Meet the Maker: Mike Benjamin, of Ingocraft

Ingocraft tools for maker kids

We’re excited about the wide range of exhibitors we have this year, including the diversity of inventors and product developers.  Among our commercial makers this year is Ingocraft, which calls its product line “Modern Tools for Maker Kids.”  We like that they consider their product a tool as much as a toy. We also like that it’s a locally produced product, made in Sarasota. We also like that “Maker Kids” is now a demographic!

Mike Benjamin tells us more about his company and what they’ll be sharing at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015.

GCMC: Who are and what do you make?

MB: We are Ingocraft, a team of educators and makers who have developed a 3D printable printingboltsconstruction set and 3D design app for kids.

GCMC: Why do you make it?

MB: The next generation will bring in 3D printing and the maker movement, so we want to make these modern “adult” maker technologies accessible to kids too.

6GCMC: Why do you think what you do is important and worth doing?

MB: 3D printing gets a bad rep because there still aren’t that many things that you can 3D print that won’t just sit on your desk forever. Our construction set is always changing, growing, expanding, and can be remixed by the community. While it is still a toy, its an active toy that engages kids with modern maker thinking and technology.

GCMC: What are you bringing to Gulf Coast MakerCon?

MB: 2 3D printers, the ingocraft design app (as a kiosk), and lots of ingocraft kits 9(construction set)

GCMC: Will folks be able to do anything at your booth?

MB: Watch 3D printers, play with the construction set, try out the app.

GCMC: Why should folks come out to a maker festival?

MB: To see how accessible modern making and new technology can be to all of us.

GCMC: What’s so great about making stuff?

MB: It’s empowering (especially for kids) to bring something to reality with their own hands and intentions.

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Come be empowered by Ingocraft and all our great exhibitors on April 18th at the Florida Fairgounds!

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