The Crucible Goes To East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2019


Grab your friends, family, and neighbors for the 10th annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire on October 27. Celebrate the DIY spirit with family-friendly activities, exhibits, workshops, food, live music, and much more.

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Maker Madness



KRON4’S MAKER MADNESS features The Crucible this weekend

A fun five-minute exploration of The Crucible as a maker space filmed at the end of our 2014 youth summer camps

The Crucible’s long association with Maker Faire and culture is part of KRON4’s story in this documentary and celebration of all things maker. They spent a full day shooting here a few weeks ago and we had a great time showing them the studio. It was also the last day of our youth summer camps so there is good coverage of the Friday gallery we do with each camp for parents to see what their kids have been working on all week.

Our fall class schedule is up, so if you’re interested in learning more about any of The Crucible’s exciting classes, you can browse the catalog or sign up now.

You can see the full 60 minute version of the show friday night at 9 and Sunday at 7.

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East Bay Mini Maker Faire Meetup & Project Sneak Peek



If you just can’t wait for the East Bay Mini Maker Faire (coming to Oakland on October 14, 2014), then come on down to The Crucible on July 29, 2014 to hang out in our studios and meet a few local makers who will be presenting some of the projects they are working on ahead of the faire.

The event will begin at 6:30 pm with a tour of the our 56,000 sq foot warehouse and studios. East Bay Mini Maker Faire organizer, Sabrina Merlo, will start off the Town Hall speaking about the faire which celebrates its fifth year in 2014. Project presentations will follow. Throughout the event guests can enjoy a complimentary bar inside, and there are even rumors of a food truck joining the party outside.

After the presentations there will be time for mixing with the wonderful maker community, so bring your curiosity and ideas and join us for a sneak preview of one of the East Bay’s coolest annual happenings.

East Bay Mini Maker Faire Kick-Off and Meetup
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
6:30-9:30 pm
The Crucible, 1260 7th St, Oakland

Photo credit: East Bay Maker Faire Photo credit: East Bay Maker Faire

Photo credit: Make Magazine Photo credit: Make Magazine


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The Crucible at Maker Faire 2013


Fire artist, Peter Kropf helping a young guest operate The Crucible’s fire poofers!

We love Maker Faire! A celebration of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, the festival brings makers together to showcase their wares, inspire creativity, and most of all – to have fun. Check out a few pictures of our exhilarating weekend!

The Crucible kicked off Maker Faire with the festival’s Education Day. With a blacksmithing demonstration by Celeste Flores, an art bike build by Maurice Cavness, and an interactive Fire Poofer extravaganza by Peter Kropf, we had an awesome time showing 2,500 Bay Area youths the wonders of the maker world.  After Education Day, we celebrated the weekend with makers from all over the nation and the world.

See you next time!

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East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2012


The very core of The Crucible is about learning and doing: inspiring creativity in everyone, and unleashing their potential to make things. It’s no surprise then that you’ll find us at the 2012 East Bay Mini Maker Faire. If you like building / tinkering / fixing / prototyping / making things, block off October 14th on your calendar immediately…

A Maker Faire is about celebrating learning and doing, not the finished and perfect end product. It’s a place to share what we’re learning with others, and celebrate the fun and freedom of being an amateur.

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration coming to Oakland for its second year on Sunday, October 14, 2012. It will feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.

Maker Faire started back in 2006 as a spin-off of MAKE magazine. The original Maker Faire entertains over 100,000 visitors in San Mateo over a weekend at the end of every May, and additional Maker Faires have now happened appeared in Austin, Detroit and New York City; Mini Maker Faires have started to sprout up around the United States and the world, including events in Ann Arbor, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Shenzhen, Dublin, Brighton.

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire follows the “big” Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering, but is smaller in scale (150 makers vs. 800 makers; 5,000 people on one day vs. 50,000) and will showcase the wonders of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is fortunate to have Park Day School as its host and sponsor. Park Day School has just expanded its campus to 4 beautiful acres snuggled behind Oakland Technical High School in the Temescal district, and is opening its doors of this secret wonder to the greater East Bay for the Mini Maker Faire. The Faire also utilizes the wonderful and adjacent facilities of Studio One Art Center, Oakland’s only city-run building and program dedicated to studio arts instruction in a wide range of media for persons of all ages.

The Crucible will be on hand with demonstrations and information, complete with red hot metal and roaring fire effects.

Additional Resources

EMBBF official website
Follow EBMMF on Twitter @ebmakerfaire
EBMMF Facebook fan page

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