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Local group participates in Portland Mini Maker Faire this weekend


by: SUBMITTED - Aislinn McCarthy works on a project as part of the local PDX Young Makers club.A group of West Linn girls will pique your senses and stretch your creative boundaries at the inaugural Portland Mini Maker Faire, a family-friendly showcase of creativity and technology taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at OMSI.

Exhibits, talks, demonstrations and performances will bridge arts, crafts, science and engineering.

The first event of its kind in the Portland area, Portland Mini Maker Faire is presented by Intel and MAKE magazine. It celebrates the Maker movement and brings together Makers of all fields with the goal of supporting grassroots innovation in the community.

Makers of all ages and backgrounds range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and even commercial exhibitors. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these Makers and aspiring Makers.

PDX Young Makers is a West Linn group of kids and parents who work together on high- and low-tech projects such as e-textiles and wearables. In practice, this means moms and daughters sewing together, but instead of using beads to decorate their bracelets, bags and dresses, they use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that are connected to tiny coin-cell batteries using a special conductive thread. These lights may burn steady or be controlled by a microprocessor to light up in patterns or in by: SUBMITTED - West Linn's PDX Young Makers will participate in the Portland Mini Maker Faire this weekend.response to a sensory input such as touch, light or temperature.

At the Portland Maker Faire, the PDX Young Makers will show off some of their projects and talk about their experiences. They will also let visitors experience high/low tech making by combining LEDs and paper to create personal pop-up cards. Each visitor will get the chance to make a card with a paper figure that “pops out” when the card is opened, and which is decorated with lights in addition to the paper figures. This project, with its low-tech paper components, has the feel of doing an art project, yet it incorporates the basics of simple electronic circuit design.

The Portland Mini Maker Faire will run the gamut from the latest technology, including demonstrations of 3D printing and home 3D photography production, to the ancient techniques of sword forging and chainmaille making.

In addition to the interactive exhibits, the Innovation Stage will showcase a wide variety of Makers and projects.

The event will take place in OMSI’s north parking lot. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for youths (ages 3 to 13) and seniors (63 and older), and two-day packages are available. OMSI members receive 50 percent off all tickets, and all Maker Faire attendees can show their wristbands to receive 50 percent off admission to the museum. Food carts will provide food for purchase.

For more information on the many participants and a shuttle schedule, visit makerfaireportland.com.

For more information about PDX Young Makers, visit pdxyoungmakers.com.