Faire Category: Activity

Making for Good: 15-Minute Knit Hats

Activity, Fiber Arts, Making for Good

Part of our Making for Good focus, learn how to make a hand-crank machine-knitted hat in 15-minutes flat. Donate the hats to people with cold heads. The process is rather meditative and a productive way to pass some time.

Michael Beck

5′ Foot-Operated Mechanical Hand

Activity, Art, Building, Mechanics/Gears

Test your foot skills with the giant mechanical hand. Each digit is operated separately by stepping on the foot pedals and using levers and pulleys.

Paul Winder

Spy Camp: Write your Name in Binary


Use binary code and punch cards to write your name in secret code. It also functions as art!

AMES Amperes’ Robotics Team

Activity, Demo, Robotics, Spectacle

“The Ultimate Sporting Event for the Mind”. The energy of sports meets the momentum of robotics!

The Amperes

Rideable RC GoKartBot – FIRST Team 3239

Activity, Engineering, Robotics, STEM Education, Youth

Take a ride on an old competition robot repurposed into an RC go kart!

Brighton Fox
Zach Lore
Logan Sparkman
Mateo Chavez
Kristina Brinkman
Brianna Barkey

Leather Projects with Scrappy Leather Kids

Activity, Children, Costume, Craft, DIY, Exhibit, Maker Spaces, Recycling and Upcycling, Textile/Sewing, Youth

We will be demonstrating quick leather working projects made from scraps by kids (or adults!) to give as gifts to show how with just a little imagination we can reduce what we throw away.

Johnathan Bennion
Colette Bennion
Nicolle Bennion

Zoetrope Animation – Masks

Activity, Exhibit

For this zoetrope animation, clay masks were made from a mold taken from an eyeglass mannequin. The masks are positioned so that they appear to be rotating and levitating as you look through the zoetrope mirror.

Paul Winder

3D-Printed Horses – Praxinoscope Live Animation

3D Printing, Activity, DIY, Demo, Design, Digital Fabrication, Film, Toys

Vintage animation technique meets modern-day technology for this hot pink horse zoetrope. Zoetropes “produce the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings or photographs showing progressive phases of that motion.”

Weston Millen - 3D Horses
Jeff Clark - Concept and scenery
Paul Winder - Zoetrope construction

Thanksgiving Point Makerspace

3D Printing, Activity, CNC, Demo, Exhibit, Laser Cutter, Maker Spaces, STEM Education, Spectacle, Technology, Textile/Sewing, Woodwork, Youth

The Thanksgiving Point Makerspace has an afterschool program providing classes in a variety of maker skills, come see what our students have been working on this year. Tools we use: laser cutter, CNC, 3D Printing, e-textiles, woodworking, electronics, …

James Baldwin
Mirielle Sanford
James Balden
Sara Wootten
The Operation Inquiry students

Giant and Small DIY Pinball Machines

Activity, DIY, Design, Engineering, Recycling and Upcycling, Toys, Woodwork

These pinball machines are made with thrifted toys and scavenged parts. The smaller pinball machines competed with an entire arts festival and had kids around it nonstop. I had no idea what to expect as it was my first pinball table and first big proje …

Beth Sallay + other makers