Mini Maker Faire celebrates creativity

The Champlain Mini Maker Faire will be held at Shelburne Farms on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 am–7 pm. The event will be an all-ages gathering of Vermont tech-enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, engineers, science clubs, artists and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” will show what they have made, share what they have learned, and celebrate the exciting Maker movement.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, a Maker Faire gives the public the opportunity to interact with local makers and to make, craft, learn and be inspired while celebrating arts, engineering, science and technology.

“It’s a fabulous event to just meet and talk to these people who make things, and are there to just show them to you and talk about them and have a great conversation,” says Dale Dougherty, creator of Maker Faire and publisher of MAKE Magazine.

The Champlain Mini Maker Faire will feature creations such as Rabid Raving Robots, Pumpkin Chuckin’ Pirates, Baffling Buoyant Balloons, Mystical Musical Madness and Quad-Copter Choreography. Keynote speaker Dean Kamen will be flown in by helicopter.

Widely known for inventing the Segway, Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. He holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices – such as an advanced prosthetic arm and the first wearable infusion pump – that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide.

The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, Calif. in 2006. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events are now being produced throughout the United States and around the world.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.champlainmakerfaire.com. Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for ages 12-17, and kids under 12 are free.

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