2015 Schedule

Saturday

PRESENTATIONS/EVENTS

9 – 10 am RC Car Open Practice Milwaukee Mile
10 am Kohl’s Wild Theater Stage A
10:30 – 3:30 RC Car Qualifying Races Milwaukee Mile
11 am  Power Racing Demo Stage B
Noon  GE Design & Build Challenge Kick-Off Stage A
Noon  Tesla Demonstration Hall B
1 pm  AudioBody: A Thrilling High-Tech Comedy Show Stage B
1:30 pm Kohl’s Wild Theater Stage A
2:15 pm  Tesla Demonstration Hall B
3 pm Planetary Melodies Stage B
3 pm GE Design & Build Challenge Competition Stage A
4 pm GE Design & Build Challenge Awards Stage A
4 pm AudioBody: A Thrilling High-Tech Comedy Show Stage B
4 – 6 pm RC Car Main Races Milwaukee Mile
5:15 pm Fire-Spinning Demonstration Stage B

Workshops

10:00 am – noon Letterpress Posters ($) Workshop Area A
10 – 11 am 2D Robot Design ($) Workshop Area B
10 – 11:30 am
Easy Cheese Making Booth 821
12:30 – 2:30 pm Letterpress Posters ($) Workshop Area A
10:30 – noon Sew NewCycled ($) Workshop Area C
11:30 – 12:30 pm Tessellations in Design ($) Workshop Area B
Noon Cast Aluminum Using Scratch Block Molds Aluminum Pour Area

12:30 – 2 pm Recycled Bicycle Jewelry ($) Workshop Area C
1 – 2 pm Caramel and Fudge Creations ($) Workshop Area B
2:30 – 4 pm Tiny Circuits ($) Workshop Area B
2:30 – 4 pm So, you’ve decided to buy a 3D printer…now what? (FREE) Workshop Area C
3 pm Cast Aluminum Using Scratch Block Molds Aluminum Pour Area

4:30 – 5:30 pm Circuit Bending 101 ($) Workshop Area B
4:30 – 6 pm Bird Cage Wind Chimes ($) Workshop Area A
4:30 – 6 pm One-Of-A-Kind Swirly Rings ($) Workshop Area C

SPEAKERS

10 am “Proving the World Once Again Needs Well-Crafted
Objects” John McWilliam, Stage B
11:15 am “Learning by Doing: Making in the K – 12
Classroom” Jack Samuelson, Stage A
12:30 pm “Digital Fabrication and Craft: Connecting Craft
with Community” Frankie Flood, Stage A
2:45 pm “Wisconsin Makers at Burning Man” Burning Man
Wisconsin, Stage A
4:30 pm “Ornithopter: 1903 Wright Brothers Engine”
Steve Hay, Stage A
5:15 pm “A TED Talk on DIY” Gart McLaren, Stage A

Sunday

PRESENTATIONS/EVENTS

10:30 am Kohl’s Wild Theater Stage A
10: 30 – 2:30 RC Car Qualifying Races Milwaukee Mile
Noon AudioBody: A Thrilling High-Tech Comedy
Show Stage B
12:45 pm Kohl’s Wild Theater Stage A
1:15 pm Tesla Demonstration Hall B
1:45 pm Power Racing Demo Stage B
2:15 pm Fire-Spinning Demonstration Stage B
3 pm AudioBody: A Thrilling High-Tech Comedy
Show Stage B
3 – 5 pm RC Car Main Races Milwaukee Mile
4:15 pm Tesla Demonstration Hall B

WORKSHOPS

10 a.m. – noon Using Processing to Create Digital
Spirographs & Harmonographs (FREE)
Workshop Area A
10 – 11:30 am Easy Cheese Making Booth 821

10 – 11:30 am Make Your Own Monogram Pendant ($)
Workshop Area B
10:30 am – noon Caramel and Fudge Creations ($)
Workshop Area C
Noon Cast Aluminum Using Scratch Block Molds Aluminum Pour Area

Noon – 1:30 pm Fabric Bead-Making ($) Workshop Area B
1 – 2:30 pm Recycled Bicycle Jewelry ($)
Workshop Area A
1 – 3 pm Letterpress Posters ($) Workshop Area C
2-5 pm Move and Zoom Model Rally Booth 819
2 pm Cast Aluminum Using Scratch Block Molds Aluminum Pour Area
2:30 – 4 pm Bird Cage Wind Chimes ($ )
Workshop Area A
3 – 4:30 pm So, you’ve decided to buy a 3D printer…
now what? (FREE) Workshop Area A

SPEAKERS

11:45 am “The Power Racing Series” Pete Prodoehl,
Stage A
12:15 pm “Ornithopter: 1903 Wright Brothers Engine”
Steve Hay, Stage A
2:15 pm “The Impact of FIRST as a Female in STEM”
Erin Mitchell, Stage A
3 pm “Pluto, New Horizons/Pluto-Palooza”
Jim Plaxco, Stage A

SPEAKERS

Ornithopter: 1903 Wright Brothers engine

Speaker: Steven H. Hay
I was involved in the production of 1903 Wright Brothers engine for the 2003 Centennial of the Wright Brothers first flight. One of our engines was at Kitty Hawk for the celebration. The engine is a good example of creative thinking taking into account limited resources. It illustrates what clear thinkers the Wright Brothers were.

Talk Time: Sunday, 12:15 pm

A TED talk on DIY

Speaker: Gart McLaren
An TED talk style conversation about DIY in society. A breakdown of how Doing It Yourself sets trends, impacts style, technology and culture. 39 year veteran of DIY, Presenter Gart McLaren plans to inspire an visually display many positive effects of DIY.

Talk Time: Saturday, 5:15 pm

Digital Fabrication and Craft: Connecting Craft with Community

Speaker: Frankie Flood
Frankie Flood’s interest in machines and tools and the influence of his working class upbringing is a source of inspiration for the functional objects that he creates. Flood exhibits his work nationally and internationally and his work has received many awards and has been published widely. The connection between design and fabrication and how each is influenced by material and process has been the focus of Flood’s recent research as he continues to combine traditional craft practice with digital technology. His recent design research regarding 3D printed prosthetics and one of a kind adaptive devices has spread worldwide and his creation of UWM’s DCRL has created new areas of study for students interested in digital fabrication.

Talk Time: Saturday, 12:30 pm

The Power Racing Series

Speaker: Pete Prodoehl
The Power Racing Series is an electric vehicle racing competition on the cheap using children’s toys, piles of scrap, and $500.

Besides being loads of fun, The Power Racing Series promotes teamwork and teaches real-world engineering and problem solving. It also promotes re-use of materials and repair of mechanical devices.

Talk Time: Sunday, 11:45 am

Wisconsin Makers At Burning Man

Speaker: Marilyn Besasie
Burning Man is a city built from scratch by 70,000 Makers. People from Wisconsin and nearby areas make a village inside of Black Rock City. We make everything ourselves and the stakes are your own survival. Radical self-reliance in a harsh environment is the ultimate test of your maker skills. This talk will be presented by Eric G and Marilyn B, the Wisconsin Regional Contacts for the Burning Man Project. Let us introduce you to Burning Man and explain how you can be a part of this amazing event.

Talk Time: Saturday, 2:45 pm

Pluto, New Horizons Pluto-Palooza

Speaker: Jim Plaxco
The science community is buzzing over the surprising findings of the NASA New Horizons mission to Pluto. In this presentation we’ll touch on the historical meaning of what it is to be a planet, talk about the New Horizons spacecraft and its instruments, and more. In particular we’ll look at the significance of the images and data returned so far. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Talk Time: Sunday, 3 pm

“Learning by Doing: Making in the K-12 Classroom”

Speaker: Jack Samuelson
This presentation will illustrate how to create opportunities for K-12 students to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through MAKING. Students can engage in MAKING activities that can be low-tech as well as high tech, low cost & high cost, in the classroom or at home, by themselves or with peers/parents/teachers, indoors or outside. While MAKING options are everywhere, this talk will focus on what it looks like in the K-12 classroom and how teachers, parents, and the community can facilitate meaningful MAKING experiences with youth.

Talk Time: Saturday, 11:15 am

The impact of FIRST as a female in STEM

Speaker: Erin Mitchell
According to the Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey (ACS), women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but just 24 percent of STEM workers. Why? We’ll take a look at my personal experiences as a female in STEM as well as what I recognize as two major stopping blocks for women potentially interested in STEM careers: Impostor Syndrome, and lack of unbiased media representation. We’ll also look at a few small ways to combat these issues and how I have overcome and help others overcome these blocks to success.

Talk Time: Sunday, 2:15 pm

Proving the world once again needs well-crafted objects

Speaker: John McWilliam
Using Old World techniques, John McWilliam has created something new. He has mixed modern entrepreneurship with classic craftsmanship to build a business that has taken his Fifth Ward shop’s pieces around the world.

Talk Time: Saturday, 10:00 AM

Workshops

Turning a wood pen from start to finish

Run by: Creations in wood
Learn how to turn, finish, and assemble your own wooden pen. You leave the booth with a pen that you turned on a wood lathe at about 25% of the cost of a ready made one.

Class Cost: $10 – $15/person
Class Time: All Day Saturday and Sunday
Class Location: Booth 242

Recycled bicycle jewelry making

Run by: Chain Stay Jewelry & Design
Make a recycled inner tube bracelet! You can be an up-cycling maven and turn bike shop trash into treasure! If you catch on and are industrious, make several! Some for you and some for gifts for friends! All materials, tools and instructions will be provided.

Class Cost: $5/person to listen to and see the demo and make things. $15 donation to listen and see the demo, make things and take a copy of the instructions home with you.
Class Time: 12:30 – 2 pm (Saturday), 1:00PM – 2:30PM (Sunday)
Class Location: Workshop Area C (Saturday), Workshop Area A (Sunday)

One-of-a-Kind Swirly Spiral Ring

Run by: Morning Goddess Designs
You will learn to hand craft your own one-of-a-kind ring! Choose from a variety of colors, and wear your creation home! We will teach you how to curl and swirl a length of wire into your perfect ring.

Class Cost: $3/person
Class Time: 4:30 – 6 pm (Saturday)
Class Location: Workshop Area C

Letterpress Printed Posters

Run by: Bay View Printing Co.
We’ll bring a mixture of antique wood type, ink and paper. After we explain the letterpress printing process – workshop attendees will have the opportunity to design, ink and letterpress print their own 11×17 posters to take home with them.

Class Cost: $20/person
Class Time: 10:00 am – noon (Saturday), 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Sunday)
Class Location: Workshop Area A (Saturday), Workshop Area C (Sunday)

2D Robot Design!

Run by: Mister Mellow’s Cartooning & Mustachery
Create your own two dimensional cardstock robot! Choose your parts, color them, cut them out, & glue them together to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece: all ages & skill levels.

Class Cost: $5/person
Class Time: 10 – 11 am (Saturday)
Class Location: Workshop Area B

Make your own Monogram pendant

Run by: ArtcycleMKE
In this Jewelry and Metals workshop, participants will learn how to cut, drill, and pierce small brass and copper shapes. These shapes will be riveted together to make a sweet monogram pendant (a pendant with your initial on it)! We will work with the jeweler’s saw, a small drill press, and a riveting hammer to make this piece of jewelry.

Class Cost: TBD
Class Time: 10:30 – noon (Sunday)
Class Location: Workshop Area B

Circuit-Bending 101 Talk

Run by: Creme DeMentia
Learn the basics of circuit-bending with a brief talk, question and answer, and live examples of types of circuit-bends that you may find.

Class Cost: $15/person
Class Time: 4:30 – 6 pm (Saturday)
Class Location: Workshop Area B

Using Processing to Create Digital Spirographs and Harmonographs

Run by: Jim Plaxco
The workshop will begin by introducing students to the Processing programming language and the Processing IDE.

This is followed by a presentation on how to implement spirographs and harmonographs using Processing. The lecture component explains the concept of operation and the mathematical principles that make it possible to create programmed versions of spirographs and harmonographs.

Mathematical concepts covered include cartesian coordinates, polar coordinates, sine and cosine, amplitude, frequency, phase, decay, degrees and radians. The classes of curves discussed are hypotrochoids, epitrochoids, and Lissajous. The structure and statements of the four model spirograph and harmonograph programs that are provided for students to use is also explained in the hands-on portion of the class. Students keep the model spirograph and harmonograph programs for their own experimentation.

Class Cost: FREE
Class Time: 10 a.m. – noon (Sunday)
Class Location: Workshop Area A

Caramel & Fudge Creations

Run by: 600 Sweets & Treas LLC.
I will demonstrate how to make easy caramel & fudge at home. I will also demonstrate how to make several variations by adding or combining other sweets & treats.

Class Cost: TBD
Class Time: 1 – 2:30 pm (Saturday), 10:30 am – noon (Sunday)
Class Location: Workshop Area B (Saturday), Workshop Area C (Sunday)

2DKits Build-a-Blinkie

Run by: 2DKits
This is where you get to build an LED flashing thing. You start with the kit, use the tools we have in the work area. When you are done, you have a working blinkie. We have blinkie Techs to help you debug any problems.

Class Cost: $5 – $80
Class Time: All Day Saturday and Sunday
Class Location: Learn to Solder Area

Tiny Circuits with Bryan Cera

Run by: Bryan Cera
Learn to program an ATTINY85 chip to create cheap, simple digital i/o circuits! Get more bang for your board! We will be using typical Arduino boards for ISP (in-system programming) of smaller, less-expensive chips. Yay, tiny computers!

Class Cost: $10/person
Class Time: 2:30 – 4 pm (Saturday)
Class Location: Workshop Area B

Birdcage Wind Chimes

Run by: Kathie
Learn how easy it is to make a wind chime that will have you glowing with pride as it shines in the sun. All materials are provided: a metal bird cage with a little bird swinging on a perch, and enough crystal beads, charms and monofilament strands to complete the project.

Class Cost: $20/person
Class Time: 4:30 – 6 pm (Saturday), 2:30 – 4 pm (Sunday)
Class Location: Workshop Area A (Saturday), Workshop Area B (Sunday)

Tessellations in Design, 3D Modeling & Printing

Run by: Zovar Productions LLC
I will be explaining the creativity behind tessellations and how it can be used in the workplace, our everyday lives and in manufacturing. 3D printing and the future in manufacturing & personal use. The mobius strip, and it’s confusing but awesome attributes.

Class Cost: TBD
Class Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (Saturday)
Class Location: Workshop Area B

Fabric Bead Making from Scratch for people of all ages!

Run by: Mari Carini
Learn how to create beads from fabric and other fun materials. There will be plenty of supplies for you to try & test as you create a set of one-of-a-kind beads. Embellish then with fabric paint, yarns, glass beads, and colored wire. Brainstorm with others and get ideas on where & how to use them, inventing different styles and much more!

Class Cost: $3.50/person
Class Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm (Sunday)
Class Location: Workshop Area B

Make and Take Stylus + Cardboard Switching

Run by: CodeCreate
Attracting one and all to build for thirty seconds or thirty minutes, participants of all ages will explore three dimensional building, felt, conduction and digital drawing and programming through either making their own touch-screen enabled stylus out of colorful felt materials and conductive fiber or shaping cardboard into “energized sculptures:” birds that sing, lamps that light or rocket ships that roar with cardboard, aluminum foil, Makey Makey boards and Scratch. This is a nice introduction to building or e-textiles, blending high and low-tech materials that interact with digital technology. The creative possibilities are endless with felting and cardboard as a craft medium for almost any age and imagination. Inspired by the Global Cardboard Challenge in Chicago as well as activities at the Art Institute of Chicago, participants build with us and then take their stylus or cardboard sculpture away as well as a link to Scratch!

Class Cost: $8/person
Class Time: All Day Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm (Sunday)
Class Location: Booth 819

The Move and Zoom Model Rally

Run by: CodeCreate
Build and race a custom built tortoise and hare, simple hardware, model race cars, ships or all of these at the big rally! Participants begin by exploring common hardware and then construct a simple car chassis, cutting, drilling for and assembling cardboard, corner protectors, aluminum rods, battery holders and motors. Participants then design, cut and glue a body onto the “car” and race it on a recorded racetrack with shots and angles like the pros! Too often movement and media seem like a distant phenomena but with simple tools, participants both command movement and build personally relevant creations before utilizing that technology and making their own “primetime broadcasts!” Participants take either the model car or (if working in a group) photos of the car and link to a video of the big race! With time, participants even put in lights and switches and post their races online!

Class Cost: $8/person
Class Time: 2 – 5pm (Sunday)
Class Location: Booth 819

Sew newCycled

Run by: JupiterAllen
Create a newCycled tote bag!
– Select a fabric square and a pre-sewn strap that will become your own bag
– Select an image to print/stamp onto your fabric (you will be using paint)
– Select your paint color(s)…please no mixing of paints
– Apply paint to the image you selected and press onto fabric where you want your image/design to be
– Allow to dry
– Martina will complete construction of fabric using sewing machine to connect seams and straps
Happy Toting!

Class Cost: $10/person
Class Time: 10:30 am – Noon (Saturday)
Class Location: Workshop Area C

So, you’ve decided to buy a 3D printer…now what?

Run by: BEHS TechClub
Getting a 3D printer to spit out a sample print is fun, but the more fun/hard/rewarding/useful part is knowing how to design your own creations. Our talented group of high school students can show you the basics of AutoCad Inventor design software, which is similar in many ways to whatever you might want to use to create custom 3D objects.

Class Cost: FREE
Class Time: 2:30 – 4 pm (Saturday), 3 – 4:30 pm (Sunday)
Class Location: Workshop Area C (Saturday), Workshop Area A (Sunday)