Our Makers are a generous bunch! Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is hosting a silent auction this year to raise funds for the Faire and for The Vancouver Maker Foundation, the umbrella organization that puts on the Faire every year, and our exhibitors have donated some truly stellar items for attendees to bid on.
Two of our returning Makers have donated seats to a couple of awesome classes: Laser Cutter Cafe is offering up two spots in their “Introduction to Laser Cutting” class, and DIY or Die!!! has two seats to their “Painting With Wool” workshop up for grabs.
If making things at home from a kit is more your style, then check out the Mini Electric Guitar kit from IoT Design Shop. The strings on this 320mm guitar can be installed and tuned the same way as a normal sized guitar. The built-in amp and speaker output a powerful distortion sound, and an external amp can also be connected with a standard 1/4″ jack for clearer & better tones. The kit even includes a pick that allows for easy playing! All that’s needed to assemble this kit is a Phillips screwdriver, everyday cellophane tape, pliers, and 2xAA batteries.
Make your own movies at home with the Tabletop Moviemaking Studio! This kit even comes a 3 Point LED lighting system with color gels.
Put on your sea legs with this nautical themed jewelry set from Parrotphernalia. The earrings are made with tibetan silver anchors displaying your LOVE for the sea with recycled Blue Macaw feathers; the pendant is made from a cut sea shell, with two colours of recycled Blue Macaw feathers.
The BCIT Technology Teacher Education group is giving us not one, but TWO mini-sumo robots to auction off! The mini-sumo robot is a small, Arduino-controlled vehicle typical of what a Technology Teacher might assign to their students in a Grade 11 or 12 high school electronics class. It can be controlled from an Android phone, or even from a TV Remote Control unit. Alternatively it can use its on-board sensors for autonomous operation, following lines, or actively avoiding objects. This package includes an Arduino Uno, custom control shield, Tamiya gear box and sensors all mounted in a 3D-printed chassis. With all the construction and wiring done, and with the Bluetooth code pre-installed, all you need to do is throw the switch and start driving. Even the batteries are included!
Strathcona 1890 Urban Seed Collection is providing us with one of their “Zombie Apocalypse Survival Seeds” packages. This collection contains everything you need to grow to survive a zombie apocalypse (or robot uprising, perhaps?) .
Zaber Technologies has put together an awesome package that includes a digital micrometer, digital multimeter, caliper, screwdriver set, tape measure, and two t-shirts.
We’ve got an amazing 13″ x 19″ art print of “the meowl” from PHRESHA.
This earring from Side B Design Studio’s DRIFT collection features a hand painted and printed horn-shaped textile piece and black leather that hang from some chain. Inspired by tribal and primitive design, this solo earring makes a statement at a length of 6 inches.
The BC Meccano Club is offering a Meccano Super Construction Set. Designed for ages 10+, this system of small parts combine in numerous ways to create an infinite number of models. The Meccano Super Construction Set comes with a handy, compartmentalized carrying case and plans for 25 different models. The kid includes over 640 parts and a 6-volt battery-powered motor. It can be combined with other Meccano sets to make even more models.
Vancouver Mini Maker Faire regular John Biehler of 3D604.org is providing two books, both signed by the authors: “3D Printing for Autodesk” by John Biehler and Bill Fane and “Getting Started with Raspberry Pi” by Matt Richardson and Shawn Wallace.
That’s not all! Make sure you stop by the silent auction table to check out the other auction items, including home-baked all-butter cookies, posters, gear sets, a handblown glass mug, and more! Proceeds from the silent auction are used to fuel Vancouver Maker Foundation events and initiatives. Vancouver Maker Foundation has brought together a broad range of Vancouver artists, hobbyists, creatives, collectives, and small businesses through projects like Maker Music, the Young Makers Program, the Vancouver Maker Education Meet-up Group. Their driving purpose is to continue to connect like-minded tinkerers in order to cross-pollinate ideas, share resources, and inspire one another in exploring passion projects, hobbies, businesses, or achieving a unique feats of wonder.