Last weekend, I attended the Ann Arbor Mini-Maker Faire, and it was AWESOME! What is a Mini-Maker Faire? A small Maker Faire. What is a Maker Faire? OK, brief aside.
I found this on LinkedIn in the Horizon2020 group (locked):
“The aim of this discussion is to bring together scientists, researchers, engineers, innovators, entrepreneurs, companies, organizations, business leaders, consultants, policy makers, new grads, students, and others from all fields of study (applied sciences, formal sciences, natural sciences, earth sciences, life sciences, interdisciplinary sciences, social sciences/humanities) … ”
Maker Faires are kind of similar to this, EXCEPT you have to add in parents, teachers, schools, kids, community leaders, artists, crafters, and more. They provide an opportunity to share information about things you like to make, with a special focus on opening doors to people, and especially to young folk before they learn the idea that math and science are supposed to be boring. Which we know is absolutely not true, so let’s get the idea out early!
In the words of the original Maker Faire folk:
“Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.” OR “Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.” OR “Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.”
Maker Faire: http://makerfaire.com/
I’ve been hearing about Maker Faire Detroit coming up through many of my groups. A couple months ago, I was lucky enough to attend a meeting of GO-Tech (where I also finally got a tour of Maker Works …
… and met the famed plasma cutter dinosaur).
That was where and when I learned that Henry Ford Museum supports the Maker Faires and even have a couple people designated as liaisons to the maker communities. Kind of like our own liaison librarians, they go to various maker meetings, talk about their services, provide education / reference / support / information / outreach, and try to become engaged with the community. Why? Well, because it is part of the Henry Ford Museum’s mission to support environments that foster the development of future Henry Ford kinds of people.
Ford, Tech Shop partner to nurture future Henry Fords: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/design-architecture/ford-tech-shop-partner-to-nurture-future-henry-fords/6149
Good stuff! (By the way, there is a GO-Tech meeting tonight at 7pm at Maker Works, in case you are interested.) (And a microcontrollers build night on Thursday at All Hands Active.)
So who was there at the Ann Arbor Mini-Maker Faire?
Book binders & paper crafters & paper makers
Wood workers & architects
Robot games & creative game controllers
Wood carvers & bone carvers
The public library & other librarians
Legos & Baubles
Bees & Plants
Lights & Lock picking
Crafts & Minecraft Chess
Loads of 3D Printing
Art Clothes & Recycled Clothes
Wood sculptures made with many pieces of wood, and with a single piece of wood (laser cut and folded)
And PEOPLE! Interested in citizen science, motorcycles, circuit boards, soldering,