Salem Mini Maker Faire 2015: Success!

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First of all, we’d love to thank all of the brilliant Makers who came out and spent the day showing off their creativity and making awesome things with our visitors! We had a wonderful time with everyone in the Salem … Continue reading

Countdown: 2 days to go!

We are counting down to Salem Mini Maker Faire: only 2 days left! We couldn’t be more excited for all of the fun activities and new learning experiences that will happen here Saturday, August 8! 

What to expect:

We’re expecting to have absolutely beautiful weather (upper 70s-low 80s) Saturday, and most activities will be outside, but shaded. You can enjoy lunch, coffee, and snacks from FUSION food truck that will be on-site, or bring your own picnic to enjoy. There are plenty of picnic tables and eating areas in our Outdoor Discovery Center.

All ages are welcome; this is a family-friendly event! The Faire will be focused in the parking lot just in front of the Museum, and the Museum of course will be open as well! No pets please; service animals are welcome.

Tickets: Gilbert House members $5, General admission $10. Ages 2 and under are free. No other admission discounts apply for this special event.

We can’t wait to see you there!



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.