Congrats Newly Accepted Makers!

Today is the deadline for our Call For Makers!

Submit your idea now to exhibit a maker project in the inaugural Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire!
Saturday, April 16th @ SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Our Mini Maker Faire event is growing! We welcome our newly accepted makers and can’t wait to see the diverse celebration of talent and fascinating, interactive presentations.

Utica Bike Rescue Trailer Project

The mission of Utica Bike Rescue is to promote bicycling as an affordable, effective, sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society. Utica Bike Rescue provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to the community in a variety of ways, focusing on children, students and lower-income households. Working with two current and one former SUNY Polytechnic Students we are designing a new Low-cost Foldable cargo cart for bicycles.

Perios – The Elemental Quest

Perios – The Elemental Quest is a unique concept game and stories series developed to enjoy and teach children age 5 and up the basic building blocks of chemistry. Perios are unique fictional characters based on the elements in the Periodic Table.The object of the first Perios game is to explore Perioland, catch the Perios and bring them home. Players begin to learn about the Periodic Table while playing the game.


SUNY Poly Baja

SUNY Poly Baja is a student run club geared toward a hands on experience for students in the engineering field. Information that is learned in a classroom setting is applied to simulate real world design, innovation, and problem solving. The club builds a mini buggy car capable of competing with hundreds of schools across the country in multiple events which test the car’s mechanical abilities.



The Geodesic Dome was given to the world by R. Buckminster Fuller over 50 years ago. Science teacher Natalie Williams intends to revitalize the concept of Geodesics through education workshops and construction camps. Geodesic Structures – domes ( hemispheres) and spheres ( soccer ball ) are made up of hexagons and pentagons; these open span structures are remarkably light and strong. Come and help construct a dome or a sphere at the SUNY Poly Maker Faire; all materials will be provided.  modified_hub_2_assembled_preview_featured copy –

Young Scholars of Utica Internet of Things Prototypes

A series of electronic devices designed to use the Internet of Things to enhance daily life.


Play Dough Palooza!

Whitesboro’s Dunham Public Library has five different recipes for play dough, using household ingredients that may surprise you! Play with our sample dough, then take the recipe to make your favorite at home. Fun for kids and adults alike.

SUNY Poly Students & 3D Printing Simple Assistive Devices

3D printing simple assistive technology devices

Make-A-Dance: Art Yoga Cat

4 dancers from Mohawk Valley area schools will respond to audience prompts to create a dance. Exploring phrases and dynamics of time, space, shape and energy.


Technical Fleebag Project

Local technical DIYer with interests in custom circuits/PCB etching, using/building/designing RepRap printers, and open source software.

Gamification of Renewable Energy Technology Education

The project goal was to build a functioning gamified educational application in HTML5. The game titled “Green Home Energy Builder”, is a two dimensional life simulation game that teaches people how to build an energy efficient home using wind turbines and solar panels. As the project’s sole student designer, I used methodologies and industry frameworks for gamification and applied them to the project space.

Does Your Light Turn On?

“Does Your Light Turn On?” is a hands on do it yourself (DIY) project which challenges the participant to energize a light-emitting diode (LED) by using a potato as a battery source. This project encourages the participant to learn the basic of electricity by making a battery and a series circuit .

Float a STEAMboat: Fun For All Ages

SUNY Poly’s IDS 220 Creativity and Culture class offers an interactive exhibit and activity for MakerFaire attendees of all ages, inviting your consideration of scientific, technological/engineering, artistic/aesthetic, and mathematical aspects in a hands-on challenge: building miniature boats out of recyclables/upcyclable objects. Please join us in one or more activities—you can: brainstorm and “rapidly visualize” (sketch and otherwise illustrate in two dimensions) ideas for boats; build 3D prototypes; enter your boat(s) into various challenges (heaviest weight supported; longest flotation time; aesthetically pleasing; innovative/creative design, etc.; divisions for children and adult participants); exhibit your 2D and 3D creations, and participate in interactive critique and reflection on your own and others’ creative processes. We will hold two challenge/critique sessions, at 2pm and 3:30pm respectively, and will exhibit participants’ 2D and 3D works on either the wall behind our tables (indoor option) or on a clothesline setup (outdoor option).

Lilo Life

Lilo Life is a social product company that’s leveraging an Air Force Research Lab patent to launch a researcher’s invention into the commercial market. The patent is for a gravity-fed inverted water bottle that brings a new angle to hydration… Literally. Lilo Life is currently wrapping up the exciting process of designing & prototyping and has plenty of other exciting inventions in mind for Lilo Life’s future! #LaunchLilo 



SUNY Poly supports all four FIRST robotics programs, serving K12 students with hands-on STEM challenges and explorations. SUNY Poly Office of Continuing Professional Education hosts Expos and Tournaments, Summer Camps and professional development in FIRST LEGO League Jr, FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition. Student teams volunteer to assist new learners; adult coaches and mentors provide guidance and resources to enable self-directed STEM learning.

Making Blogs and Websites Using WordPress

Want to make a blog or website? You don’t need to know how to code! Just use the open-source content management system that beginners and pros alike use to create well-designed and great-looking sites.

Network and Computer Security Demos

Students of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Network and Computer Security club would like to present some of our projects that we’ve done over the past years. There will be a large variety of demos from lock picking, to wifi-hacking.

*More surprises to come!
Join us at the 1st ever Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire; a celebration of the creativity, ingenuity, and diversity of makers throughout the Mohawk Valley region!
Our shared goal is to spread the maker ethos and help to cultivate a sustainable maker culture that can contribute to the continuing revitalization of our communities.

 We invite you to join us in this mission.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 NOON -4PM
SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica Campus

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