2012 Workshops

2012 WORKSHOPS/ACTIVITIES

AMMF Atlanta Robot Combat
Join us this year in the first ever Atlanta Robot Combat event. Sign up to compete with your antweight (1 lb) or beetleweight (3 lbs) combat robot.

A to Zine: How to Make, Copy, and Sell Your Zine
In this workshop, facilitated by the Atlanta Zine Library, participants will learn each step of making a zine. Zines are self-produced publications with no limit on form or content. Everyone will see a selection of zines available at the library, practice basic layout and formatting, and learn how to distribute zines to a wider audience. Then we will all create a page to be featured in an Atlanta Mini Maker Faire Zine!
Sessions Available: 1
Session Time: 1:00pm
Participant Cap: 15
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: Free

The Engineer Guy: Casting and Moldmaking
More a demo than a workshop, the Mold Making and Casting panel, taught by The Engineer Guy’s knowledgable staff, will give you a great overview of the mold making process. We will demonstrate in class how to make a one-part mold and talk about how to make other kinds of molds as well. We will also make several castings and talk about various casting mediums. Have a question about your specific project or application? No problem! We’ve heard (almost) everything, and will be happy to help. [This is an involved demo rather than a workshop]
Sessions Available: 1
Session Time: 3:00pm
Participant Cap: As many as will fit
Length: 90 minutes
Cost: Free
No sign up – just show up!

Learn To Solder Robot
This is one of the most exciting activities we’ve ever heard of. First, you sit down with a soldering iron, and you learn how to solder some basic thru-hole components. When you’re done, you will have completed a circuit that blinks a couple LEDs about once a second (these will be your robot eyes). Then make your way down the line to a couple large vacuum former machines. Here, you can either choose some pre-formed parts (legs, arms, body, etc) or watch a trained professional use the vacuum former to make body parts out of sheets of plastic. Then you get to cut your body parts out and assemble it all together. At the end of the line, we’ll have a space for you to sit down with some art and craft supplies to further decorate your bot. And when you’re done, you’ll get to walk away with your very own personalized robot! More information here.
Sessions Available: Rolling Sessions
Session Time: Rolling Sessions
Participant Cap: 6
Length: At least 60 minutes
Cost: Free – just show up the day of to get your name on the list!

Make A Robot Workshop
Sign up to be a part of Tim Manasterski’s Line Follower workshop, explained here. It will cost $85, payable the day of the Faire, but you get to walk away with an assembled, fully functioning line follower bot!
Sessions Available: 1
Session Time: 12:00pm
Participant Cap: 15
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $85

My Inventor Club Blacksmithing Workshop
Ever thought about making some cool metal object the old school way? Then sign up for our Intro to Blacksmithing. The workshop will demonstrate heating, hammering techniques and the fundamentals of Blacksmithing. This hands-on workshop will leave you with a small keepsake to show off your new skills.
Sessions Available: 2
Session Time: 11:00am, 2:30pm
Participant Cap: 8
Length: 120 minutes
Cost: $75

SMT (Surface Mount Technology) Soldering 101 Workshop
Sign up to learn some basic techniques for soldering surface mount chips with regular irons. Topics will include the use of flux, how to fix bridges, flooding and wicking, and more. You’ll practice these skills on a small PCB with 1 SOIC and 4 1206 capacitors (the biggest and easiest SMT parts).
Sessions Available: 3
Session Time: 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
Participant Cap: 16
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $5

Squishy Circuits
Explore circuitry basics with homemade dough, LEDs, switches, and batteries. Visitors will get to make their own squishy circuits and will get a kit so that they can continue making more electronic experiments at home.
Sessions Available: 7
Session Time: 11:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm
Participant Cap: 15
Length: 30 minutes
Cost: Free
No sign up – just show up!

Telegraph
Learn how you can make a simple electrical circuit and an electromagnet, put them together, and make your own telegraph. Visitors will get to play with telegraph sets and will see how easy they are to make. There will be a game where visitors can win prizes by interpreting Morse code messages.
Sessions Available: 3
Session Time: 12:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm
Participant Cap: 15
Length: 30 minutes
Cost: Free
No sign up – just show up!