Vermont’s first Mini Maker Faire attracts DIY enthusiasts

The Champlain Mini Maker Faire drew an all-ages crowd of over 1,300 to Shelburne Farms on Saturday, Sept. 29. About 50 Makers from across Vermont gathered to show the public what they had made and discuss what they learned in the process.

The event brought together local DIY enthusiasts and gave the public the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by their creativity and innovation. Kids and parents alike watched in awe as pumpkins were flung from homemade trebuchets into Lake Champlain, robots schooled folks in games of one-on-one basketball, and 3D printers “magically” produced items such as plastic gears and toy alligators. The interactive setup combined learning with play, arts with engineering, and science with fun.

Executive Event Producer Doug Webster (state education coordinator and host of the TV STEM education series, “A Renewed Culture of Innovation”) says he feels the event was an incredible success. “It was a great start to something that has enormous potential. Wait ‘til you hear of some of the ideas for next year!”

Keynote speaker Dean Kamen, widely known for inventing the Segway, 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.

For more information, visit www.champlainmakerfaire.com.

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