Thanks so much to the Pinnacle Learning Center for their sponsorship of Makevention. Pinnacle has sponsored Makevention from the beginning, and without their support, the first Makevention might not have happened. Make sure to stop by their booth and check out Pinnacle’s hands-on approach to learning.
Whether you’re an organization in need a jolt of creativity, or an individual searching for new answers, stop by to discover a way of thinking and problem-solving at the core of inventiveness and ingenuity. Engage with us, identify your challenges, and make new ideas—through breakthrough creative thinking tools that apply to any situation. Share your […]
Hand-formed wearables, earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets and neckwear—all formed of wire, by hand, with bead embellishments of glass, porcelain, wood, leather, and textiles.
Quilter’s Comfort brand of artisan teas, herbal seasonings, condiments, and body care products are for sale, as well as original art prints and hardbound books. Braided rug making, paper and fabric tesselations, upcycled and botanical dye, and herbal products and prints also demonstrated and displayed.
We manufacture all-natural bar soap in Bloomington, Indiana. Learn about our style and methods at our “Art of Soapmaking” workshop at Makevention. Mix your own natural soap additives—and leave our booth with your own very own hand-crafted soap.
We turn recycled, refurbished, reinvented, and reclaimed objects into unique industrial, steampunk, and funky pieces of art.
We honor the coexistence between plants, wooly creatures, and people, “from sheep to shawl”—through local and exotic plants and responsible fiber purveyors. Our pure, natural plant dyes, married with sustainably sourced fibers, result in unique, all-natural hand-dyed artists’ yarns. We demonstrate knitting, crocheting, and spinning, and offer natural fibers perfect for everything from intricate lace […]
Come break the rules at our game tables! We demo our family-friendly games—you make them more fun with your creative suggestions.
We’re a family of makers who produce supplies for geeky parents and kids. With a focus on creativity in a diverse range of media, we strive to make the world more magical every day—alone and together.
How do you know if your lock is secure? Try to pick it! These FOOLS make learning lock-picking fun for the whole family, and show you the best tools for the job.
Dedicated to increased access to Latin American and Spanish literature and art, we publish titles in an art book format. These books, made by hand in community-based workshops, feature recycled cardboard, marbled paper, stenciling, and hand-sewn binding, and full-color illustrated dust jackets.
Puzzle fans will love trying to solve the hands-on challenges from our collection—and learning from our Curator of Puzzles about how puzzle designers develop their deviously difficult creations. Get inspired for your next project! The Jerry Slocum Collection of Mechanical Puzzles is the largest of its kind in the world, with over 35,000 puzzles that […]
Try circuit electronics, microcontrollers, and more: • Banana Piano • Fidget Spinner RPM Counter • Infrared to Light & Sound • Internet-Controlled Lights • People Counter • Parking Warning Light • LED Light Tower
Come see what people are working on at Indiana’s oldest Hacker/Makerspace! We demo our current projects—and the tools we use to make them.
We demo two of the Library’s popular tech and maker workshops. Try your hand at 3D modeling, and see our 3D printer in action. Then explore virtual reality with our VR headset. Learn about all the opportunities at the Library for hands-on making and creating for all ages.
Welcome to Putt-PUTnam County! We’re a Greencastle makerspace who host an annual mini-golf design competition. Enjoy our course—and see what else we’re up to.
We use various-sized looms to demonstrate how weaving has been done throughout history—and let you try too. Also take home a weaving craft you make.
Sit and knit with us, surrounded by our beautiful handmade articles.
Robots Large and Small Watch our experienced drivers maneuver robots to complete tasks—then you give it a try! Our student team members answer your questions about robots and help you learn to drive them. We’re Quadrangles, high school FIRST Robotics Team 3494 in Bloomington. Each year we compete in district, state, and world robotics tournaments.
Code-crackers and puzzle-solvers: try a handmade puzzle box and an escape room vignette and game. Make your own cipher wheel—and get a chance at a prize.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) demonstrates, the built environment is becoming increasingly more complex and integrated. Understanding how technologies like these affect the people living amongst them is urgent. We show you how to construct a feathery, illuminated moving sculpture from dendrite, a piece of living architecture consisting of a sensor and several actuators.
Learn about ham radios with a hands-on demo of building and using them.
Presented by Intelligent Systems Engineering, Indiana University. Robotics will become an important part of the 21st century’s life and infrastructure. There is a need to educate the next generation of scientists so they may understand the challenges and opportunities related to robotics. We will present student projects that interact with the environment through sensors and […]
A robot designed do its own thing—and it wants to play outside at Makevention!
WonderLab strives to build curious and creative problem solvers, inspired by the wonder of science, who shape a brighter future for themselves and our world. They’ll have a selection of intriguing STEM-related tools, projects, and experiments people of all ages can touch, explore, and engage with.
Science Fiction author Paige Daniels writes books featuring women and girls in STEM heroine roles. Part of the proceeds of her book sales go towards scholarships for women engineers.
Cora Lemon Co. makes stylish and essential items for baby’s first months. Items like reversible flannel burp cloths, Boppy nursing pillow covers, and knitted blankets are handmade with fun prints and fresh colors—and make great additions to the nursery or a thoughtful shower gift.
The Society for Creative Anachronism demonstrates calligraphy, illumination, fiber arts, fencing, and sword play. Also—make your own chain-mail!
Wm. Matthew Graphman is the author of five children’s books and a fantasy adventure series which comprises three novels with a fourth one on the way. Play the board game he created based on his children’s books.
Ryan Thompson presents his 3D creations and prints some new ones on his 3D printer.
Mara Flynn presents a three-level puzzle that includes maker trivia and decryption of ciphered messages for you to solve.
Discardia, a project of the Center for Sustainable Living, will present the 9th annual Trashion ReFashion Runway Show on Sunday April 8, 2018. Stop by our booth to help us assemble materials for next year’s backdrop. You can see Trashion designs from past years. Also, Bring Your Bag Bloomington will be there to share ideas […]
Come play Starship Bridge Sims with Myst Brigade.
In Case of Emergency Press is a Bloomington, Indiana print shop manufacturing screen-printed goods for bands, record labels, small businesses, artists, famous cats, and more. In Case of Emergency Press will be live screen printing and selling t-shirts designed for Makevention!