The 5W of 3D Printing in Science Education

Peter Lau

Saturday, June 10th, 12:00-12:30

Who? What? Where? When? Why? Current trends and future projections of using 3D printing as a tool in Science Education will be presented by Peter Lau, Maker-in-Chief of Makerwiz. This talk will be particularly interesting for scientific educators seeking to incorporate or enrich Maker elements in their classroom or lab curricula.

Peter Lau, PhD, is Maker-in-Chief of Makerwiz, a creative enterprise dedicated to promoting the Maker Movement by fostering the knowledge and application of emerging educational technologies such as 3D printing, drone robotics, and wearable electronics.. Their motto is “Inspiring Boundless Creativity”. Peter is a biophysicist who has left the wet lab for the fab lab in order to inspire and empower the next generation of makers, inventors and scientists.




Progress Report: Building a Robot Arm

Dan Royer

Saturday, June 10th, 12:45-1:15

Dan has been making robots for about a decade, and in that time he’s made many mistakes and also some really nice machines. He will be talking about one of his dream machines: a robot arm for everyone. Hear about what he’s tried, what has failed, what he’s learned, and what he believes it will take to do it right.

Dan Royer used to build machines in grade school and write code in art class. Later he worked around the world, making video games and medical training simulators. Still later he started combining these experiences to make robots. Which brings us to now.


Merging Practices: When Classical Art, Science and Digital Technology Collide

Moderators: Char Hoyt and Theresa Liao, Curiosity Collider

Panelists: Jen Burgess, Dr. Alina Sotskova, Ben Z Cooper and Stuart James Ward

Saturday, June 10th, 1:30-2:30

When we blend classical art, science and digital technology, what remains the same and what becomes a hybrid? This panel explores how we collaborate to mix classical art, applied science and technology. We’ll dive into questions like:

  • Are alternate perspectives just inspiration?
  • What can science learn from classical art practices?
  • Is art evolving with applied science and technology? How?
  • What will future art look like? Is painting dead?
  • What are the challenges when artists and scientists collaborate and make together?

Join us for an interactive debate on the evolution of these merging practices.


Char Hoyt is a Vancouver-based professional artist, curator and program director. She graduated from Emily Carr University in 1997 with a Diploma in Fine Arts. Since then, Char discovered a love for science and has used her paintings to explore some of the deepest mysteries of modern physics. In 2015, Char gave a public talk about the merger of art and science in her work. This pivotal moment led to her role as a co-founder of the Vancouver-based non-profit Curiosity Collider Art-Science Foundation that same year. Now, as the Creative Director and Curator for the Curiosity Collider, Char helps individuals and communities bring together the disciplines of science and art in new and exciting ways.


Theresa Liao is the co-founder and the Community Relations Director for Curiosity Collider. Aside from her non-profit work where she connects with local artists, scientists, and community partners, and plan events that encourage interdisciplinary collaborations, she works as the Communications Coordinator for UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy. She is usually busy planning conferences and public events, writing/editing research stories, teaching physics summer camp kids about circuits, and managing online presences of her department and Curiosity Collider. Theresa has more than 10 years of experience in science outreach and communication.




Jen Burgess is a freelance science illustrator based in Vancouver. With a background in science (University of Victoria) and fine art techniques (Emily Carr), in 2015 she completed a postgraduate certificate in Science Illustration at California State University Monterey Bay, with her capstone internship at the UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Her primary goal is to help educate the public and serve the scientific community. She collaborates with scientists, researchers, writers, science communicators and other experts to interpret their work and research to create a compelling piece of artwork that communicates their message or tells their story.



Dr. Alina Sotskova is a registered psychologist with experience working with adults with chronic pain, relationship problems, trauma, addiction, anxiety, and depression, among other concerns. A background in philosophy, particularly existentialism, influences her work in dance, visual art, and professional practice of psychology. She has pursued dance training in ballet and contemporary dance and is always looking for opportunities to collaborate with other artists on new interdisciplinary works. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of Voirelia, a Dance and Psychology Hub focused on creating new dance works and producing dance and arts events that are inspired by questions from psychology and philosophy.


Hfour is Ben Z Cooper and Stuart James Ward, a Vancouver-based artist duo who create new media installations with the combination of technology and craft. Hfour uses its expertise in video projections, lighting, sound, and special effects to bring public spaces, architecture, and natural features to life in ways that encourage thought and interaction. Through their art, Hfour investigates the concepts of time, ephemerality, and technology’s profound effect on humanity.



Making Tofu at Home

Rashmi G C

Saturday, June 10th, 2:45-3:00

Learn the process of making tofu at home using soybeans. The entire process will be explained using a video with step-by-step pictures. You can prepare fresh tofu using the simple utensils in your kitchen and without having to buy any special equipment. We first make soy milk from soybeans and then make tofu from the soy milk. It is a fun and easy method to learn. Enrich your skills and also enjoy a vegan dish!

Rashmi is a DIY enthusiast. She is an engineer by qualification and loves doing things from scratch. She recently moved to Vancouver from India. Back in India, she started an artistic venture in 2010 and a food venture in 2014. In the past 15 years, she has explored many art forms and has conducted many craft workshops for both children and adults alike.




Makers Entering the Marketplace

Saturday June 10th, 3:15-4:30

How do you turn a photography hobby into a viable business? Can you really make a living as a painter? How many bars of soap/pieces of jewelry/t-shirts do you have to produce in a day to pay the bills? Learn from the pros! A panel of successful Maker entrepreneurs will share their experiences, and let you in on their tricks to transitioning from artist to artisan and launching a successful handmade business in the increasingly crowded market.

Panel moderator Jenna Herbut is the founder Make It, one of Canada’s largest handmade markets, which takes place twice a year in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.






Tracey Tomtene studied business in university, but it was a black and white darkroom photography course that would reveal her craft. After working in the corporate world for several years, she quit her day job and travelled for a year, honing her photography skills.  Since her return, she has dabbled in all kinds of photography, but her greatest loves are travel and street.  Much of her imagery is made into jewelry and printed onto wood, metal and canvas prints, and sustainable clothing. When she isn’t photographing or makin’ stuff, she is torturing herself in a hot yoga studio, getting her toes salty along one of Vancouver’s magnificent coastlines, or visiting far off lands.



Julie Beyer is a culinary artiste based in Vancouver, BC, and is the founder and CEO of Julie Beyer’s For the Love of Food Inc. She’s an advocate for conscious business and entrepreneurship, and created GLOW Goodies and Chocolates in the spirit of celebrating her love for food. She loves designing  life-changing, blow-your-mind delicious recipes that taste decadent and naughty yet leave you feeling energized, GLOWing, and beautiful. 




Hillary Samson‘s passion is to work with leaders of small businesses and social enterprises to help them identify their challenges and find solutions so that their organizations simply work better. She especially loves working with leaders who are interested in balancing financial health with living their values. Operations and business planning have been the focus on her work throughout her 20-year career as a consultant, corporate manager, and entrepreneur, and she has helped many Makers grow their small businesses into successful operations.



How to Make Fresh Mozzarella in Under One Hour

Alexis Cobham

Saturday, June 10th, 4:45-5:30

Learn about the equipment, ingredients, and skills needed to make your own artisanal cheese from scratch! Alexis will show you how to make fresh mozzarella (bocconcini) in under an hour.

 Alexis has been working professionally in the culinary industry for ten years as owner and operator of her own successful catering business. Her growing interest in cheese and cheese making led Alexis and business partner Ella Kinloch to start Make Cheese Inc. more than five years ago, and it’s grown from a small start up to a international online company that distributes cheese making supplies all over the world, in addition to enabling people to make their own cheese at home and educating people about food, nature, and animals.




Tiny Houses

Anastasia Koutalianos & Ben Garratt, BC Tiny House Collective

Sunday, June 11th, 12:00-12:45

What are the challenges and opportunities around tiny homes, and what role do design and advocacy play in their regulation in an urban context? This presentation explores the ways small homes speak to affordability, sustainability (health and environmental) and social inclusion, and the BC Tiny House Collective‘s proposed path towards their inclusion in the City of Vancouver’s housing reset strategy.

Anastasia Koutalianos is a writer/editor and communications strategist, and an avid waste nerd. She owns and operates nadatodo Communications Inc. Past clients include Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, Small Housing BC, G&F Financial Group, Government of Canada and Westside Seniors Hub. She is also the co-founder of Talkin’ Trash, a bi-weekly radio show on Co-op Radio that speaks to waste, and a board member for the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation. She co-founded the BC Tiny House Collective in July 2016 along with Sam Gambling, and is working towards the legalization and legitimization of tiny houses across Metro Vancouver and BC.


Ben Garratt is a designer and non-toxic tiny house builder. Originally from Australia, Ben ran his own electrical contracting company and did commercial, government, and residential jobs across Australia, England, and Canada. Ben started renovating and building in his 20s, and soon took to natural building practices, incorporating his love of permaculture in his transformations. And in doing so, realigned to his values. Ben is a non-toxic tiny house builder and owner of Tiny Healthy Homes.



Makers Making Change: Creating Access for People with Disabilities

Chad Leaman, Makers Making Change

Sunday, June 11th, 1:00-1:45

Makers Making Change connects Makers to people with disabilities who need assistive technologies.

  • Make A Build: Make a proven open source assistive technology from our library
  • Need A Build: Match a maker to a person with a disability to build assistive technology for you for the cost of the materials
  • Review or Suggest A Build: People can review open assistive technologies for our curated library.

In January, they ran the Access Makeathon in Vancouver BC. It had a person with a disability captain a team of Makers to create an access solution to their particular need over 48 hours. Of the ten Access Challenges, six were solved in the event and two more have continued development. It was a magical weekend, and their VMMF presentation will show finished projects made by Makers, showcase work in development, and offer Makers an opportunity to get involved to put their skills towards creating a more accessible world for people with disabilities.


Chad Leaman is the Director of Development for the Neil Squire Society and cofounder of Makers Making Change. The Neil Squire Society offers technology, computer literacy and employment programming for people with physical disabilities. Makers Making Change connects makers to people with disabilities to create assistive technologies. Chad is also a volunteer organizer of NetSquared Vancouver, which holds free workshops and an annual conference for non-profits to better use technology to further their mission. He also serves as Chair for BC Technology for Learning Society, which refurbishes over 8,000 computers a year for schools, non-profits and other at-need populations in BC. He’s a father of young twins which is the source of much joy, sleeplessness and scraped knees.


New Craft: Combining Legacy and New Technologies in Design, Research and Practice

Facilitator: Keith Doyle, Material Matters/Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Panelists:  Aaron Oussoren, Logan Mohr, Emily Smith, Haig Armen, Callahan Tufts, and Michael Lee

Sunday, June 11th, 2:00-3:00

Join us for this panel discussion where we look at how designers and creatives combine craftsmanship and digital technologies in their various practices. Faculty, Researchers and Designers from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Material Matters Research Lab will be discussing their experiences and ways of working with new and legacy technologies.


Keith is an Assistant Professor Industry Design, Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media, and Faculty of Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He is a lead/co-lead Investigator on a few Emily Carr research initiatives including, applied partnerships enabled by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, National Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He is a founding faculty member and a current Co-Director of Material Matters, a pragmatic material research centre within the Intersections Digital Studios at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Material Matters’ mandate is to explore sustainable yet innovative material practice through material practice, material research, co-operative partnerships, social forums and workshops for knowledge transfer. Keith has presented and exhibited nationally and abroad on collaborative research activities and material practice.



Aaron Oussoren graduated from the MDES program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2016. He also completed and graduated from Sheridan’s Craft + Design program (2004-2008), and was an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre glass studio (2008-2012). Aaron has shown his work extensively in the Toronto area, and has shown in and traveled to the U.S, Belgium, and Germany. In 2010 he co-founded a 13 member, 2000 sqf studio and gallery in downtown Toronto dedicated to the showing and making of craft-based arts. He has taught workshops in both glassblowing and 3d technology for craft artists. Research funding from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Crafts Council have enabled Aaron to develop work incorporating 3D scanning with glass, 3D printing with glass, and CNC milling for glass moulds. He is currently involved in material research at the intersection of contemporary craft practice and design with the Material Matters group at Emily Carr in Vancouver, B.C and works as a technician in the PMP-lab at ECU.

With training encompassing installation design, speculative and critical research, and product design, Logan creates engaging spatial and tactile projects that encourage others to learn and discover. He graduated from Emily Carr’s Industrial Design program in the Spring of 2016, and currently works as a research assistant exploring new methods of 3D printing and prototyping at Emily Carr University.




Educator, community organizer, design researcher and hands-on learning advocate, Emily Smith loves to share knowledge, whether through public speaking, writing, or leading workshops and demonstrations. She’s passionate about the cultural shift the Maker Movement is bringing about and has devoted her time to fostering environments that encourage learning by making. Emily is the cofounder of the Vancouver Maker Foundation, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, founder of the Vancouver Fibreshed Community, and former Education Director of VIVO Media Arts Centre. She is currently undertaking a masters program in Design at Emily Carr, focusing on Maker Ed. You can follow her work at Random Acts of Making.



Productivity for Misfits, Makers, and Other Creatives

Cathy Chiba

Sunday, June 11th, 3:15-4:00

Everybody wants more hours in a day. That’s what we’re told. But you -you want them more. You have more ideas than time. More interests than hours. And often, you find yourself stymied by the way people think you should work, versus the way you actually work. The real problem? It’s not about being more productive, hour by hour. It’s not really about being more “efficient” – however we might define it. It’s about brilliance. More brilliance, more of the time – translated into the things we make and the things we do. And yes, the brilliance includes the fun we have doing. Whateve* it is we choose to do. Most conventional productivity systems don’t truly suit people who make or create things. To-do lists and checklists, specific and measurable targets, ninety-day plans: all these things are useful tools, but often they are incorporated into systems that don’t acknowledge the inherent messiness and recalcitrance of creative work. Cathy will present a different way of looking at productivity that will help you find a way of working that works for you and your projects. She’ll discuss different models of productivity, and focus especially upon models and strategies that are most useful for those engaged in creative work and creative performance.

Cathy Chiba helps humans create engaging conversations about complicated things. In various phases of her career, she has studied tiny nervous systems, slain dangerous patents, and coaxed small children into touching electrified devices. She’s fascinated by the inner lives of inanimate objects, and is endlessly curious about science, technology, and human nature. She has an MA in Biological Psychology and a Master’s in Library and Information Studies. She claims, however, that those degrees were eaten by the squirrels in her head.




Your imagination is your Superpower

Katy Slany, The Imagination Project

Sunday, June 11th, 4:15-4:45

Our imagination is a tool, and once we know how to use it it can transform and illuminate our lives. This presentation will inform and inspire children (and their parents) to see their imagination as something that can be exercised like a muscle and used to create both works of art and a life that they love and are proud of. When we live our life with imagination, magic happens every day!


Katy Slany is an artist, educator, magic seeker, and founder of The Imagination Project, which was born out of Katy’s experience as an educator seeing how creativity builds confidence and makes children powerful. She was inspired by children she met all over the world who demonstrated to her that a little bit of support along with some creativity and imagination goes a long way. As an artist her work is committed to exploring notions of play, costuming, and identity through the use of textiles and photography. Katy is committed to finding ways of expression for herself and for others, to bring voice and imagination to create the world that we want to be a part of.


Secrets of a Modern Conjurer: How I learned to Turn My TV into a Machine That Can Make Anything I Want

Merlyn Chipman

Sunday, June 11th, 5:00-5:30

Merlyn Chipman has been exploring video feedback as an art form since the late 1990s. Merlyn has applied his techniques to various art forms including music, sculpture, graphic and textile art.  Merlyn brought his Weaving With Light workshop and video drone\noise performance to previous years of Mini Maker Faire.  In this year’s presentation, Merlyn describes his process and technology.  Through analog video feedback and some proprietary software, complex visual patterns are created following patterns observed by artists and architects through antiquity.  See examples of his work.  Come try this simple interface for yourself.  Discover how, by disconnecting your television set from cablevision and connecting it back into itself you can fulfill television’s ultimate promise:  A machine that can make anything you can imagine!


Merlyn Chipman presented interactive and static video projection installations from 2013 to 2015 at the Patterns Festival, Queen Elizabeth Park, Tatlow Park, the Vancouver Folk Festival, the Culture Days Festival and the International Symposium of Electronic Arts Festival. He also built upon his interactive video feedback projection installation in the Weaving With Light workshop he created.