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Coming Soon: 3rd Annual Portland Mini Maker Faire

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Portland Mini Maker Faire

Next weekend, September 13-14, OMSI will once again host Portland Oregon’s Mini Maker Faire. Portland is a great place to be a maker: there’s a real DIY culture here and it’s always fun to see the fun things that people bring.

This year’s exhibits and demos will include the 3Doodler pen, guitar tuning, and a Tesla coil (of course). Travis Feldman, designer of the Kickstarter-funded word game Pijin, will talk about designing and making his game. Georgina Hayns and Jeremy Spake of LAIKA will talk about stop motion puppets. And, of course, there will be a food cart pod in case you get hungry.

I’ll be attending with my family on the second day, and will report back with some photos and videos of the event!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the OMSI website. Buy your tickets before September 10 to save a couple bucks.

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4 thoughts on “Coming Soon: 3rd Annual Portland Mini Maker Faire

  1. Anyone able to comment on if there is typically enough hands on content to make a weekend of this? Looking at the exhibitors list it looks like we could, but hard to tell not having actually been to one of these. I’d be coming from Seattle with my 11 year old and we’re, in part, trying to justify not spending six plus hours in the car in one day 🙂

    1. Hi, Chris, I’ve been in the past two years, and both days I’ve ended up attending for parts of two days. My kids are a little younger than yours (and this is very close to home for me) so we pop in, browse around and do stuff for a while, and then head home.

      There are a lot of scheduled activities going on that we missed, and I think if we had done more of those, or if my kids were patient enough to sit in on the presentations at the stage, then we could easily have filled both days. Depends on whether your 11-year-old enjoys talking to people (or letting you talk to people) about their projects.

      It is, however, much smaller than the Bay Area Maker Faire (the only other one I’ve attended). If you made an effort you could get through all of the booths in one day, but you’d be skipping most of the presentations and scheduled things.

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