More Makers announced!

R2 Builders photo by Ziegelmeyer Photography

R2 Builders photo by Ziegelmeyer Photography

We’re excited to share with you this updated list of Makers who will be building, creating, designing and experimenting at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2015 at Cincinnati Museum Center!

On Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30, you’ll be able to watch and participate in amazing science experiments, learn how R2D2 replicas are built, cheer on your favorite drag racing power tool, make and launch a paper rocket, drive a robot, see 3D printers in action, screen print your own T-shirt, find out how museum exhibits are made and much more.

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. (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!


e-NABLE gives kids a 3-D printed helping hand

Who doesn’t want a robotic hand? e-NABLE is making that happen for kids and adults through their innovative use for 3-D printers. Kids like Luke Dennison, who was born without fingers on his left hand, are not only gaining capabilities and more independence from these hands, but they’re also get something cool to show off to their friends. e-NABLE is a global Network of Passionate volunteers who use 3-D printing to give the world  a “Helping Hand.”

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Read more and watch how Luke uses his 3-D printed hand on this story from Local 12 WKRC Cincinnati here.

On Aug. 29-30, come see these 3-D printed hands up close at e-NABLE’s table at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire along with many other displays from innovative makers from our region. This event is FREE with an All Museums Pass or a Membership to Cincinnati Museum Center.

#MakerMondays – Hive13

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When Jon Neal was a middle schooler, learning carpentry from his father, and building steam engine boats for science fairs, he didn’t imagine that one day he would be the COO of one of Cincinnati’s top maker spaces — he just wanted to make things. A couple of decades and a few coding courses later, his work at Hive13 champions a new mission: to prove that we are all better makers when we make together.

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Don’t wait to get started on your next great project!

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is less than three weeks away, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to tap into that maker mojo. Check out’s Weekend Project feature to see dozens of how-to videos for every project from crafty to techy. We’ve picked out a few of our favorites below. If you try any of the projects you see, show it off via #CityOfMakers so that we here at Cincinnati Museum Center can get inspired as well. Let the countdown begin!

Doortop Stash
Difficulty Level: Easy

The best hiding places are in plain sight, right? This simple yet genius door modification allows snoopers to walk straight through your stash without suspecting a thing!

Mint Tin Backpacking Stove
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If successful backpacking trips are all about saving space, you’ll be a star survivalist with the DIY camping stove that can fit right in the palm of your hand!

License Plate Guitar
Difficulty Level: Challenging

Give Gibson a run for their money! With this DIY License plate guitar, “making music” has a whole new meaning.

See more projects like these, or share your own at this year’s Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire, Aug. 29-30. Buy tickets in advance today and save!

So many makers, so little time!

Race cars, robots, or the symphony orchestra; no matter what your passion is, we here at Cincinnati Museum Center, along with our entire roster of exhibitors and vendors, cannot wait to see you August 29 & 30 for Maker Faire!


The Manufactory
Portal Planet
Procter & Gamble
Craftologies, LLC
ACS Volunteer: Bill Crawford
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Licking Valley Quilt Guild
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Infinity Analytics LLC
Gorilla Maker
Lakota Robotics
Fantastic Five Robotics Team
Cincinnati Made
Bearcat Motorsports
Compressed Paper Air Rockets: Tom Lawson
Cincinnati Museum Center Exhibit Team
Polar 3D Printers
Pat’s Projects
Kenton County Public Library

Sunburst Valley Alpacas yarn and fiber
Happy Bungalow
Paper Acorn
Crown Jewel
Museum Center Gift Shops

We’ll be adding even more makers as the big day approaches, so be sure to check back here often for the latest updates! Tickets are on sale now, and here’s a tip: You can save if you buy in advance online!

#MakerMondays – Lakota Robotics FRC Team 1038

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Team 1038 cheers on their “Reli-cycle” robot at the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition

With over a decade’s worth of competitions and nearly three dozen awards under their belts, the Lakota Robotics Team 1038 is jaw-dropping proof that you’re never too young to call yourself a maker.

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#MakerMondays – Maker Faire Around the World

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From Paris to Pittsburgh, from San Diego to Seoul, the spirit of making transcends national borders, vast oceans and even language barriers. By the end of 2015, over 150 Maker Faires will have taken place. Since seeing them all would take some killer frequent flyer miles, we’ve brought the highlights from Maker Faires across the globe right to you!

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#FlashbackFriday: Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2014

All of this awesome stuff and more happened at last year’s Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire. Don’t miss your chance to experience the Maker Movement when Maker Faire returns to Cincinnati Museum Center on Aug. 29 and 30, 2015. The full schedule is coming soon! Learn more

“All of us are makers” – A word from Maker Faire founder, Dale Dougherty

“I have a pretty simple idea,” said Dale Dougherty, chairman of Maker Media, publisher of Make: magazine and co-founder of Maker Faire, to the crowd at TED@MotorCity in 2011. “And I’m going to keep saying it over and over until I get you to believe it: all of us are makers.”

Get to know the Maker Movement and the radical minds that drive it! Click here for more information on Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2015.

#MakerMondays – Cincinnati Museum Center Exhibits Department

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Kinetic sandbox featured in Warren County’s Thomas C. Spellmire Water Conservation Education Exhibit

When was the last time you had a truly passionate conversation about taxidermy? Or participated in a brainstorming session to determine the best way to build a 25-foot replica of the human mouth?

For Cincinnati Museum Center’s exhibits department, this is just business as usual. And with a host of new projects in the works, you’ll want to be sure to pay the exhibits department a visit during Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire.

“We find ways to help people make a more personal connection, to feel those goose bump moments,” says Sarah Lima, exhibits business development manager.

With specialties ranging from carpentry to fiber optics to graphic design, this team of designers and fabricators champions the task of bringing history and science to life.

The Cave, for example, found in the Museum of Natural History & Science, was modeled in part after two Kentucky limestone caves – Teamers Cave in Rockcastle County and Dyches Bridge Cave in Pulaski County – and is the largest artificial cave in the U.S. Complete with subterranean waterfall and bat chamber, you may forget you’re not actually 300 feet underground!

Cincinnati in Motion, another visitor favorite, is the largest S-scale, full-motion urban layout in the nation. This 1/64 scale recreation invites guests to “ride” through early 20th century versions of Over-the-Rhine, Mount Adams and even Coney Island as working trains and streetcars zip by.

Of course, in the venturesome spirit of making, the exhibits department does not confine its work to the four walls of Museum Center. For example, when the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District needed a new, cutting-edge way to educate the community about the importance protecting our water resources, they knew exactly who to partner with.

“They said, ‘we want something more digital, more interactive, with more wow,’” explains Lima. Employing motion-sensor topography projections and heaps of kinetic sand, the team transformed a humble 24-foot trailer into a hands-on mobile museum.

Cincinnati Museum Center is truly unique because there are few other places where you’ll find so many different varieties of maker under one roof.

“There’s definitely a little bit of everything, and we all take so much joy in working together,” says Lima. “Oh! And almost everyone in our department is a musician.”

Click here for more information on Maker Faire so you don’t miss what the exhibits team might be making this year!

– Syron Townsend