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Some pictures from the 2016 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

We had a fantastic time at this year’s Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 10 April and were delighted to be joined by a marvellous mix of makers and over 1,500 visitors.

Here are a few photos from the event:

Want to see more? Check out our online media gallery to view more photos from the day.

Greenpower Formula 24 – The Bragin’ Fifers Team

One of the makers appearing at this year’s Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire, Formula 24 introduces young people to key aspects within engineering, mechanics, design/technology, science and greenpower through the building of a single seater battery powered racing car.

The project works with young people in both F24 (11–16 years old) and F24+ (16-25 years old) categories. Participants gain confidence and skills as they have the opportunity to develop new skills that many young people may not ordinarily have the chance to try their hand at.

The programme provides participants with an innovate and unique insight into engineering, mechanics, science and green power in a fun and interactive way and offers progression routes for those who want to develop their skills further.

Check out some pictures of the project below:

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If you’d like to meet the team and learn more about the project head along to this years Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 19 Aprilclick here to get tickets.

Calling all crafters, innovators, tinkerers, tailors and geeks – We’ve launched our call for makers for 2015!

The 2015 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire will take place on Sunday 19 April and we’re looking for people who love to make things to take part in this amazing annual celebration of creativity in all its forms.

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We’d like to see puppets, 3D printing, taxidermy, circuit bending, inventions, science experiments, virtual Minecraft worlds, gadgets, hardware, software, knitwear and food. Whatever you make we’re interested and this is the perfect opportunity to share your work with a huge variety of people, generate new ideas and make new connections.

Simply click on the ‘Makers Apply Here’ button above to register your interest in taking part.

The Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire is tomorrow!

Preparations are well underway at Summerhall for the 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire! Here are a few photos of last year’s event to whet your appetite…

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Come on down to Summerhall tomorrow from 10am-5pm, we promise it’s going to be even bigger and better than last year!

Mini Maker Faire Speaker Programme

Just as we were starting to think we couldn’t get any more excited about the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire, we can now reveal our fantastic speaker programme! Featuring makers and experts from the across the creative industries, these fun and informative events are a perfect place to pick up some crafty inspiration and advice.

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Here is a whistle stop tour of some of the day’s highlights…
Creative Edinburgh and Make Works have curated a series of quick fire Talking Heads events. Six exciting guests will discuss their work for 15 minutes before the floor is opened to the audience for questions.
Chris Hewell, founder of the Edinburgh Tool Library, will host a workshop and skill building event at 10.30. Chris will demonstrate the community service his initiative provides: loaning basic tools, giving expert advice and practical demonstrations whilst providing employment and employability training for young people.
At 12.00Gunnar Groves-Raine of the Edinburgh based, award winning architecture and design studio GRAS, will present Making Connections, a programme aiming to create meaningful connections between young creatives and audiences in the UK and South Africa.
Following this at 13.30 we welcome the Dundee Research Studio, a group of researchers, tutors, PHD students and designers based in the University of Dundee, who are investigating the potential of Interactive Newsprint. This innovative and playful new technology could become a revolutionary way of telling news stories or distributing information to local communities.
Later in the afternoon at 15.00, Sarah Drummond will introduce Scotland’s first ever Cyclehack, a weekend in June where designers, developers, makers and people who move across the cities in different ways, all work together to create hacks that can improve city cycling.
Finally, join visual artist Ewan Sinclair at 16.30. He will be talking about his creative work with 3D scanning and all manner of digital technologies, including a DIY mobile cinema and constructed neo-medieval projector wielding knights.
All these events are taking place in the  Anatomy Lecture Theatre in Summerhall and are included in the Mini Maker Faire entrance price (£3) – there is no need to book, just turn up on the day!

Maker Focus: Up To Much

Up to Much, aka Sandy Noble, is returning to the Mini Maker Faire with his incredible Polagraph, and this year it is even bigger and better than ever!

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Simply put, a polagraph is a machine that draws a picture using a normal pen, some motors and some string. Inspired by art created by the AS200 drawbot and Harvey Moon’s drawing machine, draftsmen might recognise this as a primitive, gravity assisted pen plotter. An awesome one. It’s called a polargraph because it uses a dual-polar coordinates system internally, rather than the regular cartesian system we (and computer systems) tend to use.

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Sandy runs a very small company called Up To Much that he uses to bring some of my designs to market. He likes machines and mechanisms, furniture and using modern industrial magic to create bespoke technology for individuals.

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Don’t the chance to check out Sandy’s new, HUGE, polagraph and some of the breathtaking artwork it creates!

It’s time to play!

During the Mini Maker Faire, Bafta Award-winning animators and game designers Lucky Frame will be taking over Summerhall’s old animal hospital. The space will be filled with multiplayer hacked up games, just like this one…

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And this one…

The Lucky Frame team are dedicated to creating accessible, fun, and unusual gaming experiences, and are keen to overcome preconceptions that all games are violent, scary, creepy, or sexist. Their recent ‘Tacos, Bluegrass and Videogames’ extravaganza was a huge success. Hardly surprising, especially as the event was billed “The best things in the world, all at once, with beer” (we very much agree!). Join us at the Mini Maker Faire to discover what weird and wonderful creations they’ll bring with them!

Maker Focus: Codasign

Today’s maker focus features the innovative digital media collective Codasign.

The Codasign team includes scientists, designers, media experts, musicians, technicians and games designers, brought together by a belief that digital technologies are as creative a medium as paint and canvas. In their London Studio, they welcome both children and adults to get creative with technology by making music, creating visual art and having fun through experimentation. They specialise in using open source tools such as Processing, Arduino, Scratch and MaKey MaKey.

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In the first workshop Codasign are presenting at the Mini Maker Faire, children over five can learn how to make an interactive digital puppet. They will be taught to use the innovative animation and storytelling software, Scratch and MaKey MaKey, the 21st century invention kit.

Adults can get in on the fun too in Codasign’s Capacitive Sensing Arduino workshop. You can learn how to control sounds or light with a wave of your hand with Arduino and Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint! There are limited spaces available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The collective will also be hosting an all day drop in robot badge making workshop!

Workshops at the 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

We’re delighted to announce the exciting mix of workshops happening at this year’s Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire. There’s an array of activities on offer, with workshops from makers in a variety of different disciplines. A selection of activities are available to be pre-booked in advance and there’s also loads of activities where you simply drop-in on the day.

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Families book their place to try out some soap making, building their own bird box, making their own accordion book or lampshade. Older makers can create their own silver ring, capacitive sensing arduino or learn how to use a sewing machine.

Or, if you’re just planning to drop-in on the day, don’t miss your chance to make a monster, discover the art of Chinese knotting or craft a parasite!

Tickets are now on sale for bookable workshops – see our workshops page for a full list of the activities on offer and information on how to book.

2014 Makers Announced

Exciting news… we’ve just announced the first batch of makers who will be participating in the 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire!

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We’ve pulled together an exciting and diverse bunch with makers from a wide range of disciplines including engineering and electronics, arts and crafts, science and sustainability, music, maths and much more…

This year’s line up features chillies, a one-man-band, some noisy toys, underwater robots, a biotech laboratory in a 13×11 inch box and the world’s first pedal powered hydraulic hybrid Reliant Robin pick up to name just a few!

See the makers page of our site for a full list of makers confirmed so far and keep tuned as we’ll be adding more information on some of the participating makers to our blog in the run up to the event. Announcements about workshops and talks happening at the event will also follow soon.

The 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire will take place on Sunday 20 April at Summerhall and tickets are available now – click here to book.