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Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2013

We had a blast with more than 1,800 faire-goers at the third annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire in 2013!

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Photos by Larry Rippel and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Please take a few minutes to fill out a survey if you attended or participated in the 2013 Faire:
For Attendees:
For Makers:

We would like to thank:

  • Co-Presenters  Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and HackPittsburgh (whose year-round maker programs will keep you  making until next year’s Faire!)
  • All the makers who engaged, intrigued and wowed us
  • The Faire’s key planners Tamara Goldbogen, Angie Jasper, Doug Philips and Robert Blackwell
  • Our 2013 Sponsors:   PA Cyber School, Spark, a program of the Sprout Fund, Pepsi, Agora Cyber Charter School, Autodesk, Inc. and pairNetworks

2013 Call for Makers Is Extended to July 31!

Hey local makers, DIYers, tinkerers, craftspeople, inventors, – we have extended the deadline to be an exhibiting Maker at Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire on August 18!  It’s hot outside, so go indoors, work on  your application and send it our way.  We want you to show off your cool stuff at this unique festival of science, art, music, technology and all around ingenuity.  This is the third Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire and shaping up to be the best Faire ever.

Individuals, groups, schools and organizations are welcome to apply.  We encourage both kid and adult makers.  Commercial makers who would like to demonstrate, as well as sell, their products at the Faire pay a nominal fee.

Call for Makers deadline is Wednesday, July 31.

Blacksmith from Touchstone Center for Crafts;    Photo by Larry Rippel

Blacksmith from Touchstone Center for Crafts at Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2012. Photo by Larry Rippel

Tips for Attending Maker Faire

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2011

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is tomorrow, so here’s some basic information to help orient you to the event. Get ready for an exciting day!


Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is a fun, casual day of exploration, learning and spectacle.  Dress comfortably – makers will be located both inside the Museum and in Buhl Community Park; to see them all will require a bit of walking. Also, you may encounter and make things using robots, balloons, soldering irons, LED lights, knitting, horns and more!

Your admission to the Maker Faire includes admission to Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.  Save a little time to check out the interactive exhibits and artwork throughout this award-winning museum if you’ve never been here.

Parking & Transportation

Parking is available in the Children’s Museum’s parking lots next to the Museum for $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers.  Metered parking is available around Allegheny Square.  Bike parking is available at several locations around the Faire.

PAT bus route 54C stops right on Children’s Way, beside the Faire.

The Faire is a short walk from the North Side Station of the new North Shore Connector via Port Authority’s light rail system, the T.   See the map for directions.  Call  Port Authority of Allegheny County at (412) 442-2000 or visit for more information.

Food & Drink

The Children’s Museum Big Red Room Cafe is open  from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Food trucks will be parked on Children’s Way next to the Faire.  Water fountains are available in the Children’s Museum and in Buhl Community Park.



Bathrooms are available on all levels of the Museum.

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire will take place rain or shine!  Makers will be located outdoors as well as inside, so dress for outdoor temperatures.

Thank you

The first Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire was held on Sunday, October 23, and was a true wonder! Adults and kids of all ages eagerly got right into to the maker ethos – soldering LED badges, creating jewelry, operating robots, playing didgeridoos, a robotic marimba and other experimental instruments, sewing, silk screening posters, constructing tiny cardboard buildings, making abacuses and learning about 3D printing, lighting control and a host of other amazing maker projects.

We first want to thank HackPittsburgh and MAKE for partnering with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to make the first Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire a reality. Thanks to the amazing makers, new and seasoned, of all ages, who made the Faire what it was. Thanks to the contributing sponsor Deeplocal for their generosity. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers, particularly the brothers of Beta Theta Pi at Carnegie Mellon University. And thanks to everyone who attended the event and made the day so memorable with your joy, curiosity and creativity.

What did you think of the Faire? Let us know via our Facebook page or Twitter. For ongoing maker-related programs at the Museum, stay tuned to

Here are some of the great photos by photographer Larry Rippel. For more photos, please visit Children’s Museum Flickr page.

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Today is the Day!

Hope we see you at Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire today! It’s noon – 6:00 pm at the Children’s Museum on Pittsburgh’s Northside. Weather looks great, the staff and volunteers are great and the makers and their work are definitely not to be missed.

On a practical note, we are located near Heinz Field, but the Steeler game is away today, so don’t worry about traffic to the Northside. There are lots of parking options, some free, some not. Check the Parking tab for details and a map. Check the Attend tab or the Children’s Museum website for directions.

See you there!

11 Days until Pittsburgh Maker Faire

Here’s one more of the amazing, inventive, inspiring makers who you can meet at the Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire:

Today’s Featured Maker:
Rita Shewbridge
Sonic Threads
Sonic Threads is a dress that tells children’s fairy tale stories through audio when you touch its embroidered threads. Learn more at See all of the makers on the Maker tab above.

12 Days Until Pittsburgh Maker Faire!

So we’re featuring one maker each day until the big day is here – consider it the 12 Days of Maker Faire.

Today’s Featured Maker:
Jesse Hemminger
Sauerkraut Powered Robots

See what comes of a few dinner parties, fermented cabbage and a desire for transformation.  These wee robots are powered by a chemical reaction between copper and zinc electrodes placed in a jar of sauerkraut.   Learn more at