We have lots in store for our second annual Mini Maker Faire

For the second year running, the Institute of Imagination will be holding a Mini Maker Faire and this year we are promising more makers with an even greater diversity and range of activities. We can’t wait for Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June when these skilled passionate makers come together and fuse arts with sciences and tinkering with crafting.

With just weeks to go until the event we wanted to spend some time highlighting the incredible people who will be bringing children’s imagination alive. The clue to the weekend is in the name of the Faire and we have some fantastic workshops lined up where the focus will be primarily on how the maker movement is taking the world by storm. This will include Carlos Izsak’s Maker Cart, a mobile pop-up maker space complete with an entire maker kit including micro-controllers and a 3D printer. Carlos’ activities will include designing and fabricating a pop-up card and inventing an electronics diorama. We are pleased that 3D printing will also be on show with Ultimaker’s Create Education project and that children will get a taste for 3D digital design through Kidesign workshop where they will be given the opportunity to help design a miniature city. Other maker labs will be joining is too including MadLab, with their soldering workshop, and FabLab London.

It won’t all be digital, the maker movement is as much about tactile physical making and we are looking forward to welcoming back Fixperts who apply fixing to social challenges. This year they will be exploring ways to design out challenges for people with physical disabilities. The restart project will also be focussing on fixing by helping people to learn how to fix their toys (Sunday only) and OKIDO magazine will be focussing on toy creation and imagination with their up-cycling Toy Factory.

The arts will be a strong feature this year with the The Renaissance Atelier providing classical approaches to art in the modern world, Mural Kid who will help to create visual stories that connect the whole family by weaving meaningful moments into a mural and a rock artist will facilitate the simplicity and beauty of making art from a rock.

Robotics is back this year with OhBot returning for their second year, enabling children to learn about programming their creative robot and new to this year’s Faire with MiroBot, a wifi computer controlled bot that can draw masterpieces. Also offering tasters in programming is the colourful micro computer Kano, CodeClub will be spreading the word on how and where to learn the latest coding skills and Digital Discoveries will be enabling children to build their own game using Scratch. Also on hand will be the National Museum of Computing with eight vintage computers running software from the past enabling children to explore how much or little change has taken place in computer language over the years.

As the virtual world begins to become reality, we are looking forward to seeing Neutral, the VR company’s, offer. They will demonstrate how VR is actually made and enable children to create their own virtual tools. Blippar education are working with us in the lead up to our weekend Faire with schools, creating a cardboard installation which will be augmented and interactive. Come and Blipp it and add to what will be an interactive urban environment.

Don’t forget to look up! Children will be able to try their hand at flying a quadcopter and drones on a simulator with Drone Ops. School of Noise will be making sound come alive with analogue drum machines and balloon orchestras. Maker Paul Clifford will be enabling the creation of soundscape sculptures. Kitecamp are joining us to demonstrate their new building blocks, allowing children to make dens and more and Limewharf are back with their creative materials to draw imagination and inspiration from underwater worlds.

We can’t wait! Can you? Some tickets are still available so book now. Click here

Please note the following

All workshop content is correct at the time of publishing this article. The Institute of Imagination will endeavour to update content if it changes but cannot be responsible for amendments to maker workshops or cancellation of specific makers on the day.

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