Monthly Archives: August 2016

Volunteer for the Faire!

Learning to Solder at RI Mini Maker Faire 2015 (photo by Mary Johnson)

Learning to Solder at RI Mini Maker Faire 2015 (photo by Mary Johnson)

RI Mini Maker Faire still needs some volunteers for Saturday. We need help with everything from setup to strike, including teaching people to solder at our Learn to Solder exhibit. If you can help us, please fill out this volunteer form.

Barnes & Noble Pop-Up Shop Coming to the Faire

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Barnes & Noble Warwick is bringing a pop-up shop to Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire, which will feature products from leading vendors in technology and education including littleBits, Spin Master, Sphero and more, in addition to Make: Magazine. Barnes & Noble’s presence at Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire highlights the company’s ongoing commitment to promoting tech literacy and raising awareness for the Maker Movement in local communities throughout the country, including Rhode Island.

The specific products featured at Barnes & Noble Warwick’s pop-up shop at Rhode Island Maker Faire will include products from Maker Media including Soldering Kit, Getting Started with Arduino, Air Rocket, Make Raspberry Pi 3.0, products from littleBits Electronics including littlebits STEAM Student Kit, littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets, DASH Robot by Wonder Workshop, Inc, Sphero Sprk from Orbotix, Inc, 3Doodler Create from Aliquantum International, Inc., MBOT from Hulu Robotics Technology, books and so much more. Make: Magazine will also be featured at Barnes & Noble’s pop-up shop. To learn more about the merchandise that will be featured, please contact Katie Rendine, Community Business Development Manager at Barnes & Noble Warwick.

“Barnes & Noble Warwick is thrilled to have a presence at Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire and to make available for purchase leading technology and educational products that are perfect for customers of all ages who have a desire to create, learn and share, and who bring a DIY mindset to technology,” says Katie Rendine, Community Business Development Manager at Barnes & Noble. “We are proud to further Barnes & Noble’s commitment to promoting tech literacy and raising awareness for the Maker Movement within Rhode Island, and we hope that our participation helps to inspire everyone to become a Maker and connect with people and projects in their local community.”

The Coolest Way to Get Your Maker Faire RI Tickets

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For just a little bit more than our regular electronic tickets, you can get a digitally-fabricated commemorative ticket. And you’ll be supporting the RI Mini Maker Faire, too. But if you need something you can show off without having to keep taking it out of your pocket, spend a bit more, and you’ll get one of our sponsor badges + a lanyard. Check out all the options at our Kickstarter campaign. But hurry, because the campaign ends Wednesday night!

The Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire Needs Your Help

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The RI Mini Maker Faire has always depended on the support of Kickstarter backers. We’ve been fortunate in prior years to have obtained support from sponsors as well, but this year has been our most challenging.
 
Just as we keep our ticket prices low, we keep our Kickstarter goal low. We’ve usually hovered around $2,000 for our overall goal. This year, our need is greater due to our challenges in securing sponsors, and we’ve set our goal at $3,000.
 
We’re currently just over $1500 in pledges (half-way there!). If fifteen people stepped up to back us at the $100 level, we’d make it. If we don’t make our goal by August 10, we won’t even get that $1500.
 
We’ve also got some really cool backer awards… and they include one or more tickets to the Faire. In addition to the 3d-printed multicolor commemorative tickets, we also have 3d-printed sponsor badges and new wooden badges carved on a CNC router. Please support us today.