2018 Boston Mini Maker Faire

Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7 2018

Boston Mini Maker Faire is for all ages, especially kids 5-18 and adults

When: Saturday October 6th & Sunday October 7th, 10 am-5 pm

Where: Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA, 02210

EASE Lab is hosting the Olin College Makers room at this year's Mini Maker Faire.

Featured Olin projects include:

Here is how the organizers are describing the Faire:

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of creative doers – tech enthusiasts, designers, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, crafters, students, commercial exhibitors, and more. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they create with their bare hands and bold minds, and to share how they do it, why they do it, and what they learn. Maker Faires are community-based learning events that inspire everyone to think creatively and innovatively, and to connect with people and projects in their local community.

Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events. Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.

Applying Human-Computer Interaction Methods to Design for Social Activism

Thursday April 20, 2017

12:30 pm - 4:00 pm Mockup-athon at the Olin College Library:

1st floor, Olin College Milas Hall

12:30 - 3:00 Mockup activities

3:00 - 4:00 demonstrations

A collaborative hands-on workshop between Orit Shaer's CS220: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) course at Wellesley and Amon Millner’s Designing Resources for Empowerment and Making (DREAM) class at Olin. Students from Wellesley, Olin, and Babson will work together in teams to develop ideas and propose innovative tools and applications for empowering immigrants and those connected to them (all of us). Students will envision and design technological solutions which promote immigrant inclusion, integration, self-reliance, and activism. To bring their ideas to life, participants will use video as a creative tool for exploring, simulating, and communicating technological solutions.

Once teams have completed their video prototype production, we will have lunch and watch the video output of each team.

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Reception and panel at Wellesley College:

After the hands-on workshop, we will come back to Wellesley where we will be joined by other students and members of the Wellesley, Olin, and Boston HCI communities for a reception and conversation between two leaders in HCI - Wendy Mackay and Michel Beaudouin-Lafon (more information on each speaker below). The speakers will be examining the role of Human-Computer interface and interaction design methods in fostering social change - informed by experiences living and working in the United States and France. They will address the ways that the increasing speed with which videos can be taken, curated, and disseminated has influenced what professors, students, researchers, and members of marginalized communities can do to support activism. The results of the student hands-on video mockup-athon (which takes place on the morning of the panel) will serve as a starting off point for the timely conversation.

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Celebrate STE(A)M, Celebrate Summer:

EASE Lab's Mobile Making Trailer + Zack's Ice Cream Truck

@BCYF Menino Center in Roslindale 8/18/16 4:15PM

The last stop of the EASE Lab summer 2016 DIY Popsicle Stick Tools [link] tour will take place Thursday 8/18/16 at the BCYF Menino Community Center in Roslindale (formerly Archdale Community Center).

From 4:15 - 5:15PM, anyone who makes a Popsicle stick tool in our mobile making trailer will get an ice cream goodie on the house. The event is a collaboration with the STEAMing it in the Park [link] event series, but all are welcome.

Members of EASE Lab (starring Jiaying Wei) will have our trailer open for building functional Popsicle stick screwdrivers, calipers, and more. Some activities can be done before a Popsicle starts melting. Other activities are extended experiences that connect to concepts that are a part of a college-level engineering education (in computing and digital fabrication domains).

See you Thursday 8/18 at 4:15 near the picnic tables, 125 Brookway rd, Roslindale, MA 02131.

(top) The EASE Lab Mobile Making Trailer getting ready for action (bottom) Zack's Ice Cream Truck owner.

Boston Mini Maker Faire

Our DIY Popsicle stick tools materials will be available at an EASE Lab booth for the Saturday 7/23/16 Mini Maker Faire at The Boston Childrens Museum from 10:00 - 5:00.

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DIY Popsicle Stick Tools at Olin

To participate in the National Week of Making, Olin College’s EASE Lab is inviting people (particularly 6 – 10 year-olds) to make tools out of popsicle sticks!

Wednesday 6/22/16 4:00pm – 6:00pm, in the Milas Hall main lobby

  • Explore uses of various hand-tools, then make your own popsicle versions to take home.
  • Find out how tools you make can modify objects on a computer screen (using Scratch).
  • Get exposure to computer-controlled cutting machines.

Make this activity better. This event on Olin's campus is a pilot - the first experiment to test ideas for develop a series of workshops that we will host near ice cream trucks in the Boston area in July. Your feedback is appreciated.

Help us prepare for you by telling us you are coming (optional) using this quick form.

Even if you can't join us, you can try the activities by following the how-to documents here: (draft) how-tos.

(guests will also have a chance to interact with an early prototype of a new interactive system we're developing called JumpSmart