The 2017 Rogue Valley Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, September 23 at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum in Ashland, Oregon.
A Community Museum with Regional Impact: ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum is an interactive science museum located in Ashland, Oregon and serves explorers of all ages throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California. Founded in 2002 as a private response to a crisis in public science education, ScienceWorks is committed “to inspire wonder and stimulate creative exploration through fun interactive science and the arts.”
The origins of the Rogue Hack Lab can be traced back to approximately December of 2011, when just a few individuals starting exploring the possibility of a hackerspace / makerspace /co-working space in Southern Oregon. By late January, that grew into the founding group of five individuals: David Lowe, Fran Bull, Emile Snyder, Logan Bell, and Mica Cardillo.
In between their day jobs and attending to their young families, these five founding members met in each other’s living rooms, visited hackerspaces and makerspaces in other communities, toured dozens of empty spaces in downtown Medford, and set aside money for move-in and operational costs. By September of 2012, a small starter space at 225 E. Main St. was secured, followed by liability insurance, utilities, internet, etc. We had a soft opening in mid-October, and a grand opening in November of 2012.
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.
We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Glimpse the future and get inspired!
The Rogue Valley Mini Maker Faire is a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
Southern Oregon has long been a hotbed for technology, innovation, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit. The Rogue Valley Mini Maker Faire will bring together a diverse audience of all ages interested in technology, engineering, arts, crafts, food, music, science and sustainability.
Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events. Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.