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The 2017 Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI is over.

We were there with another fabinous exhibit.

 Our Portland Mini Maker Fair 2017 Project

If you or your child came by our booth and rode the hovercraft, please let us know your thoughts about it.

If you would like to share pictures or videos, please post it here. We'll pick the best ones and share them on other social media sites.

Want to make your own hovercraft? It's easy and fun.

We will be posting our own method of constructing a hovercraft soon.



The 2016 OMSI Mini Maker Faire concluded it's fifth year with over 100 makers and 7000 visitors.

And yes, fabinous was there, showing how to make Smart Phone Microscopes.

Our policy - 'YOU MAKE IT, YOU TAKE IT', worked so well that we ran out of kits by Sunday morning.

We were able to hang on to our demo models, so we could still show the ease of construction and the capabilities of the microscope.

We very much appreciated hearing from people who built microscopes at last year's Faire and are still enjoying using them.

Each year, by watching how the kids interact with the microscope, first while building it, then while testing it, we learn about ways to improve our design.

This year's takeaway was that phones are getting to be the size of tablets and some of them did not fit the microscope platform. 

Stay tuned to see photos of our updated design in the near future. We will also publish a parts list so you can build your own.

You can also find many different ideas here:


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On November 8, 2015 the city of Goldendale, Washington held its first annual "Experience Goldendale - Shop Local" event, sponsored by the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce.

As most of the participating vendors were local artists, farmers, artisans and service providers, we felt right at home with our 'be fabinous' ideas.

Goldendale is a two hour drive from Portland, the closest Maker Faire town. 

So we decided to bring a small bit of the OMSI Mini Maker Faire,, held last September, to Goldendale.

We brought our "Ten Dollar Smart Phone Microscope" project and had kids and adults build kits to take home.

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fabinous went to the faire. Maker Faire, that is.

We had a booth at the OMSI Mini Maker Faire in Portland, Oregon on September 12 and 13, 2015.

We were demonstrating how to build the $10 Smartphone microscope.

We had 72 kits for the kids (of any age) to assemble, test and take home. 

Our mantra for the weekend was - "You Make It, You Take It".

We ran out of kits by 1:00 PM on Sunday - which is fabinous.

Since we made the kits in larger quantities we were able to keep the cost to $6.00 - so you ask -

how can fabinous make a Smart Phone Microscope for $6.00 and dare to call it “Made in USA”?


The plywood base, the acrylic specimen stage and the acrylic phone platform were sourced and made locally. 

The rest of the parts, including the bolts, nuts, washers, springs and lenses came from far, far away.

fabinous provided the labor to design, cut out and assemble the kits.

YOU provided the labor to build and test each microscope.  That, by far, adds the most value. That makes it “MADE IN USA”.

To top it all off, we all had a fabinous time.

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