Inspired by the artwork of renowned Swiss artist Jean Tinguely, participants will collaborate to create a kinetic metal “Sound Sculpture.” Tinguely created whimsical machine-like contraptions made from found metal objects he called “metamechanics.” Participants will plan, test and develop ideas to compose a work of art that is functional. When completed each piece will have a very unique metallic and mechanical “voice.”
The activity will require early engineering skills, problem solving, and creative critical thinking. Math skills including spatial reasoning, patterns, and awareness of shape will need to be utilized. In addition to these content areas, participants will create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems.
Learn about some of the advanced manufacturing programs at Mesa Community College: additive manufacturing, electronics, and machining. View example parts, projects, and equipment and speak with a representative about their programs and projects.
Interactive and hands on learning ignites and puts the learning into the body! Teachers will be provided with interactive lesson plans that they may continue to integrate into the classroom. Many of our interactive tools - storytelling, humor, improvisation, visual arts, poetry, movement and more - ignite not only the traditional literacies of reading and writing but the critical literacies: social, cultural and emotional literacies.
Mesa Arts Center
Try your hand at making a custom copper pendant with The Collaboratory. The Collaboratory is a creative and inspiring working art studio workshop and boutique in Mesa Arizona, offering hands on "Serious Fun" classes, workshops and events. Mediums include, industrial arts (metal, welding and plasma), glass fusing and mosaics, fashion, sewing & design and upcycling.
Cactus Brick AZ is an Adult LEGO user group which aims to inspire others with our builds and designs. Come view our fantastic cityscapes with train layouts and ask us about what we do!
Cactus Brick AZ
Come watch or participate in making your very own set of dragon wings! Hear the story of The Dragons' Bane Chronicles and meet the author! His talented wife will be demonstrating how to make your own dragon wings from our dragon wing kits. You can also see her other crafty creations, including beaded dragons, beaded bookmarks, and art prints on wood.
Experience the gravity of different planets with GravBot, the interactive gravity simulator. Play with an interactive gravity-simulating shuffleboard puck. Choose a planet to simulate using either the on-board slider or our GravBot companion app, and slide the puck along the gameboard. Learn why it is harder to push when simulating heavier planets than it is when simulating lighter planets. Also learn about the application of Arduino in the project, and ask GravBot specialists any other technical or STEM based questions you have!
Creative Catalysts, founded in the belief that the arts are key to building community, participate in a vast array of engaging art community building projects in Mesa. At Southwest Maker Fest, come by for a visit and participate in creative beautification of a chain link fence in the festival area.
Flite Factory is a drone manufacturing company that aims to implement a drone training program at all school districts across the valley. The Factory teaches learners how to fly and build drones as well as comply with the drone industry’s safety requirements; they believe that by implementing this training early kids will be ready to engage with the world of drones by the time they graduate high school.
Intel Makers will be presenting a variety of demonstrations of projects created by the Intel Maker Space -- examples of previous projects include a spider bot that dances to Uptown Funk, a small tabletop robot controlled from a tablet, and a car seat that contains a feature alerting parents when their child has been left behind. There will also be hands-on demonstrations featuring Makey Makey boards with their own games for visitors to try out.
Cheaper Than Therapy showcases Roy Tuttle’s unique labors of love- a heavily modified 1947 International truck and an original metal sculpture of a man on a motorcycle. Built from scrap salvaged from junkyards, craigslist, yard sales and farm yards, the truck is a true original, with details as minute as fingernails on the bike’s rider. The man can even be taken off the bike for any children who want to take pictures on this work of art.
Join us at SWMF as we celebrate the grand opening of our new Ahwatukee Design Studio!
Visit our interactive maker booth to see the latest in prosumer desktop 3D Printing technology! See a variety of parts printed in a wide array of ever-growing materials from our selection of FDM, SLA, & SLS 3D printers. FreeForm proudly supports Arizona makers, educators, and entrepreneurs with the best selection of 3D printers and scanners as well as offering design and prototyping services that are fast and affordable.
With the opening of our new design studio in Ahwatukee, FreeForm is pleased to announce our 3D Printing training curriculum for professionals and educators. As strong advocates of STEM outreach, we work closely with Arizona's educational institutions to provide customized solutions including 3D printer bundles and onsite training.
In addition to our exhibit, come see our presentation on the current state of desktop 3D printing technology including the best of CES'17 open to all show attendees.
We will also give a special presentation for educators in the N-Compass village on integrating 3D printing into curricula across a broad range of subjects (beyond just STEM), including History, Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts, Languages and Language Arts.
Enjoy Virtual Reality experiences using HTC Vive, Oculus, and other VR apparatus. Also see game-based learning applications that have been developed by our ITSA Innovators.
Immersive Teaching STEAM Academy (ITSA)
Christine Bachman, a licensed locksmith who regularly trains infosec teams on physical security, will give a presentation on lockpicking basics, and visitors can try out lockpicking with demo equipment. Handmade jewelery with handcuff shims and lockpicks hidden, lockpick sets, progressive practice locks, and DIY make your own lockpickkits will be available for purchase.
The Mesa THINKspot is the makerspace of the Red Mountain Branch of the Mesa Public Library (coming soon to the Main Library)! THINKspot will have a make-and-take paper circuit activity for visitors to participate in.
Accessories by Annie will be making a return appearance for the Maker Fest with their Make & Take Buttons! Anyone may create their own small button for $1-$5, with different types of available buttons including pins, magnets or keychains. Premade crafts and art pieces will also be for sale at the booth, and if there is a lull in button making you can even catch a glimpse of maker Andrea Jonas demonstrating her metalwork!
Mach1 is the Phoenix Public Library’s own makerspace! Mach1 will be bringing LEGO Mindstorms, Code A Mouse, and Spheros that they use to teach their coding classes, as well as samples from the programs Mach1 runs in the makerspace.
Witness some of the many things that can be created at Heatsync Labs, your local hackerspace! Heatsync’s booth will feature examples of projects created at the labs, as well as demonstrations of 3-D printers, eggbots, HAM Radio and more. Come and learn the possibilities that can be accomplished using the Heatsync space, and speak with members of the lab to learn about how you can join them as a fellow maker.
A community of homeschoolers exhibiting projects from our 'Creating Innovators', 'Geared for Girls', and 'Launch Forth' classes.
Branches Homeschool Community
Branches Homeschool Community