On Saturday 30 August 2014 we opened the doors of our 1855 Building bang on 11am, launching Yorkshire’s first ever official Maker Faire: Halifax Mini Maker Faire 2014.
Over the course of 6 hours the team from Eureka! and 49 inspirational Makers helped hundreds of visitors to create, experiment, and make, whilst teaching them all about the artistry, science and engineering involved in making everything from 3D printers and lazer cutters through to hydraulics and mixed media art. Want to hear what we did? Well, say no more…
The gals (and one boy!) from Robogals Manchester were running rings around our visitors with their home-built robots, showing visitors how to programme as well as taking control of their small creations.
The team from Life travelled all the way from Newcastle with their vaccuum former, ably demonstated by the wonderful Claudia from Life Science Club. Visitors got to have a go at creating their own name signs. In name-plate news, Claudia says that demand for “mancave” signs is on the increase.
Carla and Alex from Taylor Made Art were next up, displaying their mixed-media art combining photography and fine art, and giving visitors the chance to create their own mixed-media artwork and even take a copy home.
John Burnley, a multi-media artist currently based in Huddersfield, was next up with his * WILDCARD* creator (a hand-made 3D printer ), who was showcasing some of his creations and explaining what might be possible in the future “just walk into a room and say what you want, and 3D printers will create it!”.
Ultimaker CREATE Education Project marched to Eureka! with their army of 3D printed robots, with two 3D printers recreating amazing objects live for visitors, but also with a display of 3D printed objects such as trees, pyramids, bones, faces and much more!
Visitors next stepped into a dimly lit area, festooned with the geometric lamps created by Jenny Docket, aka. Illuminating Geometry. Assisted by our social media and LED king for the day, Osh, Jenny showed visitors how to make their very own geometric lantern shade, then creating a simple LED circuit to illuminate it.
Through to the conservatory, the Crafty Moo stall was a blur of gems, Loom Bands, and all-round blingtastic customisation. Mini makers could add to items they bought along or bling up a headband!
The Small Machines team showcased their living hinges and take-home kits, which teach children about engineering, hydraulics and more using laser-cut wood, syringes and tap water! They will be launching their Kickstarter campaign soon so check out their website to support this amazing maker.
Wrapping up our indoor makers for this year was the brilliant team from Manchester Mini Maker Faire, who came along to teach our visitors how to solder! Many of our visitors could be seen walking around wearing flashing Maker Faire robot badges, courtesy of the expert tuition of the bunch from Manchester.
Stepping into the grounds of Eureka! the duo Bell & Bullock toured the grounds in their homemade time machine, entertaining and educating children in equal measure. You can watch a video of them on our Instagram feed.
Sawdust flew and the sound of a revving filled the air as artist/furniture maker Peter Leadbeater created wooden sculptures using two chainsaws and a bandsaw, including a number of speed-carves where visitors guessed how long it would take. Peter’s speed-carved Easter Island Head will be taking up permanent residence in our grounds shortly.
Hebden Bridge’s legendary Handmade Parade invited families into their tent to construct their own parade bird headdresses, which were put to great use at the strike of 3pm for our Mini Maker Faire Parade, when their band and some of their amazing carnival birds lead the way around our grounds, involving Eureka! staff, parents, Makers, and a swarm of children.
HUGE thanks to our amazing team of Makers, some of whom are pictured right, and to our event sponsors HPC Laser Ltd.
We’ve received brilliant feedback from visitors and Makers at Halifax Mini Maker Faire 2014, and the team here at Eureka! really did love every minute. We’re feeling inspired, creative and enthused, and we really hope that we can make this an annual event. Who’s joining us next year?