Makers

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There is no cost to exhibit at the Faire, unless you have creations you will sell to the public. If so, you are considered a Commercial Maker and will be charged a fee to participate. Fees details are explained in the submission application.

What we are looking for:

  • Robotics
  • CNC projects
  • Green Tech (energy production/monitoring, electric vehicles, etc)
  • Recycled or upcycled projects
  • DIY Science
  • Participatory activities (e.g., participatory activities such as silk screening or last year’s learn to solder, “Make and Takes” where guests walk away with something they’ve made)
  • Student projects
  • Radio
  • Rocketry
  • Unusual tools, machines, techniques
  • Whimsical technical creations
  • Unusual Craft projects or techniques
  • Use of old and new technologies
  • Fixing and/or taking things apart
  • Cool bicycles of any kind
  • Art Cars
  • Bands to play on the entertainment stage
  • Entries for the Power Racing Series (modified kids electric ride-on vehicle competition)
  • Entries for several classes of Multirotor Drone Competitions and Exhibitions.

Visitors want to learn something, so just as important as your presence is what will you be doing in your exhibit.  Making something in your space is ideal.  At minimum try to include some hands-on interactive or at the least be prepared to explain how you did what you did.  

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the on-line CALL FOR MAKERS that tells about your activity or exhibit. We’ll ask for a description that we can publish, a representative photo we can publish, and contact information for the public to use (websites, email).   We know this form can seem complicated.  Once you participate in Maker Faire, you’ll know why we had to ask so many questions.  Our goal is to make this a great experience for everyone.

The CALL FOR MAKERS is your application for registration. Once you submit your completed Call for Makers, you will receive a confirmation by email. We will confirm acceptance to participate at a later date.

Some of OUR PAST MAKERS were:

Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. We will feature several Instant Challenges which involve on-the-spot creative and innovative thinking.
www.idodi.org

Middle TN VEX Robotics Competition
Fall VEX Skyrise robotics competition kick off. Open to all middle and high school robotics teams.
www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/re-vrc-14-1338.html

Stratford STEM Magnet High School
Stratford STEM Magnet High School’s Academy of Science and Engineering will showcase student work including engineering and robotics

One Man, One Garage
3D puzzle kits of things people might use.
www.onemanonegarage.com

Zephyr Art: The Professional Bohemians
We design products that encourage Think for Play! (Kits and patterns, creative play toys and ‘smart art’.

Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School
Robotics and inventions

Nashville Origami Club
The Nashville Origami Club promotes paperfolding in the middle Tennessee area. We will be displaying various paper sculptures and teaching event attendees a number of basic origami models.

Vanderbilt Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS)
We will have a series of exhibits including:
– 1/5 scaled size amphibious vehicles
– hardware Google phone modules
– bicycles with electronic gadgets
www.isis.vanderbilt.edu

Make Nashville
Printrbot Simple Metal 3D printer and various things printed on it, circuit-bent gear, papercraft, and various little knick knacks. A Class on papercrafting mechanical moving parts.
www.makenashville.org

Azeem and Nazir
A new router pantograph and demo area where kids can use small marker pantographs to duplicate drawings

Country Anthem
Furniture, jewelry, crafts, computer training courses for kids).

The Workroom – A Nashville Makerspace
We are starting a makerspace for Nashville called the Workroom. We’re passionate about maker families and getting young makers involved and excited about creative work and learning about some new things they can make. Our exhibit will have hands on workshops for kids ages 2 and up that combine art, science, and tech.

Natural Sciences Institute
Teleportation Conduit – A Look Through Demonstrations of Infinite Distance

Collin Royster Creations
Props and costumes. Neat stuff.
www.facebook.com/CollinRoysterCreations

Cat’s Crafts
Duct tape crafts

R2 Builders
Remote-controlled R2-D2 movie prop replica
www.astromech.net

Art Moves Mobile Art Studio
Art Moves is an art studio on wheels. We bring hands on art projects for families out of our vintage art truck. Variety of recycled materials for a collective community sculpture and printmaking projects to make and take.
www.artmovesvan.com

Apparition Abolishers
Award-winning steampunk prop and costume builders will display their many gadgets and contraptions, including steampunk monster hunting gear, mechanical wings, and a giant mech robot.
www.aparitionabolishers.com

The Full Scale Falcon Project
Fan-built Millennium Falcon movie set replica. Cockpit console and quad gun. Photo ops for kids and adults.
www.fullscalefalcon.com

Powerwheels Racers
Powerwheels Racing for Adults – Come see examples of Powerwheels Kids ride-on vehicles that have been converted to adult super-powerful racing machines. They appear stock from the outside, but have large batteries, mega motors and lots of power!

Scheduled exhibits, programs and performers (subject to change):

Exhibits

Star Wars props & costumes
Robot demonstrations
Kids tinkering zone
3D printing
Origami
Soldering
Creative play toys
Custom jewelry & guitar picks
Millennium Falcon cockpit & quad gun replica
Pantographing
Bicycle gadgets
Teleportation conduit
R2-D2s
Soda bottle rocket launcher
Amateur & ham radio
Mobile emergency response equipment
Cell phone trackers
Arduino games
Home & volunteer gardening
Steampunk gear
Laser engraving
Creative thinking challenges
Artwork from recycled materials
FIRST and VEX robots
LED lighting
Community map
Duct tape crafts
Dog beds & coats
3D puzzles
Hand & finger puppets
Homesteading
Segway robot
Repurposed antique & vintage wares
The World’s Most Useless Machine
Handcrafted calendars
CNC machining
Leatherworking
Art studio on wheels
Letterpress design & screen printing
Photo booth
Handmade Brazilian truffles
Luxury street wear
Military parachute repurposing
Scale models
Calligraphy

Programs

Powerwheels racing
VEX Skyrise robotics competition
LED lighting & 3D printing
MaKey MaKey devices
Papercrafting
Making Pictures with Sound / Sound with Pictures

Performers

School of Rock
Dr3amland
Nuclear Bubble Wrap
Foot Pound Force
Mark Buerschaper
Knew Beat
African Drum Corps
Build A Giant
Katie Lynn Daniels