Second-annual Champlain Mini Maker Faire gearing up for a two-day event

News Release — Champlain Mini Maker Faire
Sept. 17, 2013

SHELBURNE -– The second-annual Champlain Mini Maker Faire will be a two-day event: Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday, September 29 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Coach Barn Shelburne Farms.

The inaugural Champlain Mini Maker Faire featured over 50 Makers and drew a crowd of over 1,300 attendees. This year, over 60 Makers are scheduled to participate. These tech-enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, engineers, science clubs, and artists will gather to show what they have made, share what they have learned and celebrate the Maker movement.

“The goal of the Champlain Mini Maker Faire is to help renew a culture of innovation within the community, to foster innovation and creativity, and to engage youth in science, engineering and technology. We’re thrilled with the success to last year’s Faire, and are gearing up for a bigger and better event this year,” says Executive Event Producer Doug Webster.

This year’s Champlain Mini Maker Faire will feature Bina48, a robot that uses artificial intelligence to mimic human personality and carry on a conversation. Bina48 is one of the world’s most advanced social robots, and was created to explore the concept that a person’s mindfile – a compilation of his or her memories, beliefs and feelings – could one day be used to re-animate their consciousness.

Other projects include work from FIRST Robotics Team 885 and community group Vermont Makers, soldering with Laboratory B, Junk Music, 3D printing, build your own robots, launch your own rockets, smokeless s’mores, and an 8-foot-tall dragon.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, a Maker Faire gives the public the opportunity to interact with local Makers and to make, craft, learn and be inspired while celebrating arts, engineering, science and technology.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.champlainmakerfaire.com. Advance tickets are on sale through September 18th: $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for ages 11-17, and kids 10 and under get in for free.

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