Monthly Archives: April 2016

Meet the Makers: Edison Makerspace

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In the tradition of our community’s namesake the Edison Public Library is proud to announce that it will be incorporating a Makerspace as part of its collection of services to the community. Some of you maybe wondering just what a Makerspace is. Makerspaces as a concept are a little hard to define but generally they can be thought of as creative workshops designed for the community to explore and invent. They align nicely with the current STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) movement in education but can include creative crafts and is available to all ages.

In the beginning the Edison Makerspace will be outfitted with an iMac and Makerbot 3D printer and a workbench stocked with hand tools. We will also be including a quilting sewing machine that sews programmed patterns from a template. Furthermore, we also have plans of including video recording capabilities and a keyboard for music composition. Arduino kits and Raspberry Pi kits have also been provided to allow you to explore and design anything from flashing display signs to robots and wearable technology.

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Meet the Makers: J. Lexi

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J. Lexi, LLC started as a path to financial freedom; hey that’s the biggest reason people become entrepreneurs!  I wanted to create  something for myself + family that was natural + represented quality + love.  However, J. Lexi is not just about my financial independence + offering you great products to create uncommonly beautiful healthy skin, it is also about giving back, investing in community + finding something bigger than myself that I can contribute to + make a difference in!
Using the bounty of nature we create skin-loving recipes to nourish your hair, face + body! At J. Lexi, LLC we believe ingredients are best as nature created them.   Our holistic natural products are handmade in small batches + contain a combination of fresh, raw fruits, vegetables, , probiotics, fermentation, herbs, botanicals, vitamins, proteins, superfoods, amino acids, milks, creams + more.

Meet the Makers: Towhee LLC

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Maker Faire participants can sign up and form teams to meet an all-terrain challenge course using a stock Towhee ArtTech Kinetic Model A vehicle.

This is not your Dad’s pinewood derby. The challengers will need to test, modify, and race-run their Model A cars over various obstacles and terrain. A hybrid of Formula One and Rally racing, all teams will start with 2 stock ArtTech Model A kit cars — everyone starts with the same box of parts.

From there, teams can order up new parts that will be laser cut on-demand. Teams will be judged on: fastest course speed, design innovation, style, and audience appeal.

Meet the Makers: Marshall Sealy

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At Maker Faire Newark Marshall will be making and repairing brass instruments, making new instruments out of old brass parts from instruments, and repaing several dented and bent brass instruments.
Marshall will also give a performance on newly-made brass wind instruments!

Meet the Makers: Greater Newark Conservancy

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Greater Newark Conservancy invites makers to join us in growing a greener Newark. From community gardens to greenhouse hydroponics, community members are taking part in learning about, growing, and making healthy food. At our urban environmental education center green makers of all ages participate in hands-on, inquiry based environmentally themed programs. Two urban farms produce abundant harvests in the heart of the city that Newark Youth Leadership Project (NYLP) teens market through our Youth Farm Stand and Membership.

Learn more about Hydroponic Gardening at the Faire!

Meet the Makers: Gridlink Systems

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Because electricity is in high demand, realistically we need to triple grid capacity over the next 30 years by both energy efficiency and generation or face grid instability. We are failing to do so, therefore inevitably the grid will become unstable.

Systems selling power to Utilities without energy storage can not operate in blackouts and the utility grid is becoming more volatile

 The cost to upgrade these systems is very high because with current technology, it’s necessary to take out and destroy existing components such as inverters and wiring to accomplish the modification.

 Current technology does not exist that can effectively provide a perfect universal upgrade of low cost energy storage to these existing “grid tie” (power plants that sell to utility) systems without enormous expense.

Additionally no one has ever made a micro 230W solar battery backup system that was also a grid tie.

Thanks to Gridlink Systems new technology we can upgrade virtually any grid tie system to battery backup for as little as $2000 in material costs- thousands, even tens of thousands less than our competitors.

 

Meet the Makers: Cyprus Maker Community

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Cyprus Maker Community is a Livingston based maker community dedicated to extending the maker movement outside STEM. We are geared towards both children and adults, with a large following in both high schools as well as from professionals in the field. We believe one of our greatest accomplishments has been extending ourselves to athletes and those not involved in the STEM community. We pride ourselves in our award winning Robotics team, which participates in worldwide competitions such as FIRST; we’ll be exhibiting one of our designs here as well!

Learn to control and drive their robots at Maker Faire Newark!

Meet the Makers: Sparkle Labs

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Merging our love of new technology and old-fashioned fun, we develop hi-tech, hi-touch toys and environments to engage children and adults in the workings of the world. With several new lines of eco-friendly electronic and non-electronic products, we continue to provide thoughtful, interactive experiences to a market of curious consumers. Sparkle Labs’ concepts have been recognized by media outlets I.D. Magazine and AIGA and at international exhibitions such as Ubicomp, the Gwang-ju Design Biennale (Korea) and the International Art and Science Exhibition (China). Sparkle Labs is a frequent Make Magazine contributor whose work is featured in the recent book The Best of Make.

Meet the Makers: Lost Art Lacers

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LOST ART LACERS OF NORTH JERSEY is an organization of lacemakers and lace enthusiasts based in Northwest New Jersey, USA. Our purpose is to preserve the art and craft of lacemaking, to stimulate interest in and appreciation for all facets of the history, the art and craft of lacemaking.

At our Maker Faire the Lost Art Lacers will give demonstrations of the beautiful art of lacemaking as it has been done for centuries. Using bobbins and a pillow, we weave fine threads in a pattern to create an airy textile. View old and new examples of bobbin lace and spend a few minutes to try your hand at this traditional technique.

Meet the Makers: Eillis Eisner

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Art Therapy is the therapeutic use of art making within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art product and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others; cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of art-making.

Ellis Eisner is a professional Art Therapist who has been working in the field since January of 2000. She holds the degrees of: Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Rutgers University, where she graduated with highest honors in 1996, and Master of Arts, (MA) in Art Therapy from New York University, from which she graduated in 1999.

Join Ellis on a creative journey at Maker Faire Newark.