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Orlando Mini Maker Faire


Orlando Science Center hosts the second annual Orlando Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. It is a community-based learning event that aims to inspire the public to become a Maker through do-it-yourself science and technology, art, rockets, robots, crafts, music, hands-on activities, and more! This family-friendly celebration features local Makers who want to share what they’re making with you! The event takes place on every floor of the Science Center, as well as outside.

robot dogThis year’s event features more than 100 fantastic, one-of-a- kind projects from local Makers. Makers are the DIY-kind of people who demonstrate their creativity and knowledge through personal creations. Makers come from all ages and backgrounds, ranging from tech-enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. Each shares a common passion for innovation and creativity, as well as an educational spirit to inspire and encourage new Makers.

At the Orlando Mini Maker Faire, you can expect to see creations like the Dog Powered Robot — that’s right, a robot suit powered by a real pooch! Other robots include FIRST Robotics Competitions’ industrial strength, ultimate Frisbee-flinging robot and Robots Are Awesome!’s original mixed-media creations by artist Melissa Witkowski, who will be sculpting her clay and wire robots during the event.

If robots aren’t your thing, there are other exhibitions to check out that are sure to make you feel like you’re in Nerdvana! If you’ve ever imagined yourself as a secret agent, stop by Jax Locksport’s Lockpick Village and unlock the secrets of lock picking. Or maybe you’re more into playing terrifying pranks? Barry S. Anderson, the Professor of Ghoul-School FX Workshops, will teach you fun, creepy special effects in his makeup and art workshops. And for a refreshing treat and invention, meet Joe Donoughe, inventor of Human-Powered Snow Cones. Visit this booth to make your own snow cones via a human-sized hamster wheel!

The first Maker Faire, organized by the editors of MAKE magazine, started in 2006 in San Mateo, Calif. Branching off from the flagship Faires in the Bay Area and New York City are community-driven Mini Maker Faires. The inaugural Orlando Mini Maker Faire was held May 26, 2012 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. More than 2,500 guests attended the event which featured more than 100 exhibits from local Makers and groups. Orlando Science Center is pleased to host the Orlando Mini Maker Faire as it aligns perfectly with the Science Center’s mission to inspire science learning for life.

“We tend to be defined sometimes today just as consumers, but I believe all of us are Makers and all of us like to view ourselves as creative and productive,” said Dale Dougherty, publisher of MAKE magazine and grandfather to Maker Faires worldwide. “The Maker Faire is an invitation to anyone who sees themselves as a Maker.”