The Dover Mini Maker Faire is coming up on Saturday, August 26th. Organized and hosted by the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, this annual faire will feature over 65 local Makers offering workshops and hands-on activities, over a dozen food vendors, live entertainment, a beer tasting, and robots…lots of robots.
Mark Mullin, who spent over 30 years in software development, is now working on developing machine vision software and a custom made 3D printed camera setup that would be used as a virtual reality tool to create an immersive visual environment. “What I’ll be sharing is just one phase of the process, but one of my goals is to engage with the community and make this kind of work relatable to everyone. Which is why I’m excited about attending my first Maker Faire here in Dover.”
James Matthew, who has worked as a draftsperson, mechanical designer and programmer, is presenting a home-built battery powered Segway type personal transport that he built based on an Instructable.
Several educational STEM programs and organizations will be returning this year with their student-built robots. The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s SeaPerch program leads students through the building and testing of a small, underwater remotely operated vehicle, which Maker Faire visitors can try for themselves. Dover Shockwave Robotics, a high school group and their middle school counterparts, the Tie Fighters will bring their creations, which previously competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition and the FIRST Tech Challenges that give students real-world engineering experience. The NH LEGO League will be teaching how to program robots and challenging Faire-goers to take their new RIZE Robotics Challenge.
Informal and professional clubs of Makers, working to master robotics, will show off their efforts as well. “The Nashua Robot Builders and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE NH Section always have some fascinating robots that roam the Maker Faire spaces,” shared Neva Cole, Children’s Museum of NH’s Communications Director.
Science, tech and robots are only one small fraction of what will be on display at the Dover Mini Maker Faire. “With over 65 Makers spread out throughout the Children’s Museum, both the upper and lower park, and across the river at One Washington, you will see and experience so much in just this one day,” said Cole. Family friendly workshops will be offered throughout the day on specific topics like “Cartooning and Creating Comics,” “Animal Origami” and “Egg Drop Creations”.
New this year will be a coffee tasting workshop as well as 3 oz beer pours for sale by 7th Settlement Brewery. Classic rock jam band Beefstu will provide live music and Magic Fred, local magician will provide some magical entertainment.
“This is really only the tip of the iceberg,” shared Cole. “You can come to the Faire and make a guitar made out of a can, talk to a satellite, learn how to tie ties for fly fishing, have ice cream made using liquid nitrogen, share a selfie with a pirate or a ghostbuster, and even play video games inside a climate controlled trailer!”
Tickets to the Faire are on sale online now for $10 through Friday, August 25. Tickets at the door are $12. Kids ages 5 and under are free.
The Children’s Museum of NH’s regular exhibits will not be available during the Faire, which runs from 10am-4pm.
The museum thanks it’s dedicated Dover Mini Maker Faire sponsors including Velcro USA Inc., Fidelity Investment’s Unique College Investing Plan, NHPTV and STEM From the Start, Alexander Technology Group, Prime Buchholz, Albany Engineered Composites, Beswick Engineering, The Rowley Agency, Inc., Holy Rosary Credit Union, Chinberg Properties, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts and Martel Plumbing & Heating, Inc.