[Lab] Mini Maker Fair Kids Table

Mark Stephenson mark.b.stephenson at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 13:38:21 EDT 2012

Hi Kirk, that's a wonderful idea. We could certainly cut a hole or holes
for an led when cutting the name out. If you can run with this go for it, I
suspect ArtEngine might be able to chip in a few batteries and maybe a few

I don't know how many kids we'll have, I think I'm going to plan on around
50 a day. Someone please correct me if I'm underestimating or really
overestimating this.


On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM, Kirk Sutherland
<kirk.sutherland at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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?).
> Cheers!
> Kirk
> 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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> >
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