The Countdown is on to the Scranton Mini Maker Faire!

There are just 4 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!

WHY should YOU apply to be a MAKER?

A Maker is just that – someone who makes something. Many Makers are hobbyists, tinkerers, enthusiasts or students (amateurs!) – but they are also a wellspring of innovation, creating new products and producing value in the community. Some Makers do become entrepreneurs and start companies.  Makers celebrate the Do-It-Yourself mindset and enjoy the rewards of hands-on projects.

Maker Faire is a Show-and-Tell Faire that creates a stage for Makers to show off their creations to an appreciative audience. It particularly showcases the process of how those creations are made, which cultivates a learning environment for the attendees. Maker Faire offers the opportunity for us to see ourselves as more than consumers; we are productive; we are creative. Everyone is a Maker and our world is what we make it.

From the founder of the Maker Movement, Dale Dougherty,

“I believe we are all makers. We can find all kinds of makers in our communities. Yet we also want to help create more makers. Through education and community outreach, we can offer the opportunity to make things to more people, but particularly children. They might find these opportunities at school but also at community centers, summer camps and science centers, or even at home. My goal is that all people, young and old, come to see themselves as makers, creators and doers because I know that the people who have the skills and knowledge to make things have the power to make the world a better place.”

To see what participating at a Maker Faire is like, check out this video from Toronto Mini Maker Faire 2013!

 To show off what you make is FREE and it’s only $25 if you plan to sell what you make!

You have until September 15th to apply! Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this community enriching event!


TICKETS are also available NOW!

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS! (All students & kids are FREE, adults are just $5)

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER t-shirts online NOW and pick up later at the event! **THEY WILL NOT BE SOLD THE DAY OF!** DEADLINE TO ORDER IS 9/17/14.



Due to popular demand, we are happy to announce that we are extending the Call for Makers through September 15, so keep your applications coming! (The deadline was originally August 15). We have an awesome group of Maker applicants already and we have room to expand, so spread the word to your Maker Friends!  Our team is reviewing previously submitted applications now, and those who need more time still have the opportunity to apply.  So make the most of it and get your applications in now!


Maker Faire is accepting applications for maker exhibits, performers, presenters, and sponsors. The first step to participating in Maker Faire is to submit an entry using the link above. If you have any questions during the application process, feel free to e-mail

We encourage exhibits that are interactive and that 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

We look forward to seeing you at the Faire on October 4th at Johnson College!

Food Vendor Fee Change

IMG_2776-002Good news for all food vendors, we have reduced the fees!

Here is how the new fee structure works out.

  • $25/commercial maker fee (mandatory for all makers who are selling)
  • $25/food truck fee (for any food truck or tent beyond 10 x 10)

For any food truck or large tent, that’s only $50!

We’re also offering the generator plug-in as an OPTIONAL add-on for just $50 for the day.

Generator power will be available as soon as the DAY OF, but is not guaranteed unless purchased in advance.

We still welcome any additional donation to the “Opportunity and Innovation Fund” as well!

Food vendors can apply here…

SATURDAY: Scranton Arts on the Square

ArtsOnTheSquareThis Saturday is the 2nd Annual Arts on the Square on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton presented by ScrantonMade. There will be plenty to see from NOON until 8pm including art, crafts, music, and of course food!

We hope to see you there!


Tickets Now On Sale!



Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Scranton Mini Maker Faire at Johnson College on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 10am to 7pm.

Tickets can be purchased online HERE! Adult tickets are just $5! Students & Kids are FREE!

For more information on attending, click HERE.

The Call for Makers, Artists, Performers, and Crafters is also open now through August 15th. Makers, crafters, tinkerers, and even food vendors can now apply online.  Any groups or individuals interested in presenting their project, activity, or performance in this event should complete the simple application at

Makers who are showing their projects are FREE and it’s only $25 if you plan to sell something!

Media Sponsor

943thetalkerDavidMaderiaShowWe want to thank our newest sponsor! The Bold Gold Media Group, 94.3 The Talker, & The David Madeira Show are now our exclusive Media Sponsor!

David Madeira welcomed Kathryn Wynn and Katie Leonard from Johnson College on Wednesday morning to talk about The Scranton Mini Maker Faire.

Take a listen…


The Making of a Maker Faire

IMG_5932Johnson College hosted our first ever Maker Faire Planning Committee meeting on May 1st, 2014 at The LaunchPad in downtown Scranton inside the Electric City building. The same building holds up the inspiration for our Mini Maker Faire logo “Scranton The Maker City” with the ever famous “Electric City” sign.


Scranton became known as the Electric City when electric lights were introduced at Dickson Locomotive Works in 1880. Six years later, the nation’s first successful, continuously operating electrified streetcars began operating in the city. The sign itself even has history.
IMG_5939 The group started laying the groundwork for community involvement, by helping us connect with businesses and individuals who align with the Maker Movement.IMG_8270

In our most recent meeting this past month, we also handed out our first batch of “Scranton The Maker City” t-shirts.

If you want to join our planning team, e-mail us:

You can PRE-ORDER these shirts for pick-up NOW online and pick up later at the event! **THEY WILL NOT BE SOLD THE DAY OF!** 



The Call for Makers is Open! 


*The Call for Makers CLOSES on August 15th.

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.

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


What Happens Next

Ongoing correspondence from our Maker Faire team will keep you up-to-date. Please add to your email contacts list so our messages don’t end up in your spam box.

Space is limited so we’ll be accepting exhibits on a first-come first-serve basis, based upon the merits of the exhibit.  Responses are sent via email at least 6 weeks before the Faire. Once accepted, Makers are asked to complete a Maker Participation Agreement.

Aspiring Makers are encouraged to follow Scranton Mini Maker Faire on Facebook and  Twitter to keep up with the latest news on Makers and Maker Faire.

If you have any issues or questions, please contact:

Other Ways to Participate at Scranton Mini Maker Faire

Sponsors: We welcome sponsors for the Scranton Mini Maker Faire. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please see Sponsors.

Volunteers: Many volunteers for the Scranton Mini Maker Faire are needed! For more information about becoming a volunteer, please see Volunteers.

Food Vendors: Food concessionaires follow a different application process. Do not fill out the entry forms above.  If you are interested in food vending, please see Food Vendors.

We look forward to seeing you at Scranton Mini Maker Faire!

Meet The Maker – Anthony T. Marasco

Tony20Anthony T. Marasco is a music maker. He’s also a member of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire community committee. Listen to what Anthony loves to make in our latest “Meet The Maker” profile video, then read more in our EXTENDED interview with Anthony below. You can also buy his latest CD on his website!

If you were to have a business card what would it say? Composer / Teacher / Maker?
My business card would say that I’m a composer, a sound artist, and an Adjunct Professor of Music History and Digital Music at the University of Scranton

What is it that you would say you “make”?
I make a variety of things, primarily works of art in the form of compositions written for electroacoustic ensembles (these include prerecorded audio playback or interactive electronics coupled with acoustic instruments like strings, voices, brass, etc.) and interactive sonic installation pieces. I also build new instruments for myself and others to perform with, like the Oxblood (a series of amplified springs) and my set of Prepared Board Games.

What would you say you do the most of, composing music or helping to make devices for people who make music?
I definitely do more composing, but the majority of my compositions require the use of homemade software programs (made inside of the Max/MSP/Jitter software environment) that I build myself, so I’m always building something digital once the actual musical score is completed. I’ve also written some new pieces over the past year that require the use of my handmade instruments, so I’ve been doing a lot of woodworking and soldering in my workshop to create physical devices that performers manipulate to create a variety of sonic landscapes.

What’s the biggest project/task you’ve taken on? Which has received the most attention?
I’m currently working with my friend and collaborator Michael Greinke to design and build a robotic, computer controlled toy instrument backing band for singer/songwriter Alexa Dexa. The device requires me to work with the Raspberry Pi for the very first time, as well as some electronics circuit designing for LCD screens and controls that are a bit more advanced then anything I’ve worked with in the past. We’ll be premiering the device later this year under the guise of our new collaboration collective, Project Blue Book.

As far as the most attention I’ve received for a project, I have been really fortunate to have my music performed and my used around the world. In December of 2013, I was the grand-prize winner of the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival and had my newest piece Mid-Century Marfa premiered in New York City by pianist/composer Phyllis Chen. Marfa utilizes my homemade Plastorgan (a collection of plastic bottles that hum and whistle when placed in front of a fan) and Aeolian harp instruments, and I was thrilled to get a great response from the new music journalism scene and other composers regarding these devices and the piece. I’ll also have a piece for female voices, postcards, and computer included on the debut album by Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, available to buy this fall.

 What do you love most about making?
While I certainly enjoy stumbling upon a new instrument or device built I’ve never heard of before and finding a way to incorporate it into my musical compositions, there’s just no better feeling than being able to write a piece of music that calls for an unusual sound or outside-the-box performance/interactive technique and then sitting down and drafting out the plans for a homemade software or instrument that will be able to do exactly what I need it to. By making these digital and physical “tools” myself, I never have to worry about altering my music in anyway due to the limitations of a device or instrument that was made by someone else.

How do you feel about the Scranton Mini Maker faire?
I couldn’t be more excited for the first Scranton Mini Maker faire! As a Scranton native, I really feel strongly about supporting local creative minds and makers of all types. The Scranton Mini Maker faire is going to be a great event that will allow makers in the NEPA area to come together and share their ideas and wares in a fun and educational environment, and this can only lead to more creative events and works of art coming out of our area in the years to come.