Drumroll please… After an intense few weeks of reviewing applications and contacting makers, the time has finally come for us to reveal our lineup for Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2012 (Sat 8th September 2012).

If you came along last year you will know that we managed to cram an awful lot of awesome makery into a fairly compact space. This time we will be taking over the entire Corn Exchange as well as the Dome Foyer again, and we have an even more impressive selection of mind-blowing makers to delight you with their creations.

We’re happy to say that thanks to our generous sponsors and Arts Council funding, we are able to keep it a free event. Maker Faires are very much a family friendly day out, and there are going to be loads of hands-on activities for all ages. As well as interactive stalls that people can visit and get involved with, there will be organised workshops, talks and activities throughout the day. With our focus on collaboration, we hope to see everyone pitching in to some epic makes on a grand scale. More on that later.

You can explore the full list of makers here on the 2012 Maker page, or read on for some highlights…



Technology & electronics is a big part of Maker Faire culture, and this year’s Brighton Maker Faire tech seems to have a rather playful theme running through it, with makes like Giant Operation (the classic childhood game, with a life size robot mannequin), Mini Robot Wars (tiny battling robots that visitors can have a go at controlling) and Scalexercise (a Scalextric set controlled by the power of exercise).

In the Engineering zone you’ll be able to help create a Heath Robinson style Incredible Machine, witness a 3-D Print-off that will recreate a statue of Alan Turing and try your hand at assembling and flying Quadcopters.

Those of a musical persuasion will be sure to enjoy the world’s only spoon based synthesiser, SpoonDuino, a robotic arm that plays the glockenspiel and the interactive Nomadic Sound System.

There’ll also be plenty of interactive arts & crafts, including a Pop-up Card Workshop, Etch-a-Sketch on Copper and the chance to design and make your own Needlefelted Superheroes!


Kids making mosaics

Last year we loved watching some of our younger visitors learning to code on the museum of computing’s BBC Micros, and are chuffed to have some amazing local educators and the Brighton Pi Group coming along this time to run kids’ coding workshops. Also part of our educational programme are workshops from the Science Museum, including hot air balloon making. You can book onto these in advance here on the workshops page.

We are of course biased, but this year’s Brighton Mini Maker Faire is really not to be missed. Make sure you get the date in your diary and sign up to the Facebook event at: http://facebook.com/brightonmakerfaire or via Lanyrd at: http://lanyrd.com/2012/makerfairebtn

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