October Maker Meet Up

Kent State Maker Meet Up networking event

The next Maker Meet Up networking event has been rescheduled from this coming Thursday, October 23, to the following Thursday, October 30, 2014. The free event, hosted by Kent State University Fashion School’s TechStyleLab, is open to all Kent State makers! It is a great way to meet fellow tinkering enthusiasts and chat about what you’re working on. This is also the perfect opportunity to talk with organizers of our upcoming Mini Maker Faire and share any project ideas that you might have.

So mark your calendars! The Meet Up on October 30 takes place from 6 – 8 p.m. in the TechStyleLab, located on the 3rd floor of Rockwell Hall. We hope that you can make it!

Akron’s Mini Maker Faire

Next Saturday is the 2014 Akron Mini Maker Faire! The free event takes place on October 18 at the Akron-Summit County Public Library from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. If you have never been to a Maker Faire before and are looking for inspiration in own tinkering project, make plans to attend! We know that next Saturday is also Kent State’s homecoming. Don’t worry – there is time for both!

We are all about the Maker Movement in Northeast Ohio and supporting our fellow Maker Faires. Have an idea for your own maker project? Make plans to participate in our 2015 Kent State Mini Maker Faire!

Maker Faire Pennant Flags

Netflix documentary: “Print the Legend”

If you’re like us, you may geek out about this. There is a new documentary out about 3D printing and it’s available for streaming on Netflix! Entitled, “Print the Legend”, this film covers the industry in its most recent years of 3D printing, following the steps of Makerbot and Form1Labs as they help take what their predecessors had developed in the technology and bring it to the masses. In doing so, the documentary also gives viewers a peek into the entrepreneurial side of the industry.

View the trailer:

For more information, visit the official website for “Print the Legend”. If you have a subscription to Netflix, it’s available to watch right now! Otherwise, stay tuned … we may bring a special screening of the film to campus soon!

Cleveland’s IngenuityFest

In case you have not heard, Cleveland’s 10th annual IngenuityFest takes place this weekend! The free event is an innovative collision of art and technology that showcases some of the exciting projects happening around Northeast Ohio. If you have been considering participating in the Kent State Mini Maker Faire and are looking for inspiration, this festival should not be missed! IngenuityFest runs from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday, noon – 1 a.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is held again this year on Dock 32, north of First Energy Stadium on Cleveland’s lakefront. Visit the IngenuityFest’s website for more information.

Be sure to stop by the technology art installation by Brian Peters, assistant professor for Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Brian’s Solar Bytes Pavilion consists of 3D printed, solar-powered bricks. Check out the photo from his test installation on the Kent State campus this week!

Solar Bytes Pavilion by Brian Peters

The Solar Bytes Pavilion installation, created by Kent State Professor Brian Peters (photo credit: John Popple)

Maker Meet Up event

Kent State Maker Meet Up networking event

Kent State University Fashion School’s TechStyleLAB will be holding the first of a series of campus networking events called Maker Meet Ups to promote the maker community on the Kent State campus. This event is designed to be open to all and provide a platform to show and tell what students, faculty, and staff are working on (with a little food thrown in).

The first Meet Up takes place tomorrow (Thursday, September 25) from 6 – 8 p.m. in the TechStyleLab – room 302 of Rockwell Hall. We hope to see you there!

Save the date for Mini Maker Faire 2015!

The 2nd annual Kent State Mini Maker Faire will take place on Friday, April 10, 2015 from noon – 4 p.m. on the first floor of the Kent State University Library. Now that we have one successful event under our belt we look forward to expanding participation to include course-related maker projects, high school groups and increased community involvement. Know a potential maker? Share the news!

We will post updates on the site as planning for our 2015 Mini Maker Faire gets underway. So mark your calendars and keep us bookmarked!

Photos from Maker Faire 2014

Thanks to everyone who participated in our inaugural Kent State Mini Maker Faire! We had 38 exhibitors and over 200 attendees share in this fun event. Below are a few of our favorite photos from the day. For the full collection of images from the 2014 Mini Maker Faire visit our set on Flickr.

Stay tuned for the announcement of Kent State Mini Maker Faire 2015!

Maker Faire 2014 Entrance

Entrance to the 2014 Mini Maker Faire

3D printer demo - Jason Potts

3D printer demo by Jason Potts

Maker Faire 2014 demo

Maker demonstration

3D printed installation - Brian Peters

3D printed architectural installation by Brian Peters

Today is the day!

Kent State Mini Maker Faire.


noon-4pm in the Kent State University Library.


SEE awesome KSU stuff

LEARN how it works

and MAKE it yourself!

From the exhibitors: TinyCircuits Featured in MAKE Magazine

GPS Cat Tracker ~ via Ken Burns, TinyCircuits


If you have an outdoor cat or dog, you’ve probably wondered where it goes during the day. Do they just hang around outside the house, or do they go on long adventures exploring the neighborhood? To snoop on my cat Conley, I made a GPS cat-tracking collar that would log his location during the day, then let me download the data to a computer when he gets back home.

At the core of this collar is a TinyDuino microcontroller and a few of the expansion TinyShields that are available for this platform. The TinyDuino works just like the Arduino Uno and can run the exact same sketches, yet it’s only the size of a quarter. You can easily add capabilities just by plugging TinyShields into it — I used the GPS TinyShield to get the position data and the microSD Card TinyShield to log the data.

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From Kent State Mini Maker Faire exhibitor Jeph Remley

**Watch during the next few days for Mini Maker Faire previews and advice from our exhibitors**

“Composting with worms is a great way to keep kitchen scraps and waste paper out of landfills, while creating something beneficial you can use in your garden and houseplants.  Go expensive with purchased worm bins, or build your own on the cheap – the worms don’t mind!

Stop by my table at the Maker Faire for more tips and to chat more about worm farming!”

-Kent State Mini Maker Faire exhibitor Jeph Remley