#FlashbackFriday: Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2014

All of this awesome stuff and more happened at last year’s Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire. Don’t miss your chance to experience the Maker Movement when Maker Faire returns to Cincinnati Museum Center on Aug. 29 and 30, 2015. The full schedule is coming soon! Learn more

“All of us are makers” – A word from Maker Faire founder, Dale Dougherty

“I have a pretty simple idea,” said Dale Dougherty, chairman of Maker Media, publisher of Make: magazine and co-founder of Maker Faire, to the crowd at TED@MotorCity in 2011. “And I’m going to keep saying it over and over until I get you to believe it: all of us are makers.”

Get to know the Maker Movement and the radical minds that drive it! Click here for more information on Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2015.

#MakerMondays – Cincinnati Museum Center Exhibits Department

Sand Table

Kinetic sandbox featured in Warren County’s Thomas C. Spellmire Water Conservation Education Exhibit

When was the last time you had a truly passionate conversation about taxidermy? Or participated in a brainstorming session to determine the best way to build a 25-foot replica of the human mouth?

For Cincinnati Museum Center’s exhibits department, this is just business as usual. And with a host of new projects in the works, you’ll want to be sure to pay the exhibits department a visit during Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire.

“We find ways to help people make a more personal connection, to feel those goose bump moments,” says Sarah Lima, exhibits business development manager.

With specialties ranging from carpentry to fiber optics to graphic design, this team of designers and fabricators champions the task of bringing history and science to life.

The Cave, for example, found in the Museum of Natural History & Science, was modeled in part after two Kentucky limestone caves – Teamers Cave in Rockcastle County and Dyches Bridge Cave in Pulaski County – and is the largest artificial cave in the U.S. Complete with subterranean waterfall and bat chamber, you may forget you’re not actually 300 feet underground!

Cincinnati in Motion, another visitor favorite, is the largest S-scale, full-motion urban layout in the nation. This 1/64 scale recreation invites guests to “ride” through early 20th century versions of Over-the-Rhine, Mount Adams and even Coney Island as working trains and streetcars zip by.

Of course, in the venturesome spirit of making, the exhibits department does not confine its work to the four walls of Museum Center. For example, when the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District needed a new, cutting-edge way to educate the community about the importance protecting our water resources, they knew exactly who to partner with.

“They said, ‘we want something more digital, more interactive, with more wow,’” explains Lima. Employing motion-sensor topography projections and heaps of kinetic sand, the team transformed a humble 24-foot trailer into a hands-on mobile museum.

Cincinnati Museum Center is truly unique because there are few other places where you’ll find so many different varieties of maker under one roof.

“There’s definitely a little bit of everything, and we all take so much joy in working together,” says Lima. “Oh! And almost everyone in our department is a musician.”

Click here for more information on Maker Faire so you don’t miss what the exhibits team might be making this year!

– Syron Townsend

Make Like a Girl

UT in Rookwood

Rookwood souvenir tiles feature iconic images of Cincinnati including Union Terminal, Carew Tower and Fountain Square.

Let’s face it, sometimes it can seem like the world of making is a boys’ club. But did you know the first female-run manufacturing company in the U.S. was founded right here in Cincinnati?

Maria Longworth

Maria Longworth Storer

Maria Longworth Storer, after being inspired by the intricacy of Japanese pottery, established Rookwood Pottery Company in 1876. Her goal was to change the international perception that American ceramics were inferior in design and lacking technique. With the help of her team of famous artists, promising art students and expert glaze technicians, Rookwood Pottery achieved a caliber of artisanry that has been awarded on stages across the globe, and is now considered one of the most collectible American ceramics brands.

This year at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire, be sure to stop by the Rookwood Ice Cream Parlor where you’ll find original, floor-to-ceiling Rookwood tiling dating all the way back to 1933. You can even purchase a Rookwood tile at our gift shop and take a piece of history home! Click here for more information about Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire or to purchase tickets.

– Syron Townsend

#MakerMondays – The Manufactory


“If you break it, you fix it.”  That was the household mantra when Kyle Krieg, co-founder of  The Manufactory, was growing up. It’s no wonder then, that between himself, his father, Lee, and his uncle, Tom, there lies decades of experience in woodworking, welding and even building their own homes.

When the 2008 recession meant finding a new venture to supplement the family printing business, it wasn’t long before the idea to design a makerspace was hatched.

“We’re a family of makers,” said Krieg. “We just want to build the ultimate workshop.”

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Application deadline extended!


Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2014 at Cincinnati Museum Center. Photo by Ziegelmeyer Photography.

Attention all inventors, tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts: The application deadline for this year’s Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire has been extended through June 30, 2015! We know you’ve got something you’ve been working on in your garage, basement or workshop and we want you to show it off. We’ve already received applications for so many incredible makers, but there’s still room for you to join us at Cincinnati Museum Center on Aug. 29 & 30. Click here to apply by June 30 and show off your ingenuity and creativity at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire returns to Cincinnati Museum Center!

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2014 at Cincinnati Museum Center. Photo by Ziegelmeyer Photography.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2014 at Cincinnati Museum Center. Photo by Ziegelmeyer Photography.

Calling all inventors, tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts! Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is back and once again will be under the iconic dome of Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal on Aug. 29 and 30, 2015.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is a Cincinnati Museum Center-organized event that is part of the global Maker Faire network created by MAKE Magazine. According to MAKE, “Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.” The event brings together amateur and professional inventors, artists, crafters, chemists, engineers and performers in a combination of large spectacles and communal interactive experiences.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire will take place Aug. 29 and 30 at Cincinnati Museum Center, but we need you and your inventions, gadgets, creations and skills to make this year’s Mini Maker Faire better than ever. We are now accepting applications from all interested makers. The deadline to apply is June 12. Click here to apply.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


A 10′ remote-controlled Globot spins in the Union Terminal rotunda.

Wow, what a weekend! Thank you to our makers, sponsors and visitors for making it so amazing.

It’s going to be quiet from us for a bit as we recover from this Herculean effort. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the brilliant Steve Ziegelmeyer.

You are welcome to download and reuse these photos. If you wish to reuse them for promotional purposes, please contact us at maker@cincinnatimakerfaire.com as there are limitations.

Sponsor Spotlight: Procter & Gamble


Historically the most innovative company in Cincinnati, Procter & Gamble has always played at the intersection of ideas and science. So of course they sponsored Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire last year. And of course they sponsored again this year. And of course they sent smart, passionate people here to teach us all about the value of science and the magic of innovation.

We’re proud Procter & Gamble calls Cincinnati home, and we are so glad we welcomed them back.

Enter to Win a 3D Printer!


Good news, everyone! Our friends at Make: are giving away a Printrbot Simple 3D Printer to one lucky winner at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire. In order to enter, get your free tickets early and you’ll automatically be entered. If you have already printed your tickets, the great news is you are already entered!

What will you make if you win?