Robot to be featured at Champlain Mini Maker Faire

The second-annual Champlain Mini Maker Faire will be a two-day event: Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 am-5 pm and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 11 am-4 pm at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms.

The inaugural Champlain Mini Maker Faire featured 50 Makers and drew a crowd of 1,300 attendees. This year, over 60 Makers are scheduled to participate. These tech-enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, engineers, science clubs, and artists will gather to show what they have made, share what they have learned, and celebrate the Maker movement.

This year’s Champlain Mini Maker Faire will feature Bina48, a robot that uses artificial intelligence to mimic human personality and carry on a conversation. Bina48 is one of the world’s most advanced social robots and was created to explore the concept that a person’s mindfile – a compilation of his or her memories, beliefs, and feelings – could one day be used to re-animate their consciousness.

“The goal of the Champlain Mini Maker Faire,” says Executive Event Producer Doug Webster, “is to help renew a culture of innovation within the community, to foster innovation and creativity, and to engage youth in science, engineering, and technology.”

Other projects include work from FIRST Robotics Team 885 and community group Vermont Makers, soldering with Laboratory B, Junk Music, 3D printing, build-your-own robots, launch-your-own rockets, smokeless s’mores, and an 8-foot-tall dragon.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.champlainmakerfaire.com ($12 for adults, $8 for ages 11-17, kids 10 and under admitted free).

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