Maker Monday 10/27


Welcome to the latest edition of Maker Monday, where we give you a sneak peek at some of the makers who will be at the Toronto Mini Maker Faire November 22-23rd.


From analyzing the bones of different animal skeletons in Forensic Science to extracting DNA from fruit in DIY Microbiology to Drawing Robots that make pictures like Jackson Pollock, Action Potential Lab is Toronto’s first laboratory dedicated to fusing science + art into every program. They believe that problem solving techniques, comprehension, and creativity are most enhanced by using both sides of the brain.

At the Faire:
You will have the chance to engage in plenty of tactile and sensory play while having time to explore materials and get your hands messy. We’re talking colourful explosions and glow-in-the-dark concoctions. Things that make noise and things that drip. Prepare to use all 5 senses!

hitchBOT at home with it's research team in Port Credit, Ontario.

hitchBOT is an outgoing and charismatic robot that began hitchhiking across Canada in July 2014. Researchers from McMaster University, Ryerson University, and the University of Toronto created hitchBOT to explore human-to-robot interaction. Using artificial intelligence and user interface design, including speech recognition, speech processing, social media and Wikipedia APIs, hitchBOT has charmed its way through rides across Canada, officially finishing its journey more than 6,000 km later in Victoria, BC.

At the Faire:
Attendees are encouraged to interact with hitchBOT and family, take selfies with hitchBOT and ask hitchBOT questions.


A hands–on youth activity where participants gather within a maker–space to explore robotics and automatic drawing. Participants will assemble simple robots using basic circuitry and a variety of construction materials. The drawbots will then be used to create a community canvas. After drawing, robots will be disassembled so that their components can be reconfigured.

At the Faire:
Drawbot Factory is an activity targeted towards youth ages 8 and older, though all ages can participate. Using the provided materials and tools, you will use a simple electronic circuit to design and create an automatic drawing robot.


Using flat sheets of Canadian maple veneer, foam mold, glue, a wine pump and a vinyl bag, they will show you how to press a skateboard using atmospheric pressure! You have to see it to believe it, but you can design, build, finish and ride a skateboard using the method they created.

At the Faire:
You will get the hands-on-lowdown on how this works and how you can become a custom board builder. You can be part of gluing, stacking and pressing a custom board during our hourly build sessions.


Wearable technology is quickly evolving in our world today and is drastically changing how we think about physical spaces and everyday interaction. Although wearable devices are primarily being created and marketed for humans, kids and adults of all ages are encouraged to think outside the box when it comes to wearable technology, and experience what it means to research and prototype to solve real world problems in the animal world.

At the Faire:
By looking through a pre-assembled animal look-book and reading about what problems different types of animals face today, you will brainstorm and prototype wearable technology solutions by combining materials and circuitry through the use of a MaKey MaKey. Ideas can be anything from ankle bands a rhino can wear and rub together to scare off poachers, or a collar a gorilla can touch to warn others about habitat destruction.

Meet these makers and many more at the Toronto Mini Maker Faire November 22-23rd. RSVP for free today!