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Deadline to Submit 2013 Call for Makers
Extended to August 16!

 
For those who plan Maker Faires, we know creative types often don't like rules, reading the fine print, completing registration forms, or meeting deadlines. Makers you know who you are.  As a result, we've decided to extend our registration deadline. Submit your Call for Makers before Friday, August 16 to hold a spot for showing off your projects.

What does it cost to be a Maker? It's free to those who just want to share their ideas and projects. 
Commercial Makers (1 or 2 individuals) who want to sell their items to the public are charged $100. Exhibit spaces also available for vendors (3 or more employees) as well. Contact us with questions about exhibiting, volunteering, racing, or sponsoring.

Heard about the Power Racing Series and Want to Know More?
 
In our last newsletter we mentioned "The Race" and promised more on racing at a later date. As a reminder "The Race" is a unique activity of Maker Faire Fort Wayne where teams modify kids' electric ride-on vehicles and drag race them through obstacles of sand, gravel, mulch and water. And yes, we said water - that which kills electric batteries. That's part of the fun.
 
This activity was so successful, we were asked to be an official stop of the Power Racing Series created by Maker Jim Burke. The Power Racing Series is much like NASCAR where teams race at various stops on a circuit. At each stop teams earn points looking for trophies and bragging rights at the end of the season. Stops on the 2013 Maker Faire circuit include MAKE's original flagship event in San Mateo, CA in May; Kansas City in June; Detroit in July; Fort Wayne in September, and the grand finale to be held Sept. 21 & 22 at the World Maker Faire New York in Queens, NY.

With over 40 teams on the circuit. we anticipate many registering for our event. New teams are welcome to the circuit as well as "The Race."  Come share in the fun by building a car, or just come see who wins points for the Moxy Award; which vehicle survives the endurance race, and who gets to brag about winning in Fort Wayne.

Thanks to Indiana Michigan Power for sponsoring our racing activities. We are still looking for a co-sponsor. Pit sponsors are also welcome.


By the way, I still have a "Jeep" in my garage that needs a battery.  It's free to a good organization who will enter it in The RaceGet your ask in now.

Book Your Hotel!

So far we have Makers, Racers or Volunteers coming from 7 states and more are registering every day. For those traveling to Fort Wayne, we worked with Hampton Inn Southwest to secure a block of discounted rooms.

The Hampton Inn Southwest offers a newly renovated facility including free parking, Wifi and shuttle service from the airport, an indoor swimming pool and whirlpools for relaxing after a long day of sharing your projects. Also, to help kick start your day, a complimentary hot breakfast is available every morning at the hotel or on the go.

Book your rooms now as space is limited. Call 1.260.459.1999 or 1.800.Hampton. Mention Maker Faire (code MKF) and receive discounted rate until August 30.


Volunteers Needed!

Commit to volunteer a 4-hour shift and receive a free T-shirt and event entry. Many slots are still available so sign up today to ensure you secure your favorite task, date, and time. 
 


Calling All Fans Of Star Wars

For those people crazy about Star Wars, we have something for you too.  Visit the Maker Faire Saturday to get a glimpse of Darth Vadar, a storm trooper or two and if you're luck holds out you might even see Wookie.

The 501st Northern Darkness Garrison will have representatives visit throughout the day Saturday so don't miss your chance to have photos taken with some of the most iconic characters in movie history.  They might even show you how to build your own R2D2.
Mad Sasquatch Rocket Display
 

The Mad Rocketeers

Mad Sasquatch Rocketry is a small model rocket group from SE Michigan that will join us for the first time this year. They have over 50 rockets between its members including a clear model so you can see how they fit everything inside. They even have videos taken from on board some of their rockets. 

As a group, they use altimeters so they can see altitudes and speeds reached on both low-power and mid-power rockets, as well as single stage and cluster rockets. They use rockets made from kits and others built from scratch using black Poser Estes engines and basic materials such as cardboard, balsa fins, a plastic nose cone, and glue.

In it for the love of rocketry, they have also built a customized launch pad with an added quick change system for the different sized rockets and are in the process of building a custom launch controller using an Arduino-based board.

Mad Sasquatch Rocketry loves to build, paint and fly rockets so don't be surprised if you see rockets flying at the Faire. Our dream come true.

As an added treat, they'll be showing off a fully-functional Giant Operation Game that guests are encouraged to play. The nose even lights up and sounds an alarm when you touch the sides. Come to Maker Faire to test your hand at this unique version of the nostalgic game.

Mad Sasquatch Rocketry Giant Operation Game


Want to Meet Another Maker? When Pigs Fly!
 
You might have heard about "the female welder" at past Maker Faires in Fort Wayne. Well, expect to see Jasmin Hartman of Black Sheep Welding this year as well. Jasmin is a Commercial Maker in that she will be selling her whimsical metal sculptures at the event made from raw metals and found objects.

By day, Jasmin is a welder at Nelson Global Products' Fort Wayne location but by night, she is a Maker through and through. Her love of welding began as a child. Her mother, an antiques dealer would bring home interesting items and Jasmin became fascinated with shiny objects and anything made of metal. With a Bachelors degree in fine art in metalsmithing, Jasmin decided early on to make metalworking her career.  

The idea for Black Sheep Welding started about 6 years ago when she made her first flying pig.Two years ago she decide to pursue the business further as a creative outlet and because more and more people asked to buy her work. 

She loves her work and believes her artworks are funny and hopes others find joy in them as well. Her goal is to teach others to weld so she signed up with TekVenture to teach welding workshops. If you are interested in MIG welding, contact TekVenture and we'll get another class scheduled.

Jasmin also joined the Maker Faire committee this year. She saw it as an opportunity to get to know other Makers and to share her passion for welding. Come to the Maker Faire to see Jasmin's latest works. She is also arranging our Welding Arena with help from Lincoln Electric. As in year's past, guests will have the opportunity to get behind a torch. This year, you'll be able to choose from a variety of metal pieces and weld them together for your own unique whimsical wonder that we guarantee you'll want to share with others. By the way, we could use a few qualified welders for this activity so register to volunteer today!
 
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