories.”

Meet Valdes at Columbia Mini Maker Faire and peruse his art for sale as well as watch as he paints a mural in celebration of the maker spirit!

That Godzilla Guy


Sea Monsters, by Sean McGuinness


Godzillafications [noun] God-zill-a-fi-ca-tions (gd-zɪlə-f-kshn): 

An artwork or consequence growing out of That Godzilla Guy’s unique vision to interject his Godzilla Collectibles into established works of art, photographs, or concepts. It ranges from serious gravitas to social and political satire, yet always centers around a deep love of the kaiju [giant monster] eras of past, present and future. The purpose is to not only spread the love of Godzilla and his eternal, relevant messages, but to also connect people with art who would not normally appreciate traditional arts or even Godzilla himself.

Sound interesting? You definitely don’t want to miss meeting Sean McGuinness “That Godzilla Guy.” Discover his creative take on Godzilla, hear about his path to becoming a maker, and learn how to draw this legendary monster.  His Godzillafications can be found here.

Extreme Rock Crawlers at EdVenture!


The ultimate jeeper, Miller Mcarthur, will be here on June 6! He is a legend here in the South for his driving ability as well as his hand built rig. Check him out in action.

Girls of Code


 The U.S. Labor Department estimated that there will be 1.4 million job openings for computer-related occupations this decade, and the median salary for people with a computer-science degree ranges from $80,000-$100,000. Did your eyes just light up? Get this- only 12% of recent computer science and computer-engineering graduates are women! The 100 Girls of Code of Columbia want to change this. Meet these awesome makers on June 6 as they share info on their fun and interactive workshops where they’ll introduce computer programming, website construction, games and so much more.  Columbia Mini Maker Faire attendees can also create a binary code magnet of the first letter in their first name using a binary alphabet key, a blank grid, and crayons. For more on Girls of Code, visit their website here.

Let’s Go for a Spin


Wondering what to do with old, mundane, CDs? Come to Columbia Mini Maker Faire on June 6 and make old-fashioned spinning tops from a used CD, a bottle cap and an ordinary metal screw.  Fun and easy for all ages! This activity will be hosted by the Killian Steam Academy from Richland 2.

Caution, Rocket Launching Ahead!

F3ADWUUH2WESEET.MEDIUMJoin the Royal Manticoran Navy Rocketry Test Program on June 6 at the Columbia Mini Maker Faire! Build, decorate, and launch your own lung-powered paper mini-rocket. Participants of all ages will be invited to assemble ‘rockets’ out of paper and a little tape and decorate them as they choose, then launch them for maximum altitude. RMN Range Control will record look-angle from the telemetry station to test rocket apogee, calculate maximum altitude, and log results for the test series. The Royal Manticoran Navy fan club will also be seeking intrepid souls to join the Grand Alliance.

What is 6615 X 17?


A student in Midlands Tech’s machine technology program adjusts a caliper during a class at the Beltline campus.

Calculator please! Lucky for us, we have the convenience of living with useful machines like calculators, computers, and cars. Without machinists, the world as we know it would be drastically different.  Join Midlands Tech at  Columbia Mini Maker Faire and see if you fit the mold of creating the world’s next best machine. The Machine Tool Technology Program at Midlands Technical College can prepare you for this exciting career! Get a head start on June 6 at EdVenture!

Meet the Dames of Draft

14245911335_db484e7fc1_oHome brewing is sweeping the nation! The trend is on a recent rise here in Columbia, although it started nearly 18 years ago with Hunter-Gatherer Brewery on Main Street. Swamp Cabbage, River Rat Brewing and Conquest Brewing are just some of our local breweries. But do you ever wonder how this process works? Let the girls from Girls Pint Out show you on June 6 at the Columbia Mini Maker Faire. These ladies will teach you what goes into making a well-crafted pale ale.

P.S. boys are allowed too

La MASKara Making

Join Ladybug Art Studios and Palmetto Luna Arts and create a La MASKara at Columbia Mini Maker Faire! Get creative and have fun as you turn trash into treasure! Join art educator and owner of Ladybug Art Studios, Amanda Ladymon, in making Latin inspired masks with recycled materials!10410810_1474685019245623_6199853796222748109_n