This week the Extraordinaires team, together with other leading inventors will be joining the Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Faire . Barnes and Noble will be hosting a mini maker faire within their stores across the U.S.A from 6-8 November.

What is the Maker Movement?

Many makers are hobbyists, enthusiasts or students (amateurs!)–but they are also a wellspring of innovation, creating new products and producing value in the community.

This is grassroots innovation that can be fostered in every community. It’s being called the Maker Movement, and has been spearheaded by MAKE Magazine since 2005, providing a nurturing ground for this growing community of creative and curious people.

The maker movement opens the door to possibilities and looks to begin answering the ‘what if’ questions for the curious, arming them with knowledge, tools and the creative collaboration in exploring new ideas.

Here is a short video on the Maker Movement

''If you can imagine it, you can do it’’

As part of the Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Faire, Extraordinaires Design Studio inventors Anita Murphy and Rory O’Connor will be in-stores across New York City demonstrating the Extraordinaires Design Studio Pro meeting fellow makers and taking part in a panel discussion with other inventors whose inventions will be used in the Mini Maker Faire.

Find your your local Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Faire Here

What will you see and use to Make at the Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Faire?

During the mini maker faire, makers will try out the latest maker sets and products to inspire and enthuse young innovators and inventors; it’s an incredible line-up the events will be really, really fun.

The Extraordinaires Design Studio

The Extraordinaires Design Studio PRO is a hands on kit that drops you into the world of user-centered design. Players are taken on a fun-filled journey from idea generation to design concept, focusing on the 3-step design process of Research, Design and Improve.

The PRO challenges you to design unique objects, clothing, buildings and vehicles for the extraordinary characters based on their extraordinary needs.

Could you design a cooking utensil for an Evil Genius? What about about an emergency vehicle for Ninjas or a ceremonial outfit for a Pirate?

Designed for creative thinkers from the novice designer looking to develop their key skills in becoming a future designer, innovator, architect or engineer; to the seasoned creative professional allowing them to exercise their creative muscle and use as an idea generation tool.

Spin Master Meccano Meccanoid G15

When you build a Meccanoid Personal Robot, you’re building a friend. Built by you using 600+ pieces, the G15 is your 2-foot tall wisecracking best friend! With its amazing voice recognition capabilities and over a thousand pre-programmed phrases, comments and witty comebacks, it can tell jokes and play games!


Ozobot is one of the world’s smallest programmable robots, measuring just over 1 inch in height & diameter, but don’t let its small size fool you. Ozobot is a powerful learning tool that teaches children the basics of coding & programming in fun, interactive ways. Their easy to understand color based coding language makes Ozobot the perfect choice for introducing young minds to concepts that will be vital to their success in the 21st century.

Sphero SPRK

There’s no rule that says learning shouldn't be fun, or that playing can’t be valuable, if there is, SPRK Edition was created to break it. SPRK makes the skills of the future approachable and practical, and most importantly, fun. The SPRK app experience lets you give your robot the orders with visual blocks representing code - using its own C-based language called OVAL. Immediately see the connection between the program you created and how the widgets of your Sphero work and react.

Protocol Slipstream

The Slipstream 4 Channel RC Mini Quad-Copter with 6-Axis Gyro is as capable as they come! It features motion-sensitive electronics that auto-stabilize the copter for rock solid control indoors and out. Have fun at the flying this over the heads of Makers this weekend.

XYZ Printing

Da Vinci jnr 1.0 3D Printer - This 3D printer will help bring your designs from the page to 3D form


Put the freeze on intruders to the ancient city with the ferocious Skull Warrior


An exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100. This innovative kit contains over 30 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices.

Little Bits

If you can imagine it, you can invent it with littleBits easy-to-use electronic building blocks. Snap ‘em together to spark endless creativity and fun! Your inventions will blink, beep, buzz, crawl, communicate, and come alive before your eyes.

Think Fun - Maker Studio Gears Set

Designed by Engineers for Budding Engineers! Maker Studio™ inspires imagination and a love for engineering. In this set featuring gears, you’ll be able to build a racecar, a cable car, a 3-wheeler and a motorcycle. For each build you’re given Engineering Challenges - experiment with friction, torque and propulsion as you engineer your solutions.

LEGO® Architecture Studio

Bring your architectural creations to life in LEGO® form with LEGO Architecture Studio. In this amazing set you get over 1200 LEGO bricks and an inspirational guidebook filled with 272 pages of tips, techniques, features, and intuitive hands-on exercises endorsed by leading design houses. Let your imagination guide your design this weekend at the Maker Faire.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re in the U.S.A why not find out what the Maker Movement is all about at Barnes and Noble? We hope to see you there.

If you can’t make it to the faire, here are some great resources to give you more information on the Maker Movement

Barnes and Noble Maker Faire

Maker the Movie

Make Magazine

Maker Faires across the world:
Find your closest Maker Faire with this handy map.

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