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We would like to set up a 60 watt laser cutter and demonstrate laser cutting and assembly of laser cut products.

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I see peoples discards as tools of disassembly for artistic redesign and repurpose. I create sculptures with metal and various other elements that can resemble anything from robots, to a moose head wall mount, or a bouquet of flowers.

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We will allow visitors to recreate existing Pokemon to look the way they want (with a few constraints) and also teach them about animation and making things move using code. We will also teach visitors how to do super simple coding that creates cool outputs that they can see such as math problem and if/else statements.

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Homemade/DIY mechanical and electrical demonstrations.

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Level up from video game player to video game maker! Come play video games designed by Pittsburgh-area youth and submitted to the National STEM Video Game Challenge (www.stemchallenge.org). Provide feedback to their makers. Learn about the elements of game design. Complete hands-on, minds-on, physical game design exercises. Start designing your own video game now!

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My Portable Turbine is a 20foot wind turbine attached to the trailer hitch of my Jeep wrangler for off-road power generation.

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Students in the IDeATe program at Carnegie Mellon University will display the creative and maker/maker-related projects that they have produced in interdisciplinary courses. Projects may be related to course work in Game Design, Animation & Special Effects, Sound Design, Learning Media, Media Design, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Intelligent Environments, and Physical Computing

Vendor setup to sell art and housewares (clocks, tables, jewelry) made primarily from used and or found objects.

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Abandoned Pittsburgh is an ongoing photography project exploring the industrial past of the Steel City. We research and photograph abandoned churches, steel mills, bridges, foundries, distilleries, and more. Prints and books of the project are available.

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A remote control blimp made out of a cannibalized quadcoptor and a lot of optimism

This is a hand cranked gatling gun capable of firing 144 rubber bands in approximately 8 seconds.

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AutoSet is a CNC attachment for your miter saw.

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BotsIQ is a manufacturing workforce development program disguised as a high school robotics competition. The Smart Sport is designed to provide high school students with an exciting, hands-on team experience while they learn about the pathways to a rewarding career in manufacturing. Our exhibit will include our smaller arena and some of our high school created Bots demolishing old computers, telephones and projectors demonstrating their power and capability.

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Demonstrations (w/ hands on setups) of tablet weaving and possibly of warp-weighted weaving techniques.

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The WIU Center for Innovation and Creativity in Education will feature a hands-on exhibit designed to give participants an opportunity to interact with some of the most exciting educational tools available. Come join us and play!

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These are laser etched acrylic lamps that display various transmutation circles.

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Jim Leonard will be walking around wearing his LED coats and vests.

At Draper & Dots, we empower learners by leveraging immersive and engaging projects in music and technology. Have you ever built a record player? Made your own synthesizer? Remixed your car? Come learn about these things and more as we explore music and sound with hands-on activities!

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This is one team also competing in the power racing series

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Maker Faire attendees can get up close to realistic latex rubber monster masks, puppets, and props and learn how they are made.

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See customer creations by local builders and build with our bulk brick!

Power Racing Team. This team is entering their second year of racing silly sub $500 electric cars. This car is built from a children’s ride on toy, spare parts and dreams.

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A model Hit and Miss engine build from castings

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It will be an analog stick programmed to act as if it was a mouse HID with an arduino.

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Ever sew a robot? Here’s your chance! Make a paper robot shape, decorate, sew and stuff, then choose a name and, voila: You have a new SewBot Friend!

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Direct sunlight that enters homes through windows can heat homes, requiring the cooling system to consume more energy, and fade paint, furniture, and wallpaper. However, keeping a window constantly covered defeats the purpose of a window–now you’ve just got extra wall space. This exhibit is an automated system that can open and close window shades at key times during the day, keeping the most acute rays of the sun out but allowing the visibility of an uncovered window when the sunlight is less intense.

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Come see a demo of how our self-guided studio space works! See a live feed of our studio and control the backdrop, lighting and camera functions right from the booth. You’ll be able to direct the subjects, make them read lines or act out. Then receive a copy of the video or photo via email.

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Adults and children can watch virtual reality and LED light shows designed for songs they like, and even create their own shows!

Get a peek into the world of biohacking from the local company on the forefront of this new industry. Experience a new sense with Bottlenose, experience human bioluminescence with Northstar, and see what else we have up our sleeves (or in our arms).

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This exhibit will introduce people of all ages to the brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla in a fun, interactive exhibit. Combining art and technology, people can learn his story while playing with inventions in an immersive experience. Color in Nikola’s legacy in the Tesla coloring book while controlling a musical Tesla Coil and create fluorescent art that glows in the dark.

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We will bring the car and have demonstrations about how different parts of the car work.

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How Platypus robots are built and programed.

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Interstacks is a system of snap-together, modular electronic blocks with a visual authoring tool. It enables anyone to rapidly make new connected electronics.

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Project MoNET is interactive art project that creates semi-abstract paintings based on crowd-sourced colors.

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RealBotics is an online community allowing makers and inventors the ability to share remote control of their robots and devices with people from around the world.

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These are gear clocks cut on the HackPGH CNC machine. They are powered by either an electromagnetically driven pendulum or a stepper motor.

Custom CNC Controller and retrofitted CNC mill

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Children will experience making and racing their very own Brush Bots. Musical sounds will also be created utilizing kitchen utensils and the Makey Makey. Opportunity to view Hummingbird robots that have been created by second grade students based on their environmental field trip.

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This is a 42 note MIDI street organ capable of being driven any midi controller.

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A team of student makers in grades 6-8 will display various items, from self-made guitars to Rube Goldberg machines.

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Custom home made Tube amplifier and custom built speaker cabinets

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Geodesic Dome model kits

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Agrimat is a modular aquaponic systems controlled by your smartphone.

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City of Play’s Live Arcade features giant-sized versions of classic games, including Blacktop Battleship, a live-action battleship volleyball game, and Jengantic, a 10-foot tall version of Jenga.

Design and create an adhesive sticker to apply onto any surface!

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The Arustocrats participate in the Power Racing Series, a budget racing series where teams must get creative to build the fastest electric go-kart possible under a $500 limit and conforming to the original size/ridiculousness of a children’s ride on toy.

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With the help of parents, children will make a Mondrian-inspired work of art using color “pixels” obtained from old magazines.

One person touches another person’s face. All of the touches are recorded by a 3D camera. The result is a sort of map of an intimate encounter.

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Do you know what an integrative sport is? Join us to BUILD and take home your very own inclusive game kit. DESIGN your own accessible features for a new integrative sport, StoneHenge! PLAY TEST your equipment before taking it home!

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Thinking of running a Kickstarter? Come get hands-on feedback to make your Kickstarter a success!

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Dorseyville Middle School will showcase: Project Based Learning activities that have been completed by students in grades 6-8. Student designed Apps created in App Lab from Code.org will also be showcased Attendees will be able to make and take an LED flashlight.

Piezoelectric speaker that plays music based on midi input.

Falk School students design and create musical instruments and show you how to make your own.

Makers will have the opportunity to learn about color, blending of different fibers, spinning, weaving, and dyeing

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Handmade jewelry made from recycled circuit boards and resin

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Learn how to create a unique circular weaving using chunky yarn, wool roving, and an embroidery hoop.

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A advanced open-source human size robot designed to do a variety of human size tasks for students, educators, hobbyists and researchers.

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Wood and metal furniture and décor pieces designed for the bar and home.

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A collection of blocks containing switches, lights, motors, relays, etc., which can be wired together with alligator-clipped wire (no soldering required) which illustrate basic concepts of electricity

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Clay sculpting with ordinary items and stone molding.

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A Raspberry Pi based clock with time and temperature display.

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Oribotix is the combination of origami art and robotics. Our exhibit will demonstrate a few DIY creations that views can try at home. All of the origami are original works of art by Ethan Priore (age 10), and the robotics are comprised of Arduino-based microcontrollers and simple servo motors and sensors.

Make your own block print celebrating Pittsburgh and Makers.

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Learn what it’s like to be an adorable 12 inch tall robot using the Mimic Immersion Robot. Learn how force feedback works using the Cortex: Robot Arm Controller. Try our Doorbell Phones, feel what the robot feels with our robot arms, and see feel and move as a 12 inch tall root.

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PittMesh is Pittsburgh’s Community Wireless Network. It is built using mesh networking technology and allows local neighborhoods to provide free public WiFi for their residents, businesses, and visitors. PittMesh is supported by local community leaders and volunteers and is administered by Meta Mesh Wireless Communities, a non-profit organization.

Nature themed artwork includes realistic color pencil illustrations of animals and plants, and decorative items made with found bones and dried plant material.

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Come explore a variety of maker projects designed by the second grade students at South Fayette Elementary School! At this exhibit, South Fayette’s Second Grade STEAM Team will guide you through the creation of Lego Spin Art, squishy circuitry, and a life-sized, programmable version of the classic game, Operation!

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The members of the South Hills Model Railroad Club have built and maintain a large modular HO train layout

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An astrophotography camera.

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The Oasis Project is hosting a table for people of all ages to complete LEGO Robotics and coding challenges.

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We build an electric vehicle for less than $500 and test our work by racing them!

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This is an area for us to work on out go kart during and in between the races.

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We are showing off our Raspberry Pi Cluster computer.

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Baltimore Burners has been racing with the Power Racing Series since 2012, fielding many entries in the series that focuses on building and racing an electric vehicle on a shoestring budget.

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BoXZY is a production-ready desktop makerspace that rapidly transforms into 3 kinds of machines: CNC Mill, 3D Printer & Laser Engraver, while enhancing precision & power with ballscrews.

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Vendor application for kits to build paper sculptures

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It is a Raspberry Pi that has been modified to fit in a specially Laser Cut wooden Laptop case complete with a keyboard and touchscreen.

Demonstrating what the team has built to compete in the FIRST Robotics program.

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The G treadmill is a Treadmill that makes you float when you put slip-on’s on over your shoes.

The Steel City robotics alliance is a collection of teams in the greater Pittsburgh Area. Our exhibit will include several different teams, with driving experiences for younger children.

Project MoNET is interactive art project that creates semi-abstract paintings based on crowd-sourced colors.

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Vintage Robot designs and hand makes Robot apparel, art work, and jewelry crafted from recycled computers, watchers, and other materials.

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The ability to 3D print real metal parts is here! 3D Metal Printing is “the final frontier” of 3D printing. Metal is strong, durable, hard… no wonder it’s so desirable as a 3D printing material. See our machine and our 3D Metal Printed parts.

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This is a four tap kegerator with an arduino based monitoring system capable of dispensing any carbonated beverage. The kegerator is loaded with seltzer water in order to serve italian sodas at Maker Faire.

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Modified toys and custom made synthesizers.

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Bring your Lego creations to life…size. This exhibit of large-scale Lego-inspired bricks lets children (and adults!) experience Lego construction in a bigger way. Prototype your creation using Lego bricks, then try to replicate your design using the large-scale bricks. It’s not as easy as it looks but it’s just as fun.

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Get an insight into the jewelry manufacturing process and see how CAD design and 3D printing is being used to transform this centuries old trade. Also check out the jewelry for sale that was made using various 3D printing technologies.

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Live youth-hosted audio webcast from Maker Faire Pittsburgh on Youth Express, our 24/7 Internet radio station featuring original youth writing, music and conversation at youthexpress.org.

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Help construct a kinetic sculpture using collected recycled and donated materials into a large, movable group project!!!

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​DON’T JUST WATCH VIDEOS. MAKE VIDEOS. Steeltown is hosting an interactive exhibit where participants will choose from a selection of mini scenes to try out one of many offered roles: talent, director, or cinematographer. A Steeltown representative will post the video at a later date for participants to view their completed “mini film.”

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Come play with Hummingbird kits and Finch robots. Build a recycled robot, engineer an animatronic creature, or learn to code a small, friendly robot!

7 Birds is a brand new, fun and strategic lawn game designed and built by hand in Pittsburgh. This easy to setup and play game is perfect for backyards, picnics, and tailgates.

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What are the components of a ‘Living Makerspace,’ that is, a makerspace that you can live with or living space that you can make things in? This is the subject of an interactive workshop with Architect Paul Rosenblatt, Principal of Springboard Design and Founder of Creator Square, an innovative artisan/maker residency program designed to connect the dots between the region’s manufacturing heritage and contemporary advances in small batch manufacturing and maker space innovation.

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We will be displaying cubesat satellite components and testing hardware built by the DetroitSat team,These devices were constructed using tools available at most hackerspaces for a fraction of the cost of their commercial counterparts. Designs will be open-sourced and build instructions made available online so that anyone can build their own attitude-controlled DIY satellite!

We will share the advent of CAD Design and rapid model making to inspire kids and adults that they can make anything they want.

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SorceryScience makes nerdy scientific jewelry with lasers. Our geeky accessories are modeled after the molecular structure of some of your favorite chemicals. You can wear your caffeine fix or always be happy wearing serotonin and dopamine earrings. Rock your science every day with SorceryScience!

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a collection of pretty things for yourself or those you love. stationary, bags, and notebooks.

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See the ancient miracle of wool fibers be turned into felted hats!

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A blast from the automation past. This 20+ year old CNC engraver was found and repaired to its former glory. Enter the text or logo you wish to engrave and press go! A conglomeration of pneumatics and electronics make this handheld machine really buzz. Grab a piece of material and engraver your name!

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A presentation on how to design and build an First person view racing drone and course using 3-D printing and basic household items.

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A Restored 95 year old 1 1/2 HP Hercules Engine

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There are 1 billion people worldwide with disabilities. On the surface, each person’s needs are drastically different, and niche solutions exist to meet specific needs. However, a core set of overarching challenges–social inclusion, independence, and technological access–remain unaddressed. Xogo is an adapter that uses assistive technologies already available and bridges them to consumer technologies never before accessible to people with disabilities.

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This exhibit features a digital art exhibit and capacity for visitors to create their own digital art (take pictures of themselves and then redraw their portraits using text or a topographic map). Our augmented reality sandbox allows visitors to interact with colorful maps or photos of themselves projected onto the sand.

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Repurpose a vintage 8 Track tape cartridge into a funky wallet

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My display consists of small homemade scratch-built engines. They are sensitive enough that when they are placed in the palm of my hand they can run powered by body heat alone.

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This exhibit will have all hands-on toys for younger kids to play and tinker with! We are encouraging younger kids that they can join the maker movement too! Some cool hands-on activities include MakeyMakey, Arduino, and learning to program.

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3D printing can serve many masters. I’ve turned 3D printing into a successful business and happy to help others avoid the pitfalls I’ve found along the way.

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K-9, the robot dog.

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Naked Geometry creates functional design, using geometry and woodworking to craft everything from end tables to lamps to pendants. While most designers rely heavily on either the aesthetic, symbolic or mathematical aspects of the work, we focus on all three, adding an additional awareness of our primary material, wood.

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A maker selling laser-cut hand finished acrylic and wood jewelry. Colorful and lightweight earrings and necklaces, they are casual with elegant details.

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Handcrafted organic and natural soap, lotion and body butter, etc.

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A mixed-reality system that bridges the advantages of physical and virtual worlds to improve children’s science and inquiry learning in a more enjoyable and collaborative way. It provides personalized interactive feedback to children and families as they experiment and make discoveries in their everyday physical environment.

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Make your own chocolate bar: 3-D CAD to 3-D Printer to Vacuum Former to Chocolate Bar to Yum!

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Learn self reliance, do your own science! Build your own low-tech equipment to generate renewable energy, grow and cook your own food, conduct and communicate your own science experiments and more!

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Serial converter module for converting Sun keyboard commands to USB commands.

We have a race car for the Power Racing Series.

LED Poi draw beautiful patterns as you spin them around, changing dynamically based on how they move.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) assists makers, manufacturers, and individuals in gaining a competitive advantage in the global economy via the use of advanced manufacturing technology and training. The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) is Western Pennsylvania’s number one resource for business leaders who are starting, growing or transitioning a business. Through a customized approach of one-on-one consulting, exclusive educational series, and deep connections to the region’s largest association of entrepreneurs, the IEE helps the business leaders of today and tomorrow achieve the Power to Prosper.

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Create and test a musical instrument to play with others and take home to enjoy.

Collarbone Jewelry is a jewelry line inspired by the raw esthetics of the natural world. We make jewelry using raw stones, mixed metals and trinkets/omens. We will be exhibiting hammering metal into earrings and pendents. We will also be selling our two Jewelry lines, Collarbone Jewelry and CAT LUCK Jewelry.

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What would you do if all communications went down? Learn how you could communicate in times of disaster! Come experience what it’s like to operate an amateur radio station and speak with people from all over the world through radio waves (no infrastructure needed)! The principles you’ll experience here are the beginnings of all forms of wireless communication. Things like phone calls, texts, and Wi-Fi stem from this technology.

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PrintSpace 3D™ manufactures high-performance 3D printers and develops custom 3D printing applications utilizing advanced materials. Known for sleek design, large print volume, and 25+ materials selection, PrintSpace 3D printers are especially geared towards engineers and professionals and are used by National Laboratories and Universities across the country.

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Learn more about how to become a member of the Remake Learning Network!

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Allegheny Intermediate Unit operates transformED, a space for learning about making, creativity, and technology for use in the classroom at their Central Office in Homestead PA. Additionally, in partnership with the Montour School District, transformED West is now in operation, offering choice for educators in Allegheny County.

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How to power WiFi networks with solar energy.

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M3bot is ongoing robot design for utility and work, with various attachments, using Robot Operating System.

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An outline of how the integration of makership skills into youth entrepreneurship programs can result in higher program quality, community engagement, and higher program outcomes for youth.

Work Hard Pittsburgh is a cooperatively owned and operated business incubator that combines media and technology services with training, sales support, and access to capital to provide any entrepreneur with a path to start, scale, and sustain a business venture. Visit the Work Hard Pittsburgh stage and meet our collaborating companies and entrepreneurs.

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Turtle Mail, AE Dreams’ first product, is a wooden mailbox for kids. It contains an embedded thermal printer and is WiFi-connected. Family and friends can send the children they love special messages from a mobile or desktop device. Parents can also sign their children up for developmentally appropriate activities and content, delivered daily from Turtle Mail.

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