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Engineering and Science departments are asked to do a demonstration frequently. The goal is to provide a photo opportunity, convince a potential student to attend the college, marketing at an event, participation in events, placed in museums, used to raise money, etc. But typically existing projects are cannibalized, attempts at operation by those not directly related to the project end up destroying or loosing something. The goal is begin collecting demo's .. boxes of equipment with instructions that are not related to a project. The demo's can then be checked in and out.


The University of Maryland Physics Department has a sophisticated demonstration library. The goal is to develop something like this involving engineering topics. Putt Putt golf greens maybe needed yearly. A functional miniature water treatment plant mounted vertically on a board could be ready at a moment's notice.

A web site describing a box contents, video of demonstration, presentation, background, cataloging system, etc. needs to be created. Existing demonstrations need to be archived.


Brainstorm all the issues associated with demonstrations .. including transportation .. onsite expectations (water, ice) .. noise expectations ..

Participating in Maker Fair


  • Form a Team:
    • The teammates and the leader must be devoted and willing to organize events
  • Building a Network:
    • Develop a community of both engineers and non-engineers
    • Reach out and develop extensive network of communities to physically aid and staff the event
  • Sponsorship:
    • Non-profit organizations are highly recommended
    • Ideas for communities: school, library, museum, and even church
  • Budgeting:
    • Consist only of volunteers to avoid any form of paid laboring or physical aids
    • Recruit non-profit volunteers


  • Targeted Individuals:
    • Children (age 6-13)
  • Create Tutorial(s):
    • Something that's replicable and appropriate for children
      • Bristle Bot (Cannot have dangerous tools for kids to play with)
Safe and Ideal BristleBot
      • Conductive Playdough (Has to be edible just in case if kids accidently eat them)
    • The tutorials should be picture orientated
      • This allows children to be engaged without reading any confusing sentences
      • Children prefer a 'giant' set of tutorial pictures for them to copy and create models
  • Advertisements:
    • Post ads at least 2 weeks ahead of the actual Mini MakerFaire Date
      • Ads should include attractive and visually capturing pictures for children to check
      • Ads should be located around the Mini MakerFaire site and where children are most frequently visited
    • Science Fair Posters for on-site visual attraction with short-length information


  • Indoor: Building models for Children
    • One bristlebot creation per one child
    • Kids can play with conductive playdough
    • Enough number of tables for children to gather around and share models to each other
    • Enough spaces for children (They most likely going to run around)
    • Enough tools and playdough for kids to play and design with
  • Outdoor: Track for Competition
    • Assemble a racing tract for kids to physically apply their models into use
    • Like NASCAR grand prix tract, BristleBot Race would be shaped in a circular track


Capture current demos; sort, find patterns, establish forms, create business process.


  • How one uses the web site
  • How stuff is added, removed, modified, retired
  • How checked out and checked back in


Next Steps[edit]

  • Use HTTracker, capture UMD site, begin customizing it
  • Get certified to use local institutions web tools to post on school web site
  • Make list of existing demo's by interviewing professors
  • Polish demo