If you have any familiarity with the Maker Culture or the Maker Movement, you are probably familiar with Make: magazine and their incredibly successful and ever-expanding events, the Maker Faire.
Maker Faire: full STEAM ahead!
The Maker Faire is the coming together of fascinating, curious, eager do-it-yourselfers who embrace and pursue the creative, the inventive, the innovative, as well as sharing their enthusiasm for making and what they create. A festival of STEAM! From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show off their hobbies, experiments, projects, passions.
The folks behind these innovative gatherings refer to Maker Faire as the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
The first event, initiated to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset” was 12 years ago in San Mateo, California, organized by the editors of Make: magazine. It was a hit right off the bat with over 500 booths and approximately 65,000 people through the doors. This first Faire included a human-sized Mouse Trap board game, kinetic squid sculpture, 55′ wingspan kinetic steel butterfly, bicycle-powered music stage, and a solar-powered chariot pulled by an Arnold Schwarzenegger robot. From this single venue back in 2006, there are now over 225 Maker Faires in 38 countries around the world, reaching over 1.5 million people first-hand!
If you’re interested in participating in the big leagues, the 9th Annual World Maker Faire in New York has put out their call for Makers and Do-It-Yourselfers! The perfect opportunity to present your amazing, creative and/or innovative DIY efforts, regardless your age, to an appreciative audience.
Taking place Saturday, September 22nd, this is a day of Show and Tell that combines elements of science fair, craft fair and inventions! If you’re interested in participating, the CALL FOR MAKERS is now on!
If you’d simply like to see and enjoy local creativity, invention, and innovation, admission is free to see the many local Makers showcasing a range of tech projects, artwork, soap making, textile and fibre work, Lego construction, woodworking and more.
Wondering how to bring a Maker Faire to your community? While they can be quite grand, despite the size of these larger MF events, they are possible at almost any scale. The Mini Maker Faire program provides tools and resources to help produce an exceptional event that reflects the creativity, spirit and ingenuity of your community. The K-12 School program provides a similar experience scaled for a school community.
In its simplest form, Maker Faire creates opportunities for conversations with Makers. Tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs all come together to show their projects and to talk about what they have learned. It is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker, and connect with people and projects in their local community.
It is a special experience, but the fundamental design of the event is one that can be reproduced almost anywhere. Mini Maker Faires are independently produced celebrations of local maker culture and the licensing program is available to interested organizations and individuals after successfully satisfying the application process.
Mini Maker Faires are independently produced celebrations of local maker culture. Our city-facing Mini Maker Faire program provides tools and resources to help others to make a Maker Faire event that reflects the creativity, spirit and ingenuity of their community. There is also the K-12 School Maker Faire program providing a similar experience scaled for a school community.
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