MakerFest May 13 -14, 2022

Learn 3D design, attend a virtual fix it clinic, connect with local maker entrepreneurs, meet author and Cricut product expert Crystal Allen, discover new technologies, and more.

Register for one, two, or more of these virtual events!

Hosted by Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga Libraries.

Schedule of Events

3D Design with TinkerCAD
Friday, May 13 | 4-5pm

Learn the basics of 3D design with TinkerCAD. TinkerCAD is a free, web-based, easy-to-use software that is used by teachers, kids, hobbyists and designers. Presented by Mississauga Library.

Fabrication with Shop3D
Friday, May 13 | 5-6pm

Learn about 3D Printing, laser cutting and vacuum forming with experts from Shop3D.
Presented by Shop 3D.

DIY Assistive Technology with Makers Making Change
Friday, May 13 | 6-7pm

Makers Making Change is a community of volunteers who collaborate to provide disruptively low-cost alternatives to commercially available Assistive Technologies. With over 150 devices now available in their Open-Source library from simple mobility aids, to assistive switches and switch adapted toys, there are many options to choose from. In this session you’ll learn about the Makers Making Change program, how the community collaborates to enable people with disabilities, and how to get involved.

Presented by Justin Pezzin, Program Manager, Makers Making Change

Maker Entrepreneur Spotlight
Friday, May 13 | 7-8pm

In this panel discussion, meet 7 local Maker-Entrepreneurs who have turned their maker skills into thriving small businesses. Panelists will speak on their challenges and successes and offer advice to other makers considering making the leap into entrepreneurship.

Panelists include:

Let’s Talk Plants with Let’s Talk Science UTM
Saturday, May 14 | 10-11am
Ages 6-12

Learn about types of leaves, capillary action and plant growth. Participants will identify leaves and complete a capillary action experiment, and learn how to grow their own plant!

Presented by Let’s Talk Science UTM.

Satellite Design Challenge with Indus Space
Saturday, May 14 | 11am-12pm
Ages 6-12

Join Indus Space for an interactive satellite design challenge for kids ages 6-12. The challenge: You have recently been hired by the space agency as a Chief Technologist. Your goal is to design and build a nano satellite to address a scientific need (you decide what the scientific goal is!) Download and print the handouts below prior to the workshop:

Satellite Design Challenge Handout
Paper Satellite Template

Gather together some household items such as Lego, building blocks and recycled materials to build your prototype according to your design decisions.

Presented by Indus Space

A Podcasting Journey with Nav Nanwa
Saturday, May 14 | 1-2:00pm

Join us for a discussion with CBC’s Nav Nanwa to discover how community podcasting can create local and sometimes national connections. As the former host of the local New Theory Radio podcast, Nav will tell about his experience getting started in the podcasting world, share challenges and successes, and reveal how to create a podcast with limited resources.

Pixel Art with the Raspberry Pi SenseHAT
Saturday, May 14 | 1-2:30pm
Ages 12+

Learn how to create pixel art with python code and a virtual Raspberry Pi SenseHAT. Code along with us in your web browser from a laptop or desktop computer at Recommended for ages 12 and up. Presented by Caledon Library.

Virtual Repair Café with Fix It Clinic
Saturday, May 14 | 2-4pm

Have a household item that’s broken? Don’t toss it, fix it! In partnership with Fixit Clinic, join our local fixers and coaches from around the globe online for guidance on how to repair your broken items at home. Sign up to receive help fixing an item. Community repairers (or aspiring fixers) and “fixing families” are also welcome to help fix or observe. Presented by Fixit Clinic and Brampton Library.

Cricut Basics: Everything You Need to Know About Vinyl and HTV
Saturday, May 14 | 3-4pm

Meet DIY-er and Cricut product expert Crystal Allen from Hello Creative Family and Cutting Machine Crafting. Crystal will share how she came to write and publish her books, The Unofficial Book of Cricut Crafts and The Unofficial Book of Handmade Cricut Crafts, and live-demo a project in Cricut Design Space. Participants will get access to an exclusive free cut file created by Crystal.