Footage from the 2016 event

Thanks to all who participated in and attended our 2016 Kent State Mini Maker Faire! We had great fun and hope that you did too! Kent State’s University Communications and Marketing team captured footage of the event. Watch below:

We are still in process of collecting images from the faire. If you have any photos that you are willing to share, we encourage you to upload them to our 2016 Photos Google Drive folder ( Note: you may have to log in with a Gmail or Kent State email account first. We will post photos here on our site soon so stay tuned!

Today’s the day!

We are excited that the 2016 Kent State Mini Maker Faire is finally here! If you are planning to attend sign up in advance to save time at the entrance.

Due to the wintery weather conditions all exhibits will be inside this year. There will be makers on the 1st and 3rd floors of the University Library along with a sneak preview of the brand new makerspace on campus, Spark Innovation Studio, just a quick walk over at the Schwartz Center. Follow Maker Faire and Spark signage to the space.

Here are the list of exhibitors for this year’s event:

  • 1:1 Scale BB-8 – full size model design
  • Aliaa Maar – additive manufacturing and robotics
  • Arcade Cabinet – electronics
  • Art to the Power of 20 – multimedia art
  • Andre Antoine – physics
  • Astrology
  • Aurora FIRST Tech Challenge Team TBD – robotics
  • Bierce Library – 3D Printing
  • Bravura 3D – 3D printing
  • Carly Bronikowski Designs – jewelry and handmade crafts
  • Cathedral Model – architectural design
  • Colby Featherbottom’s Custom Sound Machines
  • Cynthia’s Centuries – product design
  • DAWN – upcycling crafts
  • Digital Goniometer for Joint Therapy
  • The Fridge – collaborative maker projects
  • HacKSU
  • Illumination – calligraphy and painting
  • Imagineers – game design
  • Jason Potts – 3D Printed CNC Router
  • Jeph Remley – Worm Composting
  • Karen MacDonald – Information for Innovation
  • Kent Girl Coders
  • Kent Hack Enough
  • Kent State Architecture Library – 3D pen activity
  • Kent State CAED – 3D Printed Benches
  • Kent State CAED Digital Fabrication Lab – 3D printing, CNC routing & more
  • Kent State Fashion Library
  • Kent State Information Services – Arduino demos
  • Kent State Map Library – ArcGIS demonstration
  • Kent State SMS – Making Google Cardboard
  • Kent State SMS – 3D pen activity
  • Kent State SMS – Unity Project
  • KiwiNation – upcycling
  • Knitting for Those in Need
  • LaunchNET Kent State
  • Light Feather Creations – Native American beading and quilting
  • Ohio Connections Academy – upcycling
  • PCARS Amateur Radio Demonstration
  • The Socially Responsible Sweat Shop of Kent, Ohio
  • Society of Creative Anachronism – table weavings, handcrafted designs
  • Spark Innovation Studio Open House

See you soon for a great celebration of making!

Maker Faire Workshops

We are excited to offer a series of workshops throughout our 2016 Mini Maker Faire. All sessions except for the pre-Faire workshop are open – no registration required. The only limitation may be in the number of seats for hands-on experience; however, additional guests are welcome to sit and follow along. So make plans to attend! Read on for the times, presenters and descriptions for Friday’s sessions.

10:50 am – 12:05 pm – “Intro to Arduino”

Presenter: Ron Dear, Senior Applications Support Analyst for Kent State Information Services

(pre-Faire session; advanced registration required)

Description: This workshop will introduce the basics of getting started with the Arduino microcontroller and the Arduino programming environment. We’ll cover the basics including blinking LEDs and how to determine if a switch is turning on or off.

12:30 – 1:30 pm – “Intro to SketchUp”

Presenter: Tom Mahon, Manager of Information Technology for Kent State Information Services

Description: This workshop will offer an introduction to the SketchUp 3D application with an emphasis on 3D printing.

1:45 – 2:45 pm – “3D Printing: Design to Fabrication”

Presenter: Brian Peters, Assistant Professor from Kent State’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design

Description: This workshop will introduce participants to the process of going from a digital model to a physical 3D print. We will be utilizing Rhinoceros 5.0 to create a digital model and then exporting that file to a slicing program to prepare it for fabrication.

3:00 – 4:00 pm – “Cracking Wireless Networks using Kali Linux”

(Bring your own laptop or follow along)

Presenter: Trevor Watkins, Assistant Professor and Science Librarian for Kent State University Libraries

Description: The best defense in some cases is a really good offense. Knowing how to perform the same attacks as the bad guys (crackers) allow you to better secure against these attacks. In this workshop, I introduce Kali Linux and Backbox Linux, two operating systems used for ethical hacking. We will use Kali Linux tools to crack a wireless network. I will then discuss appropriate actions to prevent such an attack. Participants should bring their own laptops to follow along with the demonstration.


The interest in presenting this year came in great numbers. Thank you to all who applied to present!

Final Call for Makers!

We’re just one week away from the 3rd annual Kent State Mini Maker Faire! It’s not too late to sign up! Visit the Makers page for more information or apply now! Applications are being accepted through Monday, April 4.

If you are interested in giving a presentation or workshop, we are still accepting applications as well. Visit to sign up. Stay tuned for our list of presenters and make plans to attend a session!

Finally, want to be a part of the Faire but not ready to exhibit? Volunteer to help! Sign ups are being accepted through Wednesday, April 6. Visit the Maker page for details.

The 7-day countdown to the 2016 Kent State Mini Maker Faire begins. We cannot wait!

Attend the Kent State Mini Maker Faire!

Register now to attend the Kent State Mini Maker Faire! The Kent State Mini Maker Faire will be held on Friday, April 8th from noon-4pm in the Kent State Library!

Call for Makers!

The Call for Makers for our 2016 Kent State Mini Maker Faire is live! Apply to showcase your skills, talents, products, and more at the event!

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We are seeking creative tinkerers, crafters, robotics enthusiasts and more. Participators can be individuals or groups – from on campus departments and student organizations, to local clubs, school groups and more. It is free to exhibit and a great way to make new connections. Simply apply on our Makers page.

Apply now to participate in our 2016 Mini Maker Faire!

Coverage of Fashion/Tech Hackathon 2016

By all accounts, the 2016 Fashion/Tech Hackathon was a great success! Want to see what you missed? Check out this 4-minute video that highlights moments from the weekend and showcases the winning projects.

For more about the recent event and the winning designs visit An exhibit about the 2016 hackathon is on display until the end of February in the MUSE Lab, located on the 3rd floor of the Kent State University Library.

Fashion/Tech Hackathon 2016

FTH-logoThe 3rd annual Kent State Fashion/Tech Hackathon is this weekend – January 29-31, 2016! This cross-curricular, 36-hour event gives students the opportunity to participate in teams and create & innovate in the world of wearable technology. At the end of the weekend, teams will showcase their finished piece for the chance at winning the grand prize in of 4 categories:

  • Creation of a New Technology
  • Advancement of an Existing Technology
  • Use of Technology in Creating New Fashion Products
  • Tech Advancement of the Retail Experience

The hackathon is open to all students, from high school to graduate, and is FREE to attend! Currently there are over 200 students registered from 75 colleges and universities across the nation.

For more information and to register visit the hackathon’s official site at:

Fashion/Tech Hackathon 2016

Good luck to all participants!

The 2015 Cleveland Mini Maker Faire

CPL and Ingenuity Cleveland logosWhile plans for our next Kent State Mini Maker Faire are only just beginning, there is another maker experience right around the corner. We are just over a week away from the 3rd annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire! The Cleveland faire is presented in a joint collaboration between the Cleveland Public Library and Ingenuity Cleveland. The free event takes place on June 6, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Cleveland Public Library, located at 325 Superior Avenue NE, in downtown Cleveland.

For more information about the Cleveland faire, visit their website:

Cleveland Mini Maker Faire

Join us in supporting our fellow regional innovators and our growing Northeast Ohio maker culture by making plans to attend! And good luck to our friends at the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire as they kick off another great event!

School Maker Faires

(Photo credit: Maker Faire)

This weekend is the annual Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo, California. This major event features some pretty incredible exhibits! Follow them on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates and live-posting throughout the faire.

As one of only 3 collegiate Maker Faires in the United States, we are proud to be bringing the maker culture to our university and local community. We would love to see it permeate into the school systems next. Maker Faire would too – that’s why they have launched a new program to bring Maker Faires to K-12 schools. Check out their article on how to start up your own school Maker Faire:

Make a School Maker Faire

A school Maker Faire can be considered an evolved science fair – unleashing the limits, cultivating new partnerships between creative genres and showcasing the talents of an already developing maker culture.

Know a school that is already embracing the maker movement? Comment below!