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Open Make @ The Tech: Flow

Saturday, April 26, 2014

This year's Open Make @ The Tech will be a gathering of Makers doing innovative things with electrical flow. They'll also focus on the creative flow that is part of the making process. As they'll showcase, some of the best sparks for innovations come when you are playing so deeply in your passions that you lose track of all space and time.

The sharing of that passion-driven innovation is what Maker Faire is all about!

Flow Maker Showcase
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*
The Tech Studio and throughout the Lower Level
*Makers scheduled for Meet-the-Makers talks showcase until 12:00 p.m.

Featured Flow Maker innovations/programs:

10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
  • LightUp: Tinker with this electronics construction kit and interactive augmented-reality tutor app, while learning the fundamentals of technology. Meet LightUp Founders, who are creating the Makers of tomorrow by helping kids learn electronics in an engaging, interactive way that empowers them to turn their ideas into reality. The very first LightUp prototypes were introduced to kids at The Tech, so it's fitting they're back with what they actually shipped after their very successful Kickstarter campaign.
  • STEAM Dojo by Benesse, featuring AgIC Conductive Inks: STEAM Dojo is an experiential learning and tinkering environment, where you can work on projects at the intersection of art and technology. Benesse and The Tech partner to bring you workshops where you can create circuit-based projects. Check out our next workshop, where we will use AgIC, Inc.’s conductive ink to light up paper airplanes! Get a firsthand look at AgIC's DIY conductive inkjet printer, printing circuits on demand.
  • AnthrolumeInteract with Maker Bryan Ressler who will be wearing his cool programmable light suit that responds to sound. Anthrolume (from the greek anthrpo: human and latin lume: light) is an interactive light suit with 250 animated, computer controlled LEDs. The suit’s animations can be synchronized to music and the suit can be remote-controlled with a custom phone app.
10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
  • The Grid: Massive game development platform created by Young Makers made up of 64 interlocking tiles that communicate with each other and to a master computer. This allows the activity of people on the platform to be monitored and commands to be given out to tiles. Each of the tiles is controlled by an Arduino Mega Microcontroller and equipped with 48 RGB LEDs. The Grid was originally designed to be a life-size version of the app Flow Free. They succeeded with that functionality, and discovered they could do a lot more with it too. The Grid now has over 5 game modes and can do many cool things.
  • UCSC OpenLab Spastic Robots and Frankenthings:Tear into consumer electronics and repurpose the parts for making with OpenLab Maker, Wes Modes. Create robots, kinetic art, and DIY toys from the cast-offs of consumer society. Spastic Robots are robot doodles, cyborg rejects, the workings of the mad-scientist who lives just below the landfill. We'll have VCRs and other things with motors and controllers for you to reconfigure into spastic robots.
  • Evil Mad Scientist Egg-Bots: See where electronics meets art and design with Lenore Edman & Windell Oskay from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. Their Egg-Bot is an open-source art robot that can draw on spherical or egg-shaped objects. The Electro-Kistka is an electric hot wax pen designed to be used with the Egg-Bot. Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories is a small family-owned company producing DIY and open-source electronics and robotics kits. Making the world a better place, one Evil Mad Scientist, and one egg at a time!
  • Electropocalypse: In this puzzle game about electricity, work with Professor Tesla to build various inventions. Every puzzle is a circuit that needs to be fixed or altered. But be careful–the circuits are "live" so if you wire something the wrong way, everything blows up in a shower of sparks. Developer Winston Wolff shares how he made the game and shows some early game versions too.
  • Google Glass: Glass is an elegant and beautifully designed lightweight frame and display that rests neatly above your eyes and makes exploring and sharing the world around you faster and easier. Meet Glass Explorers and try out Glass for yourself. Glass is the ultimate tool for Makers that allows you to document everything you do while making without stopping your creative flow.
  • Switch It Up!Make creative paper switches that power video games as you take on the next iteration of a favorite from last summer's Makerspace @ The Tech, led by former Maker Corps Member Lindsay Balfour and introducing Lauren Cage – one of our new Maker Corps Members for this summer!
  • Arduino WorkshopsArduino is a fun tech tool for creating interactive objects that take input from a variety of sources: sensors and switches, and control lights, motors, and numerous other outputs. Get a peek at our new workshops and learn about the flow behind Arduino projects with Tenaya Hurst, the Maker leading The Tech’s new Arduino Workshops and many Maker classes at The Tech Summer Camps: Maker Studio, Wearable Tech, and Circuits & Electronics.
  • MIDI MusicBox: What do you get when you combine conductive materials, a gramophone, a Makey Makey, and your imagination? The Tech’s MIDI MusicBox! Come take your drawings for a spin and find out what music you can create in our new Hands-On Science Workshop inspired by The Tech's REBOOT:music exhibition!
  • REBOOT:musicYou’ll find plenty of electricity flowing through our latest digital music exhibition. Explore what it means to make music in the digital age. Interact, and inspire your creative spirit with the help of more than a dozen imaginative new musical instruments.
Meet-the-Makers: Flow
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
The Tech Studio

Meet-the-Makers as they share their passions for making on the stage, followed by a Q&A session. These talks highlight Makers innovating with circuits and electrical flow, from Young Makers working on flow projects for Maker Faire to Makers who have turned their flow projects and Maker mindsets into cool jobs and even started their own companies.

Davis Dunaway, Sammi McGinnis, Matthew Tung, Andrew KeYoung Makers behind The Grid gaming platform, Willow Glen Makers
Josh Chan & Tarun Pondicherry, Co-Founders, LightUp Learning, electronics building blocks with virtual reality tutor app
Jennifer DickInside/Out Director, 21st century notebookingNEXMAP
Natalie Freed, Teacher & Technologist, Lick-Wilmerding High School, Maker of interactive notebooks & more
Bryan ResslereBay Research Labs Engineer by day, Musician, Artist, and Anthrolume light suit Maker by night
Masahiro Yachi, Researcher & Principal Designer of STEAM Dojo, circuit-buidling workshops, Benesse
Yuki Nishida, Researcher, AgIC Inc., conductive ink pens and printable circuiits

Learn more about Open Make: Flow Makers taking the stage.

21st Century Notebooking with Makers Jennifer Dick & Natalie Freed:
What if your notebook had a lightbulb moment? Or if it could talk to the Internet? We're hacking notebooks to explore how creative expression and technical expertise combine in paper circuitry. Integrating light, sound, and art into notebooks allows learners to prototype circuits, document their processes, play and conduct systems explorations with simple materials such as copper tape, LEDs, and coin batteries. Creativity and content drive the hands-on STEM know-how necessary to make the learner’s vision come to light.

Following the Open Make:
Young Makers Plussing Session

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The Tech Studio
An opportunity for students in Young Makers clubs working on a project for Maker Faire (Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18) to share their ideas, progress, challenges, and next steps with other participants. Plussing is a term used at Pixar to mean "finding what's good about an idea and making it even better".

Registered Young Makers get free museum admission for Open Make +1 adult mentor. Additional family members get into the museum at group rates.