The Jerry Slocum Collection of Mechanical Puzzles embodies a lifetime pursuit of the intriguing and the perplexing. The result is the largest assemblage of its kind in the world, with over 35,000 puzzle. The mechanical puzzles in the collection range from Victorian era amusements to innovative designs made with laser cutters and 3D printing to create their designs. Learn about the different types of mechanical puzzles and the different challenges each pose.
Puzzles from our hands-on collection will be at the booth for attendees to solve along with a group of 3D printed hands-on puzzles for attendees to try as well. Hear from the Lilly Library’s Curator of Puzzles about how puzzle designers develop their deviously difficult creations, and just maybe find a new idea for your next project.
The Bloomington FOOLS teach people to pick locks and to have fun doing it.
Make, build, and create as you work with or against gravity in WonderLab’s Great Gravity Challenge!
Artisan Alley will showcase a few artists from our collective and have information and sign-up opportunities available for our fall industrial arts classes.
Join us to learn about Making your Future with Ivy Tech! We’ll have demonstrations of Distributed Computing and Virtual Reality, as well as other potential IT and maker-related projects.
2DyeCru dyes yarn with all natural plant dyes. Our dyes are made from locally harvested plants or other sustainable sources. Our yarn is similarly sustainably sourced, some locally from Indiana and some from small mills in Missouri, Canada, and England. We also process and spin our own yarn as well as knitting and crocheting with it, which involves us in every step of the yarn-making process, from sheep to project.
ARS Atelier will be showing and selling hand forged pieces for personal ornament and/or decor, made in our studio by hand using forging tools and basic equipment. The materials used are: both basic and precious metals, leather, glass, stones, and other organic materials and found objects.
Restructify creates art and home decor from recycled components.
Code and Key are provide a local escape room experience in Fountain Square Mall and at events around town. They’ll have puzzle boxes, a small pop-up escape rooms, and a place to make puzzles.
Soapy Soap Company manufactures all natural bar soap in Bloomington, Indiana. They would like to show and tell people about their style of soap making. The audience will be able to participate by mixing in their soap additives such as oatmeal, fennel, clay, etc. Each participant will be able to leave the Soapy Soap Company booth with their very own hand crafted soap.