[Lab] Mini Maker Fair Kids Table

Kirk Sutherland kirk.sutherland at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 13:08:15 EDT 2012

Hi Mark,
Cool idea! When I read this the first thing that poped into my head
was getting something 'flashy' on their necklaces. A simple blinking
LED circuit could be made for $1-2 bucks, but we could also do a
static LED circuit with just an LED and button battery. I figure you
could probably make those for about $.50 a peice (I will confirm this
tonight). The kids could pick their own colour, connect up the battery
with tape and then push the led through a hole in the necklace keeping
the battery on the back (the holes could be cut on the laser cutter in
a position that the child would like?). I would love to run this table
and could donate materials (depending on how many kids you expect
perhaps there is $20 or so that could be used for this?).


On 10/5/12, Mark Stephenson <mark.b.stephenson at gmail.com> wrote:
> Fellow makers, as some of you may know I'm going to operate a table at the
> Ottawa Mini Maker Fair on behalf of the Lab as a station for kids. I'll
> have the laser cutter onsite and I'll cut out kids names in the form of
> large necklaces (hollywood rapper style) that they can wear around their
> neck.
> I'll also have some Mini Maker Certificates that can be handed out. The
> hope is that the kids can get their name necklace and then circulate around
> to a few stations and get something added onto their necklace/name . Simple
> things like a 3d printed bead, piece of yarn, piece of wire etc.. and then
> come back to my station and get their certificate. We haven't nailed down
> the add onto the badge thing so please chime in and let me know if you
> would like to participate as part of what your already doing at the fair.
> Britta tells me I've got a prime spot and a large table so I have room for
> additional people who would like to volunteer and help me out with this
> project. Also probably enough space should someone also have something that
> could fit well with the theme. Darcy if you wanted to bring some of your
> planes that would be super cool.
> I also need some help Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon transporting
> gear including the laser. I'll have my station wagon which I hope can take
> the weight of the laser but I'll need help moving it and associated gear
> back and forth.
> I'm also putting out a call for cardboard, we may have a good supply option
> but I'd like to have a backup plan. If you've got some used boxes that
> would be good for cutting please drop them off to the lab.
> I'm looking forward to the Fair, just a week away!
> Cheers,
> Mark
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