You could win a Raspberry Pi!

Fancy getting your hands on your very own Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pi logo webWe’ve got SIX Raspberry Pi (Pi 2) sets to give away to visitors to Halifax Mini Maker Faire and Eureka!’s Create it: Make it event, thanks to the lovely folks at Raspberry Pi.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is…

  1. Take a photo of your children making something during your visit – or a photo of something they’ve made at Eureka!
  2. Share your photo on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #EurekaMaker or post it to the Eureka! Facebook Page or Halifax Mini Maker Faire Facebook Page.

Easy as Pi!

We’ll randomly select six winners on the last day of Halifax Mini Maker Faire on 31 May!

What is Raspberry Pi?

2015 Call for Makers deadline approaching!

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. – Douglas Adams

bird and signCan you believe it? There’s just two weeks to go until our Call for Makers closes on 24 April – that’s a deadline we don’t want any potential Makers to miss! We’ve had some fantastic applications already, and we can’t wait to see what this year’s Mini Maker Faire will bring. We had a brilliant time last year, and got up to all sorts including…

And that’s just to name a few! But this year, we want the Mini Maker Faire to be even bigger and better. That’s why in 2015, instead of just one day in our 1855 Building, we’ll be holding the Faire over two days, inside Eureka!

ZoomsThat’s right – on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May 2015, Makers will set up throughout the galleries on the ground floor of the museum, making and creating alongside some of Eureka!’s most popular exhibits. Excited? You bet we are!

If you’d like to join us, just fill in our Call for Makers form by 24 April and we’ll take it from there.

Still not sure? We’re more than happy to have a chat about Halifax Mini Maker Faire; just call Jenny or Sophie on 01422 330069, or drop us an email.

Halifax Mini Maker Faire 2015 – Call for Makers

b and bWe had an absolute blast at Yorkshire’s first ever official Mini Maker Fairelast year and we had amazing feedback from makers and visitors alike. So this year, we’re going to be bigger and better as we’ll he holding the Mini Maker Faire right inside Eureka! The National Children’s Museum (as well as having some maker fun in the grounds of course), and the event will run across a whole weekend – Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May 2015!

So what do you need to hold a successful Mini maker Faire? Makers!

Some of our amazing Makers in 2014

Some of our amazing Makers in 2014

We’re delighted (and frankly a bit over-excited) to open our Call for Makers 2015!

  • Are you a techie, hacker, sculptor, programmer?
  • Do you create, tinker, tear apart and invent?
  • Fancy joining us is the UK’s foremost children’s museum to inspire, demo and play?

Yes? Woohoooo!
Just fill in our Call for Makers form and we’ll take it from there.

If you want to have a chat about Halifax Mini Maker Faire, call Jenny or Sophie on 01422 330069 or drop us an email.

Phew! What an amazing day!

bird and signSo that was Halifax Mini Maker Faire 2014!

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…

ZoomsFirst up were our brilliant event sponsors LPC Lazer Inc. who were creating personalised lazer-cut Zoom robots for everyone, and who had a queue throughout the six hours that we were open!

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.

vacuum formingThe 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.


theo createsCarla 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!”.

oomloutLocal electronic boffins .:oomlout:. showed us some of their playful creations made using Arduino kits, LEDs, and other electronic bits and bobs.

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!

10645128_10152282217231361_1786107631265191554_nVisitors 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.

crownsOur awesome enablers ran the next stall, blinging up spangly card to make festive crowns for every visitor!

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!

toteally awesome - CopyTote-ally Awesome Printing had visitors experimenting with paints, bottles, containers and textures to create their own custom-made tote bag.

small machines - CopyThe 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.

b and bStepping 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.

Peter LeadbeaterSawdust 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.

firebirdHebden 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.

amazing makers - CopyHUGE 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?

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Doors open on Halifax Mini Maker Faire 2014!

photoThe day has finally arrived – we’ve opened the doors for Yorkshire’s first and only Maker Faire, and we’re so excited we could pop!

Please do come down to join us today – it’s just £3 to come into the Maker Faire (or free with admission to Eureka! or to annual pass holders), and you’ll get to have a go at making all manner of STUFF…

Roving reporters

Eureka! Roving Reporters

Our roving reporters, the Rebeccas, are touring Maker Faire taking snaps and videos, so you can get a taster of what is happening by following the hasthtag #makerfairehx on Twitter.

We’re having loads of fun. Come on down to join us.

Meet the Makers: Bell & Bullock

Last, but certainly not least, it’s time to meet…

Bell and BullockBell & Bullock

Bell & Bullock are a Circus Theatre Company who are well-known for their playful  interactive show and walkabout acts. They’ll be bringing their amazing (and highly entertaining!) Victorian Time Travellers to Halifax Mini Maker Faire, where you’ll find them touring the Eureka! grounds in their hand-made Time Machine.

Let the bonkers boffins Warp and Weft show you their box of cosmic secrets. Hear the sound of the universe and experience the big bang. Learn how long a piece of cosmic string is, and maybe you can ask them for the next set of winning lottery numbers!

Here’s a sneaky peek at what they’ll be up to on the day…

Travel down to meet Bell & Bullock on 30 August, or find out more about their different acts and shows on the Bell & Bullock website, and like their Facebook page.

Meet the Makers: Peter Leadbeater

Working away in the Eureka! grounds all day will be…

Peter LeadbeaterPeter Leadbeater: Chainsaw Sculptor

Peter is a chainsaw sculptor and furniture maker based in Leicestershire. After starting out as a bespoke Furniture designer & Maker, Peter started using his chainsaw skills to create scultures of all shapes and sizes, and for clients ranging from Michelin star restaurants through to schools and local authorities.

Peter will be bringing his unique sculpting method to Eureka! for the day as part of Halifax Mini Maker Faire, working throughout the day to create a piece of sculpture just for us.

Here’s a short film introducing Peter and his work:

You’ll be able to watch Peter at work throughout the day on 30 August, or check out his website and like his Facebook page.

Meet the Makers: Handmade Parade!

Hebden Bridge’s finest are coming to Maker Faire! Meet…

Handmade Parade logoHandmade Parade

Form their base in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, the Handmade Parade team connect professional carnival artists, giant puppet makers, street bands and performers with communities to create stunning events, and they’ll be coming along to Maker Faire to get everyone into the carnival spirit.

lorikeet puppet

©Handmade Parade

They launched the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade back in 2008 and have been busy creating other events and carnivals ever since. Their unique giant puppets and parade art have also been part of many events such as the Huddersfield Festival of Lights, the opening of the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, and they recently helped launch the Tour de France!

Join us on Saturday 30 August to meet the creative team behind Handmade Parade, and also visit their website, like their Facebook page and follow Handmade Parade on Twitter.

Meet the Makers: The * WILDCARD * Creator

Ever wondered whether it would be possible to build your very own 3D Printer? Well that’s what our next Maker did! Behold, the amazing…

Wildcard Creator* WILDCARD * Creator

Built by multi-media artist John Burnley,  the * WILDCARD * Creator is a functioning Repstrap 3D printer used by it’s maker to explore the creation of 3D Sculptures, though it is a Sculpture in its own right.

The * WILDCARD * Creator has created a number of Sculptures already, including Three Plastic Sheep, a 3D beermat, and the Thinker at the Fountain.

Come along on 30 August to meet John and ask him about his exciting work, and you can view images and find out a bit more on the Mister Burnley website.

Meeting the Makers: Crafty Moo

No, our next maker isn’t some kind of scheming bovine, but a rather creative bunch! Meet:

Crafty MooCrafty Moo

The lovely folks from Crafty Moo love nothing better than taking an ordinary item of clothing and blinging it up to the next level. Bling up your clothes and shoes with loom bands, sequins, beads, feathers… you name it, they stick it – and they’ll be helping visitors to have a go at their unique brand of customisation!

Come and talk to the Crafty Moo team to find out more about their children’s Creative Comping Club. So far they’ve won amazing prizes such as blowing up an abandoned school, floating in zero gravity, swimming with dolphins, four holidays and a car!

Find out more about Crafty Moo on their blog, follow @catwomanga on Twitter and come along for a bit of blinging on 30 August at Eureka!