MakerFest

May 13 to 14, 2022

Free online events, activities and resources

Learn 3D design, attend a virtual fix it clinic, connect with local maker entrepreneurs, meet author and Cricut product expert Crystal Allen, discover new technologies, and more.

 

Programs

3D Design with TinkerCAD

Friday, May 13 | 4 – 5 p.m.

Learn the basics of 3D design with TinkerCAD. TinkerCAD is a free, web-based, easy-to-use software that is used by teachers, kids, hobbyists and designers. Presented by Mississauga Library.

Fabrication with Shop3D

Friday, May 13 | 5 – 6 p.m.

Learn about 3D Printing, laser cutting and vacuum forming with experts from Shop3D. Presented by Shop 3D.

DIY Assistive Technology with Makers Making Change

Friday, May 13 | 6 – 7 p.m.

Makers Making Change is a community of volunteers who collaborate to provide disruptively low-cost alternatives to commercially available Assistive Technologies. With over 150 devices now available in their Open-Source library from simple mobility aids, to assistive switches and switch adapted toys, there are many options to choose from. In this session you’ll learn about the Makers Making Change program, how the community collaborates to enable people with disabilities, and how to get involved.

Presented by Justin Pezzin, Program Manager, Makers Making Change

Maker Entrepreneur Spotlight

Friday, May 13 | 7 – 8 p.m.

In this panel discussion, meet 5 local Maker-Entrepreneurs who turned their maker skills into thriving businesses. Panelists will speak on their challenges and successes and offer advice to other makers considering making the leap into entrepreneurship.

Let’s Talk Plants

Saturday, May 14 | 10 – 11 a.m.

Learn about types of leaves, capillary action and plant growth. They will identify leaves and create their own, complete a capillary action experiment, and they will learn how to grow their own plant! Presented by Let’s Talk Science UTM. Ages 6-12

Satellite Design Challenge with Indus Space

Saturday, May 14 | 11 – 12 p.m.

Join Indus Space for an interactive satellite design challenge for kids ages 6-12.

The challenge: You have recently been hired by the space agency as a Chief Technologist. Your goal is to design and build a nano satellite to address a scientific need (you decide what the scientific goal is!)

Watch the challenge video here and download the printable here prior to the workshop. Gather together some household items such as Lego, building blocks and recycled materials to build your prototype according to your design decisions.

Presented by Indus Space

Virtual Repair Cafe with Fix It Clinic

Saturday, May 14 | 2 – 4 p.m.

Have a household item that’s broken? Don’t toss it, fix it! In partnership with Fixit Clinic, join our local fixers and coaches from around the globe online for guidance on how to repair your broken items at home. Sign up to receive help fixing an item. Community repairers (or aspiring fixers) and “fixing families” are also welcome to help fix or observe.

Requirements:

  • A connection to Zoom with current upgrade
  • A computer, phone or tablet (and internet connection) that will work with Zoom.
  • You must be able to show and explain the problem on camera in under three minutes.
  • Ideally, you should have some rudimentary disassembly and diagnostic tools on hand. The most commonly needed items are a screwdriver and a multimeter for electronic items.
  • Completion of the Broken Item Report form afterwards

Pixel Art with the Raspberry Pi SenseHAT

Saturday, May 14 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Learn how to create pixel art with python code and a virtual Raspberry Pi SenseHAT. Code along with us in your web browser from a laptop or desktop computer at Trinket.io. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Presented by Caledon Library.

Cricut Basics: Everything You Need to Know About Vinyl and HTV

Saturday, May 14 | 3 – 4 p.m.

Meet DIY-er and Cricut product expert Crystal Allen from Hello Creative Family and Cutting Machine Crafting. Crystal will share how she came to write and publish her books, The Unofficial Book of Cricut Crafts and The Unofficial Book of Handmade Cricut Crafts, and live-demo a project in Cricut Design Space. Participants will get access to an exclusive free cut file created by Crystal.

A Podcasting Journey with Nav Nanwa

Saturday, May 14 | 1 – 2 p.m.

Join us for a discussion with CBC’s Nav Nanwa to discover how community podcasting can create local and sometimes national connections. As the former host of the local New Theory Radio podcast, Nav will tell his experience getting started in the podcasting world, share challenges and successes, and reveal how to create a podcast with limited resources.

Presented by