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Maker Faire plans for 'bigger and better' event

By Malcolm MacDougall
On April 17, 2015

Students interested in creative projects and art are invited to attend the Cedar Rapids Mini Maker Faire on May 2. The event will be held at 5824 Council Street NE, in Marion.

“The Maker Faire is an opportunity for people to show off the cool stuff they’ve been thinking about making or working on over the past year,” said Dania de Mortoli Mosbeck, the organizer for the Maker Faire. 

The Maker organization began with the launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, a magazine specializing in DIY projects. The magazine focused mostly on new technology designed with home projects in mind, such as Arduino programmable chips and 3D printers.                     Eventually a community formed around the magazine and it became the Maker movement. The website states, “Many makers are hobbyists, enthusiasts or students (amateurs!)–but they are also a wellspring of innovation, creating new products and producing value in the community.”                It has now grown to have over 100 independently produced Mini Maker Faires, along with 14 official Maker Faires in 2014.

Last year in its third annual Mini Maker Faire, the Cedar Rapids Science Center hosted 1,100 visitors, with Makers demonstrating everything from scrollsawing to glassblowing. 

This year the Science Center has moved to a newer, larger location and according to Mortoli Mosbeck they plan to make it bigger and even better. 

Kirkwood students are invited to check out the event the Faire’s website refers to as “Part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new.” 

The 2015 Cedar Rapids Mini maker Faire will be hosted at the new Science Station located in Hiawatha.                   For more information about the Mini Maker Faire, go to makerfairecedarrapids.com.

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