Troy Mini Maker Faire 2016 Was a Blast!

A big, big thank you to everyone who turned out for the 2016 edition of the Troy Mini Maker Faire! More than 8,000 people came by to see exhibits from our fabulous Makers, witness the exciting Power Tool Drag Races, and ooh and ahh over the fantastical vehicles entered in the Chamberlain Inventors’ Challenge. Denizens of our sister event, The Enchanted City, could be spotted throughout the day checking out the contraptions and displays on Broadway and in the Tech Valley Center of Gravity.

WalkerThe day could not have happened without the hard work of our volunteers and organizers, including Jayme Wood, Susan Dunckel, Tom Tongue, Becky Martin, Mick Cipolla, Bryce Miller, Corey Aldrich, and many, many more. We appreciate all your help and support!

If you were there and have photos or videos of the event, please post or share them on the Troy Mini Maker Faire Facebook page! Thanks especially to our friend Dan Schneiderman from the Rochester Mini Maker Faire for sharing his photos on their Facebook page.

We hope you enjoyed the day, and look forward to seeing you again!

5 Things I’m Looking Forward to Seeing at Troy Mini Maker Faire

Steampunk fashion

My first Maker Faire was in 2010, the very first Faire ever held in New York. I loved it so much that the next time I went, in 2012, I ran a booth that was packed from opening to close with people interested trying out DIY projects from my low-tech robotics books for kids. Since then, I’ve been part of Maker Faires in the Bay Area, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

This year, I helped organize the Troy Mini Maker Faire, happening along with The Enchanted City steampunk festival this Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 6 pm. We’re going to have dozens and dozens of amazing exhibitors, but there are a few I’m especially excited to see:

1. Did you know that Maker Faire includes fashion? On Saturday, keep a look out for Andrea Habura‘s steampunk-era sewing machines. If future-facing fashion sounds intriguing, you’ll also want to check out Friday night’s “Of Then and Beyond” runway show, followed by an adult-only reception in the “Garment District” at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity.

2. What is Power Tool Drag Racing, you say? Exactly what you think — electric devices, most designed for ripping things apart, tearing down a wooden track trailing their power cords behind them. It’s fast, funny, and sure to be a blast — come watch and take part!

3. This year’s Chamberlain Inventors’ Challenge is shaping up to rival last year’s event, when a giant steampunk hamster wheel was selected to transport The Enchanted City’s Queen Mab to her throne. Come see what crazy conveyances contestants have dreamt up this year!

4. Ecovative is a local company that produces mushroom-based packing products that are 100% biodegradeable. I missed making a GIY (Grow It Yourself) mushroom version of the Maker Faire mascot at World Maker Faire New York in 2016, so I’m glad I get another chance closer to home!

5. I still remember the astounding Toothpick World display at World Maker Faire New York a few years ago. It was even featured in the New York Times! The Syracuse-based Maker Stan Munro will be showing us how it’s done on Saturday.

Of course, I’m also looking forward to seeing all the Makers who will be taking part, from robot builders to high-tech scientists and lots, lots more. I’ll be giving a talk at noon showing parents, kids, and educators how to “break into making” the easy way. You can see the whole schedule here — come check it out!

Attend the Troy Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 6 pm. Get your free tickets  now (or just come by) and meet all our Makers. We’ll see you there!

Meet the Makers: Tech Valley Game Space

Tech Valley Game Space is an active community of game makers based at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity. Members work individually and together to develop new games and new controllers, from retro to virtual reality and other cutting-edge technology. They also host regular classes, community workshops, game jams and other marathon events, as well as social nights.

Members of TVGS will be bringing locally made games for you to try. Come meet them, play some amazing new games, and learn more about the local independent game development scene in downtown Troy!

Attend the Troy Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 6 pm. Get your free tickets  now (or just come by) and meet all our Makers. We’ll see you there!

Meet the Maker: GLOBALFOUNDRIES

GLOBALFOUNDRIES — the world-wide semiconductor manufacturer that makes computer chips for Samsung and other electronics companies — will be sending a team of volunteers from their plant in Malta, NY to the Troy Mini Maker Faire on Saturday August 27 from 2 to 5 pm.

They’ll be giving attendees an opportunity to learn about GLOBALFOUNDRIES and get a live demonstration of a “bunny suit” — the full-body work suit workers wear to keep the manufacturing area contaminant-free.

Come experience what it’s like to work in the cleanroom as a semiconductor engineer and take a picture of yourself wearing a bunny suit!

Attend the Troy Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 6 pm. Get your free tickets  now (or just come by) and meet all our Makers. We’ll see you there!

Meet the Makers: Siena College Physics Makers

Members of the Siena College community will be demonstrating exciting projects from the world of physics, robotics, 3D printing — and even Minecraft! — at the Troy Mini Maker Faire on Saturday August 27 from 11 am to 6 pm. Come see their displays:

  • Cloud Chamber – Observe the tracks left by particles from radioactive decays as they zip through a contained alcohol mist.
  • e-NABLE hands – Students at Siena College have been creating 3D-printed hands to children in need of artificial limbs. Check out samples of the hands and the 3D printers used to create them.
  • Robotics – Learn how to measure the motion of robotic cars using accelerometers.
  • MinecraftEDU worlds – Students can learn physics in a new and exciting way using the Pressure and Force activity from Minecraft’s educational component.

Attend the Troy Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 6 pm. Get your free tickets  now (or just come by) and meet all our Makers. We’ll see you there!

Meet the Makers: StickTogether

StickTogether is the fun, collaborative, community-building activity with a beautiful reward. Participants ‘StickTogether’ by adding colored stickers to a large color-coded grid (color by sticker). When all of the stickers are attached, a vibrant image is revealed. For groups of all ages and sizes, Stick Together creates community and celebrates the experience of collective accomplishment in living color.

Help create a StickTogether image in the course of the day. Come early to participate. Come back later in the day to see your contribution rewarded!

The Troy Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 6 pm. Get your free tickets  now (or just come by) and join us on to meet all our Makers. We look forward to seeing you!

Meet the Makers: Cake Bash

Want to learn cake decorating techniques and make an amazing cupcake to take home? Bash Birthday Parties has been hosting Cake Bash cupcake decorating parties since 2013. Maker Tara Allen says she’s excited to participate in a Mini Maker Faire again. (Maybe you remember them from Emma Willard Mini Maker Faire?)

The Cake Bash kid-friendly program will include a brief cake decorating crash course. Participants can make a dog, milkshake or flower cupcake to take home!

The Troy Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 6 pm. Get your free tickets  now (or just come by) and join us on to meet all our Makers. We look forward to seeing you on August 27!