Coding Classes for Kids – Just Across the Bridge

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Makers think geographic boundaries are to be crossed.  Especially when there are interesting things to be learned on the other side.

If you have young people in your life between ages 8 and 13, and want them to get a taste of coding, then you’ll want to check out the kids’ coding classes at Velocity, a nonprofit that supports entrepreneurship in Jeffersonville, IN (literally 5 minutes from downtown Louisville).  Learn more on their website - http://velocityindiana.org/ 

Classes are offered each night of the week – the next session runs July 21 to August 14.

Hats off to Velocity for feeding our regional Maker pipeline – we expect to see some of these sharp young minds sharing their talent with the crowd at our September 27 th Mini Maker Faire!

Makers Unite – Apply now to come get your make on!

Call-to-MakersMakers of ALL stripes are invited to be a part of this year’s Louisville mini Maker Faire. The 2nd annual Louisville Mini Maker Faire is Saturday, September 27, 2014.
Promotion is well under way and many are stepping up to sponsor, volunteer and more. Louisville is for making. Come get your make on!

Makers from science, technology and engineering; arts and crafts; food, beverages and greentech; and many other disciplines are encouraged to join us! Exhibits include a display of skills and creations in 3D printing, robotics, drones, engineering, and artistry.

Apply here.  The Call for Makers is open through August 31, 2014.

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MAKE some noise!

Please join us in a HUGE thanks to our most recent sponsors stepping up to MAKE it all happen this September.LCS Logo cmykLouisville Collegiate School is no stranger to the Louisville mini Maker Faire,  having hosted us for events on campus this spring. Look for them at the fair on September 27!  Thanks again for your support.

We’ve also secured a generous contribution from an anonymous donor and BIG fan of makers all around. Thank you for your passionate commitment to keeping Louisville a city for makers!

Help us MAKE it happen in an even bigger way this year. Support Louisville mini Maker Faire! Sponsorship opportunities here. 

Louisville is for Makers

LouisvilleMadeLouisville is a place that makes things – appliances and their parts, cars and trucks.  GE, Nth Works, and Ford – you represent us well!

There are also crafters of bourbon barrel furniture.  Children who leave behind hand-drawn pictures tied with yarn and a feather at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.  The creators of the “Louisville Made” image at the top of this page.

And now there’s First Build – where a big company asks garage tinkerers for new ideas.  I mean – could you have even imagined this a decade ago?

Yes, Louisville is a city of Makers.  And a good thing too.  This is a city where visitors don’t have to look hard to see a unique soul.  It’s a place that draws you in with its inventiveness – and encourages you to try your hand at it as well.

Maybe the best place to witness this welcoming spirit is in September, when Makers of all stripes converge on NuLu to share, party, and make stuff.

Join us  September 27, 2014. www.makerfairelou.org

 

 

 

Permission to Make!

Mythbusters and maker extraordinaire Adam Savage gives you permission to Make!

Quotes to chew on

With all the buzz about the maker movement, its hard not to pay attention. All buzz aside, there are real, tangible benefits to exploring, tinkering, creating, inventing, and making.  Here are few thoughts that inform and inspire. Enjoy!

“A tinkering disposition is something that tells you that the world is knowable; you can find out something about the world by yourself and you don’t have to be an expert in any one discipline to start.” Luigi Anzivino, Tinkering Studio at Exploratorium museum.

“…building rockets in the backyard, tinkering, playing with things. That created the interest and motivation to pursue science.” Dale Dougherty, editor of Make Magazine and founder of Maker Faire

“We as educators try to make our lectures engaging, but when we allow people to make something, it’s completely transformative. You don’t have to fight for kids’ attention when making.” Kylie Peppler, an assistant professor of learning sciences at IU, Bloomington, and the head of the Make to Learn Initiative

“Tinkering is the way that real science happens, in all its messy glory,” says Sylvia Martinez, co-author of the new book Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.

“If you don’t get a chance to fail, if you don’t get a chance to try things and not get them right the first time, and you keep on doing it until you do get that specific kind of success, then you become so risk-averse that you in fact get an allergy to trying new things. “ Adam Savage, Mythbusters

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Fight boredom. MAKE something!

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The maker movement is catching on across the country. From maker faires to innovation programs, education enhancements and DIY forums – there’s a whole lot of making going on!

Here’s a piece from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that show the momentum in the movement. Enjoy!

 

DIY Month at LFPL

Summer. Glorious time for making.

As you consider what DIY projects you have next on the list, get a leg up this July with even more options during Louisville Free Public Library’s DIY month.

Courses of all kinds - from knitting to starting a business, crafts to publishing - for makers a’plenty! Get all the details right hereDIY_LFPL 2

Maker Movement Infographic

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Check out the new products, technology and innovations from the maker movement in this infographic.  Even catch a glimpse of the startups born from makers.  Where do YOU fit?   maker_movement_infographic

Intel’s Maker Cities

cnmIntel has adopted six “Maker Cities” across the US to encourage education, small-scale product design, development, and manufacturing efforts. The pilot program includes Santa Clara, CA and the surrounding Silicon Valley region; Folsom, CA; the Portland, OR  Metro area; Chandler, AZ; Austin, TX; and the Albuquerque, NM Metro area. “We celebrate the maker in all of us and recognize the maker community as America’s future leaders,” said Carlos Contreras, Intel’s US Education Director.

Come see some of our very own future American leaders in the maker space at the Louisville Mini Maker Faire on September 27, 2014.