Monthly Archives: March 2016

Meet the Maker: Frank Duggan


Frank, from Westfield, NJ, is designing and building a computer using 7400 series discrete logic devices, which were popular in the 1960’s. The first iteration was just an arithmetic logic unit with an interface of switches and LED’s. The next step is to create a device that can read instructions from a ROM chip and to give it control over how input and output are handled. The end goal is to create a computer that can  be used to play PONG. Stop by his exhibit to take a closer look!

Call For Makers 2016: Extended Through March 25th!

The Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire is a showcase of creativity and innovation in the New Jersey community. The event invites makers (individuals, groups, industries and K-12 to universities) to present their projects that explore DIY (do-it-yourself) thinking, reveal their process and show how materials are pushed to their limits.

Whether it’s science explorations, woodworking, robotics, beekeeping or e-textiles this event will explore it all with the Museum’s art and science collection as the ultimate ‘maker’ examples.

If you have a project that explores DIY, or shows people how they can make things themselves, we’d love to have you apply. If you are a Young Maker under the age of 18, please have your (adult) project mentor submit your project for you.


Here is a list of ideas and projects, but this is just a starting point.

 LEGO Users Groups

 Robotics

 Bee-keeping

 Fabric Arts

 3D Printing

 Pottery

 Composting, recycling

 Gardening

 Model making

 Musical instrument making

 Art cars

 Programming

 DIY Science

 Bicycle groups

 Young Makers groups

 Sewing

 Woodworking

 Game design

 Quilting

 Mosaics

 Cooking class

 Paper airplane making


Apply Here!


Twitter: @nwkmakerfaire


Google +: Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire

Newark Museum:


Call for Makers closes: March 11, 2016, March 25th, 2016


Saturday, April 30th, 2016, 11 am – 4 pm

Location: Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102 /

Meet the Maker: Home-Made Toy for Girls & Boys



Step back in time with artist John P Chismar as he presents favorite projects constructed from plans drafted by A. Neely Hall in his 1915 book “Home-Made Toys for Girls and Boys”. Projects include toys such as the paper pinwheel, buzz-saw whirligig, the eight-blade windmill with toy jumping-jack, clog-dancer, a home-made toy motor-boat and a toy elevator. You will be transported to simpler times by the “Toy Shocking Machine” when toys utilized “large shocking coils [to] contract the muscles to such an extent that it is impossible to let go of the metal grips until the current has been shut off…” Come join John for some old fashioned pastimes.