The link above is for registering for the Cincinnati makerfaire. Please write down your name, and use the drop down arrows to select what times you would like to work those events. The Cincinnati Makerfaire will be at the Hamilton county fairgrounds this year from October 8th to the 9th from 10am to 6pm. If you are free on those days, come down and help represent the hive!
Here’s some information about the events:
Power Tool Drag Racing
When you see power tools and you think “more power”, then you might be interested in power tool drag racing. We modify belt sander and angle grinders and then race them down a 70’ track. Attending many of these events, I can attest that seeing an angle grinder fly down that track in 2 seconds flat is a sight to behold!
Responsibility: You will help stage the power tool drag racers, reset the windicator, and operate the track retrieval system (i.e. petal car). You can be social to spectators around the track, but is not required. This is an outside attraction, however you are right next to the beer garden. Lucky.
The hive booth is a representation of what the hive is about. This ranges from showing off cool projects (like Galileo’s finger), and to display projects that you have been working on (such as that project that you’ve been working on). If you have a project that you are working on that you would like to show off, then volunteer here. If you don’t have a project, but like to talk to strangers about how awesome our amazing magnificent group is, then this would be right up your alley as well. This also might include a demonstration project or two, of which is TBA.
Responsibility: To stand around and talk to people about the magnificent and totally classy makerspace that you are a member of, talk about what our group is about, and potentially butter up prospective members to come check out our space and become a member. Bonus points for making awesome networking opportunities for hive 13 (the bonus points would be in the form of cookies that I will give you).
Learn 2 Soldier
No makerfaire is a true makerfaire unless there is a learn 2 soldier booth. We have held the proud tradition of being that force at the Cincinnati makerfaire as long as I can remember, bringing smiles and flashy lights to our future makers. Last year was the first time I ever soldered, and I picked it up 30 minutes before showing hundreds of kids how to solder. So don’t let the name intimidate you, if I can learn to solder in 30 mins, I bet you can figure it out in half the time.
Responsibility: You will teach kids not to grab a hot iron (by showing them how to hold an unplugged iron). You will walk them through soldering an led and battery case. You might have to help hold the iron or the solder for some of the younger children. You supply the child with a battery and a magnet, and you are all set. This area is located in the same area as the hive booth, inside a building. This is a surprisingly rewarding experience IMO. Soldering stations can be busy, but with enough people to swap back and forth it makes this booth easy peazy.
The after party is a celebration for those who we cannot thank enough for putting in their time and effort into making the makerfaire a wonderful experience for fellow makers, future makers, and for hive 13 as a whole. We want the after party to be small, but we do want to invite fellow makers from the makerfaire (and maybe a few potential members) down to mingle with our group. This won’t be a rave, but a nice small casual social setting.
Responsibility: As a volunteer at the After Party, your job is to make sure people who worked the faire take a load off. There might be people that want to check out the space, and your job will be to give tours and answer questions people might have. This isn’t a difficult job, for the most part you get to be chatting up with r2d2 and drone racers and occasionally giving a tour. No biggie.
My thanks to anyone who signs up. Makerfaire is one of the ways that the hive gives back to the community, and that’s really what we are all about, right? It’s not just about what we can get out of it, but it’s about what we put into something. It’s about the things we make. We make experiences for people at makerfaire. We spark ideas. We make stories for fathers/mothers to tell to their children. We inspire children to push the limits of what can be and what will be, and they eventually grow up to carry our love and passion for making into something bigger and better than we could ever create on our own.
We can make the world a better place, but It all has to start somewhere. Might as well start with us.