Today is the day!

Kent State Mini Maker Faire.

Today.

noon-4pm in the Kent State University Library.

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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

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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

Last Call for Makers!

The call for makers – crafters, scientists, tech enthusiasts, homesteaders and more – is open through Monday, April 21, 2014. Any groups or individuals (both on campus and in the local community) who are interested should sign up today! It’s free to participate and is a great opportunity for meeting fellow tinkerers and making new connections.

Apply here!

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From the Kent State University Student Multimedia Studio:

We acquired a few 3D printing pens last semester and have been exploring their capabilities. The concept of a 3D pen is similar to a glue gun in that material is loaded into it and, once melted, it is extruded and manually applied.
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3D pen tools have been promoted as a great way to draw freehand, as well as trace designs in 3D.
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Our favorite example of tracing so far is the Eiffel Tower project! After tracing the templates with the pen, our student assembled the model and fused it together using the pen and filament. We currently have it on display at our front desk. If you are in the library soon we encourage you to stop by the studio and see it in person. It is a sight to see!
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A third application for the 3D pen that we have found to be incredibly beneficial is the capability of repairing flaws in our 3D prints. Our 3D pens use the same filament as our Makerbot Replicator 2x, so we are able to easily color match and, depending on the model, produce seamless repairs.

We have also used the pens to enhance our 3D prints, adding features and embellishments to basic models.
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For the Kent State Mini Maker Faire, we will be demonstrating several of our new technologies with a focus on our 3D pens. The pen tools will be a hands-on activity for attendees who will be able to walk away with their own custom 3D “scribbled” token! We will be set up in our studio space, which is directly adjacent to the main part of the Maker Faire event in the Quiet Study Area on the first floor of the University Library.

So far we have only been using the 3D pens in demonstrations and to repair and enhance our own 3D models. We hope to finalize our policies on the use of these devices soon and after their official debut during the Maker Faire we plan to make the 3D pen tools available for students to use. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop on our latest news and updates!

We look forward to interacting with attendees and chatting with fellow Makers. Have an interesting project that you are working on? Consider applying to be a participant! We hope to see you there!

Kent State University Student Multimedia Studio

The Maker Movement

Maker Faire is a celebration of the maker movement. What is the maker movement?

Its DIY, tech-infused culture.
Its creating and building.
Its entrepreneurial thinking and pushing new ideas.

We feel that Kent State is made up of a community of makers and intend to showcase this at our Mini Maker Faire. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at the maker movement:

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Welcome to Kent State Mini Maker Faire

We are excited for our upcoming Mini Maker Faire here at Kent State University! Look for posts and updates about our students, faculty/staff and projects in the coming days!