Support Remarkable STEAM and the Westport Mini-Maker Faire

Remarkable STEAM is proud to be included in “Giving Day” powered by Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF).  On Thursday, March 5, FCCF wants to raise $1 million for local nonprofits.  One of these nonprofits, Remarkable STEAM, co-produces the Westport Mini Maker Faire in partnership with the Westport Library. Please help us continue to be an innovative, creative and positive influence on people’s lives by supporting Remarkable STEAM, FCCF and our community on Thursday, March 5.

You can learn more about Giving Day on the FCCF website.

Maker Madness is coming to the Westport Public Library

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Maker workshops, snacks and lots of hands-on fun are featured in this dusk-to-dawn event for ages 11 & up.

This is a great event to get you in the Maker Spirit for this year’s Faire! 

Workshops include: 

  • Make-A-Movie workshop
  • SketchUp workshop (3D modeling software)
  • Specialized robot programming
  • Production of “Maker Madness: The Movie”
  • Stage Set Design
  • Unmake & Deconstruct
  • Drawing
  • A huge drum circle!
  • Design your own game in the Board Game Jam

Dinner, snacks and breakfast included. Click here to register online

 

Get the Call for Makers poster

We have received a lot of interest in our Call for Makers poster. Please click the thumbnail below to download a copy.

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We encourage you to print out copies and post them in places of business (ask your friends to do the same!) Stores, maker spaces, offices, gyms, yogurt shops, post offices, and schools are all great locations. Please be sure to obtain the permission of the person who controls a space before hanging a poster.

Thanks for helping us bring new Makers to our Faire!

2015 Call for Makers is now Open!

The official “Call for Makers” for the fourth annual Westport Mini Maker Faire is now open. We are looking for makers who have a broad diversity of making skills. Everything from craftsmen, crafters, artisans, artists, builders, performers, thinkers and doers. We want to continue our tradition of showcasing not only leading edge items such as 3D printing and robotics, but also more traditional skills such as woodworking, automobiles, arts, gardening and more.

For more information, please read the complete announcement

Fourth Annual Westport Mini Maker Faire Date Announced

The Westport Mini Maker Faire Organizing Committee has announced that the date for the fourth annual Westport Mini Maker Faire will be Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Westport Library, Jesup Green and the Taylor Parking lot in downtown Westport, Connecticut.

The Organizing Committee is planning for 6,000 attendees, up from 4,400 in 2014. This illustrates the continuing interest in creativity and innovation that have become synonymous with Maker Faires worldwide and the Westport Mini Maker Faire in particular. The Westport Mini Maker Faire is the largest single-day event in downtown Westport.

The official “Call for Makers” will go out in early January 2015 and sponsors are being signed up immediately.

For information about the Westport Mini Maker Faire, please contact Mark Mathias.

Westport Mini Maker Faire 2014 – The Movie

The Westport Library has produced a video of the third annual Westport Mini Maker Faire that was held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Westport, Connecticut. Enjoy reliving the excitement!

We Are Making a New Site … Stay Tuned

We are making a new Westport Mini Maker Faire site.  Stay tuned, especially for more information about the fourth annual Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 25, 2015!

Westport Library Receives Major Grant for MakerSpace

Maker Space CAKE_0-200x221The Westport Library has won a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, D.C. The National Leadership Grant for Libraries funding was awarded for the enhancement of the Library’s MakerSpace to demonstrate how opportunities to learn and practice innovation skills can change the perception of contemporary libraries and broaden the library audience.

The Westport Library was selected from a competitive field of applicants to receive funding for enhancing the year-old MakerSpace, declared a highly innovative project with broad potential impact for other libraries. The project, MakerSpace 2.0: Retinkering Libraries, proposes to transform the current MakerSpace, introducing more hands-on maker experiences, workshops and makers-in-residence who will support innovation labs on topics such as robotics, LED creations and tinkering with home electronics repairs. Interactive Innovation Stations (iStations) will introduce participants to the concepts and techniques of innovative thinking.

Only one other public library (Providence (RI) Public Library) in the country was selected to receive funding in this category this year from the IMLS, an independent agency of the federal government which is the main source of federal support for libraries and museums nationwide. The organization works at the national level in coordination with state and local agencies to “sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.”

The IMLS used a peer review process to evaluate the grant applications. Here are some of the comments from reviewers about Westport’s proposal:

“This is a cutting-edge project that is a participatory win-win situation for all involved. The MakerSpace involves everyone in the community, changes library purpose and engagement and enhances collaboration with the country’s movers and shakers.”

“The Westport Library has the potential to make a big impact with this project. They have a receptive community interested in more maker experiences and a national presence in the library involvement with the Maker movement.”

“Very solid project with a great deal of potential for innovation…information that is generated will be useful for other libraries…love the attention to the changing nature of library usage, and this project gets out on the leading edge of this.”

The grant will be shared with partners in the application—the Information and Library Science Department of Southern Connecticut State University and the State Department of Library Services.

Westport Mini Maker Faire 2013 – The Movie

The Westport Library has just published a from the Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday 27 April 2013:

Print Your .STL Files on a Stratasys at the Faire

Advanced Educational Technologies is at the Faire today with Stratasys 3D printers. Bring a .stl file to their booth and have it printed while you wait!

See more about prepping a .stl file for printing.