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


  • Day 1

  • Day 2

    • Inspirational Maker: Sylvia's Mini Maker Show
      • How does Sylvia share her projects
      • What is documentation
      • How are plans/"recipes" helpful? Do they limit you?
    • LEGO Challenges - Biggest Structure, Tallest Structure, Duck
  • Day 3

    • Inspirational Makers: The Celebrity Chef & The Apple Kid
    • LEGO Challenges - Classify & Reverse
    • Add to team/group page
      • Add a Table of contents widget
      • Add a heading 2 labeled Photography Examples
      • Write down which device(s) your group will use
  • Day 4

    • Watch How To Make More Makers
      • What is "Making"?
      • Who are Makers?
    • Mini Lesson 1 - Connecting to BPS-Guest Wifi
      • username:
      • password: * * * * * * * *
    • Mini Lesson 2 - Setting up Gmail Account on an iDevice
      • username:
      • password: * * * * * * * *
    • Mini Lesson 3 - Test emailing to your email
    • LEGO Challenge - "house" similar to "duck" challenge

  • Day 5

    • 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)

  • Day 6

    • Mini Lesson 1 - Emailing a photo to your email
    • Mini Lesson 2 - Saving files to desktop, renaming, uploading to wiki page
    • Wiki Pages - add sample photos to team page
    • LEGO Challenge - Earthquake Survival - Most Robust
  • Day 7

  • 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
      • _ _ _ _ ?
  • Day ?

    • Make Share Faire Reflection
žWhat went well?
Answer here
What problems/difficulties did you face?
Answer her
—How did you (or someone else) try to solve them?
Answer here
žIf I were in charge … (How would you make it better or more successful?)
Answer here
    • Clean up Wiki page
      • Titles & subtitles
      • TOC
      • Tags (add your usernames - check if showing up on your portfolio)

  • Make Project 2: As a team, browse possible projects, analyzing for 1) fun, 2) doable process, & 3) gather-able materials
  • Select a project (if you choose shorter projects, you may have time to complete more than 1)
  • Complete project in manner similar to sample project - What will you do differently that might be better? What makes that better?
  • ---Keep editing from here---
  • 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
  • Make sure students complete the materials portion of the page, listing each item and who will bring it
  • Homework - Check partners' planners for homework, call partners to remind them to bring their materials
  • Students complete Process, and Original Project link on wiki page
  • 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.
  • Students brainstorm tweaks/hacks to original design, listing ways to make it work better, look cooler, feel/appear more creative, last longer (durability), etc.
  • Students select tweaks/hacks that seem reasonable for the materials, time, and expertise they have available.
  • Students tweak/hack a second version of the project, again taking photos or videos to document the process and any reflections/questions.
  • Students reflect on the process, including teamwork, and product. This can be text, audio recording, or video.
  • Students share/celebrate each others' projects during a class Mini Maker Faire.
  • Discuss opportunities to Make coming up in Engage 5/6 and 7/8 as well as Thinkering Studio.
  • Take a virtual trip to a Maker Faire and share information about Detroit's upcoming Maker Faire this summer.
  • Share links for projects students might try at home on their own or with a parent.



  • 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

Student Projects


pages tagged "butzin" and "mmf"


pages tagged "davis" and "mmf"


pages tagged "harvath" and "mmf"


pages tagged "parkin" and "mmf"