Mini Maker Faire

Make, document, reflect, iterate, and share at a Mini Maker Faire. Select a hands-on project from the project list below. Follow the design process provided. Document as you go using your own device or one of the Engage devices (iPads & iPod touches). Then, consider how you could personalize/tweak/hack the design to make it more your own. Finally, share what you made and how you made it during a class Mini Maker Faire. Ideally this will lead students to a greater interest in attending the Detroit Maker Faire and continuing to become an avid maker as they proceed through Engage in 5th through 8th grade.

Possible Projects


  1. Watch How To Make More Makers
    • What is "Making"?
    • Who are Makers?
  2. Join Maker teams of 3
    • Create group wiki page titled "Mini Maker Faire HGW1 JMW11 ATW2"
    • Tag page butzin/davis/harvath/parkin, minimaker, and your usernames
    • Type a title on the page that matches the name of the page
    • Add each group members' username or first name underneath
    • Add a Table of contents widget
    • Add a heading 2 labeled Photography Examples
    • Write down which device(s) your group will use
    • Get to know each other a little better: What do you make? or What would you like to make in the future?
    • Brainstorm Maker Team names (decide next class)
  3. Mini Lesson - Setting up Email
  4. Mini Lesson - Emailing to Flickr
  5. Mini Lesson - photography (2 class periods)
    • Photography basics
      • Operating the camera
        • Holding steady
        • Volume buttons
      • Framing
        • (almost) Fill the Frame
        • Close ... but not too close
      • Cropping
      • Lighting
    • Photo Safari
      • Wide, medium & close-up
      • Good lighting & bad lighting
      • Angle (of object)
    • Optional - PicCollage (free)
  6. Mini Lesson - Downloading, uploading & adding Flickr photos to wiki pages
  7. Create team page
    • Title - Team name
    • by: JMW11, ATW2, HGW1
    • 1 photo from Flickr
  8. Watch Sylvia's Mini Maker Show
    • How does Sylvia share her projects?
    • What is documentation?
    • How are plans/"recipes" helpful? Do they limit you?
  9. Complete a short Make project -Bee Hummer
    • Follow a recipe
    • Discuss personalizing/tweaking/hacking
    • Time to iterate/tweak/personalize/hack
    • D'oh! We have a completed projected, but how could we have documented our work?
      • Wiki
      • Photos
      • Videos
      • _ _ _ _ ?
  10. Make Project 2: As a team, browse possible projects, analyzing for 1) fun, 2) doable process, & 3) gather-able materials
  11. Select a project (if you choose shorter projects, you may have time to complete more than 1)
  12. Complete project in manner similar to sample project - What will you do differently that might be better? What makes that better?
  13. ---Keep editing from here---
  14. Create project wiki page - use a templateif needed due to time constraints or to scaffold younger students
    • Title
    • Final video of finished project
    • List of materials
    • Process (any notes that would have made the original directions clearer?)
    • Documentation of first version
    • Tweaks/Hacks
    • Brainstorm ways to tweak design (work better, look cooler, more creative, longer lasting, etc.)
    • Which will you attempt? Why?
    • Documentation of second/third version
    • Reflection on success/difficulties of tweaked design(s)
    • Link to original project
  15. Make sure students complete the materials portion of the page, listing each item and who will bring it
  16. Homework - Check partners' planners for homework, call partners to remind them to bring their materials
  17. Students complete Process, and Original Project link on wiki page
  18. Students follow process to complete first version of the project. While completing the project, they should take photos or videos to document the process and any reflections/questions.
  19. Students brainstorm tweaks/hacks to original design, listing ways to make it work better, look cooler, feel/appear more creative, last longer (durability), etc.
  20. Students select tweaks/hacks that seem reasonable for the materials, time, and expertise they have available.
  21. Students tweak/hack a second version of the project, again taking photos or videos to document the process and any reflections/questions.
  22. Students reflect on the process, including teamwork, and product. This can be text, audio recording, or video.
  23. Students share/celebrate each others' projects during a class Mini Maker Faire.
  24. Discuss opportunities to Make coming up in Engage 5/6 and 7/8 as well as Thinkering Studio.
  25. Take a virtual trip to a Maker Faire and share information about Detroit's upcoming Maker Faire this summer.
  26. Share links for projects students might try at home on their own or with a parent.

Student Projects







  • Make Process: Make, Document, Reflect, Iterate/Tweak
  • Following written directions or video directions
  • Documenting process
  • Reflecting on creation
  • Iterative personalizing/tweaking/hacking
  • Group skills: working in trios (emphasis from rubric?)
  • Extra Bonus: Intuitive Science