Thursday January 8, 2015 0 comments
BOULDER - The first Boulder Mini Maker Faire, bringing a hands-on approach to do-it-yourself science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities, will be held Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.
"Our goal is to facilitate wonder -- just that simple, wide-eyed appreciation of creativity and ingenuity and the belief that you can take a pile of parts and make something beautiful or useful that wasn't in the world before," said Mary Anne Zacek, co-founder of Maker Boulder, sponsor of the event.
In addition to the 100-plus booths at the two-day event, the Faire will host the Innovation in Education Summit, a workshop for teachers interested in including design thinking and hands-on education in their classrooms.
Continuing education certificates and graduate credits through Adams State University are available.
Highlights of the Faire will include hands-on presentations from Boulder-area tech companies SparkFun Electronics and ModRobotics.
"Last year, we talked with Make Magazine about doing a little weekend conference in a school gym and they were like, 'Man, you're in Boulder!' It got bigger real quick," said Zacek.
"I can't imagine a better way to celebrate the spirit of Boulder and its creative, entrepreneurial, educational and - let's just say iconoclastic - culture than at a Mini Maker Faire."
Ticket and other information is available at www.MakerBoulder.com.