Thank you Salem Makers!

Maker post call closed

We are so excited for the Makers that have signed up to be a part of this year’s faire! Our maker call is now closed. We have a wide range of talents and arts that will amaze and amuse kids and adults alike. Watch drones fly through the air, robots rove on the ground, and coffee beans roast to the sound of sweet music. In the true tradition of Maker Faires and Gilbert House Children’s Museum alike, there will be plenty of hands-on fun to be had as well! Stop by to explore all the fun that makes up a Maker Faire! We are proud to showcase Salem’s unique personality through over a dozen Salem Makers that will be showing off their passions at the 2nd annual Salem Mini Maker Faire. To see a complete list of Makers, click on the Makers tab at the top of the page.

Meet a Maker: Microportal

Attention Electronic Hobbyists, Makers, and Hackers of Electronics

Photo & Rover by Bob

Photo & Rover by Bob

Microportal the electronics club is proud to announce that we will be attending this year’s Salem Maker Faire, taking place on Saturday, August 8th, 2015.

Microportal is a nonprofit community organization for electronic enthusiasts consisting of engineers, hobbyists, artists, and technically minded DIYers. Microportal was founded in March of 2012 by four friends, whom share a creative passion for building electronic gadgetry, and a willingness to inspire
that same creative passion in others.

At Microportal we have a passion for sharing our knowledge and learning about all things electronic, through a professional cooperative. This club is for anyone who is enthusiastic about making or hacking electronic things. We have a variety of skills and interests from hobbyists to electronic engineers. If you are an electronics professional, electronic hobbyist, engineer, programmer, student, educator or manufacturer/distributor of electronics, then Microportal was created specifically with you in mind.

Our goals are to foster more education in electronics, in addition to expanding our electronics community. Thereby creating a passion for mathematics and electronics, which continues to define our technological world. We meet these goals by holding club meetings, distribution of a monthly newsletter, and participating at community events.

Meetings provide a place where members can demonstrate their electronic gadgetry, exchange ideas, learn more about electronic wizardry through collaborative learning, and have lots of great fun. Meeting topics have been on; basic electronics (Ohms law), working with Microcontrollers (Arduino, Atmel, PIC), various programming Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), and the Raspberry Pi single board computer. We have demonstrated how to use Ethernet, Xbee, and Bluetooth connectivity solutions. Meetings take place in Salem, the fourth Tuesday of each month at Broadway Coffeehouse, 1300 Broadway Street Northeast #100, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information email us at

Newsletter topics have been on; Input/Output pin expansion techniques, building an inexpensive breadboard Arduino, and information on local electronics deals. During the Salem Maker Faire we’ll be demonstrating how to make your own autonomous mini robot rover. Showing how to make cool electronic gadgets using the Arduino Microcontroller. How to get started with Raspberry Pi, and presenting helpful projects (courtesy of Norvac Electronic Parts®) for the beginner just getting started with electronics.

Expand your horizon, by joining Microportal at Salem Maker Faire Saturday, August 8th, 2015.

Microportal – Working together toward lighting the fires of excitement towards greater education in mathematics and electronics.

The Salem Mini Maker Faire 2015 Call for Makers is Open!

Calling Makers of all ages!

Attention all makers, inventors, scientists, and DIY-ers, the 2015 Salem Mini Maker Faire is looking for you! Gilbert House Children’s Museum is hosting our 2nd annual Salem Mini Maker Faire and we can’t do it without you! We’re especially looking for exhibits that are interactive and focused on the process of making. From artisan cheeses to robotics, come show off your homemade brilliance! We believe everyone is a maker and has something to share. The Maker Movement is about sharing, learning and exploring new things together. For more about the Maker Movement and MAKE, see our About page.

To apply, click the Makers Apply Here button to the right, or email for more information.


3D Printing Started With a Glue Gun

3D printing can sound like something out of science fiction. Could you imagine someone talking about printing shapes with Nutella 10 years ago? Well, it turns out the basic technology behind them has been around for over 20 years, and it all started with a toy made by a lifelong tinkerer.

Today, S. Scott Crump is the CEO of Stratasys, Ltd., a publicly-traded company that produces top-of-the-line 3D printers. In 1988, Crump was an entrepeneur with a serious tinkering hobby. He decided to load his glue gun with a mixture of candle wax and polyethylene to build a toy frog for his daughter from scratch. Using the glue gun, he built the frog layer by layer, inventing a 3D printing method which is now known as fused deposition modeling. It’s how most modern 3D printers work their magic, and it all started with a glue gun and an idea in the 1980’s.

You never know what will come out of tinkering! As you gain a greater understanding of tools and technology through experimentation, you might just discover a way to do something that’s never been done before.

If you want to see for yourself what modern 3D printing can do, head down to the Salem Mini Maker Faire next Saturday, August 9. We will have two fantastic 3D Printers showing their stuff: Badgers & Jam and 3D Printing Salem!

For more information on 3D printing and how to get into it yourself, check out this awesome Lifehacker article… or just ask one of the 3D printers next Saturday!

Information on Stratasys, Ltd., and S. Scott Crump was gathered from this entry.

The Walking Beast by Moltensteelman

What can you expect at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village on Saturday, August 9?

For one thing, you can get an up close and personal look at this machine:

The Walking Beast is a 14,250 pound mechanical walker built by Salem-based Moltensteelman Studio. It will be at the Salem Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, August 9 from 10am to 5pm.