2015 Makers

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal proudly welcomes the makers and vendors who will present at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2015!


Makers will be located throughout Cincinnati Museum Center’s three museums – the Cincinnati History Museum, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and the Museum of Natural History & Science – from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 unless otherwise noted. Museum exhibits will also be open. Admission is free for Museum Center Members! Not a Member? Join today or buy an All Museums Pass in advance online to save and to make the most of your Maker Faire experience!

501st Legion Star Wars Costuming League
The 501st Legion Star Wars Costuming Group is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
Museum of Natural History & Science North Gallery

American Chemical Society
Watch and participate as Bill Crawford demonstrates the power of gases, liquids and solids like carbon dioxide in amazing experiments that might stink, fizz or pop. Bill is a “chemonstrator” with the American Chemical society in Dayton, Ohio, home of the Wright Brothers.
South Parking Lot

Bearcat Motorsports
Bearcat Motorsports is a student group at the University of Cincinnati that designs, builds, tests and competes a small single seater formula style race car. Each year, the car that students build is one of more than 200 built by other universities around the world. Bearcat Motor Sports will compete in at least one of 10 completions, against more than 120 different schools.
South Parking Lot

Cincinnati Made
Cincinnati Made is a membership-based non-profit aimed at connecting, promoting and scaling the small batch manufacturing community in Cincinnati. It wants to connect people making products and look to help connect to various needed resources including finding space, professional resources, and most notably run the First Batch accelerator,  a five-month program aimed at taking entrepreneurs with a prototype to production using Cincinnati-based manufacturers and business resources.
Cincinnati History Museum Public Landing

Cincinnati Museum Center Exhibits Team
For more than 20 years, Cincinnati Museum Center’s Exhibits Department has created engaging permanent exhibitions for display in Museum Center’s three museums and illuminating traveling exhibitions for ongoing and temporary display across North America. The team’s complementary skills in architecture, design, graphics, fabrication and A/V and computer systems merge to ensure holistic and quality attention to every facet of a successful exhibit. More specifically, the team possesses expertise in developing and fabricating engaging exhibitions that feature interactive media, immersion experiences, themed sets and staging grounds in order to promote a range of opportunities for vivid group and self-directed informal learning experiences. Check them out for a wide range of fun!
Cincinnati History Museum South Gallery

Cincinnati Museum Center Sloppy Science Station
South Parking Lot

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Google Glass and smart watches are connecting people to information and collecting information about people, on a continuous basis. Come and examine the useful and disruptive applications of wearable technologies that are creating a more informed and exposed population. Explore the latest wearable technologies from both the user’s and developer’s perspectives and examine related trends and technologies.
Duke Energy Children’s Museum Lobby

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Be musical! Visit the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra Music Lab where volunteers will demonstrate how to hold and play orchestral instruments!
Cincinnati History Museum Public Landing

Compressed Air Rockets
Stop by to construct and decorate a lightweight rocket from paper and tape. Each rocketeer will launch their creation by triggering the release of energy, sending their rocket as high as 100 feet in the air!
South Parking Lot

Get crafty with free hands on crafts for kids!
Cincinnati History Museum (near Cincinnati Goes to War)

E-Nable is a global network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the world a “Helping Hand.” Meeting Little Cool Hand Luke, an 8-year-old local boy who has been involved with E-Nable since 2013.
Cincinnati History Museum Public Landing

Come meet TesterBot, the Universal Test Machine that is used for mechanical testing of 3D printed materials. Check out an Ultrasonic Misting 3D Print Vapor Polisher, a new device used to safely smooth the surfaces of 3D printed objects, and an unreleased new invention used to prevent house fires, The “Smoke Detector Disconnecter.” See various 3D printed parts including a super-strong machinist vice, machine shop tools, an herb garden pot, Harry Potter-inspired butter beer stein and more. All innovations on display were created by the author of EngineerDog.com and are open source!
Museum of Natural History & Science North Gallery

Fantastic Five Robotics Team
The LEGO Robotics Team will share their engineering and building projects. Watch the robot in action as it accomplishes its mission. LEGO free building is available for all to enjoy.
Museum of Natural History & Science North Gallery

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
You may know that clocks, radios, fans and more take electricity to run, but do you know how electricity reaches them? Explore this idea by completing Snap Circuits, a fun, puzzle-like activity that makes you the inventor. This is the perfect introduction into electricity for younger ages, but still exciting for everyone!
Museum of Natural History & Science near Earth Stories

Gorilla Maker
GorillaMaker 3D Printers is one of the largest build volumes available. Breakthrough in 3D Printing Technology. Teaching our future engineers to Think Better, Think Custom, Think Bigger.
Cincinnati History Museum South Gallery

Hive13 Power Tool Drag Races
Returning for a third season with new and improved Power Tool Drag Racing, HIVE13 will provide two days of racing excitement with general public match races, exotic exhibition races and the main bracket tournament competition. A new track features include an improved power-activated WIN-dicator, new IMPACT-ometers, web-based race scheduling and results reporting with a new dual cable-car racer recovery system for improved operations.
South Parking Lot

View a selection of the projects, equipment and expertise available at Hive13, Cincinnati’s original makerspace. Hands on workshops and demonstrations including learning to solder Gigabot, the Hive’s two cubic foot 3D printer, and getting started with Arduino.
Museum of Natural History & Science STEM Discovery Lab

Infinity Analytics
This Maker will show a half scale replica of the digital clock display that Union Terminal used from 1943 to 2002, using LED bulbs, multiplexed LED drivers, a Raspberry Pi computer and an application coded in the C language.
Cincinnati History Museum Public Landing

Discover interactive light and sound projection!
Museum of Natural History & Science near Earth Stories

Junior Tech Academy
Junior Tech Academy is an ongoing Technology Curriculum offered through Kids First Sports Center. Its display will feature an RFID controlled LEGO train as well as a Scratch-controlled LEGO Mindstorms Robot. Interact with both and learn more about Junior Tech Academy’s unique approach to technology education!
Duke Energy Children’s Museum Lobby

Explore the solar system using the power of virtual reality. Explore the planets and feel like you’ve been transported to another world. Reach out and touch with your own hands, interacting with the virtual world around you. Want to explore the rocky terrain of Mars or the great red spot of Jupiter? Step foot on the moon or see the surface of the sun? Decide and choose where to go!
Museum of Natural History & Science near Earth Stories

Kenton County Public Library
Visit the Kenton County Public Library booth and learn about all the makerspace resources that the library has to offer! Browse through their events calendar for makerspace activities/classes and play with items like ollies, makey makeys and more from a mobile makerspace cart. Create a small cardboard sculpture to take home and decorate it with colored markers and stickers, provided by the library.
Cincinnati History Museum Public Landing

Lakota Robotics
Lakota Robotics compete in FRC, an annual design competition bringing adults and young people together in teams to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program inspires students to consider careers in engineering, technology and science. The program will show students how technological fields hold varied opportunities for success, are accessible and rewarding and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering and invention are exciting and interesting.  Come check them out and drive a robot!
Museum of Natural History & Science North Gallery

Licking Valley Quilt Guild
Join quilters with their sewing machine and fabric as they help participants sew small quilted mug mats. Even first-time sewers can complete this small project in 5-10 minutes!
Cincinnati History Museum Flatboat Gallery

The Manufactory
The Manufactory display is a fun walk-through centered on what our facility can offer while serving as a snapshot of our community. There are plenty of hands-on activities for all ages from basic circuitry, learning concepts of machines and even screen printing your own T-shirt! The family-staffed workshop provides a fun and laid-back atmosphere for anyone who is interested in making, learning new skills or getting a business off the ground.
Cincinnati History Museum South Gallery

Meddling with Nature
From Insect mounting and plant preservation and skeletal articulation, Meddling with Nature will provide backyard enthusiasts with all the tools they need to create naturalist art in a responsible and sustainable fashion from materials readily available in the Cincinnati area. Bring your own finds for identification and advice on display options!
Museum of Natural History & Science (near entrance)

Pat’s Projects
Watch demonstrations and examples of using wood burning via wood burning pen alongside other crafting ideas and tools to create both practical items and decorative pieces. The display will include items such as clocks, walking sticks, decorated wooden boxes and plaques.
Cincinnati History Museum (near entrance)

Polar 3D
Polar 3D’s Mission is to introduce and expand 3D printing in education to inspire students to think like entrepreneurs. The Polar 3D Printer is the only 3D printer on the market to use a polar coordinate-based system.
Duke Energy Children’s Museum Lobby

Portal Planet
Check out a 1970s robot that has a Raspberry Pi inside that plays MP3s as well as a Pi Camera and special Christmas lights. Get some new art from “shakey bots,” where kids and adults can put a piece of paper down and the robot will draw random dots for them.
Museum of Natural History & Science North Gallery

Procter & Gamble
P&G R&D and Design will showcase hands-on science experiments and technological breakthroughs.
Cincinnati History Museum South Gallery

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Learn more about the fun and activities that happen in the library’s new MakerSpace that opened in January 2015. The possibilities are endless with Modular Robotics, 3Doodling, Button Making and Google Cardboard!
Cincinnati History Museum near Native American Life

R2 Builders
See hand-crafted and fully operational replicas of R2D2 from the Stars Wars film franchise.
Museum of Natural History & Science North Gallery

Robot Junkyard Train Rides
Hop on the Maker Train and ride around our very own robot junkyard! Robots of all shapes and sizes will surround you as you ride around the track. Look out for some familiar faces from the robot world and don’t forget to catch the Maker Train. 52-inch height restriction. $1 per ride.
Cincinnati History Museum South Gallery


Shop the Mini Maker Market in Museum Center’s Rotunda from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30.

Cannonball Handmade
Cannonball Handmade believes that if it’s worth making, it’s worth making well. They create quality leather goods such as belts and wallets and design beautiful laser-cut wood jewelry. All of their products are thoughtfully sourced and creatively crafted.

Cincinnati Museum Center Gift Shops
Cincinnati Museum Center gift shops encourage creativity and discovery with interactive toys and science kits. They have a wide selection of books for everyone from the beginner reader to the avid history buff. The shops will leave you with the perfect souvenir to remember your visit to Union Terminal.

Chimera Shrubs
Hand crafted, small batch drinking vinegar shrubs in various flavors like ginger and hibiscus that are minimally processed with no preservatives.

Crown Jewel
Crown Jewel celebrates the history, architecture, and art of Union Terminal with its unique screen printed hats, shirts, and more. Guests will have the chance to operate a die cutting machine and make their own Crown Jewel hat in the historic landmark that inspired the creation.

Fairy Dust
Fairy Dust takes items that are on their way to a landfill and turns them into beautiful jewelry, accessories or home decor. Everything is hand-made with repurposed materials. Fairy Dust believes in joining sustainability and creativity together to create beautiful unique items.

Happy Bungalow
Happy Bungalow makes wooden toys, but don’t think grandpa whittling on the back porch. Think roaring dinosaurs, zooming fast cars, flittering fairies and the most awesome robots you’ll find! They use only natural wood (no stains) and only make toys we want our kids to play with (and yes, that adults can have fun playing with as well).

Kiki magazine
Kiki is an independent, ad-free fashion and DIY magazine committed to supporting girls in growing up to be strong, capable, creative, confident women. Through fashion, readers explore business, fine art, craft, history, world culture, math and science. With every issue of Kiki, we make a purposeful effort to enrich readers’ knowledge of everything from world culture to illustration to books to business, and everything in between!

MCM Electronics
MCM Electronics is a Springboro, Ohio-based electronics distributor that carries over 300,000 products. MCM carries a large selection of maker goods, including the Raspberry Pi 2, 3D printers and prototyping boards. Additionally, MCM sells home, professional and car audio, security equipment, OEM replacement parts, test equipment, tools, wire, cable and much more! Visit MCM online at mcmelectronics.com or stop by our showroom for your electronics needs.

Paper Acorn
Paper Acorn designs hand-made paper boxes, garlands, custom luminaries and other paper goods. All of their designs are created in CAD software, cut on a digital die cutter and then assembled by hand. (Or packaged with illustrated instructions for the customer to create their own paper craft!)

Recyclabowls are one-of-a-kind pieces of art made from recycled fabrics and plastics that have been deconstructed, twisted into cord, coiled and hand-sewn. They are beautiful, functional and environmentally friendly.

SleeperHero found a perfect solution to family bedtime woes. They designed a book and doll package to help children and parents get the rest they need. This unique doll and book duo helps children (and parents) conquer their bedtime fears.

Sunburst Valley and Moonglow Farm Alpacas
The Sunburst Valley and Moonglow Farm Alpacas harvest beautiful fleece from their heard of alpacas.  The fleece is dyed, blended with other fibers and spun by hand into soft yarns for weaving, knitting or crochet.