New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is Saturday, April 9 from 10-4. Kids under 18 are FREE!
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Line Up Announced
for 3rd Annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire

Contact: Holly Robbins                
Tel. 504-439-1756


Event: 3rd Annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire
When: April 9, 2016, 10am-4pm
Where: Bricolage Academy Campus, 3368 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans LA 70119
Tickets (Kids under 18 are FREE): 

The Maker Faire is returning to New Orleans! The 3rd Annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire will be held Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 10am-4pm at the Bricolage Academy of New Orleans campus at  3368 Esplanade Ave.

This event will be an exciting day celebrating maker culture and the Do-It-Yourself spirit featuring Robotics, 3D Printers, homegrown drones, electronics, CNC mills, interactive and large scale art, student projects, textiles, arts and crafts, electric vehicles, music makers, and much more! The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire embraces the spirit of making through today's culture, technology, and knowledge, and expands on it by bringing makers of all ages, skill levels, and interests together to share their intellectual and creative wealth.

This year our Line Up boasts over 75 Makers exhibiting their creations, including:

#Canvas By Chris: Paintings made using stencils and spray paint on canvas, glass, decks, and more.
Acadian Robotics: Louisiana's first and only 3D printer manufacturer.
Akili Academy of New Orleans: Makey Makey banana musical instrument; create your own Marble Marvel
ALGIX 3D: High quality, environmental sustainable 3D printer filament.
Andy Levin Photography: New Orleans photographer who has been photographing in the city since 1984.
Bubble Wizard: Bubble Making - Make bubble tools, create bubbles of unusual size. Seriously, they’re ginormous.
Barton Gilley: Animatronic puppets, plus a remote controled R2-D2 drink dispenser.
Bricolage Academy: Build and race small derby cars out of recycled materials.
Center for Computation & Technology at LSU: Demonstrations of mini clusters, computational science, and parallel programming.
Dames de Perlage: Walking canvases of beaded corsets and headdresses and elaborate face painting.
Dark Water Fx: Creature make-up and prop design shop creating everything from simple cuts and scrapes, extreme full-body monster creations, to armor and weapons.
Durapauart: A culmination of paintings ranging in size and content.
Electric Girls: Snap circuits, squishy circuits, and a bristle bot building station.
Entrescan: New Orleans' one-stop-shop for 3D printing!
Evil Penguin Films: We'll be building a full cyberman costume from the BBC TV show, Doctor Who, out of foam floor mats and L200.
FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi, Inc.: Demonstration of the FIRST LEGO League robot and playing field, plus LOTS of LEGOs for you to show off your construction creativity.
Gaming Throne: Advanced Electronics Platform; consolidate space and increase Comfort, Collaboration and productivity.
Goods that Matter: Products uniquely focused on raising awareness and funding initiatives that advance social change.

Habitat for Humanity: Sturdy shelter using renewable, reusable, recycled and upcycled materials.
Heartsleeve: Learn how to screenprint your own poster.
Homer Plessy Community School: Be an inventor, artist, and musician and design your very own instrument that you can take home.
IDIYA: Showcasing creative capabilities, as well as hosting workshops in the IDIYA Labs classroom.
Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus: Parade contraptions, including the Chewluminati Reptilian Delorean.
Isidore Newman: Students will demo their makerspace creations.
Jalen Crittendon: Obstacle avoiding rc car built with Arduino.
Jefferson Amateur Radio Club: Demonstrations of Amateur Radio projects and activities.
Junk Evangelist: Bringing new life and purpose to castaway objects.
Just Another Maker: Remote control electric wheelchair, Shapeoko cnc router, and other shop made projects.
Kalaya Steede: Hands-on metal texturing, stamping, and etching for jewelry, print making, and more.
Louise S. McGehee: Drawing machines including harmonographs, remote control car mark makers, art bots, and spinners.
Louisiana Children's Museum: Decorate an "Eames card" and add to a growing collaborative sculpture.
Louisiana Culinary Institute: Crepe Suzette Flambe demonstrations (and samples) by LCI chefs.
Louisiana Drone Enthusiasts: A community of Louisiana based drone enthusiasts of all skill and experience levels.
LSU CCT: Embedded Acoustic Instruments made with Raspberry Pi/Satellite CCRMA.
LSU ACM Student Chapter: Arduino tutorials, folks to explain them, and a obstacle avoiding robot demo.
Makers of N.O.: Electronics projects including audio creations and DIY instruments.
Marengo Makers: Build and test popsicle bridges using a custom "bridge breaker."
Metairie Park Country Day School: Program the Ozobots to dance,  interact, and solve mazes and mathematical problems.
Mini Art Center: Participants will be able to make a character and add it to a collaborative 2D animation.
Mystic Krewe: Showcasing pinball machines, Arduino digital light programming, IKEA product hacking, and CnC stuff.
Necropolis Bikes: Freak bikes: Cargo bikes and bike trailers made with shopping carts.
New Orleans Public Library: Try your hand at three dimensional drawing with 3Doodler pens, or experiment with circuitry with littleBits.
New Orleans Women in Technology: Experience our project showcase and discover what happens when technology takes over your senses!
NOLA CODE: Demonstrating Arduino-based robotic cards, Code Studio, and Tinker CAD.
NOLA Micro Schools: Various student projects from coded video games to things to build.
NOLA TimeBank: Make a hand-sewn felt case for pencils, note pads or small electronics.
NOLArts Learning Center: Crafts and demonstrations of DIY instruments from NOLArts Learning Center, facilitated by kids with autism.
NOVAC: Digital storytelling and creative technical education programs for New Orleans youth.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art: Teen Docents will present an interactive art activity exploring the world of Southern Art.
Olin Gallet: Learn about the process of making video games.
Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy: Design, doodle and create with the help of robots, electronics, laser-cut tools, and your creativity.
Pirate Pizza Nola, LLC: Come see the Pizza Maria, combining Pizza, Bicycles, and Pirates into an innovative mobile food experience that's as original as New Orleans.
PlayBuild: Facilitating hands-on learning with the Rig-a-Majig large scale "tinker toy" kit.
Pojman Polymer Products, LLC: Make sculptures out of 3P QuickCure WoodPutty.
Public Lab: Open source environmental monitoring tools.
R_U_Odd: Simple materials and electronic building kits, manipulable toys, coloring sheets and books, all of our own design.
Sci High: Robotics, 3D printers, crafting projects, electronics inventions, and all around fun stuff.
St. George's Episcopal School: Award winning First Lego League robots and science research.
St. Martin's Episcopal School: Student-created Minecraft worlds used to simulate natural disasters for exploring Earth Science concepts.
Steampunk Pottery Project: The world’s most amazing pottery making machine.
STEM NOLA: STEM Fest! Growing Future Innovators,Creators and Makers for the 21st Century.
Team 1912 Combustion: Demonstrations of FIRST competitive robotics, including a 100-pound teleoperated robot.
The 1881 Research Institute: Cardboard chair competition.
The Green Project: Decorate paint can lids using recycled paint.
The Learning Laboratory New Orleans: Use Quiver app to bring your coloring page to life in 3D!
The Surreal Drum Wheel of Cozmic Debris: Wheel shaped interactive drumming contraption with drums, percussion, oddities, and mannequins.
Think.Print 3D: 3D scanning with an iPad, plus 3D printing pens.
Thomas Mann studioFLUX: Learn how to use the jeweler's saw to saw wood, plastic and sheet metal.
Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave: Use a gameplay station to navigate the 2017 Virtual Parade environment.
Waldorf School of New Orleans: Student project displays, plus tissue paper butterflies craft for children of all ages.
Warren Easton Robotics: Student-built competitive robotics.
Which Craft Art Studio, LLC: Paints made from pigment and/or oil paint, molten beeswax, and damar resin.
Zehnder Communications, Inc.: Arduino-powered drawing robot that can interpret images into a variety of artistic styles.


Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.  Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

Co-Founder and Producer Cameron MacPhee says, “Our event fits in perfectly with New Orleans’ spirit of creativity. Seeing the innovation that comes from all these different makers is really inspiring.”

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA, and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with 1,200 makers and 145,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in six years to 900+ makers and 95,000 attendees. Community­ driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in New Orleans.

More information can be found at Follow the development of the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire on Twitter (@nolamakerfaire), as well as on Facebook. New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.


Proceeds from the NOLA Mini Maker Faire benefit Bricolage Academy, a tuition-free, open enrollment New Orleans charter school. At Bricolage, we’re makers of the future. Our mission is to advance educational equity by preparing students from diverse backgrounds to be innovators who change the world. We define innovation as creative problem solving and embed it throughout our curriculum.

Three times a week, our diverse students (47% economically disadvantaged, 52% students of color) participate in an innovation class, where they explore their different intelligences and learn through collaboration, experience, and making. More than an extension of the core science and math curricula, the innovation class is co-curricular problem solving, engineering, design, and creativity.

Our students and our staff exhibit the maker mindset. We wanted to create a school unlike any other in the city—one focused equally on academic excellence, educational equity, and student diversity. Through hard work, dedication, and the help of thinkers, doers, and makers, Bricolage opened in August 2013 with a 76-student kindergarten class. We will grow one grade at a time to serve 675 Kindergarten through 8th grade students by 2021.

More information about Bricolage is available at:

MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do ­It­ Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.


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