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Maker Highlight: nScope

Learn how to design, build, and test electronics with nScope!


nScope and Raspberry Pi

In 2010, the USB oscilloscope nScope was created by Nick Marchuk and David Meyer as a way to make learning electronic circuits more accessible. While teaching introductory electronics courses at Northwestern University, Nick noticed that one student would build while the others watched so he wanted to create a personal lab kit that would allow everyone to have hands-on experience. Now every Northwestern Mechanical and Biomedical engineering undergraduate uses nScope to learn electronics.

2016-04-05-223446_1920x1200_scrot-1024x748Nick’s goal is that nScope will make electronics accessible to everyone in the way that Arduino did for programming. He hopes to have nScope in schools, universities, makerspaces and homes all over. His advice for aspiring makers? Just start. There are plenty of free online resources to help.

When he’s not working on nScope, Nick is working on all sorts of fun side projects. Check them out here. Join the nScope mailing list and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

We are super excited to have Nick at the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire. Join us Saturday where you too can use the nScope to learn how to design, build and test circuits!





Registration is OPEN!

We are excited to announce that registration for the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire is now OPEN! Even though this is a free event, registering for a ticket via Eventbrite helps us plan so there are enough materials for everyone to participate in the making experience! Click the button below to register today.


With just under 3 weeks until the Faire, we are super excited about this year’s Makers. You can create phone apps that control robots, play with squishy circuits, help assemble 3D printed hands, create your own FrankenToy, dabble with woodworking, have your mind read by a computer science magician and so much more! Visit our Makers Page here to read more. We will be featuring many of these Makers is the upcoming days so make sure to check those out.

The Faire will be returning to Ford City Mall located at 7601 S Cicero Ave. For more information about getting around and how to find the venue, click here.

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to receive event updates and announcements.

See you August 6th!


Save the Date: August 6th

We are thrilled to announce that the 4th annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire will be held August 6, 2016 at Ford City Mall! Our team has been busy with planning and we can’t wait for you to take part in another year of making with us.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter so you can hear about all the exciting things we have in store for this year.

Happy Making!

-Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire Production Team

Thank you, Marya Spont-Lemus!

It is our distinct privilege to thank our BUILDER-level sponsor, MARYA SPONT-LEMUS!

You score phenomenally high in the kind-o-meter. Seriously, I checked.

You too can receive a special thank you on our website and Facebook page too by donating to our Indiegogo campaign! Visit our campaign page to learn more. 

Thank You, Christina Pei!

We are thrilled to thank our BUILDER-level sponsor, CHRISTINA PEI!

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Thank who?
Thank you!

You too can receive a special thank you on our website and Facebook page too by donating to our Indiegogo campaign! Visit our campaign page to learn more. 

Special Announcement…

With a little less than three weeks from our big event, we’re super jazzed about the Makers who have already been confirmed to participate!  So far 35 Makers have already been confirmed with a few more that are still pending. You can see the evolving list here. We have also started posting daily features on our makers, so subscribe to our blog to learn more about our makers.

There are only 4 days left in our Indiegogo campaign, so to help with the final fundraising push this week, an anonymous donor is offering a dollar for dollar match for EACH contribution of $25 or less, up to a total of $1,000! They want to see how many different people are willing to support keeping the Maker Faire on the southside. (Of course, larger donations are welcome too!) Let’s use these last few days to show your support!

We’ll be featuring some of our makers in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned to learn more!  In the meantime, please continue to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our webpage, and help spread the word about our campaign – just 4 days to go!!

Many thanks to all our donors – we can’t do this without you and we’re grateful for your support!! See you soon!

PS – check out this video the Chicago Art Department created about last year’s faire.

You Make Us Happen

We have 30 days left in our Indiegogo campaign and we are so grateful to those who have so generously contributed towards the success of this year’s Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire. Thank you.

The south side of Chicago is made up of awesomely talented people who are constantly doing amazing things and the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire is made possible by those same people: You.

That’s why we need your help. You make us happen. If you haven’t already, please consider contributing to our fundraising campaign. Your contributions will directly help us to continue our young tradition of showcasing Makers from the often-overlooked south side of Chicago by covering the cost of maker support and event production. Plus, we have great perks!

Thank you and see you in August!