The Mini Maker Faire Makes Its Return to Charlotte

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Come one, come all to the Maker Faire! Opening on Saturday, October 13, 2018, Discovery Place Science will welcome thousands of make-enthusiasts to the Queen City for the fourth annual Charlotte Mini Maker Faire.

Presented by Ingersoll Rand, the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire is the largest local gathering of makers and tinkerers in Charlotte, created to inspire and showcase our creative community. This family-friendly event highlights the amazing work of all kinds of makers – anyone who is embracing the DIY spirit and wants to share their passion with an appreciative audience.

The Maker Faire is a greatly expanded version of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s ‘Maker Space’;

Expect to enjoy robotics, ceramics, 3D printing, electronics, screen printing, metalsmithing, textiles, rocketry, pyrography (wood burning) and much more. Visitors will also be able to explore Bot Hockey matches, marble run challenges, musical circuits and other hands-on activities for all attendees to participate in throughout the day.

New this year to the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire are a demonstration of beer brewing (with samples available for those age 21+) and a display of 3D-printed recreational prosthetics for children.

These and more than 30 other exhibitors will share their crafts and skills throughout the Museum and outside on N Tryon St. Booths located on Tryon St are free to the community. All other areas require an admission ticket. In the event of rain, the show must go on as outdoor vendors will be moved indoors, space permitting.

“Innovative, hands-on opportunities for kids to engage with STEAM are essential to developing the next generation of engineers, scientists and technicians at Ingersoll Rand and other companies that rely upon top technical talent,” said Paul Camuti, senior vice president of innovation and chief technology officer at Ingersoll Rand. “Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of design, imagination and tinkering which is a wonderful way for kids and adults alike to explore how things work and move, to inspire innovation and progress in our community.”

All Charlotte Mini Maker Faire events and activities are included with Discovery Place Science admission: $17 for adults (ages 14-59), $13 for children (ages 2-13), $15 for seniors (ages 60+) plus any applicable sales and use taxes. Admission is free for children younger than age 2 and Discovery Place Science Members. Parking is not included with Museum admission. Tickets are now on sale at cltmakerfaire.org ordiscoveryplacescience.org. Advance purchase is recommended.

For more information, visit cltmakerfaire.org or join Charlotte’s online Maker community on Facebook,Google+ and Twitter at @CLTMakerFaire. Check out all the fun at #CLTMakerFaire.

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