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Will Milne’s ATC Commercial Photography Class

Will Milne’s Commercial Photography class from Denton ISD’s Advanced Technology Complex will have a space for demos and hands-on experimenting with CMYK photo manipulation – don’t miss out on learning about lighting set-ups, color gels, and more!

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Explorium Denton – Global Cardboard Challenge

  Founded in 2012 by Anyah Martinez, Explorium Denton is an organization dedicated to providing valuable learning opportunities and experiences in science, technology, and the arts through hands-on exhibits, multimedia, and educational programs that inspire curiosity and creativity. Aiming to “explore, engage, and educate”, Explorium Denton strives to collaborate with educational institutions and organizations within the area to provide a “fun, educational venue in the City of Denton for families to learn and play together”.

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   For this year’s Denton Mini Maker Faire, Explorium Denton will be incorporating their annual Global Cardboard Challenge – an event prompting children to exercise their creative skills to construct anything of their choosing using cardboard and other various recycled materials. Designed to foster critical thinking, resourcefulness, and teamwork, the Global Cardboard Challenge provides an excellent opportunity for artistic, social, and intellectual growth among its participants.
   For more information regarding the Global Cardboard Challenge, visit http://imagination.is/our-projects/cardboard-challenge/
    To learn more about Explorium Denton: http://www.exploriumdenton.org/

 

Querencia Community Bike Shop at Denton Maker Faire

    Denton Mini Maker Faire is excited to host Querencia Community Bike Shop this October – they will be holding mechanical and repair demos, as well as showcasing their volunteers’ creative reuse work with examples of homemade bike panniers, and more.

   ‘Querencia’, roughly translated, means ‘a place where you feel most authentic or provides a sense of inner well-being.’ Denton’s community bike shop, Querencia, is a non-profit entity that provides the necessary tools and space for local cyclists and commuters to restore and maintain their bicycles while ‘strengthening the bonds of community through collective ownership and cooperation.’ 

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Savvie Studio at DMMF 2016

This year, Denton Maker Faire is thrilled to be hosting Savvie Studio as an exhibitor – come by to see their beautifully handcrafted products and catch a workshop on laser-cutting!

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SCRAP Demos and Activities at Denton Maker Faire

SCRAP Denton will be at Mini Maker Faire 2016 providing hands on art activities for kids of all ages. Our stations will feature spin art with a fabulous machine specially crafted by Querencia Community Bike Shop using bike parts to power the spinner.

Participants can create a unique painting using paint and paper (no brush needed!) and the overall design is determined by the force of the machine and colors you choose.  The result is a unique, circular/splatter pattern.  For an example of the spin art machine in action, click here to see a video of this years Arts and Jazz Fest, and attend this fall’s Faire to try it yourself!

We will also have space where you can experiment with various types of printmaking techniques.  We will be using reused and repurposed materials like blocks, rubber bands and foam to create stamps.

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UNT Library’s The Factory: Education and Innovation

     The Denton Mini Maker Faire welcomes back The Factory. The Factory at the University of North Texas Library is a collaborative space where you can bring your creativity to life. The Factory offers the community in-space access to equipment, software, and training that promotes innovative, cross-disciplinary learning.

     This year The Factory will be showcasing some exciting projects our Makers have been working on including an LED table top display that lights up based on proximity, a piano table powered by an Arduino mega, a Little Bits Ferris Wheel, a Monome, and more.

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   For more information about The Factory, its equipment, and workshops visit their website at http://guides.library.unt.edu/factory.

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Tasty Treats at DMMF – Leila’s Food Truck

 Be sure to attend Denton Mini Maker Faire hungry – Leila’s Food Truck will be a vendor this October! With a variety of vegetarian, Middle Eastern fusion cuisine that “combines the exotic flavors of Middle Eastern food with the traditional classics we all know and love”, the food truck offers something for everyone.

Originally teaching Visual Arts, Shadan Kishi Price – the food truck’s owner and chef – decided that food was her passion. An advocate of the vegetarian lifestyle since 2007, Shadan is committed to serving the community and has given demonstrations and classes at Natural Grocers and Lifetime Fitness in addition to working as the sous chef and supervisor at UNT’s vegan dining hall.

Menu items range from Chickpea salads to Falafel burgers…all food prepared at the truck is vegetarian, and uses local produce whenever possible!  

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Nerd Nite at Denton Mini Maker Faire

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    We are happy to announce Nerd Nite Denton’s participation in the Denton Maker Faire: Saturday, October 8th! Though the idea began in Boston, MA, “Nerd Nite” has become a popular addition to Denton’s community within the past year. Nerd Nite Denton offers engaging presentations and lectures that span all topics of interest and is typically hosted by local eateries or bars such as J&J’s Pizza or The Bearded Monk. While the concepts discussed are often comparable to those of TED Talks, the casual nature of the event affords its audience a carefree environment conducive to colleague-to-colleague exchanges and questions. 

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   Motivated by the desire to provide adults with valuable information and compelling ideas, the three bosses of Nerd Nite Denton have massed their experience in entertainment production, music, and education to create learning opportunities that are, though perhaps unconventional, accessible and inviting.

 

 

Denton Public Library – The Forge

    Denton Mini Maker Faire 2016 is proud to be sponsored by Denton Public Library – a primary building block in Denton’s educational and artistic community. North Branch Library has played host to The Forge makerspace since May, 2014. Through providing resources in electronics, robotics, web design, print design, digital art, animation, video editing, coding, small business solutions, and 3D printing, this makerspace offers valuable and accessible opportunities in creativity and innovation.

    The Forge makerspace not only offers educational information, but also cutting-edge hardware and software for anyone wanting to “unleash their creativity, boost their skills, and streamline their productivity, whether it is for fun, starting a small business, or learning skills for a new job.”

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                         3D Printing at The Forge – Northbranch Library

    Denton Public Library also hosts the artworks of the local VAST (Visual Arts Society of Texas) in rotating displays, and considers Denton a city “full of artists whose influence can be seen throughout the downtown area and the community” and feel that “local music, artwork, and individuality of style permeate the culture.”

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