The Des Moines Mini Maker Faire is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday, September 4, 2017.

Free, secure bicycle parking with the Des Moines Bicycle Collective from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Exhibitors- All Day

  • FRC Team 4646 ASAP
  • FTC Team 9974- T.H.O.R
  • FRC Team Neutrino
  • Iowa Lego Users Group
  • String Revolution
  • R2D2
  • Area 515
  • Barnes & Noble Makerspace
  • NubNub
  • StemBox
  • Powerful Innovations
  • Manibus Project
  • Horizon Maker Club
  • Science Center of Iowa Wednesday Workshops
  • TigerLily STEM
  • 3D Printing for Teaching and Research at Drake University
  • ISU FLEx
  • 515FPV / Des Moines UAV Club
  • Skyowa
  • Des Moines Woodturners
  • Cyclone Space Mining
  • Missouri School of Blacksmithing
  • The Society for Creative Anachronism

Workshops   

Sign-up takes place one hour before the workshop begins at the Workshop/IMAX booth tour sign-up table in the lobby.

Check-in for each workshop takes place in front of Physiolab.

15 Spots available in each workshop.  One adult per child.

  • 10:15     Soldering– 45 minutes- Learn the basics and practice soldering by creating your own light-up project.
  • 11:15      Sewable circuitry– 45 minutes- Learn about circuits by creating a light-up felt pin!
  • 1:15        Soldering– 45 minutes- Learn the basics and practice soldering by creating your own light-up project.
  • 2:15        Soldering– 45 minutes- Learn the basics and practice soldering by creating your own light-up project.
  • 3:15        Sewable circuitry– 45 minutes, Learn all about circuits by creating a light-up felt pin!
  • 4:15        Soldering– 45 minutes, Learn the basics and practice soldering by creating your own light-up project.
  • All day   Yarn weaving– Drop-in for a collaborative yarn weaving workshop in the Iowa Learning Center. No sign-up necessary.

IMAX Booth Tours:

  • Sign-up takes place one hour prior to each tour in the lobby at the Workshop sign-up table.
  • Tours meet by the IMAX booth entrance and check-in with the volunteers
  • Limit 10 people per tour
  • Tours start at: 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm & 4:15 pm

High School Robotics Team Talks– Lower Founder’s Hall at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Experience local High School Robotics Teams talk about their 2017 season competition robots for FIRST STEAMworks. This year’s competition required teams to score fuel in a boiler, deliver gears to an airship, and climb aboard that airship for take-off.

Drone Demos- Lower Founder’s Hall at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

See micro-class drones flying inside the SCI!  These powerful, motor-powered drones are incredibly fast and agile, yet small enough to be safely flown indoors! 

Light Painting– John Deere Adventure Theater 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Maker Faire Plaza (outside SCI)

  • Airbrush Temporary Tattoos (Limit one per person)– 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • 3D Chalk demo by Kathleen Roling- 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Kathleen will give two brief talks 12:45 pm and 2:45 pm about her process.

Musicians

  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Heath Alan
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Marc Bailey
  • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: The Blendours

Food Trucks– 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • Karam’s Mediterranean Grill
  • Kona Ice
  • 515 Pi
  • The Big Acai Bowl
  • Miss Molly’s Jamaican Patty