Coverage of the 2015 event

Campus is still abuzz about our 2015 Mini Maker Faire. We were impressed with the variety of makers and innovations present at our event this year. Thanks again to all who partook in the festivities!

Below is coverage from the event, produced by our on campus news organizations:

The Daily Kent Stater:
“Students, locals participate in Kent State’s second annual Mini Maker Faire”

TV2, Kent State’s student-run television station:

KSU holds “Maker Faire” in library from on Vimeo.

We are in the process of compiling all of the photos and video that were taken during the Maker Faire and plan to post them soon. In the meantime, if you have any photos or video from the event we would love to see them! There are a number of ways to share with us:

  • Tag any event images or video with #KSUMake on your social media accounts
  • Email us at with a link to your Flickr set (or other publicly-viewable online collection)
  • Upload them to our Maker Faire 15 Google Drive folder (accessible by anyone with a Google/Gmail account) – make sure to include your name in the filename to receive photo credit
  • Contact us at for alternative options

Have an observation about our 2015 event that you would like to share? We would love to hear it! Feel free to comment below.

What a day!

What a great turnout we had at today’s event! Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the Maker Faire, from our inspiring exhibitors to our enthusiastic attendees. We would also like to thank our sponsors for helping make the Faire a reality. It’s proof that the Maker Movement is alive and thriving here in our region. What a great day!

Check back for full coverage of the event. In the meantime, here are a few highlight photos from the affair. Have a great weekend!

Kent State Mini Maker Faire 2015

A panoramic view of the 2015 Kent State Mini Maker Faire

SMS consultants interact with guests on a paper circuit activity

Student consultants from the Kent State Student Multimedia Studio teach attendees about paper circuits

Kent State Tuscarawas Library

Staff from the Kent State Tuscarawas Library showcase some of the technology that is available in their new makerspace

Aurora High School Robotics

Brian Peters from the Kent State College of Architecture & Environmental Design chats with members of one of Aurora High School’s robotics teams

Countdown: 1 day!

a laser cut version of the Maker Faire robotWell tomorrow is the day. We cannot wait! Setup has already begun and Friday preparations are underway. If you haven’t yet, we suggest that you register in advance for your free ticket on our Attend page. This will save you time at the door, leaving more room for fun at the Faire!

For the most up-to-date list of exhibits visit our Makers page. We have a great turnout this year! We will be promoting the event on social media using #KSUMake. We encourage you to share photos and your experiences as well using the hashtag.

See you tomorrow!

Live workshops at the Maker Faire!

In addition to the exciting exhibits on display at Friday’s Maker Faire, we will be holding a series of free workshops throughout the course of the event. They will take place in two locations in the building. The first space is room 152, which is in the far, right corner of the 1st floor, behind the computer lab. The second set of workshops will be held in the Wick Poetry Corner, located on the 2nd floor across from the elevators.

For details and to sign up for a session, follow the links below. Be sure to note the location of the presentation that you wish to attend.

12:15 p.m.
HacKSU: “Making Your First Website” (Rm. 152)

12:30 p.m.
Kara Wellman: “Jewelry Making” (Wick Poetry)

12:45 p.m.
Cherie Bronkar, Kent State Tuscarawas Library: “Community Makerspaces” (Rm. 152)

1:15 p.m.
Trevor Watkins, University Libraries: “Collaborative Development Environments For Software Developers” (Rm. 152)

1:30 p.m.
Timothy Simandl: “O Moody, Tearful Night” (Wick Poetry)

2:00 p.m.
Tom Mahon, Information Services: “3D Modeling With SketchUp!” (Rm. 152)

2:30 p.m.
Diane Gwyn Baldridge, Knitting for Those in Need: “Loom Knitting”  (Wick Poetry)

3:00 p.m.
Brian Peters, CAED: “3D Printing: The Basics” (Rm. 152)

3:30 p.m.
Kent State Robotics Team: “Robotics / Hardware Focused Projects” (Rm. 152)

To browse the entire list, view the full schedule on EventBrite. Tickets are limited so we recommend signing up in advance to secure your seat.

Countdown: 2 days!!

Attendee Parking

The most common question from guests who are planning their trip to the Maker Faire is parking. If you do not have a Kent State permit there are several visitor parking locations close to our venue. The nearest one is the Kent Student Center pay lot, which is just out in front of the library and Risman Plaza.

Kent Student Center Pay Lot

Kent Student Center Pay Lot

Once that lot fills up, the next best option is the Schwartz Center pay lot directly across the street.

Schwartz Center Pay Lot

Schwartz Center pay lot

Check out our Attend page for directions and further details.

If you are a Maker who is exhibiting at the event, you will receive specific instructions from our organizing committee on where to load/unload equipment and park. If you have questions in the meantime feel free to comment below or contact us directly at

Countdown: 3 days!

Hashtag it

#KSUMakeOur 2015 Mini Maker Faire is just 4 days away! Use the hashtag #KSUMake on Instagram and Twitter to share your experiences and see what others are saying. Some of the Makers will be live tweeting and posting during the event as well. So watch for it!

While the Call for Makers will be coming to a close soon you still have another day or so to sign up. Simply visit our Makers page and fill out the online application.


Countdown: 1 week!

We are just 7 days away from our 2nd annual Kent State Mini Maker Faire! As you make plans to attend we encourage you to sign up in advance in order to save time at the registration table. It’s free – simply collect your ticket on our Attend page.

We will be offering free workshops throughout the event so check back in a few days for the session schedule and to register for your favorites.

Maker Faire Pennant Flags

Below is the list of just some of the exhibitors that you can look forward to seeing at next week’s event. Still interested in participating? It’s not too late to sign up! Visit our Makers page for details and the application.

  • Annie Kirk – tie-dye and screenprinting
  • Aurora First Tech Challenge Teams – robotics
  • Blackstone LaunchPad – prototype samples and hackathon projects
  • Brian Peters (CAED) – digital crafting
  • CAED DFaPC – 3D printing and laser cutting
  • Connie Bowers – crocheting
  • Emily LaBenne – scarf design
  • HacKSU – maker projects
  • Kara Wellman – jewelry making
  • Kent State Architecture Library – 3D pen design
  • Kent State Robotics
  • Kent State Tuscarawas Library – makerspace display
  • Knitting for Those in Need
  • Linda Ohm (Fashion School) – machine knitting
  • Norio Saneshige – Cocoro playhouse system
  • Portage County Amateur Radio Service – ham radio
  • Rhonda Mitchell – pencil drawing
  • Ryan Schoeneman – subtractive manufacturing
  • Sanae Putman – upcycling and chair caning
  • Student Multimedia Studio (University Libraries) – 3D pen design
  • TechStyleLAB (Kent State Fashion School) – 3D body scanning
  • TechCentral, Cleveland Public Library – makerspace display
  • William Lucak (CAED) – Use of T-Splines in Architecture

Kent State fashion student featured on Makezine

Abby-Steger-and-ModelThe textile design work of Kent State Fashion Design student Abby Steger was showcased in an article on this week. Inspired by an exhibit at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Abby explored digital textile printing and laser cutting techniques in the creation of an innovative dress design.

For the full story, view the article, “Exploring Laser-Cut Fashion at the Kent State Mini Maker Faire“.

Abby will be presenting her dress at our April Mini Maker Faire, which is only a few weeks away! Have an interesting project that you would like to share?  The Kent State Call for Makers is still open, so sign up today to be a Maker!

Countdown: 3 weeks!

The Kent State Mini Maker Faire is only 3 weeks away! The excitement builds as our Maker list is steadily growing. Do you or someone you know like to tinker, craft, experiment or create? Consider signing up to be a Maker and participate in our 2015 event. It’s free to apply and a really fun way to spend a Friday afternoon!

For a peek into what you can expect from this year’s event, check out this video clip from our 2014 Faire, featuring the Cleveland Makers’ Alliance:

Have a question about our upcoming event or on how to become a Maker? Comment below or email us at

Kent Tech Meetup

Kent Tech MeetupPart of our mission as a Mini Maker Faire is to create connections between fellow tech enthusiasts, crafters and other makers. The Kent Tech Meetup group shares a similar vision, gathering once per month to network and share ideas with other tech aficionados and professionals. The group is free to join and welcoming to any skill level so, if interested, consider becoming a member.

The next Kent Tech Meetup is this Sunday from 2 – 5 p.m. in the room 128 of the Kent State MACC Annex. Brian Peters from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design will offer a workshop on 3D printing and modeling. For more information, visit the Kent Tech Meetup webpage.

Speaking of 3D printing, our Kent State Mini Maker Faire is just under a month away! The online application for participants is live. If you have a project that you would like to showcase apply now! It’s free and easy to sign up. Visit our Makers page for the form and details.