Community Outreach

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This page is intended to be a resume of community outreach activities performed by Knox Makers.

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2012

Atlanta Mini-Maker Faire '12

October 6, 2012, Atlanta, GA.

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http://makerfaireatl.com

https://knoxmakers.org/node/114

https://knoxmakers.org/node/119

Earn-A-Computer (EAC)

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2013

1st Annual Steampunk Carnivale

June 28, 2013, Knoxville, TN.

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http://www.steampunkcarnivale.com

https://www.facebook.com/SteampunkCarnivale

Kingsport Mini-Maker Faire '13

July 14, 2013, Kingsport, TN.

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http://makerfairekingsport.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kingsport-Mini-Maker-Faire/169746763174965

Nashville Mini-Maker Faire '13

September 17, 2013, Nashville, TN.

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http://nashvillemakerfaire.com

https://knoxmakers.org/node/181

Atlanta Mini-Maker Faire '13

October 26, 2013, Atlanta, GA.

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http://makerfaireatl.com

2014

Dogwood Arts Festival

Children's Festival of Reading

Robot Extravaganza

Blount County BBQ Bash

Mad Scientist Day!

2nd Annual Steampunk Carnivale

2014 STARs

National Day of Making '14

June 18, 2014, Knoxville/Oak Ridge, TN.

Summary:

This event was hosted onsite at Knox Makers, by Knox Makers in participation with the White House. The Whitehouse simultaneously hosted the 1st Annual National Day of Making and the 1st Annual Whitehouse Makerfaire on June 18, 2014. For the National Day of Making portion, creative learning spaces were invited to co host mini Makerfaires in their locations.

Knox Makers participated by opening the doors for a full day with a small open house that included 3D printing exhibits, a demonstration of Pablo the Polargraph Drawing Bot, an interactive MaKey MaKey exhibit, refreshments, and private tours available. For the main feature, Knox Makers hosted a special Open Art Night later in the evening.

This was a small event that included less than 10 participants total. This event was staffed by two volunteers, including one Board member. This event was broadcast to Twitter, the Knox Makers Google Group, and the Knox Makers Google Calendar.

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https://twitter.com/theodoreoffline/status/479313488188551168/photo/1

https://twitter.com/theodoreoffline/status/479303180120240128/photo/1

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https://twitter.com/KnoxMakers/status/478933250690531328/photo/1

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http://www.whitehouse.gov/maker-faire

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/17/presidential-proclamation-national-day-making-2014

Kingsport Mini-Maker Faire '14

July 13, 2014, Kingsport, TN.

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Knox Makers arrived at the auditorium on Sunday with Pablo and three 3D printers, the first thing we saw was someone else's large polargraph (drawing on a whiteboard) and about half a dozen Makerbot 3D printers. We felt our thunder had been stolen, but we set up anyway.

We're glad we did. Our booth was in a high foot traffic area and remained busy all day. We met a couple of kindred spirits that we expect to see at a Tuesday workshop soon. We also got to talk to a lot of folks who had heard of 3D printing, but weren't really sure what it was and/or had never seen it in person.

We enjoyed explaining to folks that the other 3D printers on display were "store bought," while ours were lovingly handcrafted by local nerds. This attracted a lot of interest, as did Pablo's drawings that accumulated and got taped up as the day progressed. Many folks asked what business we were in, and seemed pleasantly surprised to discover that we were representing a non-profit hobby group and not trying to hawk anything. Issac gave out many KM-branded keychain trinkets, and Doug learned about the heartache of 3D printing with nylon live and in public.

Partway through the day, Bumblebee's extruder tension arm broke. Happily, Issac's (unnamed) printer was able to manufacture a replacement part on the spot, which Sam promptly installed. The tale of the one machine "repairing" the other captivated a number of folks, and the jaunty red tension arm stood out and served as a conversation piece for the rest of the day.

Toward the end, a couple of kids (about 8 and 14) from the FIRST robotics table next door came over with a laptop, having excitedly just designed a little 3D man (their ode to Minecraft's Steve) that they hoped we'd print for them. I wasn't "taking requests," but their earnest young faces were irresistible. I managed to slice it with support and get it printed just in time, and their reaction was totally worth it. It was a nice way to end the day.

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Nashville Mini-Maker Faire '14

September 13, 2014. Nashville, TN.

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This event was hosted at Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

“The Nashville Mini Maker Faire (or NMMF from here on out) is a one day exhibition of creative making. Think of NMMF as a local version of Maker Faire Bay Area or World Maker Faire New York, two yearly exhibitions organized by Make Magazine. NMMF is one of over 100 “mini” faires around the globe, organized by local grassroots makers.” Retrieved from Nashville Mini Maker Faire website.

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More info: http://nashvillemakerfaire.com/

Louisville Mini-Maker Faire '14

September 27, 2014, Lousiville, KY.

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This was hosted throughout the 800 block of East Market Street in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Maker Faire: Lou is a “Mini” Maker Faire and is a celebration of everything made in the Louisville, KY area. We aim to bring all the enthusiasm and all the fun on a slightly smaller scale. At Maker Faire Louisville Makers, Crafters, Inventors, Evil Geniuses, Scientists and Artists come together for a day of family-friendly fun and inspiration. From home-made cookies to home-made robots, Maker Faire: Lou promises something for everyone in a showcase of the American creative spirit.” Retrieved from Lousiville Makerfaire website.

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http://makerfairelou.org/

Atlanta Maker Faire '14

October 4-5, 2014, Atlanta, GA.

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This was hosted at Exhibition Area A and B, located beside the Calloway Building and along both sides of N McDonough Street, respectively, in Downtown Decatur, Georgia.

“What is a Maker Faire? Simply put, a Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine to ‘celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset.’” Retrieved from Atlanta Makerfaire website.

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http://makerfaireatl.com/

STFK Science Café "Will 3D Printing Change the World?"

December 2, 2014, Knoxville, TN.

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First Friday Demo

December 5. 2014, Knoxville, TN.

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Arts and Cultural Alliance Member Meeting

December 10, 2014, Knoxville, TN.

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2015

L&N STEMpunks - Knox Makers Agile Projects Demo

January 15, 2015, Knoxville, TN.

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A1 Lab Arts Outreach

January 24, 2015, Knoxville, TN.

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Mad Science Bingo @ Spring Place

January 26, 2015, Lenoir City, TN.

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Lunch and Learn w/ Robots at Loudon County Senior Center

February 5, 2015, Loudon, TN.

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CBA Maker Convention

February 18, 2015, Knoxville, TN.

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First Friday at TechCo

March 6, 2015, Knoxville, TN.

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Knox Makers at Big Orange STEM Symposium

April 18, 2015, Knoxville, TN.

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Presentation to IEEE

April 23, 2015, Oak Ridge, TN.

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Knox Makers at Marble City Comicon

April 25 and 26, 2015, Knoxville, TN.

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Ongoing outreach partners and programs

Library outreach

Ongoing, Knoxville, TN and Oak Ridge, TN.

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Arts and Cultural Alliance

Ongoing, Knoxville, TN.

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TechCo

Ongoing, Knoxville, TN.

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The MUSE

Ongoing, Knoxville, TN.

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Subgroups

Knox Makers offers free meeting space and programs for external groups related to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

Capture the Flag Thursdays

Ongoing, Oak Ridge, TN.

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This group has been meeting since July of 2014 at Knox Makers every first and third Thursday. This is an initiative by the local dc865 technology and security group.

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PyKnoxville Meetup Group

Ongoing, Oak Ridge, TN.

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This group has been meeting since April of 2015 at Knox Makers every first Wednesday. This is an external group that organized independently on Meetup.com and needed a place to meet, so a Knox Makers member reached out and offered event hosting. This group meets to learn about Python programming together.

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Knoxville Meshnet

Ongoing, Oak Ridge, TN.

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This group has been meeting since May of 2015 at Knox Makers every second Friday. This is an external group that sprang out of the PyKnoxville group on Meetup.com that needed a place to meet. Knox Makers has offered event hosting to the group on a recurring basis. This group meets to learn about and establish a local experimental mesh networking technology system.

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