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Eco Logic All, A Vermont Makers meetup

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Vermont Makers meetup

7-8:30 pm, Thursday, June 19th

Generator, 250 Main St., Burlington, VT

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Three Speakers On: economics, art & making

* Val Esposito describing our current economics & Ecological Economics, a systems thinking based mode of economics that calculates the complexities & realities of our planet. She will also explore how Vermont is measuring itself with the Genuine Progress Indicator & other visionary work.

* Rebecca Schwarz describing large & small scale art that works ecologically & technologically. Showing art in the form of research & large scale bioremediation to art that tests alternative economies. Beauty beyond the visual & into making meaning.

* Ken Howell describing the maker ethos as an antidote to runaway consumerism. Ken will explore the potential of maker culture & the tools of additive & on-demand manufacturing to mitigate ecological pressures.

Design & Imagine: future, Vermont, art, tech

After we hear from the speakers we will break into facilitated small group design sessions. Solving challenges in playful, serious, & / or quirky ways. Each group briefly reporting back to the larger group on their thoughts & concepts.

Mix & Explore:

Come early & stay after (5:30-7, 8:30-9) for conversation & exploration in Generator, Burlington’s new maker space.


Generator, Sustain Champlain & Donella Meadows Institute


Call for Makers: SolarFest Mini Maker Faire

Attention Makers!
It’s time to get ready for the SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., during the 20th annual SolarFest in Tinmouth, Vermont.  Dozens of makers will exhibit to thousands of visitors at this unique New England Maker extravaganza!
This is the second year for the SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® and we need you and your creative, innovative projects to be a part of this exciting event!

SolarFest 20!
SolarFest, Inspiring sustainability for 20 years. SolarFest is the Northeast’s longest running solar powered music festival and sustainability conference.
In the beginning, the idea was simply to demonstrate the power of the sun by harnessing its energy to deliver a first class music festival. Over time we have grown to include programming for all ages, including hands on and in-depth educational opportunities, music, theater, and art.
SolarFest empowers and inspires people to make positive change in their own lives, and in their communities. Our mission is to connect people, the arts, ideas and technology, fostering partnerships for a vibrant present and a sustainable future.
Join us for a day or the entire weekend – come and camp, or stay in a B&B! Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, Vermont - July 18-20, 2014.

National Day of Civic Hacking – Vermont

Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1
Generator (Memorial Auditorium Annex)
250 Main Street
Burlington Vermont 05401

Join thousands of participants from around the world for National Day of Civic Hacking on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 at Generator in Burlington, Vermont. Organized by Code for BTV, the Burlington event will bring together software developers, technology integrators, designers, makers and civic hackers to improve our communities through technology. You don’t need to be an expert to participate; you just have to care about your neighborhood and community.

Code for BTV Birthday Celebration

National Day of Civic Hacking marks the first year of Code for BTV, and we’ll be celebrating on the Burlington waterfront starting after the first day of hacking on Saturday, May 31. Families and friends are welcome!

Register today!

Eco Logic All, a Vermont Makers Meetup

Eco Logic All, a Vermont Makers Meetup

Looking at ecological issues through the arts, economies & technologies. Come together to culture curiosity into the logic of creations that impact our ecologies.

Thursday, June 19th, 7pm

Generator, in the Annex at Memorial Auditorium, 250 Main St., Burlington

ArtDuino Maker Camp is Coming!

ArtDuino Maker Camp is Coming!

August 4 – 8 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Shelburne Farms Coach Barn

From the creators of the Champlain Mini Maker Faire and Cognizant, Making the Future comes the
ArtDuino Maker Camp!

Day campers ages 10-18 will avail themselves the art of making by exploring: electronic wearables, Arduino micro controllers, robotics, 3D printing, wireless controls and musical instrument making alongside dance, theatrics, and story hacking. Activities culminate at week’s end in a community performance and show and tell.  Pre and post camp daycare is available on site.
Go Here to Register for ArtDuino Maker Camp

A Week of Exploring

  • With more than 7 maker instructors (coming from across the USA), teacher apprentices, parent chaperones, and guest speakers, campers will experience a week of exploring new technologies, creation, and innovation that will spark their imaginations and a quest for learning, doing, and creating. On Monday, the group will gather to vote on a theme for the week. Theme choices include Story Hack, Movement, and more. Below is a sample schedule for the week (subject to change):
    • 9:30-10:30 Story Hack or Movement
    • 10:30-11:30 E-wearables, JunkMan, or Costume Hack
    • 11:30-12:00 Art, Movement, or Costume Hack
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
    • 1:00-2:00 Robots, JunkMan, Art, or Costume Hack
    • 2:00-3:30 Junkman Music, Movement, Set Design, or Costume Hack


Donald KnaackDonald Knaack (aka The Junkman™) is a classically trained percussionist and composer who has used recycled materials as his instruments of music since long before the eco-green movement was cool. He’s the Daddy of Eco-Beat!! He calls it Junk Music™ and it all began with his mentor and collaborator, John Cage encouraged the further development of his attraction to the sounds of found objects. He’s performed at Lincoln Center, The Van’s Warped Tour (with Eminem, Black Eyed Peas and Blink 182), The United Nations, The Kennedy Center, and more. He is currently developing and producing a children’s television show about music and the environment called Junk Music with The Junkman, and has a new, one man musical/visual/theatrical extravaganza entitled BEAT IT! with The Junkman.
Nate HerzogNate Herzog is the creator of StoryHack Media, whose mission is to reimagine storytelling using technology. SHM threw its first competition last October called StoryHackVT, a 24 hour, hackathon-styled cross media event involving 15 teams of 55 participants from Vermont, New York, and beyond. More information can be found at Outside of StoryHack, Nate is a writer, storyteller, and technology consultant. He lives with his wife and family in Burlington.
Joe ChaseJoe Chase has been teaching physics and robotics for over 20 years. He is dedicated to making science and technology accessible to learners of all ages. He has received the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award and has twice received the Vermont Outstanding Teacher Award.
Beverly BallBeverly Ball is an enthusiastic teacher of art, welding, e-textiles, sewing, paper engineering, and mischief at Denver Academy and beyond. Kids love her. Parents can’t figure her out.
Lydia LittwinLydia Y. Littwin has the great fortune to spend her days teaching and making art with children and adults at the Davis Studio in the South End of Burlington. An undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Art Education fuel her belief that art-making is a useful and necessary tool for self-expression and exploration at any age. As a life-long New England resident, her own work is greatly inspired by the colors that come with the physical, emotional and environmental changes of each season. Lydia works namely with oil paint, but is also prone to creating with gouache, linoleum prints, pencil, and pastel.
Heather MorrisHeather Morris is a mover and shaker in the world of Celtic dance, and is constantly finding innovative ways to expand and enhance traditional art forms. In addition to being a certified instructor of Scottish Highland and Irish dance, Heather is certified in Les Mills International BodyPump and BodyFlow, and has more than 15 years experience running summer camps.
Angela SheehanAngela Sheehan is currently an Education Outreach Coordinator for SparkFun Electronics where she specializes in e-textile and craft technology projects and workshops. With a background in fine art, costuming, and animation she began working within the realm of wearable computing projects during her studies at Bennington College, producing a series of costumes augmented with electronics in collaboration with Rebecca Grabman (’08). In 2009 she launched a blog Soft Circuit Saturdays to host her continuing explorations in e-textiles and the maker movement and taught workshops throughout New England before relocating to Boulder Colorado to join the SparkFun team in 2013.

Go Here to Register for ArtDuino Maker Camp

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