March 2012

You can’t go far among makers if you don’t know something about a remote controlled something. That may not be entirely true, but it sure feels that way. The important something is that they are lots of fun and our Kitsap Mini Maker Faire team builds remote controlled cars, planes, tricopters, quadcopters, and probably an [...]

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I never had a hobby, not even as a kid. As an adult, hearing kids talk about their Lego creations is even foreign to me!  My husband always tells me “You need a hobby.” Hobbies are not really part of the culture I grew up in. People didn’t use their interests and skills just to [...]

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Free KitsapMaker Workshop for Teens at the Poulsbo Library Wednesday, May 9, 6:30-8pm Do you like to create, build, and invent things? Then come create a small project by designing it with computer software and watch it come to life with a laser cutter! Space is limited, do NOT be left out.  Advance registration begins [...]

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  Chet Doughty of the KitsapMaker Community,  has harnessed the silicon brains of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 to control an RC helicopter using gestures. Toss the clumsy controller that came with your RC helicopter and use intuitive body movements instead! The Kinect uses multiple cameras and sensors coupled with a special processor that allows it to [...]

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  I’ve got the bug…not a sickness but a desire. It all started at Kitsap MiniMakerFaire 2011, rather innocently I think. Professor Ralph Stirling from Walla Walla University was kind enough (maybe he knew what he was doing?) to loan us a CNC engraver to exhibit at the Faire. I was intrigued by it (was [...]

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Have you ever made a crane from a piece of paper? If so, then you have done origami. Origami, or paper folding, started over three hundred years ago in Japan and saw a major resurgence about sixty years ago, it’s popularity burgeoned around the world and it became a popular art form. The few basic [...]

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by Doyle Maleche One of my many projects is a robot I call “The GardenBot”.  I’m building this for my wife, Carol to work around the yard so she will not have to carry heavy tools, dirt, fertilizer, etc. The concept behind the GardenBot is fairly straight forward; my wife carries her small light-weight garden [...]

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The 2012 Kitsap Mini Maker Faire is shaping out to be a great place for kids. One of our main focuses as we prepare for Sunday, June 10th is signing up hands-on activities for kids of all ages, shapes and sizes. Every maker is asked to be able to demonstrate and share how they “make” [...]

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Have you ever wished you knew how to build robots, assemble electronics kits, or take over the world? Well, to do any of those things, you first need to learn to solder. We held a workshop in November to teach some of the community to solder, and it was a great success. We had two [...]

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One of the most popular maker exhibits at last year’s event was metal worker, sculptor, and jewelry maker Pamela Bellesen. The owner of Studio Wide Mouth Frog fascinated and engaged kids and adults with her metal bending and forming skills. Nearly all day, you could hear Pamela’s large oxy/propane torch and hammer pounding and shaping a [...]

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