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Evanston Mini Maker Faire Recap – Element 14

Drew Faustini, from Pumping Station: One and Element 14 has posted his excellent recap of  the Evanston Mini Maker Faire.

Not only does Drew do an excellent job tweeting and documentation, he also took over the ‘Learn To Solder’ booth. He was excellent.

Thank you Drew.


Meet the makers….. Here’s the Story

Here’s the Story is a literary 501(c)3 that focuses on the art of storytelling throughout the city of Chicago. Our main show, a potluck, happens the first Sunday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the glorious Stage773. Their mission is to bring together Chicago’s various creative communities, to connect with one another, to foster the art of telling and listening, to provide a platform of support for the work of known and developing storytellers, monologists, and solo performers. They listen to stories, tell stories, and create new stories. Just right for the Maker Faire!

Here they will be fulfilling all three of their goals. They will be listening to your stories during their open story swap sessions, and they will probably be coaxed into telling one of their own. Here’s the Story will also be creating a new tale about their grand Maker Faire adventure. They’ve teamed up with Kim Dearnley, to make a webisode featuring all sorts of Maker Faire shenanigans. This will include stories from the various makers and end in the creation of a time capsule to be used in their Sept. 15th event, Robot Apocalypse: Journey to the End of the Night!

Meet the Makers… Shellie Lewis

Visual artist Shellie Lewis will be bringing materials for people to make and take home their own a custom silkscreen prints for free.  No two will be the same!
Learn a basic stencil process and how to pull ink across a silkscreen.
Shellie Lewis works with both traditional media and digital media, is a full-time artist in Chicago and has a weekly knitting circle on Wednesdays at Pumping Station:One.

Meet the Makerspaces…. MKE Makerspace

Milwaukee Makerspace got started in the summer of 2009, and by December of 2010 we had a physical space to meet in, and started filling it up with tools, projects, and members. It’s now summer of 2012 and we’ve got over 60 members doing anything from software to hardware to e-textiles to metal casting. Hackers, makers, artists, musicians, engineers, photographers, and many others call Milwaukee Makerspace their creative home. Besides getting into our own projects members have been known to lend a hand to local organizations in the Milwaukee-area who need help bringing their ideas to life. This year we’ve helped Wraparound Milwaukee create a piece of public art, and we also helped Kompost Kids on their missing to reclaim organic materials. We’ve also got some experience with the Power Racing Series, and may be the only hackerspace with our own sailing team! If you’re interested in Milwaukee Makerspace, please visit our web site at

PPPRS Power Wheels Racing Chicago Night Event in Evanston

The Pow Pow Power Wheels Racing  Series will culminate the racing season with it’s first night race in Evanston (map) this year.

Teams of big people from all over the midwest will be racing souped up little vehicles for speed (limited) and Moxie style (no limits).

The Evanston Mini Maker Faire is hosted by the Technology Innovation Center in Evanston and Pumping Station: One in Chicago. With a lot of help from


Evanston Mini Maker Faire

Thanks everyone!

We want to thanks for participating in the first ever Evanston Mini Maker Faire.
Despite the harsh weather on Saturday, the chaos of the postponed set-up and the normal gate opening, the makers, the volunteers, and the attendees didn’t let anything stop them. People were lined up at the gate at 6:00 waiting to see the awesome Makers at the Faire.

We want to give an very special thank you to the Power racing series organizers,  the teams, and the announcers and officials for making the event especially awesome Saturday night and Sunday.
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