Category Archives: Nashville Mini Maker Faire


What exactly is a Maker Faire and why would I want to come?

Some folks have asked “What exactly is a Maker Faire and why would I want to come?”

Here’s a great teaser video from the Bay Area Maker Faire:

Thursday at Adventure Science Center’s Science Cafe: The Maker Revolution feat. Chris Lee


On Thursday, June 20th, Chris Lee will discuss “The Maker Revolution” at Adventure Science Center’s Science Cafe.

Science Cafe is a series of informal discussions on current issues in science. This month’s talk is all about making stuff! Speaker Chris Lee is the co-chair of Make Nashville, one of the local groups partnering with Adventure Science Center to put on the Nashville Mini Maker Faire on September 21. He builds AMAZING things like thisthisthis, and this. Oh, and did I mention he’s building a full scale Millennium Falcon?

Here’s the full description from the Adventure Science Center Science Cafe page.

“Recent innovations such as open-source design, crowdsourcing, and 3-D printing are enabling inventors to become entrepreneurs. Chris Lee will talk about maker culture, tinkering, and the fun of ‘learning by doing.’

“Chris Lee ( has been making things, building gadgets, and creating costumes and props as a hobby since 1977. He is a founding member of the Apparition Abolishers, ( a steampunk costuming group. He creates all of the weapons, hard costume gear, and most of the props used by the group. The group is currently promoting their steampunk sideshow known as ‘Dr. Torque’s Traveling Exposition of Curious Contraptions and Fantastical Oddities,’ which debuted during GMX 2011 ( In 1995, Chris was one of the first stormtroopers of the 501st Legion (, which has grown to thousands of active members worldwide. He is a member of the Rebel Legion and R2 Builders club ( His droid R2-G4 can be seen at many conventions and charity events. Chris is also building an online community ( to crowdsource the construction a full scale replica of the Millennium Falcon. In the business world, Chris is VP of Technology for Anode, Inc. ( where he has worked for over 20 years creating world-class interactive experiences for museums, science centers, schools, and libraries.”

The Maker Revolution: Moving from Consumer to Creator
Speaker: Chris Lee, VP of Technology for Anode, Inc.
Thursday, June 20th, 2013, 7-8 p.m., FREE
Adventure Science Center, Nashville, TN

I adapted this post from my post at Theatre Intangible.

2013 Nashville Mini Maker Faire: Call for Makers Now Open!


The planning for the inaugural Nashville Mini Maker Faire, September 21st at the Adventure Science Center, is in full swing. I’m happy to announce that our call for makers is officially open!

What are we looking for? Passionate and creative makers! The Faire is a daylong celebration of making. We want people to show off their cool inventions, sell their wares, teach workshops, give presentations, and perform with their handmade gear. We’re also looking for volunteers. We need social media gurus, planners, bloggers, av techs, general volunteers, and more. Leadership positions are still available. If you’d like to be a part of the Faire, head on over to our Participate page to learn more. Once you know what you want to do, fill out the Nashville Mini Maker Faire Application.

We’re also seeking sponsorship from creative enterprises. Find out more on our Sponsor the Faire page.

Middle Tennessee is bursting at the seams with creative people. We hope the Faire will serve as a uniting force for all the amazing groups and individuals in the area.

Here are just a few of the many creative organizations that call Nashville home:


Fort Houston is a 10,000+ sq ft creative space on Houston Street in south Nashville that houses a wood shop, mechanical shop, screen-printing shop, stage, classroom and various shared and dedicated work desks.


Put on by the Nashville Women’s STEAM group, Ladies’ Hack Day is a day for women of all skill levels and ages to get together and build something radical. If you’ve *never* written a line of code in your life, but you want to learn, they want you there! If you’re a super awesome programmer who knows more about compilers than Grace Hopper, they’re honored to have you. You’ll leave with a fully functioning project that you can call your own.


The Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society is a robotics / makers / technology group in Nashville that meets monthly at the Faire’s home, Adventure Science Center. Newbies, gearheads and everyone in between are welcome.


Arts Cubed is a local group that puts on the enormously popular cons Middle Tennessee Anime Convention, Geek Media Expo, and Nashville Zombie Walk. They advance popular visual, performing and literary arts – along with related cultural experiences central to the lives of the community – through events, outreach, education and associated initiatives.


The International Puppet Festival is a three day June event at the Downtown Public Library that hosts performances and workshops from puppetry artists from around the world. One of the guests this year is Phillip Huber, the Emmy award-winning master puppeteer, perhaps best known for his marionette work in Being John Malkovich.


The Apparition Abolishers is a group of costumers, artists, prop-makers and performers. They have won several awards for their costumes, including Best in Show at the 2012 Dragon*Con Masquerade Costume Contest for “Chloe Seachord and her Mechanical Steampunk Wings” (by Leah D’Andrea and Chris Lee).


Plugged In Inc is local technology organization that puts on the popular yearly “unconferences” BarCamp Nashville and PodCamp Nashville.  Their mission is to provide financial stewardship, risk management and volunteer leadership development for Nashville area zero admission fee events.