Calling all young people! We have an open design and engineering showcase for you at the Texoma Mini Makers Faire. If you are enrolled in any public, private, parochial, or home school located in the Texoma area in grades 3 – 12, you are eligible.

Are you up to a challenge? Or maybe you know a smart and adventurous lad or lassie. Maybe you are a parent or teacher who knows some smart kids. Let them know. Share this post. Imagine enjoying many individual competitors, all adding to the fun and excitement of the Texoma Mini Maker Faire (TMMF) coming in October.

Eligibility- there are some regulations you need to know:

You must be currently enrolled in school, and officially registered with the Texoma Mini Maker Faire and you must follow all the General Safety Guidelines in section 7 of the application. There is a limit of one entry per student.

Engineering Showcase entries must be in the hands of the Texoma Mini Maker Faire managers before Oct 6th 2017. The application is online here. Students will be contacted via email with copies of applicable forms along with specific instructions for the Saturday, October 28th Showcase event which will run from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. These are two periods of time between the Science and Engineering Challenges.

Registration will require the student to provide a brief abstract of the project, Contact information for both student and parent, including email addresses to ensure communication between the TMMF and the student. The TMMF also needs contact information for the student’s current science teacher/mentor.

Safety is a big deal.

Because these are open projects to be designed and implemented by youths, we need to be particularly careful and clear about safety guidelines. Here is a brief description by image. You will see the full safety guideline outline during the application process.

visualization of the safety guidelines for the open design project.

Here is a visual of the guidelines. Click to enlarge. The application will have all the links active.

General Guidelines for a Showcase Project.

Students should identify a solution to an everyday problem that directly impacts them, their families, their communities, and/or the global population. The idea must be a new innovation or solution, and cannot simply be a behavioral change or a new use for an existing product.

example of a engineering project display

So here is a possible outline for a display on a physical board. Click for bigger image. You can display any way you want with digital technology. Make sure your display fits the tabletop restrictions.

The student must create a visual display (i.e. a display board, a power point / Prezi / Google slide show running on a laptop computer, or a poster) that will fit on a 3’ x 5 1/2’ rectangular table and that:

A. explains the problem and how it impacts them, their families, their communities, and/or the global population;
B. describes a new innovation or solution that could impact or solve the problem;
C. explains the science, technology, engineering, art, and/or math behind their innovation; and
D. illustrates how their innovation could both address the everyday problem they’ve identified and have a broader impact locally or globally.

The innovation can aim to solve any problem that inspires the student, across any industry- from manufacturing, energy, safety, healthcare, transportation, electronics to automotive, construction and design to communications, personal safety to professional cleaning; however, students are not limited to these area of focus. THese were just suggestions to stimulate thinking.

Let’s Talk about Prizes

All participants will receive a TMMF certificate for their participation. Students should be available at their display area during both display hours to answer questions from the public regarding their project.
All entrants will receive a certificate of participation. Sponsoring companies and organizations will individually select and provide awards at their discretion.

We want to meet and introduce our teams to your adoring public.

Therefore there are restrictions rights and release require to participate.
we will need each participant to allow the use of their name and photograph and biography for bragging about each of our team members to the rest of the world. The details will be provided in the application process. Here is the application form.

We will add more detail here because this is an open showcase built around individual creativity and design.

Restrictions, Rights, and Release: By participating, students and their parents , or legal guardians, agree and grant permission for the TMMF to use participant’s name, photograph, likeness, their visual display, innovation, biographical information, voice likeness, and city and state address for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes in all media, in perpetuity, without compensation and agree to other requests as needed in addition to the terms of actual documentation. The actual entry form goes into legalistic detail.


This blog post is a chitty chatty version of the official documentation. If there are any discrepancies between what is represented here and the official entry form, you know that this blogger is full of hot air, i.e. wrong.

So who knows some bright 3rd thru 12th graders who would be great candidates for this challenge?

Who knows some teachers, babysitters, or big sisters, who know a potential candidate?

Share this and let people know- parents, pets, sisters or brothers, or neighbors. We want Texoma’s best and brightest. We want everyone to have a chance.

Thanks. 🙂

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.


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