Thanks for a great event!

What an awesome day at the Center yesterday! The 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire greeted 1100 visitors. We are so excited to open the space and bring more maker classes to the community. Thanks to our great speakers Mark Reyland and Jeff Freeland Nelson. The event would not be possible without all of our great sponsors. No words can express the sincere appreciation we have for the countless volunteers who helped to make the event a success and have worked so hard to bring the maker space together. And to all of you who attended and recognize the value of the maker movement, we thank you!

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The Final Countdown!

Thanks to all of our great supporters for helping us make Maker Faire happen! Adams Tile and Stone, General Mills, Maggie’s Farms Pizza, Shuttleworth and Ingersoll, Rockwell Collins, Wells Fargo, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and Zaytoon Mediterranean Grill. See you on the 19th!

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To Do…get most recent Make magazines for the Faire….DONE!

Must be Maker Faire week here at the Center, our shipment of MAKE magazines just arrived. See you the 19th.

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The Latest Maker Faire Flyer

Here is the latest and greatest, see you Saturday!

Mini Maker Faire up dated 04052014

Lots of last minute prep for the big Faire day on the 19th! Thanks to all of our volunteers who have put in countless hours to make the space come together, and present the Maker Faire on the 19th!

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Maker Faire Schedule of Events


April 18, 2014
6:30PM  Mark Reyland   Functional Inventing

April 19, 2014
10:30-11:15 Jeff Freeland Nelson Play From Scratch—An Entrepreneur’s Story
10:30-11:00 John Krizan   Glass Blowing Demo
11:00-11:30 QC Co Lab    Tesla Coil Demo /Ruben’s Tube
11:00-11:30 Aaron Hartman  3D Printing Demo
11:30-12:00 John Krizan   Glass Blowing Demo
12:00-12:30 Aaron Hartman  3D Printing Demo

12:30-2:00  Jeff Freeland Nelson YOXO Robot Build
1:30-2:00  Aaron Hartman  3D Printing Demo
1:30-2:00  QC Co Lab   Tesla Coil Demo /Ruben’s Tube
2:30-3:30  Mark Reyland  An Inventors Spirit of Innovation
3:00-3:30  John Krizan   Glass Blowing Demo
3:30-4:00  Jim Jacobmeyer  Cardboard Bike Demo
3:30-4:00  Aaron Hartman  3D Printing Demo

We Love Americorps!

Maple One to save the day! Thanks to Americorps NCCC team Maple One who came together at the Center today to complete individual service hours (but they did it as a team, how cool). The team focused on helping us get last minute prep for the Maker Faire done by completing some needed project for the space! Thanks team.

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Another Maker We Will Feature at the Faire!

Check out this cool display of working models of internal combustion engines of various kinds and size that will be a part of the Maker Faire 4/19 from 10-4 at the Center!don grimm

Can you “make” your own Utopia?

The Cedar Rapids Science Center and the Cedar Rapids Maker Space are hosting the 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire from 10am-4pm on Saturday, April 19th, at the Science Center located at 5824 Council St NE, Cedar Rapids, IA.


As part of the faire UTOPIA, FOX’s bold new unscripted series that follows a group of everyday people creating their own new civilization, has begun a nationwide search for pioneers to become the first inhabitants of UTOPIA will be on site at the faire! The series is looking for motivated and adventurous people who possess the passion and determination to create and build a whole new world – just the way they want it! Entrants should express their ideals, beliefs, skill sets and vision for their interpretations of UTOPIA.

Kristin Curtin Supervising Casting Producer commented, “Utopia is the biggest and boldest social experiment ever. We are so excited to be at the Maker Faire and look forward to meeting potential pioneers who are inventive and creative at the event.”

Participants must be a legal U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, at least 21

years of age (on March 24, 2014) and able to commit to a full year as a “Utopian”

pioneer. Videos are limited to one submission per person. Please continue to

visit for updated submission rules, terms, conditions and

additional casting information and events.


Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. The Faire is a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. It’s free to attend the event and explore maker exhibits.


Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community. Makers will demonstrate and exhibit their creative work in science, technology, invention and the arts.

If you are a Maker and interested in sharing your work with the public, please contact Norah at or visit

Supporters of the event include Adams Tile & Stone, General Mills, Shuttleworth and Ingersol, Rockwell Collins, University of Iowa Community Credit Union and Wells Fargo.

Contact the Science Center at 319.363.STEM (7836) or for more information.

The Science Center is a not-for-profit science and technology museum. The mission of the Science Center is to be an innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) based learning center providing exciting and engaging facilities and programming meant to inspire and stimulate the imagination of the children, families, school/youth groups, and the individuals they serve.



Make On!

Another community day in the maker space… It’s amazing to see the hard work that can be done when makers meet! Maker Faire is April 19th at the center, Also, to get involved in the space, join our meet up, photo2 photo3 photo4 photo5