September 16–17, 2017 | 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Thank you for being a part of the 2016 Portland Mini Maker Faire!
See you in September!

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. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2016 celebrated its eleventh annual show with some 1250 makers and 150,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in five years to 900+ makers and 90,000 attendees. Twenty-three other larger scale Maker Faires occur in cities around the world—Detroit, Atlanta, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to name a few— and over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.

The Makers

The Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI showcases the amazing works of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. The sheer variety of the more than 100 exhibits, most of them hands-on, will boggle the mind. The Portland Mini Maker Faire will run the gamut from demonstrations of 3D printing and robot welding, to knife forging, bee keeping, recycled skateboard jewelry, and much more.

2016 Makers
3D Musketeers 3D Printing and Virtual Reality
Academia Duellatoria Historic European Martial Arts
Olander Earthworks LLC Cement Sand Spheres
Amateur Radio Relay Group HAM Radio Operation
OlyMEGA Makerspace AR Sandbox, Dioramas, and CNC
Andy Kennedy Clay Head Sculptures
OMSI Exhibit Building Shop
Anvil Academy Industrial Arts School
OMSI Teen Science Alliance Electronic Projects
Autodesk Synthesis - Robot Simulator
Oregon Agate & Mineral Society Rocks, Minerals, and Lapidary
Barnes & Noble Maker Shop
Bee Thinking Beekeeping
Oregon High School Solar Car Team Building a Solar Car
C4 Labs Laser Cutting
Camera Graphics Graphics Application
Oregon Rocketry Model Rockets
Carson Baker DIY Cooling Glove
Oregon Trail'R Teardrop Campers
Cascadia Turnshoes Modern Medieval Shoemaking
OSH Park Purple PCB Parade
Century Link Internet Fun & Games
Parasitic Blush Mini Monster Maker
ChickTech - Portland Squishy Circuits
Chris Malone Steampunk R2D2
PDX Code Guild Code with Scratch
CNC Router Parts LLC Pinewood Derby Fabrication
PDX Maker Week Maker Community Celebration How To Podcast
PDXYAR The Swashbucklers of Stumptown
PLX Matrix LED Interactive Panels
Pneubike Compressed Air Vehicle
CymaSpace Marble Painting with Sound
Portland 3D Printing Lab 3D Printing Lifecycle
da Vinci Days Kinetic Sculptures
Portland Apparel Lab Fashion Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Dave Gonzo Sculpture Metal Alchemy
David and Abraham Knierim Supersonic Ping Pong Ball Launcher
Portland Children's Museum Large-scale Marble Run
Don Anderson Tesla Coils
Portland Garment Factory Community Latch Hook Rug
Dorkbot PDX Electricity Projects
Portland Indie Game Squad Video Game Making
Eliot's Adult Nut Butters The Bolder Nut Butter!
Portland State University Precision Robot Welding
Eric Starmer Nemotoad Steampunk Hovercraft
PSU Aerospace Society Space Program, Rockets, & Satellites
Escapism Portland Puzzle Creation
Quickdraw Drawbot
Fabinous Smart Phone Microscope
Raison Ethique DIY Biofriendly Bath & Body Products
FIRST Robotics Interactive Robots
Red Troll Forge Blacksmith
Game Lab Oregon Playtest Tabletop Games
ReStart/Elizabeth Start Community Friendship Bracelet
George Rivard Leather Crafts
Rewild Portland Resilience Through Ancestral Technology
SCRAP PDX Creative Reuse Maker Project
Global Homestead Garage Shop People Maker Space
Simran Gleason & Friends Painting the Maker Faire
ICEovation Ice Carving
Sparrow and Sundry Modern Snow Globes
InStove Renewable Energy Stove
Spierce Technologies, LLC mePed Quadruped Robot
Intel Technologies for Makers
Steamworks R & D Labs Computers of the Steampunk Era
iSpark Toys Maker and STEM Toys Maker Shop
ITSPHUN Geometric Art
Take & Make Free Items to Take Home and Upcycle
Kai & Michael Hoffman Pegboard Marble Run
Tandy Leather Leather Crafting
Kevin Thomas My Journal City
The Craft Factory Community Craft Project
Low Voltage Labs Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Soldering
The Lodge at Wieden+Kennedy SoundSketch & Needybot
LumiDax Electronics Inc. Analog and Digital Electronics
The Regrainery Reclaimable Wood
Lumina Lab LED Stained Glass Dodecahedron
ThrognorThingMaker Carving with Shapeoko
Mad Science The Science of Bubbles
Thunder Lion Studio Mar'Ball Maze Adventure & MarPinGo
MakeCrate Maker Kits
Tim Klein The Yarn Car
MapleXO Recycled Skateboard Jewelry
Tinker Camp Cardboard Cosplay
Mark Keppinger Blinky Boards
Touchstone School, Beaverton Arduinos for Kindergarten
Mark Simmons Making Jewelry
Trackers Earth Forest & Folk Crafts
McCloud Aero Corporation Goliath - Gas Powered Quadcopter
Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club Natural Art Revealed
Michelle Verheyden Cuttlebone Casting
Velo Gioielli Upcycled Cycling Themed Art and Jewelry
Minnow Board Open-Source Software and Hardware
Village Home Scribbling Machine
Mouse & Moon Creations DIY Airship & Paper Feathers
Water Avenue Coffee Coffee Brewing Methods
Multnomah County Library Makers Paradise
Weird City Games Building Better Board Games
Musanicals Resurrective Metal Sculprtue
WJPrinting / Bill Smith 3D Printing Pen

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Innovation Stage
In addition to the interactive exhibits around the Faire, the Innovation Stage showcases Makers and projects making an impact in the community. The Innovation Stage will be located in the North Parking Lot and will feature 20-30 minute presentations following by Q&A.

11:00AM | Science Circus, with Rhys Thomas 
This popular OMSI Outreach program teaches basic Newtonian Physics using circus tricks.

12:00PM | Five Amazing Things 3D Printed in Portland, with Shashi Jain, Organizer of the Portland 3D Printing Lab 
Portland is pushing the bounds of 3D printing. Learn about five state of the art projects that were made in Portland, and how you can get involved!

1:00 PM | Space 3.0: Making Simple Rockets to Launch Micro-Satellites into Orbit, with Eric Ward, CEO of Odyne Space 
Humans have been launching liquid fueled rockets for almost a century, and the foundational science has already been done. Eric’s company, Odyne Space is looking to combine this science and knowledge into simple, effective and reliable rockets, to launch micro- and nano-satellites to orbit. Come learn how his journey began and what the future holds for the new space economy.

2:00PM | Creating a Makerspace for Clothing, with Dawn Moothart, Founder of Portland Apparel Lab 
Have you ever wondered what goes into the things you wear every day? Innovation, technology, engineering and creativity are all part of the process of making the sewn products that end up adorning our bodies and protecting us from the elements. The Portland Apparel Lab is about supporting creativity in a meaningful way, and democratizing the making of garments so that anyone with an idea can see it come to life.

3:00PM | Technology of the Heart: What Do a Robot and a Sharpie Have in Common? with Keith Hamilton, Interaction Designer, and Jesica Marquez, Creative Technologist at Wieden+Kennedy’s The Lodge 
The Lodge is the creative technology group of Wieden+Kennedy. We use technology to create experiences that bring brands to life in unexpected ways. We believe technology isn't simply a means to a more efficient day, it's a means by which we can connect with the human heart. You'll never guess what a robot and a Sharpie have in common…spoiler alert: we'll tell you!

4:00PM | Maker Minds at LAIKA: A Personal Story of Stop-Motion Animation, with Annika Schindler, Costume Fabricator at LAIKA
Learn about the miniature costume fabrication at LAIKA, the studio’s use of cutting-edge technologies and the innovative minds that make the look of the costumes for LAIKA’s movies. Annika will also share her personal background of how she got in to the world of stop-motion and her journey to LAIKA.


11:00AM | Epigenetic Pneumopedics and 3D Printing, with Ken Yielding, Vice President of BioModeling Solutions Inc.
Epigenetic Pneumopedics (non-surgical airway remodeling) is currently being used in dental offices to treat, reduce and eventually eliminate the underlying cause of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring in both children and adults using DNA and mRNA appliances. BioModeling Solutions Inc. offers an advanced diagnostic service that includes 3D printed airways for patient education.

12:00PM | Building a BB-8 Droid, with Scott MacHaffie, Software Developer at Schrödinger, Inc.
Learn about the process of building your own Star Wars BB-8 droid.

1:00PM | Designing and Publishing Board Games, with Tim Eisner, Founder of Weird City Games
Making a board game is something that anyone can do. Thanks to Kickstarter, and the internet in general, publishing a game is possible as well. Tim Eisner will describe the steps that Weird City Games took to design and publish their first game, March of the Ants.

2:00PM | Natural Beekeeping for Beginners, with Matt Reed, Founder and Owner of Bee Thinking
Have you ever wondered how to keep bees and do it sustainably? Matt Reed is the founder of Bee Thinking, an Internet resource for beekeepers throughout the world, and manages over 35 bee hives. He will review bee biology, treatment-free management practices, and popular hive designs.

3:00PM | Science Circus, with Rhys Thomas
This popular OMSI Outreach program teaches basic Newtonian Physics using circus tricks.

Workshops provide an in-depth learning experience from local and national Makers. Workshops will be located inside the museum in Classroom 1 and will be 60-90 minutes in length. Workshops are free unless otherwise noted and space is on a first-come, first-served basis.

11:00 AM | DIY Home Furnishings, with The Regrainery
Learn how to repurpose pre-loved wood into beautiful and functional home décor.

12:30 PM | Cupcake Decorating, with The Dessert Tray
Learn to frost and decorate monster cupcakes! The Dessert Tray will demonstrate a simple technique to create fun and whimsical creature cupcakes. No decorating experience needed; cupcake, icing and decorations will be provided.

2:00 PM | Micro:Bit
Micro:Bit is a new computer designed for making and learning. It has a 5x5 light grid for display, two buttons, a compass, a motion detector (accelerometer), a thermometer, and you can hook it up to a lot of other things. Learn what makes programming easy and fun!

To get the most from the workshop, bring a laptop with WiFi or mobile device with WiFi and Bluetooth Smart, so you can program the Micro:Bit yourself. Workshop supplies courtesy of Nordic Semiconductors and PDX Maker Week.

3:30 PM | Adopt-a-Hand, with E-nable
Sit down and build a prosthetic hand using 3D-printed materials for someone in need in this exciting video-enhanced tutorial. E-nable is a community-run organization founded to give underprivileged children an affordable prosthetic. Workshop fee: $15 to cover supplies and shipping


11:00 AM | Soap Making, with Raison Ethique
Using ingredients you can find in your kitchen, learn how to make a simple batch of coconut oil soap that you can share with your family and friends. For safety reasons, this workshop will be a visual demonstration with information provided that you can take home with you. Complete kits with instructions will be available for purchase.

12:30 PM| DIY Marbling, with Lucid Optic Lab
This hands-on introduction to Paper Marbling will enchant you with its beautiful technique. Learn how to make wild patterns on the water, and how to take original prints from the water to the paper.

2:00 PM | Mars Maker: Making Art with History, with ADX and the Viking Mars Missions Education & Preservation Project (VMMEPP)
Join ADX and VMMEPP, and make an artistic representation of the first successful Mars Lander - Viking! You will learn about the Viking Lander and its science and instruments, and use real documents and diagrams to build a large ¼ scale~ artistic representational model using recycled and upcycled materials like metals, wood, plastic and more. This work of art will then be auctioned off with your name attached in a digital file with images and pictures of this inaugural "Mars Maker" experience.

3:30 PM | Recycled Papermaking, with Pulp & Deckle
Want to learn how to make your own paper at home for cards, art, invitations, books, or other fun projects? In this one-hour course we will focus on simple papermaking that you can do at home using an ordinary kitchen blender, picture frames, knitting hoops, and used paper like gift wrap and junk mail. We'll also use cookie cutters and stencils to make shaped papers and try out some embedding/inclusions. This is a fun and eco-friendly process good for all experience levels and backgrounds.


Plan Your Visit
Ticket Information, Food & Drink, How to Get to OMSI
Getting Tickets

Tickets to the 2016 Portland Mini Maker Faire will include the north parking lot and the museum.

One-Day Passes: $15 Adults, $10 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+
Two-Day Passes: $25 Adults, $15 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+
OMSI Members get 50% off all tickets


Food & Drink

A food cart pod will be serving up local food and flavor, with Full Sail beer, Union Wine Co. wine, and Reverend Nat's hard cider available at the bar. OMSI's restaurant, Theory, will also be open with wood-fire pizza, salads, sandwiches, and Salt & Straw ice cream.

Participating Food Carts:

  • 50 Licks
  • Altengartz
  • Aybla Grill
  • Hungry Heart
  • Moberi Smoothies
  • Nineteen27 S'mores
  • PDX Sliders
  • Right Bayou
  • So Cold
  • Sweet Day
  • Tamale Boy
  • Taqueria la Merced
  • Thrive PDX

Cash and credit cards will be accepted at the bar, but some food carts are cash-only so please plan accordingly. An ATM is available inside the museum.


Getting Here

Portland Mini Maker Faire is located throughout the OMSI campus. This will include the main museum and OMSI's north parking lot.

The Portland Streetcar and the MAX Orange Line now stop at OMSI. Free valet bike parking will be offered starting at 9:30am each day. Taking public transit or biking is strongly encouraged! 

The south parking lot, bridge lot, and overflow lot will be available for visitor parking at the museum (carpooling is encouraged!). Parking in the OMSI lot is $5/day.

For detailed information about getting to OMSI, visit Visitor Info.

Please note that no pets are allowed at the faire, but service animals are welcome.

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Portland Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.


Love the Portland Mini Maker Faire? Want to help us make it happen? We need volunteer help!
As a volunteer, you could help with the event set-up, wayfinding, or supporting Makers as they showcase their creative endeavors. We have multiple volunteer shifts available on September 9, 10, & 11. If you’re interested, email Rachel Miller, or call 503.797.4615 to sign up.