Another Successful Maker Faire!

The Production Team is proud to announce another year of success at the Scranton Mini Maker Faire! Over 400 attendees experienced everything from electronics, robotics, arts & crafts, woodworking to 3D printing, soldering, drones, and dinosaurs at Johnson College on Saturday October 3rd. The event featured over 30 amazing makers all sharing their passion for creativity, innovation and the art of making.  Read the article featured in the Times Tribune capturing the unique spirit of the faire here and check out the coverage by WNEP TV here.

Please take a look at our list of makers provided below. Feel free to check out their websites and Facebook pages. We appreciate every person who came to show their craft, innovation, and creation this past weekend to further the maker movement in Scranton at Johnson College.

Laser Technologies in Space
Cole Hastings
Thingybot 3D Printers
Recycle Rush – TigerTrons
Crow Designs/The Workshop
Scranton Public Library
Woodcrafts by Russ Enslin
Little Code Ninja
Printed Solid
KitRex by Kit&Co
Pens by George
Dewey Mac – Maker Mysteries Book Series
Books and Bots
Make Lehigh Valley
Koko Bows
Johnson College Carpentry Department
Scranton Steam
Hels’ Bells Handmade
Annie’s Country Kitchen
Tres Joli Shop
Tangled Trinket
Ally’s Air
Breath Taking Images
Infinity Scarves by Brooke Consenza
East Stroudsburg G3 Lab
Lowe’s Build & Grow
Keystone College 3D Center

(If a maker would like a website added to this blog post, please email us at with the requested link.)

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Maker Tips for Saturday!

Participating Makers,

The Scranton Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday! The Production Team  has prepared  the following tips to help you navigate the Maker Faire smoothly.

Contact information:
If you need to reach us for any reason on the day of the event or the day before, please call Jessie at 608-345-8902.

Driving Directions:
The Johnson College address is 3427 North Main Ave. Scranton, PA 18508.
Take I-81 Exit 190 (You will see signs for Johnson College). Click here for directions.

Turn into the North Entrance of campus located across from Schiff’s Supermarket. Drive to the top of the hill until you reach the Moffat Student Center. (Parking attendants will guide you to the appropriate parking spaces.) Please park in the back of the Moffat Student Center (or see our Attend page for information regarding handicapped parking).

Registration will be located in the Moffat Student Center:
Please check in before unloading.
Check-in/Setup Times:
◾Friday 2-6 PM
◾Saturday 8-10 AM
All unloading must be completed by 10 AM on Saturday.

Wi-Fi information:
Free Wi-Fi is available for all makers.
◾Wireless Network: MakerFaire
◾Password: Scr@ntonM@kes

Please Note:
Johnson College will provide one table and two chairs for each 10×10 space unless another arrangement has been previously discussed. Makers are responsible for tablecloths and any other decorations they would like to use.

Electrical outlets will only be provided if you requested electricity in your application. (It is not guaranteed that a normal cord will reach every outlet provided. Please bring any extension cords or other set up items you may need.)

Our team would like to thank you again for participating in this year’s Scranton Mini Maker Faire. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns by calling 570-702-8903 during business hours or by emailing

See you Saturday!
– The Production Team


Join Us on October 3rd!

Production Team 2015

(From left to right) Katie Leonard, Sr. Vice President of College Advancement; Shannon Cavanaugh, Volunteer Coordinator; Jessie Powers, Maker Relations Manager; Denise Nazarenko, Sponsorship Manager; Janine Tomaszewski, Event Producer; Joan Bonczek, Faculty Leader; Stephanie Greaney, Enrollment and Student Engagement Specialist; and Sean Ann Kelly, Marketing Manager.

The second Scranton Mini Maker Faire will take place at Johnson College on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is FREE to all children and students through college and just $5 for adults. All funds raised will support the College’s Strategic Opportunity Fund.

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth ­­ a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the national Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

“We want to bring the community together to be inspired by celebrating technology, arts, crafts, engineering, and science,” says Katie Leonard, Senior Vice President of College Advancement at Johnson College. “Johnson College focuses on hands-on education and we believe it’s the perfect place to foster ideas and individuals that create and offer them an outlet and platform to share their work.”

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The event will take place in the Moffat Student Center and in Weaver Hall. There will be food trucks, interactive exhibits, and fun for all ages!

Johnson College hosted the first Scranton Mini Maker Faire in October 2015. The success of the event was driven by more than 50 makers, volunteers, sponsors, and 700 attendees who came to campus to support the maker movement.

You can follow all of the fun and share with us on social media! Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter! To share your experiences at the event, be sure to use #MakeScranton and #MakerFaire!

Meet our Volunteer Coordinator!

Meet Shannon Cavanaugh! Shannon is currently employed at Johnson College as the Student Life Coordinator for Student Engagement and Residence Life and her role on the community committee is as the Scranton Mini Maker Faire’s Volunteer Coordinator. She began her involvement with #MakeScranton as the event’s summer intern! Shannon was aware of the maker movement prior to her involvement, but never fully understood all of its intricacies.  “Working on the community committee has really shown me what making is all about and I amSC Profile Photo so happy to be a part of it,” she said.

If any individuals or groups are interested in volunteering at this year’s Scranton Mini Maker Faire, please reach out to Shannon at, 570-702-8950, or visit our volunteers page!

1 Month Until Maker Faire!

There is just one month until the Scranton Mini Maker Faire! We are very excited and hope you are too! On Saturday, Oct 3 from 11am – 4pm, Johnson College will provide a venue for amazing projects that Makers of all ages and backgrounds will display in a show-and-tell format. Maker Faire is full of fun, interactive exhibits! We have plenty of kids activities planned and opportunities to engage with our makers.

Accepted makers, we are nearing the September 18th deadline for maker agreement submissions and fee payments.  Please mail them in or submit electronically as soon as possible!

It is time to start thinking about what your maker booth will look like! Remember to be creative! Makers are responsible for bringing table cloths and any other items that will contribute to the display.

There will be two set-up options for the event; Friday October 2nd in the evening or the morning of October 3rd. The Friday evening option will be open from 2-6 p.m. and makers should notify the production team if they plan on setting up Friday evening. For the Saturday morning option, makers will be able to set-up booths from 8-10:30 a.m. Volunteers will be available to help with unloading of items.

Remember, tickets are FREE for students and kids, and just $5 for adults.

See you on October 3rd!


Meet A Community Committee Member – Stephanie Greaney!

Meet Stephanie Greaney! Stephanie is an Admissions Representative at Johnson College. Stephanie’s role on the Community Committee is to lead the Johnson college recruitment efforts at the faire. Stephanie and her team of admissions representatives along with student ambassadors, will be available to answerSG Profile Image questions and give tours of the college to anyone who may be interested in becoming a student. Stephanie is most excited about, “Being able to speak and interact with the Makers and check out what fun projects they have been working on.” Stephanie told us the Maker Faire has made her more appreciative of the innovations and thought that goes into the projects our makers bring. For more information on Johnson College, Stephanie can be reached at or 570-702-8949, and feel free to stop by her booth at the Faire!

Meet our Community Committee Members from Jam Works, LLC.!

We would like to introduce Kristina Galati and Kim Mele of Jam Works, LLC. Kristina and Kim are on our Community Committee for the second year. They bring an innovative perspective to the committee with their knowledge of the robotics industry. Kristina told us her favorite part of Maker Faire is that it’s a community based event that “offers opportunities for conversations with

Kim Mele & Kirstina Galati

Kim Mele & Kirstina Galati

makers, tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, hobbyists, engineers, and entrepreneurs who come together to show their projects.”

Kim loves seeing all of the creative vendors and all of the excitement in the children as they learn from the local makers. Kim’s most excited to show off the Jam Works robot, to see all of the returning makers and to meet new innovators.

Kristina and Kim will be at the Jam Works booth at the Scranton Mini Maker Faire allowing visitors to play with a robot and teaching them more about what their company does. For more information about Jam Works, LLC., visit



Meet our Marketing Manager!

Sean Ann Kelly & Liam Walter of Scranton

With the Scranton Mini Maker Faire just seven weeks away, we want to make sure all of NEPA knows about the awesome event at Johnson College! We wouldn’t be able to do that without Sean Ann Kelly who is the event’s Marketing Manager.  She handles all social media and community outreach. Sean Ann’s favorite part of Maker Faire is the self-motivation behind all of the innovative projects. “To be a maker, inventor, or do-it-yourself type of person, you have to start with an inspiration. Being a maker is all about taking something that has meaning to you, adding your imagination, and sharing your creation with others,” says Sean Ann. She explained how she loves how the makers enjoy not only sharing but teaching others about what they do.  “I really enjoy the kids who can come to the event and try something completely new such as soldering or building,” she said. Sean Ann is excited for the 2015 Scranton Maker Faire to bring the community back to the Johnson College Campus. “Scranton has so many artists, innovators, crafters, discoverers, and more who can now join together with the common theme of making,” said Sean Ann. Join us Saturday, October 3, 2015 for the Scranton Mini Maker Faire and be sure to follow the event on Facebook and Twitter @ScranMakerFaire! Media contacts can reach Sean Ann directly at or 570-702-8963.

Meet Our Executive Producer!

On behalf of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire team, we would like to introduce Janine Tomaszewski.  Janine is currently employed at Johnson College as the Director of College Relations.  Her favorite part of Maker Faire is how the community can enjoy a day together to support local and regional makers.  Janine said Maker Faire has definitely changed her view on making. She explained, “Until last year’s event, I didn’t really know what it meant to be a JT_ProfileImageMaker until I saw all of these awesome people arrive on our campus with such a variety of exhibits.  It is really cool to see all of the innovative ideas right here in our home town!” This year Janine is the Executive Producer of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire.  She oversees the event by working with the Maker Faire Production Team, key people at Johnson College, and our community committee to make sure all of the parts of the event come together to be great! Janine can be reached at regarding any questions with logistics or general inquiries about the event.

2 Months Until Scranton Mini Maker Faire!

We are just two months away from the Scranton Mini Maker Faire! We cannot wait to welcome all of our makers, food vendors and attendees to Johnson College on October 3rd! We have accepted two waves of makers so far and we are progressing toward filling all available spaces. Please check your email for the acceptance packet if you’ve already applied.


From woodworkers to painters to kids who code, we have some of the most awesome exhibits you could find! Our Community Committee is hard at work spreading awareness that makers can still apply, seeking food vendors and informing the public of this unique NEPA event that celebrates creativity and innovation.

If you intend on being a maker at the 2015 Scranton Mini Maker Faire, here’s a checklist of some steps to take:

  1. Apply. Applications will be accepted until all spaces are filled.
  2. Once you receive an acceptance letter, sign the maker agreement.
  3. In order to hold a maker space, all makers must pay the appropriate maker fee.
  4. Decide when you would like to set-up. Two options are available; Friday afternoon on 10/2/15 or the morning of Saturday 10/3/15. (More information about set-up to follow.)
  5. Plan what your exhibit will look like! Consider table cloths, decorations, etc.
  6. Stay in touch by following us on Facebook or Twitter @ScranMakerFaire.

Sponsors are also a large part of this event. Sponsorships and donations make sure the Production Team can provide all of the Maker Faire awesomeness to the community, host our makers and contribute to the Strategic Opportunity Fund which benefits the students of Johnson College. Please inquire about sponsorships by calling Denise Nazarenko at 570-702-8908 or Several sponsorship levels are available.