Also, be sure to check out craftzine.
Announcements pertinent to Make:KC
Power Tool Drag Racing Rules
The track specifications include:
Fun and Safety
Your racers can be anything from mild to wild. They can be bare bones dragsters or funny cars designed to show off your artistic flair. We have electronic control circuitry similar to a drag strip Christmas tree and dead man switches to cut power to your racer if it begins to go out of control.
Power tools operate at high rpm's so careful consideration is needed to assure that parts don't come flying off that could hurt someone. This event is planned for the fun and amusement of our participants and the audience so safety is important. We enjoy fascinating projects and spectacular failures, but we will be among people who may not share our appreciation of unexpected results. Safety will be a primary concern at the Maker Expo and want each exhibit including Power Tools Racers to operate safely and protect everyone from any harm.
Put Safety In Its Place
Check out some of these articles for more information about power tool drag racing.
Becoming a sponsor of the Maker Expo hosted by Make: KC is a great way for local businesses, media outlets, trade associations, and non-profit groups to get in on the ground floor of this exciting and enriching community and family-oriented event.
Kansas City's Fourth Annual Maker Expo
Fri-Sun August 23-25. English Landing Park, Parkville, MO
F R E E A D M I S S I O N
This is Kansas City's original grass-roots Maker Event
Four Years After Make:KC Brought Concept To Midwest, Kauffman Foundation Rewriting Region's Maker Faire History
Kansas City Maker Faire, The Untold Story
By all accounts the Kansas City 2010 Mini Maker Faire was a great success.
Make:KC was among the first in the nation obtaining a license to use the new Mini Maker Faire designation through Maker Media. We enjoyed special billing on the MakerFaire.com website that can still be seen from this archive.org link. We benefited directly from the Maker Media advertising when an inventive craftsman registered to exhibit a working, hand crafted, 14 foot wooden submarine built in his Tulsa Oklahoma back yard. On the drive to Kansas City he told his wife "I'm so excited because we'll be among people just like us". We hosted nearly 50 Makers in Kansas City's only grass-roots Maker event that was created entirely by Makers for Makers. Our Mini Maker Faire was embedded among the 42nd. annual Parkville Days arts and crafts festival. This combined event hosted more than 150 exhibitors and an estimated 20,000 visitors to the beautiful English Landing Park nestled alongside the Missouri River in historic downtown Parkville, MO.
This event was promoted as: "Robots, Rockets, and Submarines". Make Magazine writer, Matt Mets, reported on our event while touring with notable national/international hackerspace personalities, Mitch Altman and Jimmie Rodgers. Our Kansas City Mini Maker Faire received generous attention from Makezine and Boing-Boing articles as well as local TV and newspaper coverage.
Corporate vs. Hackerspace Culture
In 2011, the Kauffman Foundation and Union Station through their Maker Faire KC partnership capitalized on a slight variation of the name we established just months earlier. The Kauffman press release (above) reflects a troubling disregard or lack of appreciation for the hackerspace/makerspace culture where promoting attribution of others work is deeply engrained. The Open-Source initiatives, are a fundamental part of the Maker Movement.
Make:KC extends an invitation to the Kauffman Foundation and Union Station to foster an improved relationship with the Maker community. Despite efforts to appear otherwise, in 2011 the Union Station Maker Faire was advertised on the MakerFaire.com web site as a Mini Maker Faire too.
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Article written by Vince Thompson, Founder of Make:KC. Comments can be addressed to: SomeoneKnows@MakeKC.org
We are meeting at the Johnson County Central Resource Library's Makerspace on Tuesday July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. located at 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212.
We are meeting to discuss preparations for the Parkville Days Maker Expo Aug. 23 to 25. Steve Siegel stepped up to manage the Maker events this year.
This is our first time meeting at this Makerspace. Come out to check out the facilities and get involved with upcoming events and activities.
MAKE:KC had a Great showing at Maker Fair KC with John and Carol Kuhns from H.M.S.Beagle science store on
one end and Steve Siegel of UMKC Physics departments Amazing things that we make or might make with
Steve's guidance on the other end . In the Center ring of our MAKE:KC Circus were the Sisters Spangler with
their entertaining events for children of all ages from Puppet and humanoid pet dogs to the dangerous looking
Maker Faire KC: The Untold Story - A Perspective From The Sidelines
If you missed the ABC World News tonight you can check out the story on their web site about Sylvia.
One of our friends was in the news recently. Sylvia Todd (aka Super Awesome Sylvia) is featured in this NY Times article "A Science Star Already, Tinkering With the Idea of Growing Up". She first participated in one of our Show & Tell's November 2, 2010, we knew she was destined for great things and appreciate the times we've had to get to know her and her family. Congratulations Sylvia.
Events & Activities
HMS Beagle Science Store - voted Coolest Store in Kansas City
Check out these other great Maker Friendly groups:
Local Hackerspace and Makerspace Groups
Regional Hackerspace and Makerspace Groups