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Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire Shows Off Regional Creativity, Craft and DIY Tech on September 22

A Newfangled Fair of Science, Art, Craft and Engineering Plus Music, Food, Races & Fun!

PITTSBURGH (September 21, 2012) - Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire, an all-ages festival featuring do-it-yourself local makers ranging from roboticists to  guerilla knitters to kid inventors and more, will be held from 10am-4pm  tomorrow,  Sept. 22, 2012 at Buhl Community Park and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on Pittsburgh’s North Side.  An opportunity to make, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired, this is the second Mini Maker Faire hosted in this region and is a co-presentation of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and HackPittsburgh, and primary event sponsor MAKE magazine.

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is made possible with the support of The Sprout Fund, Catalyst Connection and The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, as well as ioBridge, pairNetworks and Wayne and Layne LLC

Celebrating the best of DIY, the 2012 Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire will host 65 exhibits, performances and workshops for the event, including:

Highlights include:

  • HackPittsburgh– Faire co-presenters HackPittsburgh will inspire YOU to be a maker with their sometimes-wacky, always impressive project showcase. This year, HackPittsburgh will wow Faire-goers with over 1,000 sq. ft. of invention, including a Morse Code Wearable Alarm Clock, a hacked PowerWheels racer, 2 homemade wind turbines, an LED Pong board, and a “Thinking Cap” that actually electrostimulates your brain.
  • The Great American Horn Machine- the world’s loudest mobile musical instrument – a collection of truck, train and ships’ air horns and steam whistles.
  • 3D– Watch real 3D printers at work, including RepRap and Makerbots and even get a 3D scan of your body.
  • Touchstone Center for Craft– the maker jewel of the Laurel Highlands, Touchstone will wow the crowd with up cycled blacksmithing demonstrations in a real forge.
  • Children’s Innovation Project– Learn basic circuitry and how to reuse parts of electrical toys from local elementary students who will astound you with their knowledge.
  • Handheld Tesla:Be amazed by Luke Kambic’s portable lightning generator that manipulates plasma with his hands.
  • Wearables Fashion Showhosted by comedian Gab Bonesso– Bring your camera for a fashion show of elaborate costumes built by local GLBTQ teens during the Constructing Identity summer workshops and creative upcycled fashions by teens at the Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley. Walk the catwalk yourself when it opens for anyone with handmade wearables to strut! Just show up in the Children’s Museum Theater at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday you’re your wearables to join the show!
  • Learn to Solder– this visitor-favorite from last year’s Faire returns as Wayne and Layne, HackPittsburgh and the MAKESHOP help you solder your own cool blinkie badge to wear around the Faire.
  • Shine So Bright– Make light up clothes with 10-year-old entrepreneur Aria Eppinger, whose circuit sewing kit for kids recently won Warren Buffet's Secret Millionaire's Club contest.
  • iOTOS –Explore Web 3.0 as the masterminds of iOTOS show you how to control and communicate with your lamps, garage door openers, coffee makers through the internet.
  • Hot Air Engines –Hold one of John Schneider’s sensitive little engines that run on the warmth of your palm.
  • Plus wind turbines, weather-predicting kites, bike-powered energy, human mad-libs and much more 

For more information, visit www.pghmakerfaire.com.

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About Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is the officially licensed Mini Maker Faire showcasing the makers of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the larger region. It is co-presented by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and HackPittsburgh. 

Organized by the staff of MAKE magazine, makezine.com and "Craft magazine craftzine.com, Maker Faire is a newfangled fair that brings together science, art, craft and engineering plus music in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. The aim is to inspire people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and become makers. This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers – anyone who is embracing the DIY spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

About HackPittsburgh

HackPittsburgh is a non-profit, community-based workshop that allows members to come together and share skills & tools to pursue creative projects. Membership is open to everyone but typically comprises inventors, engineers, scientists, programmers, hobbyists, artists, roboteers, families, entrepreneurs, and arts and crafts enthusiasts. The focus is on collaboration, education, and community outreach. HackPittsburgh is a benevolent group and does notpromote or condone illegal activities. The term “hacking” is used in a benign sense, in the context of deconstructing and understanding objects and systems and re-purposing existing materials for new and innovative uses. Learn more at www.hackpittsburgh.org. 

About Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Providing innovative museum experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily, and return to earth to splash in a river, ink a silkscreen and  visit the MAKESHOP to build and tinker with old and new technologies, exciting projects and cutting-edge media.. With 80,000 square feet of space the Museum welcomes nearly 250,000 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning. In 2011 the Museum was named as one of the nation’s ten top children’s museums by Parentsmagazine.  For further information, call 412-322-5058 or visit www.pittsburghkids.org