Meet the Production Team!

Introducing the 2015 Scranton Mini Maker Faire Production Team of Johnson College! From left to right, Shannon Cavanaugh, Event Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator; Jessie Powers, Maker Relations Manager; Janine Tomaszewski, Event Producer; Sean Ann Kelly, Marketing Manager; and Denise Nazarenko, Sponsorship Manager.  To join us at the Mini Maker Faire as a maker, volunteer, sponsor or as an attendee explore our website for more information and fee free to email with any questions!

JC Team Photo

Call for Food Vendors NOW OPEN!

Food Vendors, it’s your turn to sign up to be a part of the 2015 Scranton Mini Maker Faire! Last year we had over 700 attendees and generated over $17,000 for Johnson College students. The Mini Maker Faire is a day to meet new people, see great inventions, try new things, and indulge in great food! In order to fulfill our expectations we need your help!

All vendors must have permits to operate in the City of Scranton. Food trucks already fit the bill for this. Food tents are also required to have permits. If you have already sold food at an event or parked your food truck in Scranton before, you are all set for the Faire!

All food vendors participating are asked to pay a $25 Commercial Maker fee. All money raised will go directly to the Strategic Opportunity Fund at Johnson College. The Strategic Opportunity Fund at Johnson College funds innovative equipment, projects, and initiatives for our campus and our students.

Emails will be sent to applicants to inform admittance into the Scranton Mini Maker Faire. Food Vendor spaces will be reserved once the fee is received.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Click Here to Apply!



Good morning makers!

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Scranton Mini Maker Faire at Johnson College! Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of Makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

Our application form is now live to submit maker projects and exhibits. Before you get started, here’s how it works:

  • All applicants must fill out the form in the attached link in its entirety. Some questions are optional, but please give us as much information as possible about what you make!
  • Submitted applications will go into a selection process where the Scranton Mini Maker Faire team will determine acceptances in waves. There is more information about the waves in the form and we will keep all applicants up to date on the blog about them. If you apply between June 3rd and June 25th, you are part of Wave 1 and will be notified of your application status by July 3rd.
  • The Call for Makers Application will remain open until August 28th or until all maker spaces are filled.
  • Accepted makers will be notified by email and prompted to sign a maker agreement once accepted.
  • Payments will be requested once a maker is accepted. A Maker who is showing something that they make will pay $10 and a Commercial Maker (or vendor) who is selling what they make will be asked to pay $25. Payments will be accepted by cash, check (Payable to Johnson College), or credit card through a link that will be in the acceptance email. Only once the maker fee is received will your space be reserved at the Scranton Mini Maker Faire.
  • We really love social media, so if you would like to provide your Twitter and Facebook information in the application we will follow you!
  • Please direct any questions to!
  • Click Here to Apply Now!

We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and highlight the process of making things. Here are just some examples of projects we’d like to see:

  • 3D Imaging | 3D Printing | Alternative Energy | Architecture | Arduino Art & Design | Bicycles | Biology | Chemistry | Circuit Bending | Computers Craft | Crochet | Culture | DIY Projects | Drones | Education | Electric Vehicles Electronics | Energy | Engineering | Fabrication | Flying | Food | Forensics Fun & Games | Furniture | Gadgets | Hacks | Kinetic Art | Knitting | Machining Makerspaces | Microcontrollers |Music | Open Source Hardware | Paper Craft Performances | Photography & Video | Physics | Raspberry Pi | Robotics Rockets |Science | Solar | Space | Student Projects | Sustainability | Tools Toys | Transportation | Woodworking | Workshop | Young Makers

Mythbusters Star Supports STE(A)M In Schools


Adam Savage, co-host of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters wants schools to keep arts, music, and industrial arts in school curriculum to supplement the education students are getting by preparing for standardized tests. Check out this article in the Tampa Bay Times by Sharon Kennedy Wynne.

Call For Makers Date Revealed!

As the Scranton Mini Maker Faire grows closer, we are happy to announce that our Call For Makers will begin on June 3, 2015! The application process will be exclusively online and we will begin reviewing applications in the middle to late June. As makers are accepted, each applicant will be notified by e-mail. Each maker space will be a 10×10 space, but depending on projects those areas can be negotiated to fit maker needs.

This year our fees have changed slightly. Any maker who will have a display will be asked to pay $10 and any commercial maker/vendor will be asked to pay $25 toward the Strategic Opportunity Fund at Johnson College. After all, the Scranton Mini Maker Faire provides funds to students at the College!

Stay tuned:

  • This year we will profile local makers as well as those who make the Scranton Mini Maker Faire happen!
  • Add us on social media! We have a Facebook page as well as a Twitter @ScranMakerFaire.
  • Sponsorship packages are currently being developed. Sponsor levels will be available on or before June 3rd. However, please feel free to call or message us at any time to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

Half Way to Scranton Mini Maker Faire 2015!

The team at Johnson College is proud to announce that the second Scranton Mini Maker Faire will take place on October 3, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm! After the success we had in 2014, the maker community has spoken and Johnson College will host the event on campus once again.

The 2014 Scranton Mini Maker Faire featured 57 makers, brought over 700 visitors to campus, had support from over 20 corporate sponsors and raised $17,000 for the Strategic Opportunity Fund that directly supports student initiatives at Johnson College. The outpouring of support from the community was incredible and the team is ready to gear up for another year of supporting the maker movement.

Our call for makers will launch in June. If you are interested in participating, please feel free to contact the team by email or through social media using Facebook and Twitter.

Sponsorship levels will be available soon. If you are interested in a sponsorship, please feel free to email

Take a Journey to the First Ever Scranton Mini Maker Faire

Thank you to our Video Sponsor, VOYAGER VIDEO, for the awesome video they created of the first ever Scranton Mini Maker Faire. They did an amazing job capturing all of the fun and excitement. Watch the video and be sure to share!

Voyager Video was founded to provide Northeast Pennsylvania’s filmmaking community with the highest-quality video production equipment available for rental, as well as first class, budget-friendly production services. Learn more about them here.

Snapshots from the 2014 Scranton Mini Maker Faire

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Photo Credits: Michael Straub Photography

Michael Straub Photography did a fantastic job capturing some magical moments from the Scranton Mini Maker Faire at Johnson College on Oct. 4, 2014.  If you have any pictures you’d like to share with us, please send them to

Scranton Mini Maker Faire Wrap-Up: Thank You!

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Well over 700 attendees experienced everything from arts & crafts and woodworking to 3D printing, soldering, drones, and dinosaurs at the first ever Scranton Mini Maker Faire at Johnson College. The show featured over 60 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.

Here is a recap of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire Makers:

A few amazing moments:

Access Aerial did an AWESOME job highlighting our event and the Johnson College campus from the sky! Check out the video by Lee DeAngelis and John Culkin here:

Click here to watch KitRex’s walking dinosaur!

We will show more amazing moments on our website soon too, so stay tuned!

If you have any pictures or stories about the event, please share them or email them to us at

A special thanks to all our sponsors again for being a major part of making this happen.


Also a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who came out – volunteers, Johnson College staff, attendees, and to all our talented exhibitors who made this such a great success. Until next time, happy making!

The Countdown is on to the Scranton Mini Maker Faire!

There are just 3 more days until the Scranton Mini Maker Faire! We are very excited and hope you are too! On Saturday, Oct 4 from 10am – 7pm, Johnson College will provide a stage for amazing projects that Makers of all ages and backgrounds will display in a show-and-tell format. It is full of fun, interactive exhibits! Just a few of the types of exciting projects you’ll see at the Scranton Mini Maker Faire include:

Robotics | Drones | 3D Printing | Arduino Projects | Arts & Crafts
Homemade Instruments | Triple Cities Makerspace | Learn to Solder
KitRex Paper Dinosaur Puzzle-Crafts | Essential Oils | Fire & Ice
Interactive Kid’s Projects | Pen Turning | Operating Model Engines
Car built to run on CNG | Humane Anti-pull Device for Canines
Microcontroller Boards | Print Designers | Mead Making| Woodworking
Make Lehigh Valley Makerspace | 3D Laser Holograms | Student Projects
Monogramming | All Natural Felted Soaps | Sustainable Energy
Tesla Coils | Letterpress Printing | Wine Making | Handmade Jewelry
Laughter Yoga | Bath Fitter | Dolls & Dream Catchers | Photography
Basement Surprises | Scranton Community Library Projects
Restored & Modified Restomod | Spy Gadgets for Kids |Back-lit Mirror
All Natural Skin Care Line| Zag Box | Yip-Yip Sticks | And so much more!

Tickets are FREE for students and kids, and just $5 for adults.
Pre-purchase tickets online now and skip the line the day-of!

Eventbrite - Scranton Mini Maker Faire 2014


If it is your first time at Johnson College, download our Scranton Mini Maker Faire Johnson College Map to see the layout of the campus. For more info about directions and parking at the Faire, click here.

We encourage you, your friends, and family to come to this community enriching event that is a learning experience for all.
Come see, learn, explore, and MAKE! See you October 4th!